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11 Apr The College Greens: Interview with Lindsay Nixon! Plus a giveaway!

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Today The College Greens talk to Lindsay Nixon from Happy Herbivore! Be sure to leave a comment and tell us your favorite Happy Herbivore recipe for a chance to win a month of Happy Herbivore meal plans! 



1. What was your inspiration/motivation to go plant-based?

I grew up a vegetarian out of a love for animals. When I was about 7 I saw a cow as I was eating a hamburger, put it together and that was it. Due to peer pressure (and family pressure) I lapsed back to the SAD diet in my teens and my health declined immediately — acne, stomach issues, weight-gain, migraines, etc. Of course, my doctor attributed it all to “puberty” not my dietary change.

Then in my early 20’s I had a serious health scare. I decided to return back to the vegetarian diet of my childhood, hoping it would help me make healthier choices. It did. I started feeling better and losing some of the weight. Around the same time I went vegetarian again, I also started reading about health and nutrition. The more I read, the more I knew what I had to do, and about a year after being vegetarian, I eliminated all animal products – no more dairy and eggs. That’s when I started to see real improvements.

I also continued reading and researching, and a few months later I eliminated processed foods (vegan junk food), oil, and really became plant-strong! I’ve followed a low fat, whole foods, plant-based diet ever since.


2. What was it like being an herbie in law school? What, if anything, did you do differently then than you do now?

I went from SAD to plant-based during law school and it the difference was undeniable. I was no-longer chronically fatigued, drinking cup after cup of coffee to stay awake in class, study, go to work, etc. I didn’t need it anymore. I also slept better. My grades improved. I was more alert and attentive in class.

My moods became more stable (previously the stress and pressure made me into a sort of ticking time bomb) and most importantly, my crippling migraines all but vanished.

“Vegan” and “Plant-Based” was really unknown back then, so I was all alone. I was also living in a city that prides itself on seafood and meat, so I couldn’t eat out, even if I wanted to. All the convenience “vegan” foods you see at the store now, also did not exist, for which I’m kinda grateful.

I had to learn how to cook (which turned about to be a blessing! Happy Herbivore would not have existed!) and I also had to be very diligent about packing my lunch and dinner, getting up with enough time to make breakfast before class or work. I had to cook and plan a lot, but ultimately my health and my wallet really benefited!

Today, it’s not as hard to be plant-based or healthy out in the world… There is still room for improvement, of course, but overall I find it’s a lot easier than it was back then. No matter where I am, I find people know what “vegan” or “plant-based” is — a sign of change!


3. So… you move a LOT. Where’s your favorite place that you’ve lived so far? Do you ever think you’ll settle down and stay in one place?

I haven’t found anywhere I liked enough to stay, I guess. Every place I have lived has had things about it that I really liked (and miss) and things I didn’t care for (and am happy to be free of). I always knew I wanted to live freely and be able to travel and explore the world and it’s cultures. I wanted to be “mobile” so I’ve made a lot of sacrifices and I worked really hard for a lot of years to be able to be mobile. The great thing about being an adult is that you get to choose how you want to live, even if your choice is not following the norm. I embrace the art of nonconformity 🙂 I truly believe I’m living the life I was meant to lead.  

4. If you had to describe a perfect day of meals, what would it be?

It depends on the season and where I am. I love mango, for example, and watermelon — how I love watermelon! But as I’m watching the snow fall here in Tahoe, I don’t want either those foods right now 😉 That said, I’m all for kale all day and at every meal.

5. Why was the elephant your herbivore of choice for your logo?

See this post: http://happyherbivore.com/2012/04/why-herbie-little-elephant-necklace-sale/

6. When you were younger, were you in the kitchen cooking a lot?  What inspired you to write cookbooks?

Oh heck no. When I left for college I didn’t even know how to boil water to make pasta. When I changed my diet, I had to learn how to cook and I’m not ashamed to stay there was a lot of trial and error. Somewhere along the way I fell deeply in love with cooking. I started my blog, happyherbivore.com, back in 2007 and my goal was to show how easy, affordable and delicious eating healthy, plant-based meals can be. My cookbooks are just an extension of that.

7. Your next book comes out this December (YAY!!), can you tell us what the theme for this one will be?

Happy Herbivore Light & Fit. This is by far my most personal book yet and I really enjoyed writing it. It’s mostly a cookbook — the same style you’ve come to know with my previous books: easy, no fuss, fast recipes with everyday ingredients, no oil, plant-strong, but this time I was also mindful of calories (hence “light”) and creating recipes that really fill you up. I embraced the “more food, less calories” concept, and plants make that so easy! I also added a fitness section in the back (hence “fit”) — taking a whole body approach to this lifestyle.

Although I lost the weight, and kept it off, with diet alone, I’ve found that moving my body — even if just for a few minutes in the living room, has been beneficial for my mind, body and soul. Exercise — even light exercise — has so many benefits beyond outward appearances, and I want to encourage people to move more — even just 5 minutes a day will have far reaching effects on your total health.

What I also love about this book is that I think it will attract people who maybe aren’t already vegan, vegetarian or plant-strong. I’m hoping it’ll reach a new audience, that will suddenly find themselves eating more plant-based meals and feeling food.


8. Tell us about your creative process of recipe writing. Where does your inspiration come from? How do you start?

It depends. I treat writing cookbooks like a job, so when I’m writing, I will spend 8 hours a day in the kitchen just trying new things, playing around with ingredients and flavors. My best recipes come from that play, but I have also “veganized” old family recipes, or recipes I may have seen during my travels. For example in my first cookbook, the happy herbivore cookbook, I tried to recreate all the foods I used to love but in a healthy, plant-based way. You’ll find things like “meatballs” and “pizza” and “burgers” and “cupcakes.” Then in my last cookbook, happy herbivore abroad, I set out to recreate all these cultural dishes I saw during my travels abroad. My second book, everyday happy herbivore, was all about play — making recipes from whatever I had on hand.

