The Happy Herbivore Cookbook & Giveaway!



It’s Hockey Season and that means I’m feeding snacks to a bunch of hungry guys during our weekly game night.


Impressing the male species with vegan food is one of the biggest challenges of all. It’s not so much the taste of the food that I’m worried about; it’s more the stereotype of what vegan means to them. Often, the word vegan doesn’t evoke warm and fuzzy feelings like….beer or pizza….or nachos.

So I make nachos, spiced bar nuts, pizza, and beer fries.


Now they think vegan is just some weird code for really awesome food.



book1The other night I was trying to think of some “guy-friendly” snacks (oh, now I’m stereotyping!) and I came across some delicious looking snack recipes in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay Nixon. The publisher sent me this cookbook to check out and I’ve been meaning to try it for a while now. There are all kinds of dips and appetizer recipes to choose from, in addition to breakfast, sides, entrees, appetizers, sauces/dressings, and dessert recipes. Most recipes also have a full colour photograph which is always a nice feature if you are a visual person like myself.

Lindsay specializes in fat-free and low-fat vegan recipes and you can find over 175 recipes in her cookbook. There are also a lot of tofu, tempeh, and seitan based recipes such as her Seitan Pot Roast and Fettuccine Alfredo. If you are a soy fan, you will find a lot of unique options. 


For game night, I made Lindsay’s Spicy Mexican Dip (above) made up of cannellini & black beans, nutritional yeast, spices & seasonings, and a hint of lime. I was feeling feisty so I made the Nacho Cheese Sauce and swirled it into the dip before baking it for about 35-40 minutes. Amazing. The only thing I regret was not putting a layer of Daiya Cheese on top!

I served the dip with Lindsay’s Chili-Lime Corn Chips. They are very easy to make and the flavours went perfectly with the dip.


First things first, the boys thought it was actually a real cheese dip.

Secondly, the dip was gone in 10 minutes.

I forgot all about the fact that the Leafs were losing.


I also made the Fruity Cereal Bars (it’s a good thing because the dip didn’t last long) which are fat-free knock offs of those commercial cereal breakfast bars that we all know and love. I wasn’t expecting much from a fat-free cereal bar, but these were good. The oatmeal base is soft and light (a common outcome when using applesauce as a fat replacer) and the gooey jam topping made me want to eat the entire pan.


Sadly, I had to share. 

I even thought about trying the the, ‘You don’t want this, trust me! It’s healthy, it’s VEGAN!’ line, but it didn’t work. My cover was already blown.

Vegan food is just a code for really awesome food, remember?

The Happy Herbivore Giveaway!

If you’d like a chance to win The Happy Herbivore Cookbook leave a comment below. I’ll pick the winner on Monday and ship you a copy of this book. Open to anyone, anywhere.

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Clara October 21, 2011

These look SOOO tasty! You make vegan food look way better than its couterparts. I will definately be making this for the upcoming football games! Have a lovely day!


Karen October 21, 2011

I’d love to win this book!


Kimberly October 21, 2011

That looks so delicious. Should I be craving nachos at 8:30 in the morning?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 21, 2011

totally normal :)


Mindy October 21, 2011

These both look amazing! Where are the recipes?? Are you just teasing us??? I would love a copy of the book so I can make that dip!!!!!


Sophie October 21, 2011

that dip looks delicious….!


caroline October 21, 2011

The dip looks so delicious! I’d love a copy of this book, and if I don’t win, might have to go buy a copy, bc those recipes look perfect.


Jamie @ CollegeGirlCooking October 21, 2011

I want those chips right now!!! And I would loveeeee a copy of that cookbook!


ellen October 21, 2011

Great job! I struggle with what to make for guest too. I’ve found that anything with buffalo sauce wows the boys… buffalo brussel sprouts? Sounds crazy but they are crazy good! Men also seem to like anything with a mexican flair… veggie chilli works well.


