So excited I am!!!!!
Q & A with the author of the Happy Herbivore series, Lindsay Nixon! At the end, I’ve included a super yummy recipe for Caribbean Bowl (see pic) from her new book: Happy Herbivore Light & Lean.
Q: I really like steamed kale (and cooked kale in all your recipes), but I’ve heard there’s a great difference between the nutritional value of cooked kale vs. raw. What’s your opinion on this?
A: I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I’ll quote Jeff Novick who is a nutritionist: “My opinion on human nutrition and health is the same regardless of the approach you may want to take to get there. The goal is to achieve optimal nutrition while maintaining a healthy weight, through a diet based on a variety of unrefined, unprocessed, intact, whole plant foods, regardless of whether one wants to do it on a raw food, a vegan, a vegetarian, or a more traditional diet… There are many ways to do this, though they will share many common denominators. If one wants to do it through a mostly or predominately raw diet, more power to them. But raw doesn’t take precedent over the above, nor is it necessary.”
Q: I love dark chocolate and sometime need a good “chocolate fix, ” but don’t want to overload on sugars and such. What’s your favorite healthy recipe to feed the chocolate urge?
A: I find chocolate can be addictive for some people – and if you’re one of those people, it’s probably best to keep chocolate out of the diet. For example I have one client who says she’ll only have a taste—and she will, but then can’t help but pick up (and then eat) and entire chocolate bar on the way home.
Most of my clients aren’t as addicted, so we’ve gotten them to the point where they want chocolate (once in a while) they eat a very small square of quality dark chocolate. They also have these carob nibs now that are mostly carob covered with dark chocolate. The pieces are small, so some clients just eat a couple at a time to get their “fix.”
I love my chocolate zucchini muffins in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook and the brownies in Happy Herbivore Abroad but if you really can’t help yourself, a pan of brownies, even healthier ones, is probably not a smart idea ;) Just trying to be honest :)
Q: I enjoy reading your parents’ perspectives on your recipes (and their herbie journey). What’s their favorite recipe from your new book? What’s your favorite?
A: They haven’t had or tried any of the recipes yet. They are so funny about that – they really like to wait until the book is out before they hear or see or try any of it.
Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite kid :)
Caribbean Bowl Recipe:
Soy-free, Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Single Serving
I love the pairing of black beans and pineapple! Inspired by the Caribbean Chili (in full cookbook), now you have a Caribbean Bowl too! Avocado and guacamole also make a nice addition.
2 c kale, chopped
1⁄2 c cooked quinoa
1⁄2 c black beans
1⁄2 c pineapple salsa
1⁄2 c diced or crushed pineapple 2 green onions, sliced
Line a pot with a thin layer of water, bring to a boil, add kale, and cover for about a minute (the kale will
turn bright green). Give it a stir so all of the kale is bright green and softer, then drain. Mix in quinoa
and/or beans to warm it up a bit, if desired. (I like to serve this with everything warm except the salsa,
pineapple, and green onion, which are chilled.) Transfer to a bowl and toss with salsa, pineapple, and green onions, leaving a few onion pieces for garnish. You can also drizzle hot sauce on top if desired.
Make it a Wrap: Divide ingredients (skipping quinoa and using spinach instead of kale) into two wraps, for approximately 196 calories each.
Calories … … … … . . 347 Fat… … … … … … . 3.9g Carbs … … … … …65.6g Fiber… … … … … . 12.6g Sugars… … … … … .8.3g Protein… … … … . . 16.7g WW Points… … … … . . 9