9. Who is your main taste-tester when trying out new recipes?

My husband and whoever happens to be around — my sister, my assistant, my friends or neighbors, will get a taste here and there when I’m creating… then once I’m satisfied with a recipe it goes out to my large team of testers who make it, eat it and serve it to their family and friends for additional feedback. It’s a long process!

10. What is your favorite (or go-to) ingredient to cook with?  

My go-to and favorite ingredient is always changing. I was obsessed with Dijon mustard for a while, then I moved on to chipotle, then I moved on to hot sauce, from there it was all about smoked paprika. Right now I’m totally obsessed with lemon juice.

We really enjoyed getting the chance to talk with Lindsay Nixon and learn a little more about everyone’s favorite “happy herbivore”. Thanks so much for sharing, Lindsay!! 🙂


PS- You can pre-order her new book on Amazon HERE!!!! 🙂

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The College Greens
The College Greens

The College Greens: Tara, Jenna, and Craig. Tara is a junior at Bucknell University, currently majoring in Education and minoring in Creative Writing, and planning to do a nutrition program upon graduation. Jenna is a sophomore attending Duquesne University, and she is studying to become a Physician Assistant. Both Tara and Jenna are certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Dr.Campbell's eCornell program. Craig is a senior at Bucknell University. He is majoring in Chemistry and minoring in English, and is planning to go to medical school to become a pediatrician, where he hopes to incorporate lifestyle medicine in his practice.

  • Misti Dawn
    Posted at 11:03h, 11 April

    Chana panak masala is my favorite ever. Oh, and the whole wheat drop biscuits from EHH changed my life. So easy.

  • Laura Jo Brunson,APR
    Posted at 11:04h, 11 April

    Quite interesting. Encouraging to see how Lindsay’s journey progressed — it’s definitely encouraging! thanks, Greens!

  • Janet Bacon
    Posted at 11:04h, 11 April

    Her double chocolate muffins are incredible! The recipe is for a single muffin – which is great so you can control the number of muffins you eat by making just a few of the sweet treats. No Oil, No Eggs! Great flavor. I make them in the morning of days we ski so we have something to look forward to on our commute up I70 in horrendous traffic!

  • Ann Matteson
    Posted at 11:04h, 11 April

    Sunshine muffins from Happy Herbivore Abroad are awesome!

  • chuckycharles73
    Posted at 11:04h, 11 April

    Lindsey’s chick pea tacos’s have revolutionized my life!

  • Jennifer Harpel
    Posted at 11:05h, 11 April

    I love the kale and black-eyed pea stew and the sweet potato daql! Her recipes are simple, but really tasty!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 11:06h, 11 April

    I love her muffin recipes! She was the first writer to introduce me to baking without animal products or oil, and they’re great. People often don’t believe me when I tell them they are so healthy.

  • Heather Wellman
    Posted at 11:07h, 11 April

    My favorite Herbie recipe is the Black Bean Burgers from your first book. I have made lots of black bean burgers, but these ones always turn out just right!

  • AG
    Posted at 11:08h, 11 April

    It is impossible to choose just one HH recipe!!! BUUUUUT, right now we are on a Quick Queso kick. HH Veggie Enchiladas? Sure! Broccoli? You bet! Last night, it was smothering some kale over rice! It is the BEST stuff!!!!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 11:09h, 11 April

    My favourite recipe is from Everyday Herbivore, I think, it is the Caribbean Peas and Rice. I ordered Happy and Everyday at the same time with both books sitting on my counter for months while I read the recipes again and again thinking how strange some of the combinations (ketchup in rice, really) sounded but… Caribbean Peas and Rice won me over and now I could not imagine cooking without Lindsey and her recipes to guide me.

  • lkjuhl
    Posted at 11:09h, 11 April

    My favorite HH is the Enchilada Casserole. A staple at our house. I would love to win the meal plans. I need the organization and guidance and I also need to lose some weight!

  • Marlene Yzaguirre
    Posted at 11:09h, 11 April

    TY E2D and HH for this opportunity, to be blessed with a month of meal plans! I am so thankful that I went plant strong last year, but just now am eliminating all processed foods too, I have a back injury on the mend, I see my chiropractor for, and a muscle specialist, as soon as I am physically able to, will be walking and exercising again. TY for the truth of what is in our food, so we can affordably have other choices, and the FDA and their “food” options.

    Make yours a great day!


  • Samantha
    Posted at 11:10h, 11 April

    I love Lindsay and have been using her meal plans for a month–yummy! I made her spinach-tomato pilaf for lunch yesterday and was wild about it. It’s really helped me fit healthy, tasty plant strong food into my busy work/roller derby schedule!

  • Jennifer DiLorenzo
    Posted at 11:14h, 11 April

    Just ordered the HH Cleanse and Reboot. I’ve gotten some great recipes from Lindsay. Thanks for keeping us posted, and continued success to you!

  • Jeanne
    Posted at 11:16h, 11 April

    So far my favorite recipe is the Pumpkin Chili!

  • Anthony Louis
    Posted at 11:19h, 11 April

    why does she keep putting the word vegan in quotes?

  • Tyler Hornschemeier
    Posted at 11:19h, 11 April

    and her work have been so inspiring to me! AND a huge resource for me and my
    upcoming clients! I will pass along her books and all over her beautiful gifts
    to the wondering plant based or plant based curious minds out there. I am in
    the mitts of starting my own plant based health coaching business and Happy
    Herbivore will defiantly have a place in my program 🙂 Thank you so much and veg on my friends.

