- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: BenBella Books; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936661381
- ISBN-13: 978-1936661381
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (629 customer reviews)
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Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes Paperback – December 6, 2011
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These recipes truly are for everyday meals. I work full-time and am very busy, so I rarely have the time or motivation to cook elaborate meals after work. These recipes are a godsend. I can make most of them in less than 10 minutes; the longest took 30. And for most of the recipes, I have the ingredients on hand so don't have to buy anything additional. When I do have to buy ingredients, they were always easy to find at my local grocery store and would usually cost me less than $5.
And these fat-free and low-fat recipes also helped me to maintain my 30+ pound weight loss. To maintain my weight loss, I eat veggies, whole grains, and protein (legumes or soy) at every meal. I can make endless meals of this combination using these recipes.
In addition to being quick and easy to make, using everyday ingredients I had on hand or were inexpensive to buy, and helping me stay slim, these recipes are delicious! When I first started making Lindsay's recipes, I was skeptical whether fat-free (the recipes have no added fat, like oils) could be good. Now, I'm a true believer. I use Lindsay's fat-free cooking techniques all the time, but I never feel like I'm dieting or restricting what I eat because everything is so good. I've made some of these recipes every single week because I love them so much.
The recipes I've made the most are
Miso Gravy. If I need more greens or grains in my day, I whip up some of this gravy in about three minutes and pour it over steamed kale or quinoa, or make a bowl of steamed greens, brown rice, and either beans or tofu and pour this on. It's one of the best all-purpose gravies I've tried.
Tofu Fries. These "fries" are easy to prepare and have a great texture from the tofu having been frozen. And they're delicious. I often have a meal of tofu fries and steamed kale and brown rice with miso gravy. It's a nutritionally complete meal that's quick and easy to make and delicious.
Everyday Mushroom Gravy. This is another fantastic gravy for pouring over steamed greens or grains, and it has the added benefit of being filled with nutritious mushrooms. It's so delicious, I've eaten it by the spoon like soup!
Cheese Sauce. This is the best all-purpose vegan cheese sauce out there! It makes my steamed kale sing, and it's also delicious on other steamed veggies, potatoes, and the tofu fries (as cheese fries!).
Greens Quiche. This quiche takes about five minutes to prepare and 30 to bake. It's a high-protein meal with tofu and greens and is a perfect breakfast on mornings when I strength train and need a high-protein breakfast. It also makes a good lunch served with a simple salad and a grain.
Smoothies. I have one of these pretty much every single day. My favorites are Cinnamon Bun, Neapolitan, Oatmeal Cookie, P. Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Cup.
Balsamic-Dijon Vinaigrette. This salad dressing takes about one minute to make, and I have it every week if not every day. It's a great dressing for a salad of mixed greens, walnuts, and apples.
Other great recipes I tried are
Spinach and Artichoke Fritatta. Another good high-protein breakfast dish, this eggless fritatta has a perfect texture and tastes amazing.
"Oyster" Po'Boys. Made with oyster mushrooms, these sandwiches were phenomenal!
Island Portobello Burgers. These are the antidote if you're bored with regular portobello burgers. These are extremely flavorful and very easy to prepare.
Smoked Cauliflower Soup. This five-minute recipe brings a new, smoky taste to traditional cauliflower soup...and takes about five minutes to make.
Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry. I love, love, love this dish. It uses sweet red chili sauce and is super quick and easy to make. It's great over brown rice with steamed broccoli on the side.
Cauliflower-Pumpkin Curry. This is another of my favorites from the book. I've made the Peanut Pumpkin Curry variation over and over. It's a fabulous complete meal when I add chickpeas and serve it over brown rice.
Skillet Frijoles Negros. This has to be my all-time favorite black bean recipe. I've had these beans on a tortilla with some cheese sauce, or as a side.
Chickpea Tenders. Wow! These high-protein tenders have a taste reminiscent of chicken without tasting like it so much that it's gross. The texture is great too.
Pablo Pasta. This Mexican take on classic mac and cheese is amazing! It has a spicy creamy sauce and includes black beans.
Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce. This creamy sauce is amazing over pasta.
French Toast Muffins. Amazing! I made these muffins several times and even brought them into an early work meeting. No one could believe they're fat free! I topped them with Lindsay's maple glaze from her first cookbook, and they were incredible.
I loved HHC but I must say - Everyday Happy Herbivore (EHH) BLOWS it out of the water. From the improved photography to the awesome features, new and old,, the book is equal parts beautiful and functional. Furthermore, despite being a VERY slow cook,I found the recipes coming together super quickly. In fact, I made 4 recipes within the first 12 hours of receiving it! Granted, I had been waiting for the book to arrive before going grocery shopping, but I found I only needed to pick up a handful of items I had run out of in my pantry (e.g. canned beans, diced tomatoes). I also had made three additional recipes prior to receiving the book, thanks to Lindsay providing sneak peeks and they were equally delicious, satisfying, and easy.
Perhaps what I love the most (besides the chocolate cake that you can make in a mug in your microwave in less than 5 minutes. <--Oh YES she did!), is that Lindsay truly LISTENED to the feedback she received from her fans about HHC. We asked for an ingredient-based index, and EHH has it! We asked for less sweet desserts, and they're in EHH! She read and responded to any constructive criticism/feedback she received and truly took it to heart, making this book even more fan-oriented than the last.
I honestly can't find anything wrong with this cookbook. My only criticism of HHC was the recipe overlap (e.g. one of the ingredients in recipe X is actually recipe Y which has another list of ingredients), a feature I have since come to appreciate because the recipes are all so easy that its ok if I need to make another whole one.
Below I've listed some cookbook features from EHH that I hope will be useful to others as they decide whether or not to buy. I see them as pros but will try to be as unbiased as possible in listing them so that others can make an informed, independent decision.
1) An ingredient-based index. This was the feature I am MOST excited about because it is so darn practical! How many times do you find yourself with leftover x but no way to use it? Point made. ;) However, I do think this could have been made even more extensive (sorry Lindsay). For instance, there is no entry for scallions or onions and the types of tofu (silken/mori-nu) are not listed separately.
2) Similar ingredients. Because Lindsay was living on St. Maarten when writing this book, her access to ingredients was limited and dependent on whatever the plane flew in that week/month. As a result, EHH contains many recipes that utilize the same ingredients (e.g. mushrooms, cauliflower, and various types of beans, specifically garbanzo, black, kidney, and pinto). This allows you to stock up on X and use it in at least three unique ways. All of these multi-use ingredients are easy to find and should be accessible to just about anyone, anywhere.
3) A global influence. Get your taste-buds ready to discover a new favorite taste! There is Ethiopian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Moroccan, Thai, Italian, Ugandan, etc recipes in this book. You get to try new flavor combinations and impress people with fancy sounding recipes that, in reality, are super easy. This means you do need a larger variety of spices, but these can be purchased inexpensively online (amazon, vitacost, penzey's) or from ethnic grocery stores and target. <--just do NOT buy them from the grocery store baking aisle.
4) All the great features from the first cookbook: a glossary of ingredients, explanations for why Lindsay cooks low fat and vegan, measuring conversions, recipes pairing suggestions, chef's notes that include recipe variations and substitutions, etc.
I'd suggest this book to anyone, regardless of their dietary lifestyle. I have had much success cooking for omnivore friends and family from HHC and cannot wait to impress them with new recipes. Lindsay makes eating a plant-based diet accessible and easier than you can imagine. Even if you just want to dabble, this is a great investment. Just remember, you may end up like me, an accidental but oh-so-happy herbivore.