Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Herbivore Light & Leans Q&A, recipe & giveaway


I’ve been lucky enough to review all of Lindsey (Happy Herbivore) cookbooks now and Light & Lean is my new favorite!


Each of her cookbooks are filled with quick & easy low fat vegan recipes! And bonus – the recipes all have ingredients you most likely already have in your cupboard!

This awesome book is loaded with tasty recipes (I’ve made about 10 already) and it also has a section on workouts you can do anywhere!  There is a fantastic section all about 100 calories too – which was very enlightening for me – and something I now think about on a daily basis (can’t share though  - you must get the book!)


I am lucky to be apart of this virtual book tour and got to ask Lindsey a few questions, share a recipe AND host a giveaway! So here ya go!

Interview with the Happy Herbivore herself!

DFB Question #1 If you had to “wow” someone with an appetizer, entre, side and desert from this book which would you choose? 

HH Answer #1 – Any dish.

DFB Question #2 – Many of my readers have kids with dairy allergies – can you give me a few of your recipes from this book that have been a hit with younger kids? 

HH Answer #2  - All of ‘em—my testers all have kids or grandkids. I don’t put recipes in my books they don’t eat. :)

DFB Question #3  - What’s the best tip you can give someone that is needing to go dairy-free (vegan) for health reasons? 

HH Answer #3 - Keep your motivations in focus when times feel tough.

DFB Question #4 – A personal one, I’m sure many can relate too.   I have tried adopting a plant based diet – and loved it.  I also dropped quite a few pounds easily, and really enjoyed the food – however – I found it hard to stick to living with a meat eating husband (who has no interested in giving up meat) and a busy little guy (so making separate meals isn’t an option).  Do you have any tips for someone who wants to try to eat this way, but has time constraints, or opposition from family members? 

HH Answer #4 - You’ve got to be a little bit selfish. You’re no good to anyone if you’re sick or not feeling your best. Make plant based meals and charge hubby with cooking his own meat if he wants to add it to the meal.


Caribbean Bowl

Caribbean BowlSingle serving

Soy-free, Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Single Serving

I love the pairing of black beans and pineapple! Inspired by the Caribbean Chili (in full cookbook), now you have a Caribbean Bowl too! Avocado and guacamole also make a nice addition.

2 c kale, chopped

½ c cooked quinoa

½ c black beans

½ c pineapple salsa

½ c diced or crushed pineapple

2 green onions, sliced

Line a pot with a thin layer of water, bring to a boil, add kale, and cover for about a minute (the kale will

turn bright green). Give it a stir so all of the kale is bright green and softer, then drain. Mix in quinoa

and/or beans to warm it up a bit, if desired. (I like to serve this with everything warm except the salsa,

pineapple, and green onion, which are chilled.) Transfer to a bowl and toss with salsa, pineapple,

and green onions, leaving a few onion pieces for garnish. You can also drizzle hot sauce on top if desired.


Make it a Wrap: Divide ingredients (skipping quinoa and using spinach instead of kale) into two wraps, for approximately 196 calories each.

Per bowl

Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347

Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.9g

Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65.6g

Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.6g

Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.3g

Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.7g

WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


And giveaway time!  All you have to do is answer 1 question on here or on my facebook page (which I will transfer over to my blog)  Open to anyone in Canada or US (excluding PO boxes!) Contest closes Dec 27th at 8pm – winner will be announced on my facebook page & will have 48 hours to respond!

Since I got inspiration from the “100 Calorie” part of this cookbook;

What’s one healthy tip that’s stuck with you overtime?


**Thanks to BenBella for hosting this giveaway!


  1. FROM FB - Amanda B. Reckonedwith Cooking larger batches and enjoying leftovers (and freezing some for later) is very helpful.

  2. from FB Elizabeth Betsy Tesi Give yourself permission to have lunch for breakfast, especially if your lunches are typically healthy. I love tomato soup and a salad for breakfast, and then I start out with tons of veggies first thing in the morning.

  3. The thing that has stuck with me the most is to stop eating when I feel full even if the food is really good! It can be hard when it's really yummy but I never feel sick afterward when my sweetie is grumbling & groaning about eating too much:)

  4. The one health tip that stuck with me over time was to stay away from the 5 white poisons - pasteurized dairy, table salt, refined sugar, white flour and white rice. It's helped me stay healthy for years and years now. I feel great!

  5. For me, being vegan allows me to pretty much eat whatever I want, I don't need to count calories or worry about getting enough nutrients. It completely eliminates any temptation to eat junk food or fast food since almost none of it is vegan.

  6. "Everything in moderation" except the things that make you sick! This is a very helpful tip for me because it reminds me to broaden my horizons regularly and not get stuck in a food rut where I eat the same thing every day because it's easy. Thankfully there are lots of great blogs to follow that are always changing it up!

  7. from facebook Erin Gunnarson Giving up calorie filled liquids is key for me. When it comes to liquids, my internal question is "is it worth it?"

  8. from FB Jenn Tallis Allow yourself one 'treat' day a week. Stick to healthy eating for 6 days a week knowing that you have a treat day where you can indulge in some pizza or chocolate.

  9. from facebook Dera Weaver The healthy tip that works for me: don't eat after 7:00 PM. I avoid mindless snacking, and I sleep better, too.

  10. For me, it's definitely to identify my hunger cues! I used to never allow myself to feel hunger - I thought there was something wrong with me if I got to that point. But really, that's not the case at all!


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