Interview with Happy Herbivore and a Book GIVEAWAY of HH Light & Lean!

Well, 2013 is almost said and done ALREADY!  Have you started thinking about incorporating more healthier eating choices and getting your body moving more in 2014?  If you are nodding your head yes, then this GIVEAWAY is just for you!  I am really excited to be included on the Happy Herbivore Light & Lean Blog Tour and you should be excited too because I am GIVING AWAY a copy of the book to one of you lucky readers! 

The Winner Is:

Dawn!  Congratulations!


Cookbook Author Lindsay S. Nixon - Happy Herbivore Light & Lean

Cookbook Author Lindsay S. Nixon – Happy Herbivore Light & Lean

I like Lindsay S. Nixon’s Happy Herbivore Cookbooks because the recipes are quick, simple using easy to find ingredients and budget-friendly!  Her latest cookbook, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean includes over 150 low-calorie plant-strong recipes AND workout plans anyone can do to help look and feel great!

Whether you are on a plant-strong diet or you would like to experiment with plant-strong recipes, the Happy Herbivore series of cookbooks are a great place to start!  I should know – I own all 4 of the cookbooks and I have made many of the recipes from all them!  There are so many recipes in the Happy Herbivore Light & Lean cookbook I can’t wait to try!  :-)

The Winner is – Dawn!  Congratulations!


I am giving away ONE copy of Lindsay S. Nixon’s latest cookbook, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean!   A winner will be picked on Friday, January 3rd and will be notified via email. Sorry, only U.S. and Canadian folks are eligible to enter.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite plant-strong recipe OR one way you will improve your health/lifestyle in 2014.

Oh and just as an added bonus, you will find a FREE Recipe from the Happy Herbivore Light & Lean cookbook at the end of this blog post!

I would like to thank Lindsay for having including me in the Happy Herbivore Light and Lean Blog Tour! I have been a fan of the Happy Herbivore Cookbooks for several years now. Through my current Health Coaching studies, the importance of healthy living is at the forefront of my life and the HH Cookbooks and GetMealPlans are a big part of that!

And now,  I am honored to introduce to you my interview with Best-Selling Cookbook Author, Lindsay S. Nixon!

1. Congratulations on your 4th book, Happy Herbivore Light and Lean! There are so many yummy and easy recipes in this book. What is your #1 favorite recipe and why?

Answer:  Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child :)

2. For our Carnivore/Omnivore readers, what recipe and tips can you suggest to try from your Happy Herbivore Light and Lean book that would help them to transition to a Herbivore lifestyle?

Answer:  No one ever turns down a dessert!

3. All of us lead very busy lives. I love that all the books have recipes featuring no-fuss, budget friendly, common food-allergy friendly and easy to find ingredients! Now, with your new book, you include straightforward workouts! This is really innovative: Combining healthy eating recipes plus workouts that don’t require expensive equipment or a lot of time! For those just getting started with a fitness routine, what exercise or exercises do you suggest they focus on first?

Answer:  All of them—they’re all suitable for all fitness levels :)

4. When writing your cookbooks, I am sure a lot goes on “behind the scenes” for a recipe to make into your books. How do recipes get selected for publication?

Answer:  I have a large team of testers—their feedback ultimately decides what goes in.

5. I believe people are truly interested in improving their health but they are “time challenged” and stressed out. Additionally, they find little time to practice self-care and good nutrition. Besides your recipes from your previous best-selling cookbooks, the GetMealPlans subscriptions and the recipes and workouts included in the Happy Herbivore Light and Lean book, can you give us your top 3 simple, easy to implement tips for shifting to a healthier lifestyle?

Answer:  Just do it. Don’t make excuses. Make your health a priority. Switch to the “I can” attitude not “I can’t”

And Now – the FREE RECIPE!!

Thai Crunch Salad

Thai Crunch

Single serving

Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Single Serving


Before I was plant-based, I loved the Thai Crunch salad at California Pizza Kitchen. I finally decided to re-create a lighter vegan version of it for this cookbook. It’s easy, fresh, fast, and satisfying. (I also loved their Original BBQ Chicken Chopped salad, hence my BBQ Salad [in full cookbook] recipe!) By the way, CPK is one of the vegan-friendliest restaurant chains in the US. They have a PDF online indicating which menu items are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

4 c napa cabbage, red cabbage, or lettuce (or a combination)

1 carrot, julienned

2 green onions, sliced

¼ – ½ c edamame

½ cucumber, sliced or diced

Thai Peanut Dressing

crushed peanuts (optional garnish)

cilantro (optional)

lime wedges (garnish)

Toss cabbage/lettuce, carrot, green onions, edamame, and cucumber together in a salad bowl, then top with Thai Peanut Dressing, crushed peanuts, and cilantro (if using), and garnish with a lime wedge. (I also love squeezing fresh lime juice over the salad.)

