Happy Herbivore Interview, Raw Recipe, and a Giveaway!

by Gena on June 2, 2009

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Happy Tuesday, all. I have a very special post for you today!

One of my main goals with Choosing Raw is to offer you a variety of perspectives on nutrition, health, and green living. This will mean testimonials from eaters of all persuasions: raw, cooked, omni, flexitarian, vegan, and more. It will also mean conversations with other bloggers, figures in the health and fitness worlds, entrepreneurs, and, naturally, leaders in the raw community.

It is with tremendous pride, then, that I’m officially kicking off the Choosing Raw interview series! With any luck, I’ll have new interviews appearing every three to four weeks. I already have a number of interviewees in mind, but please feel free to share your suggestions!

My first interviewee is a lady whom I have great admiration for. I think her blog is incredible: in fact, it was one of the blogs that inspired me to begin blogging myself. She’s Lindsay, otherwise known as the Happy Herbivore–one of the blog world’s most vociferous and friendly vegan voices. Beyond her talent with the pen (or keyboard), Lindsay has become a good friend: she’s consistently sweet, supportive, and hilarious. We were lucky enough to share lunch when she was visiting New York from L.A. in December, and we had a blast!

If you aren’t familiar with Lindsay’s blog, here’s the deal: Lindsay cooks 100% vegan and almost 100% fat free. Now, you guys know that I’m all about my healthy fats. But I’m also all about eliminating unnecessary and/or animal-based fats, and this is where Lindsay’s genius comes in: think sweet potato muffins, tacos, key lime pie, and cupcakes, sans fat. But not without flavor: I was lucky enough to be one of Lindsay’s cookbook testers last year, and I know for a fact that her recipes are both scrumptious and healthy!

Here are the top five things I love about Lindsay:

1)    She’s a Fellow NYC native.

Holla!

2)    She Knows What People Want to Eat

Lindsay has a particular genius for cooking up comfort food. She takes traditional recipes—recipes that are satisfying, familiar, and enticing—and veganizing them. This is the kind of food you can feed to friends, family, and—the ultimate test—dudes! I dare you to find a boyfriend who won’t love Lindsay’s food.

On her blog, you’ll find recipes for burritos, cheesecake, double-chocolate brownie muffins, mac n’ cheese, mock meatloaf, and more. Along with these, you’ll find more traditional healthy vegan dishes: nourishing soups, stews, glazed tofu dishes, and a variety of ethnic meals, including her famous red lentil daal, which has made its way through the blogosphere to rave reviews.

3)    Her Creativity

Lindsay says it best: “you could deep fry a piece of bark and it would taste good.” Oh, how true it is. Let’s face it, it doesn’t take tremendous skill to make food taste good when you can lean on butter, salt, oil, refined sugar, or whatever your poison of choice happens to be. Making food—especially baked goods—that are fat free, whole-foods, and plant-based? Now that takes skill. Among vegan chefs, I consider Lindsay imminently resourceful and talented; you’ll never see two sticks of earth butter in her muffins, or a cup of oil in her stir fry. All you’ll find are whole ingredients and lots of ingenuity.

4)    Her Consistency

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I’m a big fan of consistency and commitment (I also think that these are the keys to lasting weight loss and health maintenance). No one embodies these qualities more than Lindsay. A strict vegan who never apologizes for her views, Lindsay is 100% consistent; she, like me, never eats animal products (I make an exception for honey, against which I have yet to hear an entirely persuasive health or ethical argument). She, like me, doesn’t take “breaks” for travel or restaurants. As much as I respect the need for flexibility, I really admire Lindsay’s whole-hearted dedication to her lifestyle, and I know that I can always count on her to support mine.

5)    Her Commitment

Whether she’s running a race (yes, Lindsay is a marathon runner and a serious athlete), writing one of her new cookbooks (for the record, she’s self-published four already), or devising a new recipe, Lindsay gives everything 100% effort and more. I love her hard work ethic and unflagging energy!

Now, I consider myself what my buddy Kristen likes to call HRAV: High Raw, All Vegan. Even when I’m not totally raw, I’m always totally vegan. But I tend to give the vegan transition short change on the blog, since I’m so busy discussing all things raw. Don’t let my oversight stop you: if you’re interested in transitioning into a vegan lifestyle, I can’t recommend Lindsay’s blog enough. It’s informative, well researched, and beautiful. And as a vegan chef who knows how to re-create traditional comfort foods, no one is more suitable to talk about vegan eats than Lindsay is.

