happy herbivore, lean and light

Chef Lindsay Nixon pursues a simple, yet powerful mission – “to show how easy, affordable, approachable, realistic, and, most importantly, delicious, eating healthy can be.” This cookbook delivers on that promise. It was a great launching pad for our journey into the whole foods plant based lifestyle. Here’s why:

  • The recipes use common ingredients that most grocers carry.
  • The recipes can be pulled together with relatively little effort.
  • The instructions are spot on, and the guideposts for calories and macronutrients are quite helpful.
  • Portion sizes vary from 1 to 4 persons – perfect for our 2-person household.
  • The food is healthy and really good!

In short, this cookbook is a great resource for everyday cooking. It also provides a number of options that work well for casual dining with friends.

Lindsay supports a website that provides 7-day meal plans and the associated shopping lists to make healthy eating even easier. Check out www.getmealplans.com. What could be easier?

Our go-to-breakfast is oatmeal. It was interesting to experiment with all the variations in this cookbook. At the end of the day, we prefer plain old oatmeal and raisins… although we’ve added a splash of maple syrup thanks to our Happy Herbivore experimentation.

The Pineapple Pancakes provided a refreshing change to our routine. We really liked making our own Granola. We’ll definitely do that again!

pumpkin pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes
pineapple pancakes
Pineapple Pancakes
breakfast taco
Breakfast Taco
variations on oatmeal
Oatmeal: Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Chocolate-Chocolate, Cinnamon Raisin
variations on oatmeal
Oatmeal: Cherry-Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Blueberry Muffin, Pumpkin Pie
variations on oatmeal
Oatmeal: Orange Scented, Raspberry Crème
oatmeal pancakes
Oatmeal Pancakes
granola
Granola
biscuits with olive gravy
Biscuits with Olive Gravy
tofu scramble
Tofu Scramble
tempeh bacon
Tempeh Bacon

We don’t tend to eat breakfast breads. Nonetheless, we tried all of the recipes and got some good insights on how to make them on a Vegan diet. Our favorites were the Corn Muffins.

ruby chocolate muffins
Ruby Chocolate Muffins
peanut butter muffins
“Cheater” Peanut Butter Muffins
chocolate chip muffins
Chocolate Chip Muffins
lemon zucchini muffins
Lemon-Zucchini Muffins
pineapple carrot muffins
Pineapple-Carrot Muffins
blueberry yogurt muffins
Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
pumpkin muffin
Pumpkin Muffin
blueberry muffin
Blueberry Muffin
breakfast corn muffins
Breakfast Corn Muffins
banana chocolate chip scones
Banana Chocolate Chip Scones
classic cornbread
Classic Cornbread

We had good success with these recipes. We used the Lentil Joes as a shared topping at a friend’s baked potato night. The Sonoma “Chicken” Salad provided a nice way to use tofu as the protein source. The Chickpea Tenders have become our chicken tenders substitute for our favorite curry recipe. And we were pleasantly surprised by how tasty the Quinoa Taco Meat was in our soft tacos. Bravo!

lentil joes
Lentil Joes
sonoma tofu salad
Sonoma “Chicken” Salad
chickpea tenders
Chickpea tenders
thai tacos
Thai Tacos
jerk tofu
Jerk Tofu
quinoa taco meat
Quinoa Taco Meat
quinoa curry cakes
Quinoa Curry Cakes

Of all the things I’ve missed since switching to a whole foods plant based diet, good old fashioned hamburgers might just top the list. I’ll confess that none of these recipes quite lives up to a juicy Angus burger hot off the grill. The Taco Burger and Meat Loaf Bites came closest to the mark. I’ll likely keep a supply handy to address those nights when I really don’t feel like cooking. They freeze nicely.

pesto burger
Pesto Burger
pizza burger
Pizza Burger
taco burger
Taco Burger
tempeh burger
Tempeh Burger
meatloaf bites
Meatloaf Bites
lentil and oat burgers
Lentil and Oat Burgers

All of these recipes are easy to prepare and work well for a mid-day meal or light dinner.

