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message 1: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (last edited Jun 08, 2011 05:42AM) (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
I also just purchased a copy of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes and would love any recipe recommendations if anyone here has cooked from it.


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message 3: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Stewart | 8 comments My favorite vegan cookbook hands down!


message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Stewart | 8 comments I recommend the pancakes, simple and delicious, Breakfast sandwich better than an Egg McMuffin, Apple Crisp Muffins, Chocolate zucchini muffins (winner with the non-vegan family), Cincinnati Chili, Blue corn chickpea tacos, meatball subs, cheaters pad thai, hawaiian chickpea teriyaki, bacon bits, mini cheese pizzas, Fruity cereal bars, and the mayo.

As you can see I pretty much recommend everything in this book. So simple and delicious. If anyone else has tried any other recipes let me know recommendations. I will probably eventually try everything in her cookbook or at least that is my goal!


message 5: by Val (new)

Val  Cowhugger  (MomOf2Gremlins) | 439 comments Lisa wrote: "Lindsay S. Nixon is coming out with a new cookbook later this year: Happy Herbivore Every Day: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Recipes"
I am sooo tempted to pre-order this one!!! :)

Like with many vegan cookbooks, I'm only sometimes afraid that they might contain many ingredients I don't have on hand (like tempeh, Seitan [ok, I know, I can make that one actually myself..], vegan cream cheese etc..). I guess I'd go through her other book first and get a feel for it, huh?

Any other favorite dishes from THH?


message 6: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
I made the Black Bean Brownies from this book tonight. They were very moist, they contain no flour! Next time I would add more cocoa, and less cinnamon and banana for more chocolate flavour.


message 7: by Val (new)

Val  Cowhugger  (MomOf2Gremlins) | 439 comments Oh I'll have to dig out the book(s) and cook/bake from it! I have both sitting in my shelf for months now without ever having used either one of them yet! *blush*


message 8: by Don (last edited Mar 04, 2012 07:51PM) (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
I can't imagine black bean brownies. But then again I find zucchini bread hard to fathom. LOL

It's definitely one of my underused books. There's a controversy that she plagiarized some of the recipes, but seems to be unproven and her publisher allowed her another book. Her section on scones is extremely similar to Isa Chandra Moskowitz, as well as a sausage recipe and others. Nonetheless I own the book and should use it.


message 9: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
I was never a huge fan of zucchini bread either until I tried the chocolate zucchini bread in Color Me Vegan. It's awesome! That's a zucchini bread worth making.

Val, I've only tried a couple of recipes so far. I definitely want to give this book a chance. I wasn't happy with the first few things I made.


message 10: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Doesn't chocolate make most things more palatable?!

Lee, I'm glad you're continuing to use the book and I hope you find some things you truly enjoy, either as is or with tweaks.

Don, I didn't know about that controversy. She seems like a lovely person and I hope the rumors are untrue.


message 11: by Val (new)

Val  Cowhugger  (MomOf2Gremlins) | 439 comments I had black bean brownies before and liked it ok. I'll have to try the recipe from HH.

Lee,
I never had zucchini bread with chocolate, but having the book 'Color me vegan', now I'll have to check it out! ;)


message 12: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
Oh Val, you must make that chocolate zucchini bread recipe if nothing else from that book! Well, actually there are several good recipes but that cake gets gobbled up so fast when I make it.


message 13: by Val (new)

Val  Cowhugger  (MomOf2Gremlins) | 439 comments Yum, thanks for letting me know, Lee!
(PM me with the other recipes if you think they're something I'd enjoy too! :)

I really need to get a schedule with my books!...


message 14: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
Your welcome!


message 15: by Nettie (new)

Nettie | 101 comments (I hope this comment shows up in the correct thread - things were different when I tried to post for some reason)

Anyway, I prefer cheeseless pizza. I also like Amy's Roasted Vegetable pizza.

My husband likes Tofurky Italian Sausage and Fire Roasted Pizza. It's got vegan sausage and vegan cheese and is topped with zucchini, tomatoes, onion and several kinds of peppers. I haven't tried it (I'm more a salad, rice and beans person) but my husband is picky and has a sensitive palate. He's the kind of person who will taste something off(such as rancid nuts)in a dish when everyone else thinks it's fine.) When he ate ice cream, he would only eat Hagen Das vanilla. He didn't like Ben and Jerry's. Taste does vary, but if he likes something,I usually assume it is good.