On that note, I’ve asked Lindsay to say a few words about her own journey to veganism, her way of cooking, her views on health, and her views on raw food. Without further ado, Lindsay — the Happy Herbivore!

1)    OK. It’s the question we’ve all been waiting for: Why vegan?

I’m a vegan for the animals, the environment and my health. This quote sums it up:

“No single food choice has a farther reaching and more profoundly positive impact on the environment and all of life on earth than the choice to be vegan.” – Alternative Baking Co.

2)    How did you transition to a vegan diet? Cold turkey or gradually? What foods or techniques helped you make the switch?

I was a vegetarian before I was a vegan, though making the switch was easy once I learned how to bake without eggs. I grew up thinking dairy was gross and was later diagnosed as lactose intolerant. I started drinking soymilk in the 1990’s. I’m a bit of an odd vegan in that I don’t like fake meats and dairy substitutes, though I’m happy those items exist for those that like them or find them helpful in maintaining a vegan diet.

3)    Were there any books or resources that influenced on you as you were transitioning to veganism that you’d recommend to other readers?

Skinny Bitch and Eat to Live. Though I was already vegan when I read them, they helped reinforce my new dietary and lifestyle choice.

4)    As soon as I went vegan, I noticed two things. 1) I never got seasonal colds anymore, and 2) I never got bad breath or body odor anymore. What did you notice right away? (Feel free to get personal. We aren’t shy.)

I’ve completely stopped wearing deodorant. During an intense workout I will get sweaty, but I won’t have BO. Even after a ten mile run I still don’t “stink.”

As for colds, they are few and far between. If I do pick something up, I always kick it within 24 to 48 hours and without the assistance of any medication (including over-the-counter meds). Prior to being vegan, I was always battling something – a sniffle, a cough, the flu. I was a student and riding public transportation so I was constantly exposed to germs and subsequently sick. In the first year I was vegan, I didn’t have one cold… not one! I was still a student and riding the subway, but my immune system went platinum.

Going vegan has also drastically cut back on my migraines. I’ve suffered from migraines for 19 years. 19! I would have, on average, 4 to 10 a month. My migraines aren’t just headaches: they come with sweats, shakes and vomiting. It was so out of control I was taking a pill four times a day to “prevent” them. Now I’m off the drugs AND I have one or two a year, tops.

Going vegan has also transformed my digestive system. I was always throwing up, constipated, suffering from diarrhea, or my stomach just hurt for whatever reason. At least once a week I thought I had food poisoning. I’ve never been so regular in my life since going vegan, and these digestive problems are a distant memory.

5)    You’re not only a vegan, but a vegan athlete. What whole foods to you use to fuel your workout regime?

I love fruit. A lot of runners use GU’s or other gels for “refueling” but I use coconut covered dates. I try not to use Gatorade . . . I prefer using the sports drink recipe in The Thrive Diet, but I do not always have the ability to make it.

I’m a big believer in proper fueling before and after a work out. I eat water-heavy fruits before a workout (such as melons) and I always have a banana after. After a long run, I slug fresh vegetable juice. Fresh veggie juices are a great way to get nutrients immediately back into your body after a taxing run.

One thing I don’t obsess about is protein. I eat beans and lentils fairly often but not every day. I stopped drinking protein shakes. Needing a lot of protein – athlete or not – is a misconception.  I’ve noticed an increase in energy once I stopped eating protein-sports products.

6)    What do you think makes someone a good vegan chef? Are there any tricks of the trade that pertain specifically to vegan cooking, rather than mainstream cooking?

I am not impressed with chefs who deep fry or use gobs of oil. You could deep fry a piece of bark and it would taste good. I’m far more impressed with chefs who can cook fat free and with whole foods. If you throw gobs of fat in something, it will taste good – but to make a decadent food that is fat-free and still tastes good? Well now I’m impressed!

7)    People tend to assume that eating a vegan diet necessarily means eating a healthy diet. In my experience, this isn’t true: lots of vegans subsist on processed soy products and Earth Balance. Part of what I love about your blog is that you’re not just a vegan, but a vegan who advocates a low fat, low oil, and whole foods diet. Tell us a little more about why you eat the way you do—especially your choice to cook almost 100% fat free.