ancient bowl
“Cheater” Ancient Bowl
asian rice bowl
Asian Rice Bowl
burrito bowl
Burrito Bowl
caribbean bowl
Caribbean Bowl
nacho bowl
Nacho Bowl
italian bowl
Italian Bowl
barbecue wrap
BBQ Wrap
classic veggie wrap
Classic Veggie Wrap
roasted bell pepper wrap
Roasted Bell Pepper Wrap
spinach love wrap
Spinach Love Wrap
smash white bean wrap
Smash White Bean Wrap
burrito
Scott’s Burrito

I really enjoy hot soups and chilies during the Fall and Winter months. The Irish Stew, Chipotle Harvest Chili, and Garden Chili deserve special mention. We really enjoyed them. We were also pleasantly surprised by the Shep’s Pie. It was a delicious hot lunch on a cold day… and helped use up our leftover mashed potatoes!

carrot soup
Carrot Soup
butternut soup
Butternut Soup
Carol's Cabbage Soup
Carol’s Cabbage Soup
yellow curry dal
Yellow Curry Dal
celeriac soup
Celeriac Soup
cajun corn chowder
Cajun Corn Chowder
irish stew
Irish Stew
chipotle harvest chili
Chipotle Harvest Chili
caribbean chili
Caribbean Chili
pumpkin chili
Pumpkin Chili
garden chili
Garden Chili
leftovers pot pie
Leftovers Pot Pie
shepherd pie
Shep’s Pie

Lindsay’s salads are tasty and easy to pull together. I was especially pleased with the introduction to “Salads in a Jar.” They can be prepared a day or more in advance. By layering the ingredients according to the instructions, everything stays fresh, and the salad sets up on a plate nicely when shaking out the contents.

The salad dressing recipes are quite good. Our favorite is the Balsamic-Dijon Vinaigrette.

mediterranean quinoa salad
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
lentil and pear salad
Lentil and Pear Salad
waldorf salad
Waldorf Salad
tropical taco salad
Tropical Taco Salad
harvest salad
Harvest Salad

BBQ Salad
salads in a jar
Salad in a Jar: Basic and Hummus
salads in a jar
Salad in a Jar: Lindsay’s Fave and Citrus Twist
salads in a jar
Salad in a Jar: Zesty and Southwest
salad in a jar
Salad in a Jar: Classic
thai crunch
Thai Crunch
spicy mango quinoa salad
Spicy Mango Quinoa Salad

As I’ve noted elsewhere, we generally steer clear of pasta and noodle dishes. However, we’ll keep the Skinny Pad Thai, Soba Peanut Noodles, and curry dishes in mind when we have a hankering for low maintenance comfort food.

skinny puttanesca
Skinny Puttanesca
eggplant parm
Eggplant Parm
macaroni and cheese
Skinny Mac ‘N Cheese
chipotle pasta
Chipotle Pasta
penne with lentil marinara sauce
Penne with Lentil Marinara Sauce
red pesto
Red Pesto
soba peanut noodles
Soba Peanut Noodles
pad thai
Skinny Pad Thai
bangkok curry
Bangkok Curry
thai green curry
Thai Green Curry
thai sweet potato curry sauce
Green Beans with Thai Sweet Potato Curry Sauce
ginger cabbage stir-fry
Ginger Cabbage Stir-Fry
pineapple stir-fry
Pineapple Stir-Fry

Hats off to Lindsay Nixon for creating truly satisfying sides. She offers several tasty ways to prepare one of nature’s superfoods – kale. We loved the Lemony Asparagus which we cooked to perfection in the oven. We made couscous for breakfast as a substitute for hot cereal and will do it again. And the mashed potatoes, oven fries, and gravies were really good.

smoky apple baked beans
Smoky Apple Baked Beans
chipotle sweet potato salad
Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad
kale slaw
Kale Slaw
asian orange kale salad
Asian Orange Kale Salad
creamy kale salad
Creamy Kale Salad
sweet kale salad
Sweet Kale Salad
parmesan greens
Parmesan Greens
lemony asparagus
Lemony Asparagus
citrus couscous
Citrus Couscous
lemony couscous
Lemony Couscous
easy mashed potatoes
Easy Mashed Potatoes and Quick Gravy
oven fries
Oven Fries
mushroom gravy
Mushroom Gravy