Fueling the Vegan Flame
Embracing the vegan lifestyle for the past 2 and almost a half years has been such a great journey—I have tried TONS of new foods and new recipes and forced my friends and family to try these along with me!! One of my vegan idols is Lindsay S. Nixon aka Happy Herbivore (I have provided some extra info on Lindsay further down the page). She has provided me with so many recipes and new vegan ideas, and I recently had the opportunity of asking her a few questions that I thought might be of interest to some of you…
1) What are some tips for those that would like to eat healthier or eat a more plant-based diet, but they feel like they just don’t have the time to cook?
We all have to eat so we all have time to cook. There are so many easy, healthy recipes that take less time than getting take out or drive-thru or making something from a box. Tofu scramble with veggies takes 5-6 minutes, my 6-ingredient black bean burgers take 10 and thats just baking time… pepper fajitas take minute and bean and rice or veggie burritos are near-instant. You can also cook once a week. Cook all your meals (it only takes an hour or two at most) then reheat during the week.
2) What are the top 5-10 ingredients and food items you would recommend to always have in the kitchen in order to cook up a quick healthy meal last minute?
canned beans, frozen vegetables, well stocked spice rack, 1-minute brown rice, salsa, whole grain wraps or tortillas (you can store these in the freezer), whole grain pasta and pasta sauce, teriyaki sauce and other condiments. You really don’t need much to eat well.
3) I think a lot of guys steer clear of “vegan” or “vegetarian” because they think they need more food or need meat to keep up their active lifestyle or keep their “man card”…what are your thoughts on this?
My husband is 6ft, 200lbs and runs marathons, skiis double black diamonds, mountain bikes, etc and he is a vegan. There are so many awesome male vegan athletes. I’ll never forget seeing Rip climb UP the firehouse pole in Forks Over Knives saying “REAL MEN EAT PLANTS.” I can’t think of his name — but there is an ultimate fighter who is vegan and I don’t think anyone can doubt his manliness…
4) What types of meals/food items would you recommend for guys out there that maybe don’t LOVE to cook and are concerned that a vegetarian or vegan diet is going to be too light for them?
Focus on dishes that celebrate filling foods like whole grains and legumes. My husband LOVES bean burritos, for example. He can’t get enough of them.
Thanks so much Lindsay! Here is little more info about Lindsay:
Lindsay S. Nixon is a rising star in the culinary world, praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low fat recipes that taste just as delicious as they are nutritious. Lindsay’s recipes have been featured in Vegetarian Times, Women’s Health Magazine and on The Huffington Post. Lindsay is also a consulting chef at La Samanna, a luxury resort and four-star restaurant in the French West Indies. You can learn more about Lindsay and sample some of her recipes at happyherbivore.com
After vegan chef Lindsay S. Nixon wrapped up her popular cookbook The Happy Herbivore Cookbook last year, she went back to her kitchen in her new home of St. Maarten. Island living encouraged Nixon to come up with simpler fare, which led to a follow-up cookbook focusing on recipes that bring tasty back to quick-and-easy.
Now, in Nixon’s much-anticipated follow-up cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, readers will see, once again, that just because plant-based eating is optimal for health, it doesn’t have to also be expensive or time-consuming.
Everyday Happy Herbivore includes more than 175 doable recipes—recipes that are so quick and easy, you could cook three healthy meals from scratch every day like Nixon does.
Each of Nixon’s recipes are made with wholesome, easy-to-find, fresh ingredients and include no added fats. With additional notes indicating recipes that are ideal for preparing ahead of time and those you can whip up with just a few dollars, Everyday Happy Herbivore will be the must-have cookbook for anyone desiring a healthier, happier menu!
Here is a recipe that Lindsay shared as well—-I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned my love/borderline obsession with sweet potatoes…
Sweet Potato Dal (serves 2)
This soup is Dal-icious! It’s so flavorful you’ll want seconds. and thirds!
1 small sweet potato, skinned
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garam masala, plus extra
1 cup vegetable broth, plus extra
1/2 cup red lentils
4 cups spinach, or more
Dice sweet potato into small ½-inch cubes, and set aside. Line a medium pot with a thin layer of water and saute onions and garlic for a minute. Add a pinch or two red pepper flakes and continue to cook until all the water has cooked off. Add turmeric, ¼ tsp garam masala and stir to coat. Add 1 cup broth, uncooked lentils, and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce to low, cover, and simmer for a few minutes, about 5. Add sweet potatoes, bring to a boil again and reduce to low and simmer, until lentils are fully cooked (they expand and the sauce thickens), about 5 minutes more. Check periodically to see if you need additional broth (I tend to add an extra ½ cup but it can vary). Once lentils are cooked and sweet potatoes are fork tender, taste, adding more garam masala as desired (I like to add another ¼ tsp but some blends are stronger than others). Add spinach, continuing to stir until spinach cooks down and softens. Add salt to taste and serve.
Per Serving: 232 Calories, 0.9g Fat, 42.2g Carbohydrates, 17.7g Fiber, 4.7g Sugar, 15.4g
You can purchase a copy of her new cookbook here: Buy on Amazon.