There is a restaurant in Eugene, OR called pizza Research Institute that makes really good vegan pizza. I think they make their own nut based cheese. It's very good and the place is super popular. They also have dairy cheese pizza.


message 16: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Nettie, I put a link to your post in the thread where we've been discussing cheese:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5...

but we really should bring the discussion to a chat thread and stop chatting about cheeses in the member introductions thread.


message 17: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
Nettie, the Tofurkey Italian Sausage is my favourite to use on pizza as well. The home-made one I make sounds almost exactly like the one your husband enjoys.

I love the name of that pizza restaurant! So cute.


message 18: by Nettie (new)

Nettie | 101 comments I don't know what happened but I couldn't post in the usual way, there was no comment box in the thread. I tried to post several times and somehow ended up in a different thread.

The Tofurky Pizza I mentioned is a frozen pizza made by Tofurky. They have several varieties.


message 19: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
No worries, Nettie!


message 20: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Nettie, It's fine. We should all stop chatting the the member intro thread anyway. I moved it just so you'd be part of the same conversation.

I love the name Pizza Research Institute too.


message 21: by Tim (new)

Tim | 45 comments I'm not a big fan of the Tofurky pizzas. I especially dislike the vegan cheese pizza (which is just a plain "cheese" pizza with no toppings). There's something about the sauce that I don't like. It's too bland. That said, the Italian sausage one isn't bad, but none of my local stores carry it any more.

I'll put the Tofurky Italian sausage on other pizzas though (like Amy's roasted veggies pizza). I think it's the best of their sausages. Their other sausages don't taste anything like the original meat ones.


message 22: by Don (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
I've used Tofurkey Italian sausages in pasta sauces and primaveras and it was a great addition. To me it's best to sautee it in garlic, onions, peppers, and whatever veggies and then add pasta sauce. When I was in a hurry I have had the tofurky pepperoni pizza and it wasn't too bad...nothing to rave about, but good in a pinch.


message 23: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
By the way, I started a new thread to talk about vegan cheeses:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/8...


message 24: by Don (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
Mexican cabbage - Gotta give this recipe just a "meh". Not bad, but nothing to rave about and not something I would make for company, but for me it's a healthy dish and so it redeems itself. It's cabbage, beans, corn, onions, garlic, cumin and oregano and tomato sauce. She suggests topping it with corn tortilla chips which would have been good but I didn't want to buy any because I'd eat the whole bag. :)

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-a...


message 25: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (stacey_griz) I love this book. I haven't tried too many recipes yet, but the Chocolate Chip Cookies are AWESOME. I make them pretty often.


message 26: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
Cool! I may give those a try. I usually use the same recipe over and over again for chocolate chip cookies but I wouldn't mind branching out a little.


message 27: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Lee wrote: "Cool! I may give those a try. I usually use the same recipe over and over again for chocolate chip cookies but I wouldn't mind branching out a little."

Lee, Which ccc recipe do you usually make?


message 28: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (LeeKat) | 1027 comments Mod
The one from The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets. It's good, especially if you bake them a bit longer than it says.


message 29: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Lee, I love that book. I always add more chocolate chips than recipes call for.


message 30: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (stacey_griz) The first recipe I usually try from a new cookbook will be cookies, or some other sweet. I'm going to have to try the Joy of Vegan Baking cookies now.


message 31: by Don (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
Blue corn chickpea tacos - Pretty good. These make a good taco except I found the chickpeas to be real dry. On the 2nd one I ate (not the one in the pic), I tried it with salsa and it was much better. I grated up some Daiya jack cheese which added a nice flavor.

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Tofu chilaquiles - Pretty good. This has a salsa verde base along with some spices and tofu and beans. I switched from black beans to pinto. Her recipe has you top it with canned diced tomatoes and crumbled corn chips which I ignored and used fresh tomatoes, avocado and jarred jalapenos instead.
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Mexican Dip - Quite good - This is blended cannellini beans, red bell peppers, spices and lime juice along with a bunch of nooch and salsa. I used a whole can of black beans to thicken it up and use it up rather than just 1/2 cup that the recipe requires. She says to heat it in the oven and serve warm and I ignored that and served it room temperature.

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Potato salad - This is quite a simple salad that I wasn't expecting much out of but actually I thought it quite good. It's simply mayo, dijon mustard, fresh dill, lemon zest (I forgot to get a lemon and used lemon pepper and a dash of juice) and that's all. I didn't take the option to add veggie bacon. I thought it weird to make a potato salad without onions of some sort, but it didn't need it.