Kaitlin October 21, 2011

Those bars look fantastic! I would love to win that cookbook so I can try them for myself.


Ally October 21, 2011

I would love to have this book! I already had it on my list of “cookbooks to buy,” so getting it free would be extra awesome!


Krisha October 21, 2011

I’m pretty infamous in my circle of friends & family for bringing delicious dishes that just so happen to be vegan (although my grandfather is still pretty skeptical about things like chickpea cutlets). Showing up at the next Pats game with that dip in tow, however, will certainly cement my glory as an omni-pleasing vegan chef!


Erica October 21, 2011

Those Chili-Lime Corn Chips look awesome – I’d love to win this book.


Sarah October 21, 2011

That dip looks great! I would love to gift that book to my sister who is a recent vegetarian :)


sarah October 21, 2011

I would totally love to win this cookbook!


Erin October 21, 2011

I want to make both of these recipes ASAP!


LizAshlee October 21, 2011

I would love to explore new recipes in this cookbook…thanks for hosting a great giveaway..Happy Friday!:)


Sara October 21, 2011

That dip looks yummy! I’d love the cookbook so I could make it myself.


Leslie October 21, 2011

Looks like something I would love to try to make! Thanks for all of the great ideas!


Shaunna B. October 21, 2011

I’d love to win a copy of the book! Those nachos look great!


allison October 21, 2011

looks delicious!


Kayla October 21, 2011

I would love a copy of that book, I love to bake often and I think my family would really love it!


Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 21, 2011

That dip recipe looks delicious! I would love to check out this cookbook!


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 21, 2011

That Mexican dip sounds amazing!! Vegan and healthy have gotten bad reps for two reasons: a) People that make tasteless foods and b) Imitation products that taste nothing like the original. I’m not a vegan but I LOVE vegan foods. Plants rule! :)


Rachel October 21, 2011

I don’t usually even like cheesy-type diPs but that looks amazing! Would love to check out the book.


Noelle (@singerinkitchen) October 21, 2011

For sure! That looks amazing!! Sign me up!


Claudia October 21, 2011

Wow, what a great giveaway and just in time! My daughter decided to go vegetarian for a week to try if she would be able to abstain from eating meat and I need ideas! :)


Megan October 21, 2011

I would love to try more vegan receipes – the book sounds great!! Thanks for doing this giveaway.


Mina October 21, 2011

That dip looks amazing! I may need to make that for our neighborhood Halloween party as no one can seem to grasp what t is I eat! My daughter and her friends would love those bars as an afternoon snack too!



Erica Sara October 21, 2011

That dip looks incredible! My meat obsessed boyfriend would totally be willing to go Vegan for a day for that ;) Would love to win a copy of the book- thanks for the opportunity!


Amanda October 21, 2011

Yum! Nachos! Those look delicious. You are always so creative. That book would be great to try out some new recipes =)


Caitlin October 21, 2011

Looks DELISH! Thank you so much for this post!


Molly @ RDexposed October 21, 2011

The hockey mention made me think of How I Met Your Mother and how much grief they give to Canada. hahahaha


Shannon October 21, 2011

This all looks so terrific! Lime on chips is my favorite. I need to expand my cookbook collection.


Jillann October 21, 2011

I would love to win this cookbook! I’m always looking for more recipes.


Steph October 21, 2011

Looks delicious! I’ve been looking for ways to mix up my meals a bit more with more vegetarian entrees. This book would definitely help :)


Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 21, 2011

Feeding men can be difficult, sometimes! That dip looks delicious though–and manly!


Amy Quick October 21, 2011

Wow! These snacks look wonderful! Great for a bonfire or game day! Would love to win this cookbook! You have a great website!


Hilary October 21, 2011

I would love to win this book to make some healthier treats:)


Jennifer October 21, 2011

These snacks look so good it makes me want to become a hockey fan! hahaha


Johanna October 21, 2011

This looks amazing! It even looks like cheese dip.


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