Sunday, August 7, 2011

Plant-strong Pride and Happy Herbivore's Tamale Casserole

If I wasn't such a wuss, I'd have it tattooed onto my arm.

Or not.

But that's how into it I am.

We wear our "PLANT STRONG" rubber wristlets with pride around these parts. Thanks Rip. And Quinn decided we needed something a little more sophisticated. A little more enduring.

So I had it made. Custom made.

A Plant-strong bracelet.

Pride. A little goes a long way.

On Friday I received a copy of Lindsay S. Nixon's cookbook, The Happy Herbivore, from the publisher. I have to confess, I had seen this cookbook before and it did not inspire me. Too heavy on the faux meat products and the vegan cupcakes, the Nutritarian in me was pretty repelled.

But the folks at BenBella Books were kind enough to ship me a copy, and Lindsay herself is just so darned nice, so I gave The Happy Herbivore a much closer look this weekend.

What I found was a cookbook of recipes that would be wonderful for the cook who is just beginning to dabble in Vegan dishes and also for a person with family members to feed who are less than inspired to try Vegan dishes.

The first recipe that I tried out was a real keeper. So much so that I am planning on making it again and bringing it to my sister and brother-in-law's house next weekend. It was a pretty awesome bonus that all of the ingredients are staples in my kitchen, which I think is the case with the vast majority of Lindsay's recipes. And I know a lot of you are looking for recipes just like that.
The bottom layer of the Tamale Casserole is a saute of onion, garlic, black beans, corn, salsa and spices. I added mushrooms and spinach and left out the green pepper and black olives that the recipe called for.

The top layer is a vegan corn bread with whole corn kernels. Easy and delicious.

The resulting casserole was full of Mexican spice balanced with the sweetness from the corn bread. Vegan soul food. I feel like you could do a lot of fun things with this recipe idea. Add lots more veggies--whatever you need to use up--and it would be even better, if that's even possible.


Thanks Lindsay and BenBella Books! I look forward to trying out more Happy Herbivore recipes real soon.


Do you own a copy of The Happy Herbivore? What are your favorite recipes from the book?

16 comments:

Karena said...

Love the bracelet, Wendy! I was just on Etsy looking for something similar the other day. I've got a copy of The Happy Herbivore en route. We don't do faux meats, so I might have to do a lot of tofu/lentil replacement therapy, but it looked like something friendly to ETL AND to my young children. I'm looking forward to trying it out :)

Sue said...

Love the bracelet! Can you share the recipe?

Lani said...

Ditto..can you share your adaptation?

Megan C said...

Yes I do have the book and I really love the Garden Soup. YUMO!

Donna said...

Yum, tamale pie sounds aweseome - would love to see the recipe? Thanks and love the bracelet

v said...

Tamale pie looks great--definitely will try for my next potluck gathering. Love the bracelet. Have you considered making & selling them? It would be a really stylish way to spread the "plant strong" message.

JoycieB said...

I would definitely buy the bracelet! Now I wondered if you were getting "Plant Strong" tattooed on your arm, or the recipe for the Tamale Casserole? :) Either way, you'd be getting a lot of attention!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you can share the recipe? more so the spices used and the ratio of beans/corn/onion/etc. You described the flavors so nicely it made me hungry!

Anonymous said...

How can we get the plant strong bracelet.. I love it

Bonnie said...

Very cool bracelet! The tamale casserole looks scrumptious!

Blonde Michigan Vegetarian said...

I LOVE HH, I have so many recipes from her book. I got guest blog on some of her recipes as well!

Lolly said...

I NEED one of those bracelets? Where did you get it?

Healthy Girl said...

I'm working on a blogger giveaway of these bracelets and also trying to purchase them in bulk and possibly sell them. Thoughts?

Sandy said...

I would buy that bracelet! It's great.

Renata said...

Did you ever figure out a way to sell those bracelets? I reallly want one :)

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