    Veg on~


  • Lindsay Jo Burden
    Posted at 11:21h, 11 April

    I’ve been reading Lindsay’s blog for almost a year now, and it’s a great fit for my family’s lifestyle as well as some of the food allergies I deal with – except for carrots. Carrots are everywhere! : ) But I love the Happy Herbivore cookbooks, and my favorite one is Abroad – great flavors in there! My favorite recipe in the book would have to be the Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins, they’re just so good and my kids love them! Very easy to make for a last minute brunch or church get together when you know you won’t be able to eat anything else there!

  • Stefanie Shaffer Trilling
    Posted at 11:22h, 11 April

    My favorite HH recipe is definitely the Cuban Black Bean Soup! I love to use mango salsa in place of the standard salsa to shake things up 🙂

  • Michelle Schaberl
    Posted at 11:22h, 11 April

    We love the Apple Crisp Muffins here! Among many other HH recipes.

  • Kristine Simmermon
    Posted at 11:23h, 11 April

    My favorite has to be the Mardi Gras Beans and Rice. Such simple ingredients, easy prep, and so much flavor! I usually make a double batch and freeze the extra to heat up for lunches. I’m actually eating some for lunch today! I’m marathon training and this meal is great to get some carbs for the long runs. 🙂

  • Owllover
    Posted at 11:25h, 11 April

    I am a fairly new plant-strong eater and love reading about your journey to health and fitness.
    Thanks for all your great books, looking forward to perhaps buying the new book.
    Keep up the great work.

  • Rachel Liekhus
    Posted at 11:26h, 11 April

    I have all 3 HH cookbooks and use them nearly daily. There are so many great meals, but everyone just LOVES the Masala Burgers. I often serve it with Champ when my husband wants a “manly meal” haha

  • Christina
    Posted at 11:26h, 11 April

    I love HH! It’s hard to pick just one recipe that would be a ‘favorite’, but the recipe that I seem to make over and over again is the Beer Bread. I like to add a few jalapenos to the dough as I am micing for a little bit of a kick. It makes a great sandwich bread, appetizer, and it’s perfect with soup! 🙂

  • Maggie Lee Boxey
    Posted at 11:27h, 11 April

    My favorite HH recipe so far has been the Oatmeal cookies 🙂

  • Lisa Shamaly
    Posted at 11:28h, 11 April

    I love all that I have tried but the absolute fave in our house is the Mexican Chorizo. So delicious!!!

  • Elsa
    Posted at 11:29h, 11 April

    I love the pancakes :)) and the hippie loaf has become my favorite . My mom that is a meat eater loves this recipe .

  • Stephanie Grandstaff
    Posted at 11:35h, 11 April

    It is impossible to pick a favorite, I own all 3 books and buy her meal plans every now and then. Right now her Teriyaki Chick Peas are a staple, you can make them sweet or spicy..YUM!!! 🙂

  • cjtoscano
    Posted at 11:39h, 11 April

    Our family loves the Chili sans Carne in the first cookbook. it is so versatile. I have quadruples it and froze it so we can use it for tacos, nachos, baked potatoes and more. YUM!

  • Robyne Stevenson
    Posted at 11:39h, 11 April

    Love being a Herbie. Hippie Loaf is my favorite recipe 🙂 and the mushroom gravy that I serve with it!

  • Alisa
    Posted at 11:42h, 11 April

    Wow, HH has been a blessing and inspiration to me. I wrote down 3 recipes to try just from reading the other comments! My favorite is Crispy Chickenless Nuggets.

  • EdF
    Posted at 11:42h, 11 April

    A year ago I ordered the May 23rd, 2012 Individual 7 Day Plan. Finally got around to doing it a couple of weeks ago, when the cupboards were bare and refrigerator empty. It was an adventure, from shopping for all the easy to find ingredients to actually sitting down and studying the plan for the week. The Broccoli Mac & Cheese was a hit, as were the Mexican Cabbage and Sweet Spinach Wraps. Just ordered another one.

  • Cindy Cavazos
    Posted at 11:47h, 11 April

    the cupcakes and the oatmeal cookies are my kids favorite!

  • Molly
    Posted at 11:48h, 11 April

    The chickpea noodle soup is a staple in our house. Its easy, satisfying and great comfort food.

  • Jeff Ferrence
    Posted at 11:57h, 11 April

    Aztec corn soup, awesome!

  • Amanda Ladd Kent
    Posted at 11:59h, 11 April

    My favorite HH recipe is definitely the chocolate cupcakes. Vegans and non-vegans alike rave about them. They are amazing!

  • Shannah Anderson
    Posted at 12:02h, 11 April

    I am 34 years old and have struggled with my weight my entire life. I stumbled upon Happy Herbivore and have been spreading the love ever since! I love the meal plans because of the simplicity and one of my favorites recently has been the sweet potato dal. I have finally found a source for recipes that are not only healthy but also taste great. It’s a magical combination. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story, Lindsay!

  • Lynnette
    Posted at 12:02h, 11 April

    Great interview. I LOVE Lindsay and her cookbooks. She is such an inspiration and her recipes have enabled me to make the plant based tradition and wow friends and family with deliciousness

  • Mary-Lynn Cameron
    Posted at 12:03h, 11 April

    I love the chocolate zucchini muffins! And so do my friends and family!

  • Cori
    Posted at 12:07h, 11 April

    My favorite HH recipe is the cheater pad thai. I also like to make the chili sans carne but instead of using TVP I make the Mexican chorizo recipe and add that. It’s delish!

  • Devon
    Posted at 12:09h, 11 April

    The carott cupcakes are out of this world!!My family loves them!

