THAI CRUNCH SALAD & Happy Herbivore Light & Lean Pre-Release Blog Tour

I love everything Happy Herbivore. I love the recipes, the meal plans, the blog and all of the three released cookbooks. I also love the attitude of the brilliant woman behind Happy Herbivore. Her name is Lindsay Nixon and she is open, honest and encourages effort, not perfection. She’s also creative beyond belief and her FOURTH cookbook is being released on December 3rd. How she continues to create such diverse, delicious and healthy recipes is beyond me! It is an honour to support Lindsay and her newest cookbook by participating in her pre-release blog tour:

Light and Lean_Pre-tour blogger badge

As a part of the pre-release blog tour I was given the chance to ask Lindsay some questions! Here are the questions I asked and her answers:

1.) Are the recipes in Light & Lean either gluten-free or easily converted to gluten-free?

As with all of my previous cookbooks, almost all of the recipes are GF. The few that aren’t can be adapted with simple substitutions. I even have a fool-proof gluten-free flour blend in L&L.

2.) What is your favorourite recipe from Light and Lean?

Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite kid :)

3.) What is your go-to workout when you’re short on time?

Lindsay’s Body Blast (it’s in the book!)

HappyHerbivoreLight&Lean_FrontCover

Lindsay was also kind enough to share one of the recipes from Lean & Light with all of you! I’m completely addicted to this salad. It’s crunchy and flavourful and filling!

thai-crunch-salad-7323_CMYK

Thai Crunch

Single serving

Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Single Serving

Before I was plant-based, I loved the Thai Crunch salad at California Pizza Kitchen. I finally decided to re-create a lighter vegan version of it for this cookbook. It’s easy, fresh, fast, and satisfying. (I also loved their Original BBQ Chicken Chopped salad, hence my BBQ Salad [in full cookbook] recipe!) By the way, CPK is one of the vegan-friendliest restaurant chains in the US. They have a PDF online indicating which menu items are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

4 c napa cabbage, red cabbage, or lettuce (or a combination)

1 carrot, julienned

2 green onions, sliced

¼ – ½ c edamame

½ cucumber, sliced or diced

Thai Peanut Dressing

crushed peanuts (optional garnish)

cilantro (optional)

lime wedges (garnish)

Toss cabbage/lettuce, carrot, green onions, edamame, and cucumber together in a salad bowl, then top with Thai Peanut Dressing, crushed peanuts, and cilantro (if using), and garnish with a lime wedge. (I also love squeezing fresh lime juice over the salad.)

Chef’s Note: For a soy-free version, substitute chickpeas for the edamame.

Per Serving

Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300

Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.7g

Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39.4g

Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.7g

Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.3g

Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.3g

WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Thai Peanut Dressing

Makes ¼ cup

Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Pantry

Creamy, delicious—here’s a lower fat and lower calorie DIY peanut sauce.

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp warm water

1 tbsp sweet red chili sauce

juice of 1 lime wedge

2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari

1 ¼ tsp rice vinegar

garlic powder

ground ginger

1–2 drops Asian hot sauce (e.g., Sriracha)

1 tbsp nondairy milk

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter with water, chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce or tamari, rice vinegar, a few dashes of garlic powder and ground ginger, plus hot sauce. Microwave for 10–20 seconds (so peanut butter is melty), whisk into a sauce, and then whisk in nondairy milk. Taste, adding more hot sauce as desired.

Per Serving

Thai Peanut Dressing (1 tbsp)

Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.4g

Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3g

Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0g

Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0g

Protein. . . . . . . . . . .0.9g

WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Chef’s Note: For a richer sauce, substitute coconut milk for the nondairy.

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean is currently available for pre-order. You can order your copy by following THIS link. I may or may not have pre-ordered it the very first day I could. What can I say, I LOVE everything Happy Herbivore :)

xoxo Erin

About these ads

One thought on “THAI CRUNCH SALAD & Happy Herbivore Light & Lean Pre-Release Blog Tour

  1. Pingback: Happy Herbivore Light & Lean GIVEAWAY | Sift, Stir & Savour

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s