The fat you eat is the fat you wear. It’s that simple. If you eat a low fat, plant-based diet you will lose weight and be thin. You can also eat as much as you want without gaining weight. Eat simply and as close to nature as possible and you will look and feel your best.

8)    Raw foodists, as you know, tend to be generous with their fat sources, especially oils and nuts. What tips would you give my raw readers about reducing these fats in their diets?

Cut the oil by half for starters, and remember produce! Cut back on the seeds and nuts, and eat more of earth’s bounty.

9)    So here’s the big question: how much raw foods do you eat? Do you enjoy eating raw? What are some of your favorite raw recipes?

I am 60-70% raw on any given day. I eating love fruit for breakfast as it gives me a bounce in my step. I snack all day on raw fruits and veggies and my lunches are typically salads or smoothies. I usually have a salad with my dinner and fresh berries for “dessert.” I tend to eat some cooked foods at dinner, if I’m in the mood, and I do toss beans on my salads. However, when eating raw, its fat-free or low fat. I use nuts sparingly, and I never use oils.

My all-time favorite raw recipe is Choosing Raw’s alfredo!! I also love salads and veggie wraps.

10)    Your cookbooks are overflowing with incredible recipes. But if you had to choose, what would you say is the most quintessential Happy Herbivore recipe—the recipe you think most defines you as a chef—and  why?

Hard question! My initial reaction was the low fat chocolate chip cookies – because they could convert anyone . . . and no one can discount my chickpea tacos, dal and carrot cake cupcakes which made me a vegan household name…

But I think I’ll go with Scott’s [Mr. Happy Herbivore’s] suggestion: the “Maple Kissed Sweet Potato Muffins.” They’re a little untraditional and edgy, like me, and they’re also fat-free and made from whole-wheat flour and maple syrup – whole ingredients are my life and cooking style.

Thanks, Lindsay!!!

Speaking of Lindsay’s cooking style: Lindsay has just released her latest scrumptious e-book: Backyard Vegan! Stuffed with popular summertime treats that have been healthified and veganized, this is your go to book for summer eats! All of the recipes are made from whole foods and have no added fat. And best of all, these recipes meet my own #1 criteria for kitchen excellence: they’re easy to make and use basic, inexpensive ingredients. Here’s some food porn for you all:

Southwestern Macaroni Salad

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Veggie, Bean, and Quinoa “Meatballs”

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Mojito Cupcakes

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No-Sugar Mango Sorbet

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As a little experiment, Lindsay and I thought it would be fun for me to take one of her recipes and make it raw. I chose a recipe that can’t be made totally raw without being sort of unpleasant (raw potatoes? No thanks), but was simply so tempting that I couldn’t resist. It’s Lindsay’s creamy potato salad. Lindsay’s recipe calls for fat-free vegan mayo, Dijon mustard, and lots of dill and lemon. Mine calls for a raw mayo and similar flavorings!

I steamed the potatoes gently for twenty-five minutes to retain maximum nutrients while achieving a cooked-through, tender texture. Here’s Lindsay’s version:

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And mine!

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And the raw-ified recipe:

A Raw Spin on Happy Herbivore’s Creamy Potato Salad (Serves 2)

Ingredients:

2 cups spring potatoes: I used baby brown potatoes, but you can use red potatoes, too
¼ – 1/3 cup raw mayo (recipe below)
1 tbsp fresh parsley
1 tbsp fresh dill
Generous sprinkle of lemon zest

Procedure:

Cut potatoes into quarters. Steam over moderate heat for about 20-25 minutes, or till fork tender. Let cool for about ten minutes, mix with mayo, and toss with herbs and zest. Enjoy!!

Gena’s Easy Raw Mayo (Makes about 2 cups)

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews, soaked at least 2 hours
3 tbsp – ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic (optional)
Water

Procedure:

Food processor: Blend nuts, garlic if desired and lemon until the mixture is relatively well combined. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until the mix takes on a creamy texture. Check the consistency: if it’s still too thick or coarse, keep blending and drizzle some additional water in. Keep going until it’s rich and creamy. Add some chopped herbs, if you like!

Vitamix: Blend all of the ingredients in a Vitamix till creamy.