Chef’s Note: For a soy-free version, substitute chickpeas for the edamame.

Per Serving

Calories     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300

Fat. .     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.7g

Carbs     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39.4g

Fiber. .     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.7g

Sugars. .     . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.3g

Fat. .     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.3g

WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . .     . 6



Thai Peanut Dressing

Makes ¼ cup

Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Pantry 

Creamy, delicious—here’s a lower fat and lower calorie DIY peanut sauce.

 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp warm water

1 tbsp sweet red chili sauce

juice of 1 lime wedge

2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari

1 ¼ tsp rice vinegar

garlic powder

ground ginger

1–2 drops Asian hot sauce (e.g., Sriracha)

1 tbsp nondairy milk

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter with water, chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce or tamari, rice vinegar, a few dashes of garlic powder and ground ginger, plus hot sauce. Microwave for 10–20 seconds (so peanut butter is melty), whisk into a sauce, and then whisk in nondairy milk. Taste, adding more hot sauce as desired.

Chef’s Note: For a richer sauce, substitute coconut milk for the nondairy.

Per Serving

Thai Peanut Dressing (1 tbsp)

Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .1.4g

Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3g

Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0g

Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     0g

Protein. . . . . . . . . . .0.9g

WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

If you want learn more about Lindsay S. Nixon, find more plant-strong recipes, read her blog, and sign-up for her GetMealPlans and newsletters, the website is: 

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

Laura – The Nourishing Soul





9 comments on “Interview with Happy Herbivore and a Book GIVEAWAY of HH Light & Lean!

  1. Kelly

    How awesome to be able to interview Lindsay! Her cookbooks are truly for all levels of cooks and inspire us to get back into the kitchen. My favorite recipe is my red, white and black bean chili. I think it’s my favorite because I make it in the crockpot so it is super easy. Thanks for sharing Laura!


      That recipe sounds yummy, Kelly! Perfect for a Patriotic theme. Do you have the recipe to share here? I would like to post it in the Recipes Section of the website if that’s ok with you? Thanks for entering to win and good luck!! ~Laura

  2. Dawn

    Loved the interview and have also loved many of the recipes that you have shared with us. Hoping to incorporate more in to my daily cooking.

  3. Jenn

    I plan to improve my health in 2014 by going to sleep earlier, getting more exercise and eating at regular times. I also want to improve WHAT goes in my belly…hopefully I can quit the sugar and refined carb addiction I think I have.


      This is a great plan with realistic goals! Good for you! You will do THIS!

  4. Danielle

    My healthy goal this new year is to start going for outside runs again, only this time with a baby jogger! And to possibly enter and my first triathlon!

    As for a recipe, my favorite plant-based snack when pregnant was:

    1 apple if your size and choosing
    2 tablespoons sprouted almond butter (or if you’re like me, ‘lots’ of almond butter)
    Organic grade B maple syrup
    Himalayan sea salt to taste

    – cut the apple and put on a plate or in a bowl
    – mix the maple syrup with the almond butter
    – add salt to mix
    – dip your apples in the mix and

    ENJOY !!!!

  5. Anneliese

    I’m enjoying your blog, Laura! In 2014, I plan to eat more fish and veggies. I don’t eat a lot of red meat anyway, and would ultimately like to become a pescatarian. So, that’s my goal for the New Year. The Thai Crunch recipe sounds great and I’d like to make it soon. Thanks!

  6. Faye

    Great interview.
    Thank you.
    My favorite recipes are really simple and with very few ingredients; like kale sauteed with a drizzle of olive oil and dash of salt or purple cabbage sliced lengthwise and drizzled with olive oil, a dash of pepper and salt and cooked on a cookie sheet for about ten to fifteen minutes on 425….it is so delicious.

  7. MJ

    The book sounds interesting need to look into it further. I have been adding more vegetables and always looking for new recipes. I look at food as to what can it do for me, what are the nutritional benefits.

    Plus for the holidays we are now preparing meals from carnivores to vegans. Need all the help I can get.

    Good interview. Thank you.