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Happy Herbivore Abroad Cookbook Giveaway

As we finish up 2012, are there healthy eating resolutions & goals on your 2013 list?  If yes, today’s giveaway may just be for you! We are so excited to be included on the Happy Herbivore Abroad Blog Tour and you should be too because we’re giving away a copy for one of our lucky readers! I’ve been on a happy plant-based cooking frenzy since I received my copy of this great cookbook, Happy Herbivore Abroad.

What I like about Lindsay S. Nixon’s Happy Herbivore cookbooks is that the recipes are relatively straightforward and use easy to find ingredients.  The cookbook includes over 135 fat-free & low fat vegan recipes from around the world.  Having enjoyed several of the cities that Lindsay highlights in the book, it was fun to reminisce about my own travels and recreate some favorite international dishes.

Whether you’ve been on a plant-based diet for awhile or are just contemplating one, the Happy Herbivore cookbooks are a great resource and I believe Happy Herbivore Abroad has become my new favorite.  Over the Christmas holiday, I served German Lentil Soup and received rave reviews.  We also loved the Taco Soup (added some gluten-free pasta for more of a taco chili feel) and Swedish Split Pea Soup.  I think the Decadent Brownies are a huge improvement from the Black Bean Brownies (which are good – but these Decadent ones are wonderful!)  The Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe has a nice mild curry flavor and was a nice change of pace from my usual quinoa, cranberry, walnut concoction.  What’s so fun is that there are so many more recipes I can’t wait to try.

I found myself reading off these recipes to my mom over the phone so she could try as well.  After several times of this, I just ordered an additional copy for her.   It’s that good.

I’ve included more on our transition to a plant-based diet here.

This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be notified via email. Thanks!

We are giving away one copy of Lindsay S. Nixon’s Happy Herbivore Abroad, her latest cookbook.  We will pick our winner on January 1, 2013 and notify them via email.  Only U.S. and Canada folks are eligible to enter. 

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite plant-based dish OR one of your 2013 resolutions.

As part of the blog tour,  I was able to interview the author of Happy Herbivore Abroad, Lindsay S. Nixon:

1.  Congratulations on your new book, Happy Herbivore Abroad.  Do you have a favorite travel experience or funny story from your preparations and research for the book?  

Lindsay: Those stories are in the book :)

From WellnessJunkie: After reading through my copy, my favorite would be Lindsay’s story about getting lost in Granada…mostly because I have my own “getting lost in Rome/relying on kindness of strangers” story…

2.  I’m so thrilled for your growing success with working with Engine 2 and Forks Over Knives, your cookbooks and continued media opportunities. As you are enjoying more and more success and your schedule gets busy, how do you stay grounded and in balance?

Lindsay: I try to take in and enjoy every opportunity, but sometimes it gets shuffled into my day-to-day. My primary concern is my fans — the Herbies — I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and they’ll be there long after the Dr. Oz episode ends. Everything I do, I do for them. They keep me grounded.


3. One of the things I love about your first two books is that most of the ingredients are readily available and not too hard to find.  Was this an easy thing to maintain for Happy Herbivore Abroad or did the international aspect make this more challenging?

Lindsay: I’m very passionate about using everyday ingredients and didn’t want to change that with this book – so I didn’t. You get all the international flavor but without the fuss.


4.  What advice do you give “pseudo” herbivores that are eating about a 90% plant-based diet, but haven’t gone all in? Are there strategies that you’ve learned to help folks get to 100%?

Lindsay: Just do it. Take it a meal at a time. Don’t get caught up with over thinking. Worry about this meal, right now — not what you’re doing tomorrow, or next week or next Christmas. Never think in “Can’t haves” — it’s not that you can’t have it, it’s that you’re choosing not to. Also, focus on all the food you can have, not what you’re choosing to give up. I eat a wider variety of food now on a plant-based diet than I ever did on an omnivorous one!

This giveaway is now closed.

To enter our Happy Herbivore Abroad cookbook giveaway, please leave a comment sharing your favorite plant-based dish or one of your 2013 resolutions.  We’ll pick our winner on January 1, 2013 and notify them via email.  U.S. and Canada folks only, please.

Converting to a Plant-Based Diet

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’m always trying new things in the world of health and wellness.  Some things stick and I continue to eat/do them on a regular basis and some turn out to be novelties that just last a short time.  Well, I have a feeling that this is becoming a lifestyle change that is sticking.

Last month, hubby and I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and had dinner with friends (one is a cardiologist) who had already been on the plant-based diet the movie recommends.  After reading more on the diet and critics of the movie, we came to our own conclusion to give it a shot – but also allow for an occasional bit of oil or yogurt as needed.  My philosophy is that by allowing some leniency, you won’t restrict yourself to the point of falling off the wagon in a big, unhealthy way.  Plus, we’re young, no heart disease that we’re trying to reverse, etc.  My motto = Baby steps, people.

With that said, we’ve been on our plant-based diet for about 2 weeks and feel wonderful.  Let me be more specific. In just 2 weeks:

  • Hubby has lost 4 lbs, slight belly is disappearing fast. He has more energy and is sleeping better.
  • My skin looks better (no more breakouts), I’m feeling fuller at meals (thus eating less) and my sugar cravings have dramatically decreased.  And no more sinus trouble.
  • I also have more energy and sleep like a rock.

I will say that my digestive system is adjusting and with that, comes a bit more…gas.  But, I’m assured that that gets better over time.

First, if this interests you, see the documentary Forks over Knives.  It’s on Netflix and likely at your local library.  Watch the movie with your partner/spouse/family as seeing is believing…I was so grateful that my hubby watched it with me which got him on board quickly.  It’s very powerful to see these people improve their health so dramatically.

Next, if you decide to do this, you’re going to need help.  Here are several resources that have already proven to be a great help to me:

Happy Herbivore:  I purchased Lindsay’s latest book Everyday Happy Herbivore and have already found 4 go-to recipes that we both love. And, I can’t put the book down… recipes are simple and easy to prepare in 30 minutes or less.  Note: We only have product links on this site for products that we use. If you click on the link below and purchase the book here, we’ll get a few pennies to help support this site.

Engine 2:  This is the same firehouse featured in the documentary… great resource for “plantstrong” recipes… I especially love their one-dish meals which make it easy to cook every few days and live on the leftovers.

I also have found yummy-looking recipes that are on my list to try but haven’t had a chance yet at FatFreeVegan.

Well…some of you may be thinking – what? 100% plant-based?  No meat, no dairy, no oil?  And it feels like it’s impossible.  How can we possibly get enough protein?  Well… plants and grains have protein…I’d encourage you to check out these resources – Forks Over Knives and the Engine 2 site and learn more.  Educate yourself and consider taking a baby step or two forward for your health.

I’m so glad we took the first step on this journey.