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Fat-Free Cranberry Wasabi Trail Mix

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I'm going to risk it all and swear to you that wasabi and cranberries go together like peanut butter and jelly. An unlikely combo, I admit.

So how did I come up with this odd marriage of flavors? I accidentally put dried cranberries into a container that had wasabi in it. I am still stunned at how well they go together... and after a few bites I knew that wasabi peas and dried cranberries would make one killer trail mix. Only I don't eat nuts (or trail mix) regularly... and when I do eat nuts, I don't eat roasted, salted nuts... the kind of nuts I'd want in a cranberry wasabi trail mix... (boo hoo hoo).

Still, I was determined to execute my idea... so, channeling my honey roasted "nuts" method, I baked the crap out of some salted chickpeas and success! They are a great alternative to salty peanuts!

Even if you think I'm totally nuts (heh! I said nuts!) and that wasabi should be left for sushi... still try baking up some chickpeas with a little sea salt... They are a great afternoon snack, especially with a little mustard.

Recipe:Cranberry Wasabi Trail Mix


Sweet, salty, tangy and crunchy -- this trail mix is loaded with flavors and textures but without all the fat in peanuts! 



Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Drain and rinse chickpeas, patting dry with a clean cloth to remove excess moisture. Transfer chickpeas to baking sheet, arranging them in a single-layer. Spray with cooking spray, shake tray so chickpeas turn over and spray again. Repeat as necessary until all the chickpeas are well coated. Baked 40-60 minutes, until chickpeas are a deep golden and crunchy. After 25 minutes of baking, generously sprinkle with fine sea salt, shake chickpeas and sprinkle again. Continue to bake. Once baked allow to cool then mix with wasabi peas and dried cranberries as desired. 

Global Happy Herbivore Meetups

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Maybe you've noticed the little map to the right of the page?!

I've started a Global Happy Herbivore Meetup and there are already 30 meetups scheduled in 3 different countries! How cool is that?!

Meetup Everywhere is a great way for all of us to connect with other fans, supporters and friends of Happy Herbivore and the low fat healthy lifestyle! Join a meetup in your area or start one!

I'm also hosting the NYC HH Meetup in my apartment and (*fingers crossed*) I'll be able to setup video conferencing to "meet" with meetups in other areas! I am also planning to stream the whole thing live on HH's Ustream channel.

& I'm so sorry for the lack of recipes lately! I'm in the home stretch for my cookbook (squee!) so things have been a bit crazy! BUT here is a little impromtu video of me sampling a zucchini blossom in my garden. Can you believe just 2 months ago I planted tiny seeds and now I have this jungle? Plants are amazing.

Don't forget !

Be sure to book your room on the Happy Herbivore Cruise by June 21st to secure our low group rates!

The Happy Herbivore e-cookbooks are being discontinued at the end of this month! Get your copy before they're gone forever! Most of the e-cookbook recipes are not in the upcoming cookbook! 


Fat-free Vegan Feta Cheese

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Yes, it's a salad... but it's a salad with fat-free vegan feta cheese! Oh yeah!

This recipe is included in Happy Herbivore Abroad.

I can't remember the last time I had a Greek salad... or feta cheese. Neither were items I ate often as an omni or vegetarian. Still, I love the challenge of making vegan substitutes for foods other people like.

Anyway, this idea came to me by way of my good friend Katherine. We were hanging out together in the park when she asked me, "Lindsay, can you make vegan feta out of tofu?" I didn't know if you could, but damnit! I was going to try. I think it tastes just like feta cheese, or at least it tastes the way I remember feta cheese tasting like. Regardless, it's damn tasty on a salad!

Now, I know Greek salads usually have cucumbers and red onions on them, too... but, well, I don't like raw onions (we all have our preferences?) and I was all out of cukes... but whatever! it was still an awesome salad!

Recipe:Feta Cheese


A delicious dairy-free alternative to feta cheese. This recipe is included in Happy Herbivore Abroad.



Break tofu into a few large pieces in a mixing bowl and set aside. Whisk
all remaining ingredients, except nutritional yeast, together. Pour
over tofu and mix with your hands, crumbing the tofu into smaller pieces
as you go. Set aside and let rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of
nutritional yeast over top and mix. Taste, adding more nutritional yeast
if desired.