I tried this potato salad last night, and it is delicious! A perfect high-raw recipe for summer cookouts and parties. Your friends will never guess that it’s 100% vegan and healthy!

Now, I urge you all to go purchase Backyard Vegan: for a mere $5.00, it’s a tremendous value! But because she’s so generous, Lindsay is offering one copy of the book to a lucky Choosing Raw reader! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog mentioning your favorite summertime recipe (you guys know what mine is!). Good luck!

Speaking of luck, I’ll announce the winner of the Pure Food and Wine gift bag tomorrow. So stay tuned!

Have a great Tuesday, guys.

xo

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Happy Herbivore June 2, 2009 at 6:53 am

I was so honored to be interviewed — and thank YOU for all the kind words.

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VeggieGirl June 2, 2009 at 6:57 am

What an incredible interview, selection of photos, and recipes!! Lindsay is definitely a wonderful person, as are you, Gena! :-)

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:37 am

…and you know she and I think the same of you, VG!

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Katherine June 2, 2009 at 6:58 am

Great interview! Since I’ve only recently started reading food blogs, I hadn’t heard of Lindsay’s blog, but I can’t wait to check it out! The potato salad (both versions) looks delcious and I’m so tempted by her sweet potato muffins – looks like I have some baking to do this week :)

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:37 am

K,

I’m obviously not much of a baker, but when I am, Lindsay’s my main source of inspiration!

G

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 2, 2009 at 7:05 am

Great interview! So great to read about everyones experience with eating healthy. A true testimony to how unique and individual we all are.

Thanks for sharing!!!

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Kelly J June 2, 2009 at 7:10 am

Gena – I’m continually impressed by how much work you do on this blog! Thanks for the interview & all the good info, I’m inspired every day I come here to read!

One of my favorite summer recipes is green papaya salad – it’s raw and easily veganized – here is a version of the recipe on my blog: http://rawfoodrealpeople.blogspot.com/2009/04/kelly-day-7-papaya-salad-and-social.html

K

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:38 am

What a great recipe, Kelly! I’m bookmarking this to try.

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fitforfree June 2, 2009 at 7:12 am

Loved this interview! Fave summertime recipe is raw zucchini pasta with homemade raw marinara :-)

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Amy June 2, 2009 at 7:25 am

I dont understand how the potato salad is raw if it’s steamed. Am I missing something here??

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 7:29 am

As I said in the post, Amy, this isn’t completely raw. It’s HIGH raw.

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CoconutGal June 2, 2009 at 7:26 am

It’s always interesting to here the perspective and views of different people and why their diet lifestyle works for them. Thanks for the fun interview, loved it!
Fav summertime recipe- I would have to say last year I devoured quite a few Hugh Jass salads, boring maybe, but I’m a simple gal. And my homemade ice cream!!

Have a great Tuesday m’dear!

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lauren June 2, 2009 at 7:36 am

Great interview! I love her blog! :)

My favorite is def. guacamole! :) It’s so fresh and perfect for a summer BBQ! I am going to make yours today! And hopefully again we have a BBQ with our friends at our house in a few weeks!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:39 am

You and I are on the SAME page with the guac, Lauren!!

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Dori June 2, 2009 at 7:39 am

Great interview! I am excited to read Lindsay’s blog now. I can’t get over how delicious her recipes sound — and healthy! Wow. And Gena, now I am dying to make raw mayonnaise, that sounds so great!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:39 am

Yay!!! I hope you try the raw mayo! I love it, and it’s so versatile: you can turn it into lots of dips and dressings by added different herbs and spices.

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melissa June 2, 2009 at 7:48 am

AWESOME interview! Great questions and very interesting and education. I’m a big fan of HH!
My favorite summertime recipe would have to be a big spinach salad with raspberries and goat cheese with a raspberry dressing….with a glass of organic white wine:)

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Bianca- Vegan Crunk June 2, 2009 at 7:59 am

Neato! I love HH’s blog and I’ve got all her e-books except the new one (which reminds me that I need to go buy now). Love the rawified recipe! BTW, I’m doing raw day today!!! Just had a green smoothie and I’m about to snack on some guac and carrot sticks.

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

Can’t wait for your raw Tuesday recap, B!

