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Happy Herbivore on Emeril: The Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Press

Remember when I said I was on Emeril's show?! Well it aired last night. (Did you see me in his kitchen??). I promised I'd veganize all his recipes when the show aired and I have (mostly!). 

On the show (Episode 6: Emeril's Heartland), Emeril made Lemony Spiked Sweet Tea, Ham Steaks with Red Eye Gravy, Sweet Potato Biscuits & Molasses-Pecan Butter, EJ's Simple Oven-Baked Ribs and Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Vegetable Pot Pie, Roasted Red Pepper Mac and Cheese and Deep-Dish Banana Pudding with Chocolate Sauce.

Luckily, Emeril & I seem to be on the same wave length because I had healthy & vegan versions of all his dishes already -- except for the biscuits which I was really excited to try my hand at. 

For the ribs, use this vegan recipe with a tangy bourbon-based BBQ sauce (that's accidentally vegan). Then run a few roasted red peppers through your food processor or blender and add them to the cheese sauce in my easy mac n'cheese recipe. Substitute my whole wheat veggie biscuit pot pie for Emeril's pot pie and round the meal out with my instant banana-flavored ice cream and fat-free chocolate syrup. If your heart is set on a pudding, though, there are plenty of banana soy puddings on the market or you can make my ice cream with very ripe bananas (not frozen) and serve it in a bowl with crushed whole wheat gram crackers (but I do have a graham cracker crust recipe, too!). 

Now for the biscuits! Mmm... sweet potatoes. check back tomorrow for the recipe! 

Healthy Options - Black Bean Brownies

Posted by: Scott Nixon |

Category: Video

Introducing Healthy Options with the Happy Herbivore -- the first cooking show with a healthy agenda. In this pilot episode, the Happy Herbivore makes her web-famous Black Bean Brownies... dessert has never tasted so rich or been so healthy! Tune in each week for a new episode!

Recipe:Black Bean Brownies

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 9 servings


Dense, fudge-y and ultra-healthy, these brownies are a great alternative to traditional brownies! It's amazing how they taste like chocolate and fudge and not beans! Chef's Notes: Rolled oats run through the food processor may substituted for the instant oats. Use optional sugar if your bananas are still green and not very ripe.



Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8x8" pan and set aside. Combine all ingredients, except oats, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, scrapping sides as needed. Stir in the oats and pour batter into the pan. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing. Chef's Note: if you find these brownies are too soft or too fudge-y, add another 1/4 cup oats or flour.

First Annual Happy Herbivore Cruise

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

By popular demand, I have organized a vegan-friendly cruise with Carnival for all my fellow Happy Herbivores! The cruise sets sail out of Miami on 4/9/2011 for 7 amazing days in the Western Caribbean on Carnival Liberty! We're also getting an awesome discounted group rate! 

This cruise was cancelled because Carnival sucks! Read here.