  • Shannon D
    Posted at 12:13h, 11 April

    I love the skillet refried beans! So simple and delicious

  • Nancy Williamson Marentis
    Posted at 12:14h, 11 April

    Caribbean Black Bean Bowl, YUM! But there are so many more depending on the season and my mood! 🙂 The things I love so much about HH recipes is that they are simple AND delicious! She’s nailed both in her amazing recipes, like seriously! Yesterday I was in the mood for comfort food an didn’t want to go to the store. I looked through her cookbooks and was able to make HH: Mexican Frittata, Hippie Loaf AND Mac & Cheese! I had all the ingredients on hand. I love the meal plans too, so easy, so affordable and again, so delicious! I am so thankful for Happy Herbivore! Thank you Lindsay!

  • Cindy Sparks McVay
    Posted at 12:14h, 11 April

    So hard to pick one – One of our whole family’s favorite (I can’t remember it’s actual name) – but it’s spicy and sweet: Chickpeas, with szechuan and teriyaki sauces, brown rice, and a mango/pineapple salsa. We love this one! I have gotten the monthly plan before and it was awesome – and especially that Lindsay checked up through email… That is just really fantastic!

  • Rachel Kirby
    Posted at 12:22h, 11 April

    What a great post. I love so many of Lindsay’s recipes but I would say one of my top favorites is the Instant Vegan Alfredo.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Tricia
    Posted at 12:23h, 11 April

    Right now I’m loving the pea hummus. The Easy Mac ‘n Cheese is another standard in my house and really satisfies my comfort food craving!

  • Kathryn Polster
    Posted at 12:33h, 11 April

    From the old school HH blog – Soy free mac and cheese alllllllll day. So good and you can add just about anything to it to make a meal.

  • Linda
    Posted at 12:33h, 11 April

    Great interview. I love Lindsay’s cookbooks and can’t wait for the Light and Fit one. Her recipes have enabled me to stay on a plant based diet, which has been the reason for a major weight loss and new lease on life..

  • Barbara W.
    Posted at 12:39h, 11 April

    The baked beans! Just thinking about it, I may have to make them today!

  • Courtney
    Posted at 12:45h, 11 April

    I love the biscuits and gravy!! That was the hardest for me to give up going vegan & now I can still have it! YEAH!!

  • Jane Smith
    Posted at 12:45h, 11 April

    Currently eating HH Garden Chowder for lunch.

  • maireadreddy
    Posted at 12:54h, 11 April

    Cheater Pad Thai hits the spot every time! <3HH.

  • Virginia Chisholm Parra
    Posted at 12:58h, 11 April

    Love the HH books. Easy recipes and delicious

  • jeand
    Posted at 13:07h, 11 April

    I love the tasty Black Bean Burgers for their simplicity.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • LDT
    Posted at 13:08h, 11 April

    I’ve been using Lindsay’s recipes since I was vegetarian. I’ve been vegan for a year and a half now and I LOVE the single serving cupcake (with my grandma’s strawberry jam) and the apple jack smoothie.

  • Michelle Ramos
    Posted at 13:16h, 11 April

    I love Happy Herbivore blog and cookbooks! Easy and delicious recipes, no more stress over what to eat and cook! Can’t wait for Lindsay’s next cookbook.

  • Aggie
    Posted at 13:26h, 11 April

    My favorite Lindsay recipe is her Black Bean Burgers which I make almost every week.

  • Chelsea Joy Corona
    Posted at 13:30h, 11 April

    Happy Herbivore Brown Gravy is my favorite thing ever!! I make a batch almost once a week to put over baked potatoes, collards, kale, chickpeas!

  • Dannielle Bush
    Posted at 13:39h, 11 April

    Love, love, love HH! We frequently make the teriyaki chickpeas recipe. It’s our go to recipe but we love them all.

  • Barb
    Posted at 13:41h, 11 April

    My favorite recipe is the Blueberry Breakfast Cake which I served to my Book Club this morning and the ladies loved it. So I showed them this recipe from the book Everyday Happy Herbivore and several wrote down the name Happy Herbivore to order Lindsay’s cookbooks for themselves and to sign up for the blog, etc.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 13:52h, 11 April

    Favorite recipe…hmmm….thats a hard one I have all three cookbooks and use them almost daily. If I had to pick, my favorite this week is the Vegetable Korma.

  • marsha
    Posted at 13:53h, 11 April

    The Bayou Cornbread is the best thing we’ve come across in years – makes every bite of our Southern comfort foods ever so much tastier (black-eyed peas, greens etc.).

  • Ellery
    Posted at 14:00h, 11 April

    My most recent favorite is her quiche! It was a huge hit at Easter lunch this year with all of the omnivores!

  • Christine in MN
    Posted at 14:02h, 11 April

    My family loves the burgers from EHH – they love the taste and I love the simplicity in that they are so easy and quick to make with ingredients that I usually have on hand. And they end up being so economical and fresh tasting as opposed to the packaged ones in the stores!

  • Agne
    Posted at 14:17h, 11 April

    That’s a great post! I love most of Lindsay’s recipes but the one that I like the most at the moment is the Hippie Loaf! I can eat it every day :))

  • Kelita Deems
    Posted at 14:20h, 11 April

    I love the cookbooks! Can’t wait for the new one to come out! I just purchased the 3 day reboot and 10 day immersion! Love all of her recipes, but I adore the blueberry breakfast cake!

  • Lisa Ballard
    Posted at 14:22h, 11 April

    I love the Roasted Chickpea Salad that was in the meal plans a few months back: sweet potato, tahini, chickpeas, lemon juice, green onions. Brilliant! I also love the Quick Queso, it tastes so decadent. I have yet to try one of her recipes that I didn’t like.

  • Livin Plant Strong
    Posted at 14:24h, 11 April

    Can I pick 2 – a sweet and savory? LoL

    My fave sweet is by far the butterbean cookies! WOWOWOW!!! LOVE THOSE!