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message 32: by Michele (new)

Michele Hoover | 7 comments I have made the tvp tacos - fast and pretty good. I use this recipe for a Mexican mix fairly often.

I like the fudgy brownies a lot - and the mushroom burgers ROCK, although I will not put the BBQ sauce in them next time.

I use her recipes for no-beef and no-chicken broth powders when cooking for non-vegans too.


message 33: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (MelissaBalick) | 27 comments I think this book seems sort of bland to many people because they are not, like Lindsay Nixon (the author), a vegan primarily for health reasons. Health vegans--followers of Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, readers of The China Study, watchers of Forks Over Knives, people who were sick and now are not because of a change in diet--these people are less bothered by dry chickpeas in the tacos and so on.

I used to not be really into this book. I was a vegan primarily for sustainability reasons, because I'm extraordinarily concerned about how quickly we're draining Earth's resources while simultaneously growing the population. During my long time of being a vegan for this reason primarily, I was actually a "freegan" -- I could not see the use of letting non-vegan food go to waste. If my eating it would not result in more of it being produced, I had no qualms about eating it.

After I watched Forks Over Knives, I finally made the shift to full-time veganism, because I realized that the effect on my health of animal foods is not worth it. Furthermore, I realized I was cooking too high fat, with too many refined grains and sugars, and not enough whole foods. Then I got interested in eating more veggies, and eating them raw if possible, but at least eating them without cooking them too much and without oil.

That's when I really got into The Happy Herbivore. It's definitely not the book to start off with if you're a new vegan because you love animals, but it's an excellent place to start if you're a new vegan for your health. It's a very easy book to use, and that's helpful. I really like to use it when I want to make food that is often "junk food" but make it in a less junk foody way. The black bean brownies taste a whole lot better to someone who has been avoiding sugar and flour for a while. The black bean burgers are pretty great when you're going to a BBQ and you don't want to eat the crap they're gonna serve there.

That's my 2 cents on this book.


message 34: by Don (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
Thanks for sharing your two cents Melissa. Gave me a new perspective in how to look at cookbooks. I think it's a good starter book for vegans and it contains healthy low fat and whole foods. It's quite simple in many of the recipes (one recipe is for kale and salt) and other recipes are slightly more complex, but not terribly so. As opposed to a book for the more seasoned cook and vegan like Conscious Cook or Veganomicon. So much of veganism is an acquired taste.


message 35: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Melissa, I think those are valid points and I agree.

I do think simple vegan recipes are good for new vegans, but even more important I've found are familiar ingredients and delicious taste, and the latter doesn't always translate to ultra healthy, depending on what kinds of foods the person has been eating as an omnivore or lacto-ovo vegetarian.


message 36: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Oh, and I want to add that I don't think ultra low fat is the healthiest for most. I think nuts and avocado and seeds make for a healthier diet than only whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruit, and spices.

I'm not a health food vegan but for the first four months I (finally) went 100% vegan, I did McDougall (John McDougall) style, and I gained 10 pounds in 4 months because I felt so deprived I overate. If I'd eaten tofu and avocado and chocolate, I wouldn't have gained that weight.


message 37: by Don (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
Lisa, I agree about the ultra low fat. I've tried it before and like you I was hungry all the time. I try not to overdo fat, but when I added fat back into my diet I felt better, and my hair become softer. I think like dogs, people with a good coat (nice healthy glow and soft skin and hair) equates with good health. LOL Might be wrong about that, but it's true for me.

Balance and variety are the keys to good health for me and this includes everything in moderation but animal products and processed foods. :)


message 38: by Val (new)

Val  Cowhugger  (MomOf2Gremlins) | 439 comments Hmm.. I have to respectfully disagree with Melissa and say also for a vegan newbie (who became vegan out of ethical reasons) both Happy Herbivore books can be a hit! At last that's how *I* personally experienced it. ;) The first HH book was one of the first vegan books and what I liked was that every recipe was easy to make and turned out great! (Except the Black Bean Brownies actually, to me they tasted really strong bean-y.. And I don't really eat that much of sweet stuff all the time..)

As to the ultra low fat, I believe it's always good to also listen to one's instinct and eat when hungry etc.

