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Cookbook Photos

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

My life is playing much like a broken record. Cook food. Take photos of said food. Rinse and repeat.

The cookbook is almost finished --- the recipes are written (I surpassed my 200 goal, 213 recipes to be exact!) & now I'm just busy taking photos. I've been working on veganizing a family recipe for you in the meantime & I hope to have that up some time this week. I also have about 12 books and cookbooks I need to review (oops! I'm a bit behind).

Anyway, for now, here are some food shots for you from the cookbook photo shoot this weekend. I took these with my crappy little pocket camera while the actual photos were being taken and/or prepped. (In other words, these are just glimpses and by no means the final product). I'm using a light box since it's winter (natural sunlight isn't a daily occurance here in NYC) and a Nikon D40.

If you follow me on twitter you've seen most of these already; but I hope you enjoy them a second time. My good friend and neighbor, Katherine, also came by to help me out with cooking, cleaning, photog'ing and eating (I'm so grateful!) and she posted some shots and recaps on her blog, too (entry #1 & entry #2). Carrie also posted a long and gorgeous review of recipes she tested for the cookbook, so go check that out when you have a minute or want more food porn!

You can also see photos of other dishes taken by my cookbook testers on flickr. Enjoy!

fat-free vegan chocolate zucchini muffins

fat-free whole wheat chocolate zucchini muffins (so moist it's wrong)

easy vegan pad thai

cheater pad thai (whips up in 2 minutes!)

fat-free vegan cornbread

fat-free whole wheat cornbread (this is a new recipe -- ridiculously good!)

fat-free vegan cheese pizza

fat-free vegan cheese pizza (takes 3 minutes to make and so awesome!)

fat-free biscuits n gravy

fat-free whole wheat biscuits (new recipe & totally effortless!) with vegan fat-free sausage gravy

fat-free apple muffins

whole wheat fat-free apple crisp muffins. I made these for the Gift Basket Giveaway Winner.


Fat-Free Crispy Vegan "Chicken" Nuggets

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

The cookbook has kept me tied up, I know. I kept saying I'd make it up to you -- and I hope I have with this awesome recipe. I'm using VeganDad's photo because it's fantastic and really shows off how well these nuggies hold up to the real thing! 

vegan chicken nuggets

These nuggets taste like a chicken nugget but are made with beans, wheat and TVP -- sooo awesome! They're crispy, too -- making it feel like you're eating a deep-fried nugget when it's baked and completely fat-free. You really can't go wrong with these darlings!

I published this recipe originally in my e-cookbook, Sneak Peak but have since developed a "chicken" seitan that is superior in taste, texture and east of preparation. To avoid being overly redundant in my cookbook, this recipe got the boot, but it's still great! (These nuggets go over especially well with children!!) I hope you enjoy them!

Here is a picture of the chicken seitan in my cookbook, taken by one of my testers:

Recipe:Crispy Chickenless Nuggets


These faux nuggets are so crispy you'll never believe they're not deep-fried. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce such as ketchup, agave, mustard, BBQ sauce or plum sauce.

Chef's notes: 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs can be substituted for 1/4 cup TVP for a less "meaty" bite.



Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Whisk non-dairy milk and lemon juice together until foamy with bubbles. In a medium bowl, mash chickpeas with a fork or potato masher until coarse. You don't want any whole beans left, but don't overly mash them so that they are pureed and resembling refried beans. Alternatively, you can pulse the beans in a food processor 10-15 times and transfer processed chickpeas to the bowl. Add in TVP, crumbs if using, vital wheat gluten, mustard, spices and agave. Add in 1/4 cup water and mix with a spoon. Gluten should form almost instantly. Turn out onto a clean surface and knead for about a minute, getting out any excess bubbles and making sure the gluten strands form. Mold the mixture into ball and set aside. Pour cornflakes into a separate bowl and mash until very crumbly, like thick and slightly bigger bread crumbs and set aside. Re-whisk non-dairy milk and then pour mixture into a shallow bowl. Break off bouncy ball-sized portions of the gluten and flatten in the palm of your hand to it resembles a nugget shape. Dip into the non-dairy milk mixture so that it's coated on both side then press into flakes on each side, making sure it's completely coated. Place nugget on a cookie sheet and repeat with all nuggets. Bake nuggets for 10 minutes, flip and bake another 10-15 minutes, until nuggets are firm and crispy.

Winner Announced: Healthy Gift Basket Giveaway

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Thank you to everyone who participated! There were some clear favorite healthy snacks among the comments: dried fruits, almond butter, peanut butter, fresh fruit, baby carrots and frozen bananas/banana "ice cream." I'm partial to pure dried fruit (no added sugar or fat), particularly dried mango, which is my all-time favorite treat and snack. I also love fresh fruit and young coconut water.
I admit I was surprised not to see more entries for marketed snack foods like larabars or Cliff bars (there was one Cliff bar entry at the end, but no larabara entry, or if there was, I didn't catch it) -- which on the upside is great, because everyone picked totally unprocessed, wholesome snacks ! But it was surprising -- I guess because I always see those bars popping up on food diary blogs I thought they were more popular... Honestly, I'm not much of a fan of either -- if I had to pick one "bar" to eat, it would be the chocolate gnu, which I do take snowboarding sometimes... but I'm with you! I love fresh and dried fruits, nuts or raw trail mix on occasion. Keep it simple, keep it healthy, right
Now for the winner.
I assigned everyone a number and let random.org do the rest. Lucky No. 33 was picked... so congrats to Jesse! "Hummus and baby carrots. Every day. Throw in a cucumber if I'm feeling feisty...."

To keep the New Year off to a great start, I'm giving away a gift basket (or more accurately, a gift box) full of healthy treats and snacks to one lucky winner!

So, what's in side? I'll be including some of my favorite snacks (such as herbal tea and dried fruit), along with a homemade Happy Herbivore baked good (your choice!), plus sample packs of goodies and coupons for free items too!

For a chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your favorite, healthy treat and if you win, I may just include it in your box too!