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Katrina (Gluten Free Gidget) June 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

A-MAZING interview! I made Lindsay’s Pasta, No Pasta recipe the other night. Sooo yummy! Those quinoa “meat balls” look amazing, too! That’s it! No more debating… I’m buying the cookbook!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

Yay! So glad you’re a fan of Lindsay’s, too, Katrina.

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Cindy June 2, 2009 at 8:03 am

Thank you so much for that fabulous interview… great great inspiration. I am getting “high raw” and I too eat raw until dinner..it’s been working great.

I am dying to check out her e book!

Thanks Gena

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bobbi June 2, 2009 at 8:03 am

Gena thanks for this great interview!!! LOVE all the pics too!

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Emily (Natural Nutritionist) June 2, 2009 at 8:13 am

Love the interview!

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ashley (sweet & natural) June 2, 2009 at 8:20 am

Great interview Gena! I really enjoy reading about different people’s experiences with healthy eating – what their perspectives are, how they eat in their daily lives, etc. – so I look forward to more interviews! You pour your heart into this blog and it shows!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:41 am

Aw, thanks Ash. I’m still so psyched about your chocomole.

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Caitlin June 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

As a tried-and-true polish girl, potato salad has always been a big favorite of mine! I’m so excited to try this recipe! And… I may have already downloaded the e-cookbook!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 8:41 am

SO glad everyone’s enjoying Lindsay’s interview!!

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Shelby June 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

LOVE THIS POST!!!

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Elena June 2, 2009 at 9:07 am

Such a great article! thanks for the recipes too!

My favorite summer time meal–WATERMELON and lots of it!

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Gliding Calm June 2, 2009 at 9:30 am

awesome interview!!! loving the potato salad as well! i totally want to make your Raw mayo soon as well!!!!!

thanks for the great post, Gena!!!

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Hayley June 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

This interview was great and I actually had never heard of Lindsay’s blog before (looks like I was one of the only ones out of the loop). I checked it out, loved it, and ordered two of her e-cookbooks. I just couldn’t resist. Lately I have been consciously cutting down on dairy (and meat, but I have been doing that for much longer) and am really interested in going vegan. I just need to remember not to try to do it all at once because that will never work for me. Little by little, just like you recommend! Thanks Gena!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Awesome, Hayley!! Keep up with those baby steps :)

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Jenna June 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

WHAT A GREAT INTERVIEW!!!!!!!! Thanks for the awesome looking raw recipe.

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

So psyched you like, Ms. Jenna!!

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Pearl June 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

everything looks so delicious!

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Melissa (fitnessnyc) June 2, 2009 at 10:27 am

what an awesome post! I really love the recipes. Potato salad was one of my childhood loves and I haven’t had it in years and years, I am excited to try a healthy version. Thanks lindsay and gena, I love being inspired!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Glad we inspired you, hon!

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Michelle Hisae June 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

MANGO GUACAMOLE!

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Amandamoo June 2, 2009 at 11:18 am

Oh! I’d love to win this cookbook! Thanks so much for the interview, the information is great! My fav summer time food would have to be berries… they don’t need a recipe : )

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Amy June 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Dear Gena,

I really appreciate your approach to this blog. Incorporating other diets/lifestyles is a great way to help your readers figure out what is best for them. With that said, I am a little concerned that Happy Herbivore said that “The fat you eat is the fat you wear. It’s that simple.” This is obviously not true for everyone, as you demonstrate every day with your consumption of avocadoes, oils, etc. I wish she had at least noted that her diet is the best one for HER, rather than make it seem like it would be the best for everyone. Does that make sense?

Thanks for your great blog!

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Gena June 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Amy,

Fair point. Clearly, I eat a diet that’s higher fat than Lindsay, and I definitely eat more oil than she favors.

But I believe what she meant with that comment wasn’t fat in general, but rather unnecessary fats and/or animal fats. And I do agree with her that it’s wise to avoid the use of excess fat in recipes where it’s not needed — NOT, of course, at the expense of taste or health. In any case, I respect her views on a low-fat diet, but it goes without saying on this blog that the general emphasis is on “do what works for you.”

Gena

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Hanlie June 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Great article! Lindsay’s views on health and diet are very similar to my own…

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Laura June 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Summertime recipe… we recently made fresh pina colada, and it was amazing! Juice one pineapple. Then blend water and meat of one or more coconuts. Blend together with ice and rum (optional). Tastes like summer!

