Review of Happy Herbivore’s “Light and Lean”


The Happy Herbivore, a.k.a. Lindsay S. Nixon, has truly  made her footprint in the plant-based recipe world. With several cookbooks and a huge following (over 150,000 Happy Herbivore cookbooks sold and more than 72,000 Facebook followers as of today!), Nixon is at the forefront of all things “herbie.”

Her latest cookbook, “Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great,” is home to a new crop of plant-based meals that should take 30 minutes or less. What’s different about this book is that Nixon also incorporates workouts: “True to its title, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean also includes ‘recipes’ for your body with basic workouts, plus tips and tricks that will inspire you to move more for a trimmer, more-toned you.”

The book is beautiful — in full color with vivid images and inspiring, innovative recipes that use no processed ingredients, no oil, and no “diet” chemicals. The workouts look fun (I have yet to try one, but I plan on it!), and I can really see this book being a wonderful life-changer for a person seeking to eat a plant-based diet and get some solid workout tips, too.

Here’s a list of some selected recipes so you get the idea:

Breakfast Tacos

·         Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

·         Lentil Joes

·         Caribbean Bowl

·         Spinach Love Wrap

·         Carol’s Cabbage Soup

·         Thai Crunch Salad + Dressing

·         Meatloaf Bites

·         Soba Peanut Noodles

·         Deviled “Eggs”

·         Microwave Peach Cobbler

·         AJ’s Vegan Parmesan

·         Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Can you say “yum?”

I had the chance to ask Lindsay about her recipe creation process. She told me the act of putting together new ideas is “a mixed bag. Sometimes I’ll pick up an ingredient and figure out a way to make something with it. Other times I’ll see something and want to recreate it at home. For example, when I was in Ireland I saw signs all over the place for Guinness stew or Irish stew. Of course it wasn’t vegan, or vegetarian, so I waited until I got home, learned about the traditional recipe, then made a plant-based version… and now it’s in Light & Lean!”

I highly recommend Lindsay’s new book — if you don’t win one through Vegan Good, be sure to pick yourself up a copy stat!




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