Don,
you said it best! Don wrote: "Balance and variety are the keys to good health for me and this includes everything in moderation but animal products and processed foods. :) "


message 39: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
I agree with Don about balance and with Val about listening to one's body/mind. There are different optimal diets for different people. For me the ultra low fat doesn't work well for me, nor does a high fat diet.


message 40: by Jane (new)

Jane Weeks (janeisgreen) | 14 comments I love the chocolate ice-cream in this book. I think it's called a smoothie or something, but done in the VitaMix it's ice-cream. It's really simple: frozen bananas, cocoa, vanilla, cinamon & veg milk. I've also made fruit ice-cream replacing the cocoa with fruit. My non-veg granddaughter loves it too!


message 41: by Monica (last edited Jul 20, 2014 05:58PM) (new)

Monica | 83 comments I'm not sure if this thread is for all of her books? I have all of her books and haven't cooked out of them much, but just started going through Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great

I made the Blueberry Yogurt Muffins today. Here is now they look https://www.flickr.com/photos/4318119...

They tasted pretty good. These are fat-free so without oil they don't brown so well in the over, and they also stuck to the muffin liners. I will lightly oil my muffin tin next time. I'm excited to try to try more of the recipes in her books.


message 42: by Lisa, Vegan Cookbook Reader (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1963 comments Mod
Thanks for sharing, Monica. They look good.


message 43: by Michele (new)

Michele Hoover | 7 comments I forgot to add - the easy Mac & cheese in this book is my go to - I frequently serve it to non-vegans to rave reviews :) I have all the Happy Herbivore cookbooks and most of my fave recipe as are in them. Btw, for all of the black bean brownie reviews - the very BEST low fat vegan fudgy brownie recipient is in HH Light and Lean :)


message 44: by Don (last edited Jul 22, 2014 02:12AM) (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
Pet peeve of mine: junk food being passed on as "healthier", "light and lean" because it's vegan and perhaps lacking in oil or some other evil ingredient.

Example: HH Light and Lean black bean brownies, that contains
1/3 cup of agave nectar and 1/4 cup of raw sugar
http://happyherbivore.com/2010/05/hea...

This sugar laden junk food recipe is not a healthy dish just because it's vegan, oil-free and uses agave nectar and raw sugar instead of plain old sugar.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/th... my opinion.

Mind you I'm a junk food eater myself...but people are being mislead. People would argue "but it is healthier than regular brownies full of fat and sugar". Perhaps, but still don't call it "healthy"...or "light and lean".

End of rant.


message 45: by Michele (new)

Michele Hoover | 7 comments I did not call it 'light and lean' and share your views about all sugars, but see nothing wrong with choosing a 'low fat' vegan brownie over an Earth Balance laden brownie for a treat now and then.


message 46: by Don (last edited Jul 22, 2014 05:40AM) (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
Michele wrote: "I did not call it 'light and lean' and share your views about all sugars, but see nothing wrong with choosing a 'low fat' vegan brownie over an Earth Balance laden brownie for a treat now and then."

I apologize that I wasn't clear.

I'm taking issue with the cookbook author, not you. I understand that this version might be "healthier" or at least better.

Repeating myself, and again I'm talking about the author, not you or your choices, note that I eat treats and junk myself:

This is what I'm saying to the writer:

"Mind you I'm a junk food eater myself...but people are being mislead. People would argue "but it is healthier than regular brownies full of fat and regular sugar". Perhaps, but still don't call it "healthy"...or "light and lean".


message 47: by Don (last edited Jul 22, 2014 05:49AM) (new)

Don (Bayfrontguy) | 1384 comments Mod
The trend of every "diet" these days, including low-oil vegan eaters is to include junk and comfort food. Paleo eaters do this too with their paleo cakes, and gluten free junk food prevails as well. It's takes what they are against (grains, oil or whatever) and exaggerates something else bad for you (sugar, fat, etc.) and called it "healthy".

I took exception with a cookbook writer about her "healthy raw dessert"...that was full of raw coconut oil fat, raw agave, and other raw "healthy" ingredients. Not because it was a bad dessert, I made and it was delicious, but that she called it "guilt-free". She said something that she was encouraging her clients to eat guilt-free and enjoy dessert every now and then. Got that, but don't title your recipe 'guilt-free" and healthy just because it's raw and vegan.

We want our cake and eat it too, and a diet of deprivation doesn't do anyone any good. But junk food is junk food even if it follows the parameters of "oil free light and lean", or "raw" or "whatever".

End of rant...Truly.....


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