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Kristilyn June 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

All of those dishes look absolutely divine – and I’m not even vegan! :-)

K

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earthmother June 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Wow, when I saw the photo, I thought “Oh cute, Gena got glasses and pug puppies!” C’mon, you DO look alike in those photos up top. What a delightful interview. Thank you Lindsay and Gena! Your knowledge and passion for healthy eating is so palpable. (Gena, you continue to blow me away with what you do here on Choosing Raw.)

I think this rawified version of Lindsay’s potato salad could be my new fave summer recipe. I can’t wait to give it a try.

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Sally June 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I love fresh fruit and veggies in the summer. They taste so refreshing! I hope I win the giveaway! That book looks fabulous!

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birdfeed June 2, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Frozen bananas with cold cereal and vanilla soymilk. Nothing cools me off better, and I love cereal and bananas!

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veggie365 June 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for such a great giveaway! My favorite summertime food is potato salad – but since going vegan, I haven’t had it in ages – I look forward to bring it back into my life! :-)

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Elizabeth June 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm

This is awesome! I just started reading your blog lately (and really enjoy it so far!), but I’ve been reading Lindsay’s for a couple months now and she’s awesome!

Fav summertime food = lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich with mustard and Italian salad dressing :-)

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jessica~ June 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Great interview!!! “The fat you eat is the fat you wear” makes perfect sense. Her book references are many of my favorites too, especially Thrive and E2L.

My favorite summertime recipes isn’t raw but it is vegan: farmers market zucc’s and sqashed, sliced thin and layered over a nice slice of fresh market foccacia – drizzled with salt, pepper and olive oil. YUM.

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KTBuns June 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm

OMIGOSH, both of your ‘tato salads look s’gooooooood! I do love making creamy salads during summer… chickpea salad is always a favorite. It’s a good replacement for tuna salad & is so much better for my health, and the health of the tuna fish.

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Anna June 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Favorite summertime recipe is vegan sushi with lots of pickled ginger on the side.

SOOO tasty.

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Kim June 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Thank you for the great information. All the recipes look sooo good. I think a summertime favorite for me is guacamole! I just love it and love that it is so healthy too!

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Kristin June 2, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Thanks for the interview Gena, I hadn’t visited her site until now :) I love hearing from different sides of the “healthy” spectrum… It’s so interesting to me how everyone has their way of eating and being healthy!

But that is what works, right? Finding what works best for us! Thanks for the perspective ladies, from someone who isnt vegan or raw, I truly appreciate learning more about our bodies and our health.

Keep it up!

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sara F June 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Hey Gena!
Awesome post. I cant wait for more in the interview series. On a completely unrelated note…I wanted to thank you for the advice on the juicer….my breville juice fountain plus showed up on my doorstep today…its fresh veggie juice for me in the AM…I’ve got my carrots, beets, spinach and ginger all ready to go. I’m so excited! Thanks again for the inspiration!

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lisa June 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

thanks gena.

your interview was amazing and the questions you asked were so unique + down to earth, yet insanely informative.

yay. for liking my questions ;)
i am a question gal.

have a beautiful day.

xoxoxo

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lisa June 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

ps- in the past 5 days i have eaten 8 avo’s!
oh and bought a juicer.

yum yum yum.

thank you gena.

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elaine June 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

what a great interview! it was so inspirational. my fav summer time recipe has to be salsa! avocado, tomato, mango, cilantro, onion, garlic with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon. yum!

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andrea @ vegan mx food June 3, 2009 at 1:17 am

my favorite stuff to eat on summer are seasonal fruits, but I can’t resist veggie burgers (chick pea burgers) !.

raw mayo : D ??
the only thing I’ve ever made with soaked raw cashews is your raw pizza cheese (great recipe), so I’ll surely make that salad soon ; ) !

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Tina June 3, 2009 at 6:37 am

Gena! Thank you so much for writing about Lindsay! I’m now completely in love with her site! Very good tip!

Love,

Tina

P.S. Oh, and I took on your advice on the meal plans, with the plan it’s going a little better now, and I also stopped obsessing about the 100% raw thing, which has brought my binges to an almost complete halt, so thank you for that too :)

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Kristen June 3, 2009 at 7:39 am

The potato salad looks delish! Great interview.