    My savory is hands down the lentil loaf from HHA! It is PERFECTION on a plate!

  • Lana Morton
    Posted at 14:54h, 11 April

    My favorite HH recipe is the Chickpea Tacos. They are SO easy and very satisfying!

  • Emma Hawes
    Posted at 15:06h, 11 April

    Well it’s ridiculously hard to choose just one favourite Happy Herbivore recipe but if I must it’s going to be Red Lentil Dal. It’s introduced me to curry (and I thought I hated hot things) and it’s so simple and easy to prepare. It’s our go-to meal when we haven’t anything else planned because we always have the ingredients on hand.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 15:12h, 11 April

    Oh dear – Lindsay’s recipes are what make going plant-strong doable for me – I have a lot of favorites and a lot still to try. If I had to pick just one right now I’d say the chickpea tacos. I eat the roasted, seasoned chickpeas as a snack when not in a taco or salad, and my young kids, including my bean-hating 4 year old, come steal from me. =) (I also love every muffin recipe of hers I’ve ever tried, especially chocolate zucchini!)

  • Brandi Boss
    Posted at 15:25h, 11 April

    Love the mock tuna and easy blackbean burgers, waiting till payday (tomorrow) to buy one of her cookbooks!!

  • Lynn in MD
    Posted at 15:40h, 11 April

    I love her butter bean cookies – so delish!

  • Sherisse Hartley
    Posted at 15:56h, 11 April

    Happy Herbivore & Engine 2 have been a huge impact on my family! My mom and dad are both almost totally plant based, my sister had greatly reduced her meat and dairy consumption and my husband is now totally plant based! Thank you! My husbands favorite dish is Broccoli Pesto Pasta. I don’t have a favorite, but am very partial to the baked goods 😉 Forgot to add, I am coming up on one year totally plant based.

  • Rich Sandler
    Posted at 15:58h, 11 April

    I love her lentil stew. So awesomely good!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 16:00h, 11 April

    Lindsay’s Quick Burgers are the best! We must live on them in the summer. They are so simple and fast, I can’t even imagine buying boxed black bean burgers again!!!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:01h, 11 April

    I love, love, love her spicy mustard chickpeas in HHA, I eat them on top of a big mound kale. YUM!!!! Oh dear, now I’m hungry 🙂

  • Alyssa
    Posted at 16:20h, 11 April

    I love the cheater pad Thai because its so quick and easy but still so yummy. I add stir fry veggies and sometimes tofu.

  • Kyle
    Posted at 16:33h, 11 April

    I really like the Everything Minestrone recipe for busy nights.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:36h, 11 April

    I love the quick bean burgers. Very easy. Also, my daughter loves to search the books and come up with new recipes to try. She loves the baked goods and I’m so glad they have no added fat.

  • selina s
    Posted at 16:58h, 11 April

    If I HAVE to choose one… it’s the Mac N Cheese suing Cheddar Cheesy Sauce. It’s my go to bowl of comfort food. I usually add peas, sometimes broccoli. Sometimes I go fancy with black beans & salsa.

  • Stephanie Mora Stonemetz
    Posted at 16:59h, 11 April

    cheater pad thai! yumm-o!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 17:17h, 11 April

    Fruity cereal bars, even my omnivore family loves them. Especially my twin 2 year old nephews

  • Jude Richards Eastman
    Posted at 17:32h, 11 April

    I just got Lindsay’s reboot and cleanse and love the pineapple stirfry! Waiting for Light & Fit!

  • Pam
    Posted at 17:36h, 11 April

    I love her recipes – really delicious and easy to make too – especially her quick burgers. I also love the flavor of the smoked cauliflower soup and her chickpea tacos.

  • Jess
    Posted at 18:02h, 11 April

    I can not get enough of Happy Herbivore! I just finished her 3 day reboot and would love to do more meal plans. I have so many favorites but right now I love the veggie biscuit pot pie, hippie loaf and we frequently eat the instant cookie dough !

  • Fernanda
    Posted at 18:26h, 11 April

    Oh, my! I love the Chickpea Tacos, and I have a soft spot for the Quiche with Greens – it reminds me of my mom’s quiche, but vegan!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 18:27h, 11 April

    I am new to eating plant strong, After reading E2, I also quickly found HH online. Three weeks in, I have already tried several of her recipes. Love the Apple Crisp Muffins and Vegetarian Delight! Took her Aztec Corn Salad to a cookout last weekend. Her easy recipes make me think – Yes, I can do this!!

  • Anna
    Posted at 18:31h, 11 April

    I love her no-meat Meatloaf (I don’t recall the actually name of it). I follow her blog and it really helps keep me focused on the health of my family.

    • Laurie
      Posted at 18:49h, 13 April

      If you are talking about her Hippie Loaf recipe in EHH, it is to die for!!! I make it all the time and it is special enough to enjoy at Christmas dinner!! Thanks, Lindsay!!

  • Lauren Stewart
    Posted at 18:46h, 11 April

    I love Lindsay and Happy Herbivore!! There are so many of her recipes I make on a daily basis, but my favorite would have to her Chickpea Tenders! Amazing!

  • Tiffany Dovydaitis Kim
    Posted at 18:50h, 11 April

    Love HH meal plans. What I appreciate most is how simple everything is to make after a long day at work. It’s hard to pick a favorite, so I’ll just go with the Cinnamon Bun Smoothie, because I had it for breakfast this morning and I’m still thinking about how good it was… 🙂

  • Meredith Johnson Aiken
    Posted at 19:48h, 11 April

    We love Lindsay’s cookbooks! They’ve made it so much easier to stick to the plant based lifestyle. My husband’s favorite recipe is the TVP Tacos and mine is the Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki! Both are yummy! 🙂

  • Martha
    Posted at 20:28h, 11 April

    So many “favorite” HH recipes! The one we use and love quite often is the corn bread recipe from HH.

