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The Happy Herbivore- Interview with Author Lindsay Nixon

Pleased to of had the opportunity to interview Lindsay Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore during her blog book tour. In this book she shares over 175 delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat vegan recipes… what more could you ask for?!

Q & A:

1- What encouraged you to change your lifestyle and how long have you been a vegan?

LN: I’ve been a vegan since December 2006, so 4 1/2 years now. I am motivated by a lot of factors: the health benefits, the environmental impact, the plight of farm animals, world hunger, etc…

2- Is your family vegan? If not, are they acceptant of your lifestyle?

LN: When I went vegan, no, they were not but now my husband and sister are vegan, my mother-in-law eats mostly vegan, my parents adopted meatless Mondays and many of my friends are vegetarian.

I grew up a largely vegetarian out of love for animals, so it really surprised no one when I went vegan. There was some concerns at first, but I took my time. I was patient in explaining my choices and once they understood why I was vegan, they were supportive (and curious!). Plus, they all saw how much weight I lost, how I was thriving, that they knew it was the right thing for me and for them as well. 

3- What made you write your own cookbook? I’m sure it was a lot of work!

LN: It’s more work than I ever imagined! My cookbook deal is the result of my blog… it was a very “Julie and Julia” experience. 

I loved that movie! and I can totally see why. 

4- Do you have a few words of encouragement you would like to share to the non-vegan readers?

LN: Anytime you can eat a meatless or vegan meal, do it. Your body, the planet and the animals will thank you. 

5- I recently started encouraging family and friends to make small changes to their lifestyle… slowly but surely! is there something in particular that has worked for you?

LN: I find leading by example. Being supportive but not preachy or judgmental has the best success rate.

6- Any motivational tips without being too pushy or morbid?

LN: I usually let my friends come to me, or wait for them to ask me questions; but I also say things matter-of-factly. For example, a friend of mine said “ugh! I’m addicted to cheese” and I whipped around and said “that’s true, you are. Casein in cheese is physically addicting… like morphine.” That really intrigued her, so we got to talking and she went home and read up on what I’d said… she then dumped dairy the next day! 

Lindsay was nice enough to share a recipe from her cookbook The Happy Herbivore so let’s try it! 

Quick Queso (makes 1 cup) - It’s okay to go at this sauce with a spoon. I won’t judge.

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (such as fat-free soymilk)

  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast

  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour 

  • 1 tsp granulated onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/4 tsp paprika

  • 1/4 tsp chili powder or cayenne (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste

Whisk all ingredients together in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often until thick. Serve immediately.

Note: Gluten-free flours or blends may be substituted, such as chickpea flour. Also, add a 1 10-ounce can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies for a Mexican Queso twist.

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

Thanks Lindsay… Happy Herbivoring Readers! 

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