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Hangry Pants June 3, 2009 at 8:26 am

Really great interview. I love Lindsay. When I first started the blog she gave me so many tips for my meatless month!!! I also love her chickpea tacos.

Great job Gena with the potato salad!

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Rose-Anne June 3, 2009 at 8:53 am

I love interviews! I just did one with Molly Wizenberg of Orangette fame and it was really fun. Now if only someone would interview me… ;-)

As for that potato salad, did you save any for me? You didn’t? Well, now I’m not sure we can be friends any more, Gena.

On a more serious note, while I’m not interested in a vegan diet for myself, it’s good to read other people’s thoughts on cooking and eating. It pushes me out of my comfort zone, which I think can be a good thing. As a vegetarian, I agree with Lindsay: I’m not really into all the fake meats, so I keep them to a minimum.

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Maria June 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

My favorite summertime recipe is lettuce wraps. I take lettuce fresh from the garden and fill it with brown rice, and seasoned veggies (garlic, vinegar, salt, sesame seeds) and maybe tofu. Wrap and eat!

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Lorena June 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

My favorite summertime recipe is probably raw kale salad that my local co-op sells. It has a delicious citrus-y dressing and lots of fresh, green kale. YUM!

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Sara June 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

My favorite summertime recipe is fresh chopped veggies from the garden with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. You can taste the summer!

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SweetKaroline June 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Favorite summertime recipe would have to be a fresh salsa and guacamole combo:)

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Beth June 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Corn on the cob, for sure!

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Natalie June 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Interviews like that should be featured on 60 Minutes! I would love to try the potato salad and the mystery of Lindsay’s “Unnamed Dip” is very alluring…:D

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jvegegirl June 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I love Lindsay’s recipes!! This would be great!

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DonnaMarie June 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

My fave summer food is watermelon. Not a recipe, but still… Blended in the vitamix it makes a lovely refreshing drink.

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Chelsea June 3, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I’m an avid reader of HH’s blog, and it was through her most recent post that I stumbled across this interview. After reading through a bit of your archived posts, I’m glad I did. :) I’m not raw myself, but my diet tends to lean that direction just based on my own preference for whole and fresh foods. Thank you for the wonderful interview.

I have purchased all of HH’s ebooks except this one, and I was planning to later next week. I figured I might as well give this a go to see if I might save myself five bucks! Ya never know..

My favorite summertime recipe is very simple:
1 frozen banana
1 cup of chocolate non-dairy milk (I prefer almond milk myself)
1 tsp coconut extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
A bit of stevia (or your preferred sweetener), to taste

Blend it up and it makes a DELICIOUS smoothie. Mmmm… I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow.

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brandi June 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

what a great interview!

My favorite summertime recipe has to be super fresh, homemade salsa + guac, with garden fresh tomatoes, cilantro from the pot on our porch and super ripe avocados :)

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Jess Sue June 5, 2009 at 2:32 pm

My fav summertime recipe is a nice fruit salad. So easy to make on those hot summer days, and so healthy to boot!

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Krista June 6, 2009 at 9:23 pm

My favorite summer recipe is simply fresh summer fruits – berries, peaches, mangos, watermelon, canteloupe, etc…so refreshing!

For a REAL summer recipe though, my favorites would be homemade fresh tomato soup and also fresh raw corn soup, all with local fresh produce.

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ttfn300 June 13, 2009 at 8:54 am

wow, this is such a great post, i loved it! i may not share all the same beliefs or eat the same way, but i’m still learning right now and soaking up all the knowledge I can as I try to find my groove.

Summer screams berries, melons, and corn on the cob! i know, not a recipe, but these things never make it into recipes as i eat them before I get the chance :)

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Kat Jordan June 16, 2009 at 11:58 am

OMG! made the creamy potato salad last night and WOW! it’s truly fantastic – my boyfriend loved it too :) thank you!

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Sirica January 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Love your site!!! Would love the recipe for the picture above of those yummy looking Veggie, Bean, and Quinoa “Meatballs”. Could you email me that? Thanks!

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LauraJayne February 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I totally love her blog AND her cookbook! Excellent post and review! I am not a vegan, but I am a vegetarian, and I’ve found her recipes to be filling, delicious, and healthy – something that is hard to find in a vegan cookbook!

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Karen August 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

my favorite summer time recipe is Kale Salad

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