  • Happy Herbivore
    Posted at 21:47h, 11 April

    thanks everyone for all the nice comments. i am so touched. i love engine 2!!!

  • ashley
    Posted at 21:50h, 11 April

    Love HH! And excited to read the new cookbook. It seems like Lindsay really lost weight and got in shape between these last cookbooks and I want to know how she did it! I am plant-based, oil free and I’d like to lose around 5 lbs so maybe these new recipes will help! 🙂

  • Casie Emerson Bazay
    Posted at 21:51h, 11 April

    I’m still pretty new to eating plant-based, but I have two of Lindsay’s cookbooks and am trying out many of the recipes in them. So far, one of my (and my meat-eating husband’s) favorite recipes from HH is the mock-tuna salad. I had never eaten chickpeas until making that recipe!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 21:53h, 11 April

    I love the “tuna” salad! I make it at least once a week now.

  • Amanda G.
    Posted at 21:53h, 11 April

    Right now my favorite would be the black bean burgers with a side of vegetable soup!

  • Monica Wilinski
    Posted at 21:55h, 11 April

    Black Bean Brownies! I <3 Happy Herbivore!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    Posted at 21:57h, 11 April

    My absolute favorite recipe is the eggless salad!!

  • teress heple
    Posted at 21:58h, 11 April

    My fav recipe is the peanutbutter cup smoothie.

  • Michelle Pekarski
    Posted at 21:59h, 11 April

    Hard to pick on recipe I love but since I have a sweet tooth, the chocolate doughnut recipe rocks.

  • Kathryn Bulver
    Posted at 22:03h, 11 April

    Fave recipe: black bean burgers.

  • happyinblue
    Posted at 22:08h, 11 April

    We make many favorites of Lindsays. One is the bean burger that travels so well for lunches and even on the plane!

  • Tracy P
    Posted at 22:08h, 11 April

    The Carrot Cupcakes recipe in HH is my favorite at the moment!

  • Heather Meleski
    Posted at 22:09h, 11 April

    I LOVE the egg(less) salad! Yummy and SO easy : ). I took it camping and the bears didn’t want it, so I still had something to eat! LOL

  • Heather Brabrook Bock
    Posted at 22:11h, 11 April

    My favorite recipe is often the one I made most recently… so in this case it’s the Thai Mango Curry from Happy Herbivore Abroad that I made tonight! I added in some green beans and a squeeze of lime juice, and YUM!!!

  • Terri Jones Cole
    Posted at 22:13h, 11 April

    The Moroccan Lentil soup is killer!

  • Wendy Wetzel
    Posted at 22:15h, 11 April

    The Chai Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite! I make them all the time…..

  • Dana Conner
    Posted at 22:15h, 11 April

    My favorite recipe right now is the one I discovered in the 3 day reboot… Sweet potato tacos. Although, I love all the HH recipes.

  • Tracey's Account
    Posted at 22:17h, 11 April

    I’m new to all of this but so far I love the black bean brownies. Made Cauliflower soup tonight and making banana bread oatmeal in the morning.

  • Mary P
    Posted at 22:18h, 11 April

    So many favs, but the Everyday Mushroom Gravy is definitely one of the best!

  • Jamie
    Posted at 22:20h, 11 April

    Happy Herbivore was one of the first websites I found when I became plant strong, Lindsey is my inspiration to keep trying new foods. I love her black bean brownies. my bean hating spouse still doesn’t know about the secret ingredient

  • Chelsea Bates
    Posted at 22:21h, 11 April

    I love all of Happy Herbivore’s recipes it is hard to choose just one. But I do have to say the chickpea tacos and chickpea teriyaki are my go to meals for something quick and yummy. I am also very thankful for HHA lasagna!

  • Sandra Lei Moore Cherry
    Posted at 22:23h, 11 April

    I love to bake. My favorite is HH blueberry bundt cake and date bread.

  • Kirsten
    Posted at 22:28h, 11 April

    Can’t wait for the new book. My favorite recipe right now is the Mexican Fiesta from Every day meals in 30 minutes…my husband (about 95% plant strong) loves it…as do it…the sauce is awesome 🙂

  • Riva Spanos
    Posted at 22:30h, 11 April

    I LOVE the Black Bean Burgers and Quiche with Greens

  • Randall Cook
    Posted at 22:36h, 11 April

    My favorite (and my family’s favorite) is the “Crab” Cakes and remoulade from EHH (with a side of Maryland’s Kale, also from EHH.)
    EHH is the only book I have, but plan to get the rest ASAP! I’ve made over 50 recipes from EHH alone! Happy Herbivore ROCKS! Peace!

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 22:41h, 11 April

    Blueberry Crisp – super fast and really yummy. I took this to a potluck and people loved it. Also works really well with peaches.

  • Mari-Ann
    Posted at 22:45h, 11 April

    Today it was Cuban Black Bean Soup, yesterday -Mexican Mac and Cheese, the day before -Hawaian BBQ: Chickpea Tereyaki. Do I have to pick just one?

  • Judy
    Posted at 22:47h, 11 April

    I really enjoy Lindsey’s simple and delicious style! I am a homeschool mother or 4 and time is not something I have a lot of. Many of the meals I’ve made from HH the whole family has enjoyed. Cheater Pad Thai is one of our favorite quick meals! Thank you Lindsey! Your time and talent has made a difference in our family!

    • Beth
      Posted at 09:00h, 12 April

      I can totally relate to this comment. I would of wrote it all out just about the same except the black bean burgers are my go to meal. oh and I am a homeschooling mom of 4 also

  • Lori
    Posted at 23:04h, 11 April

    It is hard to pick just one. I guess the one I want to make again next is the Lentil Taco Meat in HHA. I make her tuna salad a lot, too.

