I own a ridiculous amount of plant-based cookbooks. Most of them collect dust on my shelf, while others are used occasionally for inspiration or when company is coming over. But the cookbooks my wife and I end up using on a regular basis are always Lindsay Nixon’s “Happy Herbivore” series. There is rarely a recipe we find in these books that isn’t delicious and easy to make, and Lindsay shares my nutritional philosophy so I don’t have to do a lot of health evaluation when picking out something to make. Moreover, I continually find that I already have most of the ingredients that any of the recipes call for, so it’s a lot easier for me to handle picking up one or two items from a store instead of buying strange ingredients that I’ll only use once before they go bad.
Lindsay’s 4th book, “Happy Herbivore Light & Lean,” is another winner. All of the recipes in her cookbooks are quite healthy, but these pay particular attention to caloric density and really will fill you up with minimal calories. Lindsay has even included the caloric content, various nutrition facts, and even Weight Watchers points for each recipe, which is extremely helpful for anyone trying to lose weight. But don’t get me wrong, these aren’t “diet” recipes that will leave you feeling empty inside and craving more foods. They are flavorful and filling. One of the best recipes I’ve made so far in the book (and I plan on making many more) is the Irish stew, which even calls for some Guinness Stout as part of the broth and is so comforting and hearty that you’d be hard-pressed to imagine losing weight while eating it.
Lindsay’s last book, “Happy Herbivore Abroad,” was all about food from around the world and included some of her stories from her world travels. Since this book deals with fitness and weight loss, she’s included a whole section of exercises that anyone can do in their own home. Each exercise is coupled with a clear photo of Lindsay or her trainer friend demonstrating the move, along with descriptions of both easier and harder modifications.
As plant-based fitness becomes more and more common, Lindsay’s newest book comes at the perfect time. I can’t really say enough about how much I love almost all of the recipes I’ve tried in all of her books, and I’d urge you to pick up a copy of this newest one along with any of the others you don’t have. I guarantee you’ll end up finding recipes that will become part of the regular rotation in your household, and your body will thank you for it.