Valentine’s Day is both nonsense and three weeks away, so let’s order ourselves this box of 24 assorted raw vegan chocolates from Happy Herbivore for … Galentine’s Day? Anna Howard Shaw Day? Because you’re worth it? Who cares, just do it! Choose from 10 different flavors, all of which are organic and two of which are nut-free. Fancy, beautiful, and delicious, three words that also describe our wonderful Vegansaurus readers.
Happy Herbivore has an Etsy shop full of raw vegan chocolates, and sells gift certificates, if two dozen raw vegan chocolates aren’t your thing. (which, why aren’t they your thing?)
Chocolate Mug Cake from Happy Herbivore. Her new cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, is coming out tomorrow and this is a nice little preview recipe for you. Damn HH, Chocolate Mug Cake SOUNDS GOOD! And it reminds me of that song “Mean Muggin" by Xhibit. Love that song.
Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes is all about average, “everyday” ingredients. Perfect for our readers in those middle states with limited access to wacky vegan ingredients. I worry about you guys!
CONTEST CLOSED Vegansaurus Giveaway: The Happy Herbivore cookbook! »
When the cookbook giveaways rain, they POUR! We were lucky enough to get our hot little hands on a copy of Happy Herbivore's brand-new intuitively named cookbook, The Happy Herbivore! How very exciting! Filled with simple, tasty, and ultra-healthy recipes like chana palak masala, tamale pie, and her famous black bean brownies (believe the hype!), this book is delicious. The beauty of these recipes is that they’re by and large very simple, but also tasty and not gonna kill you with Earth Balance and fry. Although that would be a wonderful way to go LADIES, AM I RIGHT?
So, as I was saying, the talented Lindsay Nixon (aka, Ms. Happy Herbivore) delighted us with a free copy (FREEBIES!!) and we’re passing this gem onto one of you awesome, awesome, sexy people.
For a chance to win, let me know what your spirit animal is. I choose this question because Lindsay has that cute little elephant logo and I love him/her. You can say anything but a tigerelephantrhinobunnypitbullandallkindsofdinosaurs, because that’s what I am. I will choose my second-favorite animal and that person shall be rewarded with some free shit (the cookbook, pay attention!). We’ll end this b early next week, I guess.
Happy Thanksgiving from reader Grace in California! This is her first vegan Thanksgiving, which honestly is a little unbelievable considering how many good-looking dishes are covering her table! Clockwise, from left: Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Walnut and Date Spinach Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, Acorn Squash and Apple Soup, Italian Layered Vegetable Casserole, Almond and Orange Cranberry Sauce, and a Mini Sweet Potato Pie. Ridiculous.
Happy Thanksgiving, Grace!
Watch out! True Blood will make you vegan! »
If you read Steve’s post a little while back about animal rights in True Blood, then you are already aware of the show’s hidden vegan agenda—but wait! There’s more! Andrea Chalupa wrote at the Huffington Post yesterday that True Blood is making her want to be vegan. Turns out the flesh-ripping violence makes meat dinners kind of unappetizing:
Eating meat and watching True Blood doesn’t always sit well, so in the spirit of the conscientious Bill Compton, our Sundays have gone vegan, and no one is complaining.
She enlists the help of Happy Herbivore, one of my favorite, ever-cheerful twitterers, and learns to make vegan biscuit pot pie. Dude, holler at your girl and mail that to my house like yesterday because that sounds GOOD.
This is both awesome and hilarious. Chalupa says of vegan cooking, “It’s actually quite delicious and easy to cook,” and, “that after enough trials, you start to notice your taste for meat waning.” This I love because I feel the same way. Maybe when I first became vegetarian at a wee 18 years old, I did miss some meat. But I find the longer I don’t eat meat, the less I want to eat meat. Now I think meat is straight-up nasty. I had similar problems when I became vegan but I’ve already noticed that I find cheese a bit repulsive.
Another funny bit is that I just had this conversation the other day and Chalupa backs me up: Bill of True Blood is totally vegan—or at least he aspires to a vegan lifestyle. My friend was asking one of those omnivore questions a la, “if you were on a desert island…” but this time it was, “What if you’re a vampire and need blood to live?!” Those omnivores and their hypothetical questions! It never gets old. I told them that with the synthetic blood, vampires need not be murderers any more. And everyone lived happily ever after.
[cartoon by Megan Rascal!]