  • Julie Brydon
    Posted at 23:05h, 11 April

    My favorite Happy Herbivore recipe is the creamy dijon pasta from EHH. So good!

  • Holly Buchanan
    Posted at 23:09h, 11 April

    Chickpea Tacos, easy black bean burgers, moroccan lentil stew, cheater pad thai, acorn squash and apple soup, apple biscuits, black bean brownies, butter bean cookies…. do I have to pick just one? I have all of the HH cookbooks and can’t wait for the next one! HH has completely transformed my life (and my family’s) by helping me cook fast, healthy, plant-based meals that are budget-friendly, kid-friendly, and super easy for a novice cook!

  • rachel
    Posted at 23:13h, 11 April

    Tie between mock tuna salad, blueberry oatmeal muffins, and cheater pad thai! Oh, and spicy mustard chickpeas too. So yummy!

  • Stephanie Genova
    Posted at 23:14h, 11 April

    Mexican cabbage!

  • Brenna
    Posted at 23:14h, 11 April

    I love HH Banana Bread! I make it into muffins to tempt my family into eating healthier. My Mom, who is an omnivore, was just saying “I really love my banana muffins!” *hint*hint*

  • KristiLis
    Posted at 23:17h, 11 April

    Just found the website. The tuna salad is amazing (my carnivore fiancé LOVES it says it’s better than the real thing)!

  • Karen Cecil
    Posted at 23:23h, 11 April

    I’ve enjoyed every HH recipe that I’ve tried so far. Currently, I’m addicted to the macaroni and cheese. It’s ridiculous.

  • Beth
    Posted at 23:24h, 11 April

    Fruit crisp

  • Melissa
    Posted at 23:31h, 11 April

    I have all three of the Happy Herbivore cookbooks and there are so many recipes that I absolutely adore! I think one of my favorites has to be the Salsa Chickpea Lettuce Wraps in Everyday Happy Herbivore. It’s so simple and easy but SO delicious. And that particular recipe inspired my current obsession with lettuce wraps — I made the salsa chickpeas about three weeks ago but have been making pretty much all of my meals into lettuce wraps since then.

  • J. King
    Posted at 23:35h, 11 April

    I play a game with Lindsay’s book. I close my eyes and flip through the book and stop randomly. The recipe I stop on is what I try. I really liked the Broccoli Pest Pasta (broccoli is my favorite vegtable). I have enjoyed her recipes.

  • Sadie
    Posted at 23:59h, 11 April

    I love Happy Herbivore black bean burgers.

  • Karen
    Posted at 01:00h, 12 April

    I love the Bella tacos! It was the first happy herbivore recipe I tried.

  • Hil
    Posted at 01:26h, 12 April

    Cheater Pad Thai and all the smoothies I’ve tried!

  • mary
    Posted at 04:46h, 12 April

    Love the HH smoothies!

  • Alison Chu
    Posted at 06:04h, 12 April

    My favorite go-to recipe is the mini “cheese” pizzas!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 06:11h, 12 April

    I love the use of lowfat whole foods and quick approach in HH blogs. My favorite recipe would have to be the black bean brownies! They just taste so moist and delicious!

  • Elaine Jones
    Posted at 06:11h, 12 April

    thank you for all of this. You’re story is very inspiring. I am still in my twenties and just embarked on the plant based (diet) way of life 🙂 I have a year old baby and plan on raising him to be plant based as well. Eating healthy and being vibrant in the process is a wonderful thing!
    All my support. xo

  • Betty Racicot
    Posted at 06:14h, 12 April

    My favorite is Sweet Potato Dal. Made it last night!

  • Deb Johnson
    Posted at 06:14h, 12 April

    It’s hard to just pick one, I do like her bean gravy and sausage crumbles.

  • quiltbug
    Posted at 06:18h, 12 April

    Black Bean burgers are my favourite!! I usually put them in a wrap with spinach, avocado, chopped tomato and a bit of plant based mayo. Yummmy!!!

  • Pam Wertz
    Posted at 07:33h, 12 April

    Cheater Pad Thai all the way, Baby!!!

  • Sandi
    Posted at 08:11h, 12 April

    I have all three of the cookbooks and have not found anything I didn’t like. I think the black bean burgers are my all round favorite for simplicity and taste. I am new to this wfpb life but am loving it. Thanks to Lindsey for seeing a need and filling it for all of us.

  • Diana Dar
    Posted at 08:34h, 12 April

    Fudgy Brownies from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook! My alltime fave desert!

  • Claire
    Posted at 08:51h, 12 April

    I love the mock tuna salad- it has become the go-to lunch in my house! 🙂

  • Angela English
    Posted at 09:02h, 12 April

    To be honest I’m only two weeks into my journey of eating plant based, but the black bean burgers and cheater pad Thai sound amazing. Okay I’m off to look up these books now! Thanks for all this great info!

  • Beth
    Posted at 09:05h, 12 April

    I love how simple and easy your recipes are and the fact that almost every ing. I can find at the local store. I love the black bean burgers and the “tuna” sandwiches thank you so much for all that you do. You have helped me to help my husband who has high cholesterol, and high blood pressure to start eating healthy. You have been a blessing in my family, don’t every stop doing what your doing.

  • Maria
    Posted at 09:11h, 12 April

    Thanks for this interview. I like so many HH recipes, I don’t know which is my one and only favourite. I really like mushroom burgers, loaded tacos, minestrone, brown gravy and french toast muffins (just to mention a few).

