Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Light & Lean Blog Tour, Sneak Peek Recipe Preview and an Interview with the Happy Herbivore!

A year ago I discovered my favorite plant-based cookbook author - Lindsay Nixon - a.k.a. The Happy Herbivore.  I needed quick, easy and "normal" and that is what I found in her recipes.  My family is also a big fan of a lot of the recipes I make of hers and we all know that when our family is happy, half the battle is already won!

I am so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for her new book, "Happy Herbivore Light and Lean" which will be released the first of December.

Interview With Lindsay:  I had the opportunity to ask Lindsay a few questions and want to share with you what she had to say:

1. Do you have a special process for creating your recipes? I suppose it depends on the recipe. Most often I'll see what I have on hand and try to create a recipe with it. When I was writing Happy Herbivore Abroad, however, I was working with recipes and ideas that already existed. My job was to honor and recreate the original dish, but recreate it in terms of using plant-based, healthy ingredients instead—all without compromising the integrity of the traditional dish. As you might imagine, there was a lot of experimenting!

2. Do you have ideas for new cookbooks in the future?

I'm working on my fifth cookbook now, and I'm under contract to write a sixth as well. I can't say what they are yet, but I am really excited for both. With each book I try to do something I haven't done before.

3. What is your take on vegetable spray?

I'm not sure what you mean by vegetable spray? Do you mean an oil-spray like Pam? I don't use oil (or oil sprays) with my cooking :)

4. In the beginning of my plant based journey, I spent many hours searching for recipes my family would enjoy yet were easy to make. When I discovered your recipes and website, things change for me. Obviously this is not question but I wanted to publicly say thank you! Thanks for putting yourself out there and inspiring myself and others.

Aww xoxox!!

And now a sneak-preview of one of the recipes in Light & Lean!!

Meatloaf Bites
Makes 8
Gluten-free, Quick, Budget

One afternoon I grabbed what I thought was corn from the freezer but later realized it was mixed vegetables. Once they thawed on the counter I knew they weren’t going back in, so I looked for a new, inventive way to use them. A can of kidney beans started calling, and before I knew it I had a vegetable-filled meatloaf in the oven. Since this meatloaf is baked in a muffin tin (great for serving sizes and portion control), I call it meatloaf “bites” and, yes, leftovers are great as a burger!

1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp chili powder (add another 1 tsp if you like it spicy)
3 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce (recipe in full cookbook)
1 c frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
6 tbsp instant oats

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or use nonstick. Mash beans in a bowl with fork or potato masher until well mashed. Add remaining ingredients, except oats, and stir to combine.

Stir in oats. Spoon into muffin tin and pack down. Bake for 20 minutes until crisp on the outside and fairly firm to the touch (firms a bit as it cools). Serve with ketchup, Quick Gravy (pg. 188), etc.

Per Bite
Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.7g
Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.9g
Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.5g
Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3g
Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.8g
WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Other Cookbooks by Lindsay:

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

Happy Hebivore Abroad: A Travelogue and Over 135 Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes from Around the World

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