  • Melissa Schultz
    Posted at 09:11h, 12 April

    I bought the everyday HH cookbook and couldn’t be happier with it! It’s the first Vegan cookbook that I actually use( I have over a dozen vegan cookbooks-so that’s saying a lot!)
    Some of my fav recipes are: Chick Pea Cutlets, Dark Choc Pancakes, Bk Bean Burgers, and Pumpkin Biscuits.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 09:23h, 12 April

    Spicy Mustard Chickpeas are the best! I ate them for breakfast and lunch yesterday 🙂

  • Carla
    Posted at 09:52h, 12 April

    Happy Herbivore Mexican Dip has become a staple at our house for game day gatherings. It is so good with baked tortilla chips and avocados. Even my carnivore college boys like it!!

  • Tracy Catarius
    Posted at 11:07h, 12 April

    the mock tuna salad is my favorite

  • Laura Oliveri
    Posted at 11:52h, 12 April

    I love the black bean burgers and the black bean brownies, but my favorite is the chocolate chip cookie recipe. The cookies come out more like drop biscuits and are so moist and yummy! Can’t wait to get the next cook book!

  • Sonja Hilton
    Posted at 12:46h, 12 April

    Love the Hawaiian Teriyaki Chickpeas!! Though Ive only made it once it was love at first sight <3

  • Juleo
    Posted at 13:26h, 12 April

    I recently started my plant-based journey after watching “Forks Over Knives”, and finding the Engine 2 and Happy Herbivore websites. I have really gotten more adventurous in cooking and enjoy cooking more since reading Lindsay’s blog and her recipes! My favorite recipe is probably the Baked Oatmeal-I love my oatmeal and love this new version! I excitedly check these blogs every morning, soaking up what information and encouragement I can, living in a family of meat-eaters who think I’ve lost my mind!

  • Debbie Kuehnle
    Posted at 13:36h, 12 April

    I love all the Happy Herbivore recipes, but the Black Bean burgers are by far the easiest and most versatile.

  • Carol Schmoker
    Posted at 14:44h, 12 April

    Have all her cookbooks & love them. If I have to choose a favorite, it would be either the mock “tuna” salad or the teriyaki chickpeas.

  • Kim
    Posted at 14:44h, 12 April

    I have all of her books and am slowly making my way through them. I love the cheater pad thai, tamale bake, banana bread, lentil taco meat…..I could go on and on! Right now I’m totally obsessed with the cheese sauce, I put it on everything, it’s the only recipe I have completely memorized. I can’t wait for the next book!

  • martie
    Posted at 15:54h, 12 April

    Love Lindsay’s work! Just pre-ordered the new book!

  • Abbey
    Posted at 17:45h, 12 April

    If you like Thai food you must try Thai Noodle Soup in HHAbroad. We have this amazing soup every week and make a double batch. Yummy!

  • cinda
    Posted at 18:33h, 12 April

    I just completed the 3-day reboot that Happy Herbivore recently had on her site. Lost 6 pounds in 3 days and am now going to do her 10-day cleanse. Just what I needed to get past a hurdle.

  • Amy
    Posted at 19:49h, 12 April

    It is soooo hard to pick just one! My 9 year old son and I have been making lots of them. Today my favorite was the Mojito smoothie he made for me for breakfast and then again with our dinner! Yum!

  • Kathy G
    Posted at 20:37h, 12 April

    I have three of Lindsay’s cookbooks and love all of them. I have also purchased some of her meal plans. Her recipes just work. I don’t have just one favorite. But for something decadent, I love the mug cake:-)

  • Eva
    Posted at 06:24h, 13 April

    I love Happy Herbivore’s black bean burgers and can’t wait for the new cookbook!!! Wow, a chance to win a month of HH meals is unbelieveable!!!

  • MeL
    Posted at 15:16h, 13 April

    Lentil Loaf is in the oven and smells wonderful!!! Trying the Cheater Pad Tai next 🙂 Love HH!

  • Amy Christiansen
    Posted at 21:31h, 13 April

    Loved the Sweet Potato Dal from “Everyday Happy Herbivore”! Didn’t have any red lentils so I used mung beans and cooked it in the pressure cooker for a very quick, delicious, and complete meal. Even my 7 year old ate a large bowl of it, (5 year old more reluctant), and we had enough for leftovers the next night! Loved the sweetness, color, and nutrition the sweet potatoes added. The flavors were outstanding!

  • Carmela Preciado
    Posted at 08:49h, 14 April

    Mock Tuna Salad is amazing! I decided to make it my picnic contribution for family events; I know that omnivores will love it, as well!

  • Mary
    Posted at 18:31h, 14 April

    so hard to pick one because my family loves your recipes but we
    especially love the moroccan lentil soup! I haven’t made a recipe I
    didn’t like!

  • Marylyn
    Posted at 18:35h, 14 April

    Rice pudding is my favorite. With all the publicity about arsenic in rice, I rarely make it anymore!

  • Michael
    Posted at 16:31h, 16 April

    The Aztec Corn Salad is my favorite, quick recipe. It’s a wonderful go-to for potlucks. Thanks, Lindsay!

  • Nicole Selah Destrampe
    Posted at 13:29h, 18 April

    I’ve liked everything I’ve tried but today I had the pear and arugula for the first time and it was too good not to say.

  • Katya
    Posted at 15:55h, 21 April

    I discovered Happy Herbivore few weeks ago. I tried 3-day reboot and now I eat according to 10-day cleanse. All of the meals I have tried was delicious, but to pick up one – Mellow Mushroom Creamy Barley is my favorite.

  • Potatolover
    Posted at 17:13h, 23 April

    My 2 fav’s in the Everyday Happy Herbivore book is 1. Beer bread!!!!! and 2. Black bean and salsa soup. My family has requested them both several times this month!!!! LOVE IT!

  • Robin Gamache
    Posted at 13:03h, 18 May

    I made the black bean burgers from her recipes and added lentils, corn, mushrooms, spinach, and pineapples. the burgers were delicious!

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