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Happy Herbivore Abroad Giveaway

Today I have an early Christmas present for all of you– A Giveaway!


About a month ago I signed up to be part of the 31 days of Giveaways Happy Herbivore Abroad blog tour. Today I’m going to share with you a lot of things about the new cookbook like my review, recipes, my interview with Lindsay, and at the bottom, four ways to enter to win a free copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad.


First, a description of the cookbook from the back cover:

In the last 10 years, Happy Herbivore chef Lindsay S. Nixon has lived in eight states, visited 46, spent a year as an expat on a Caribbean island, and traveled to more than 35 places abroad. As a celebration of Nixon’s jet-setter lifestyle, Happy Herbivore Abroad combines traditional comfort foods from home with international inspiration and stories of her adventures.

A little of everything—basics, comfort food, international cuisine, and travelogue—Happy Herbivore Abroad provides your palate with more than 135 of Nixon’s crowd-pleasing vegan recipes low in fat, high on health, and made with everyday ingredients. True to the Happy Herbivore creed, these vegan dishes are easy to make, easy on your wallet, and completely plant-based.

As they say in France, bon appétit!

My short, but sweet review from

I loved the little stories with each recipe, and how Lindsay doesn’t use a lot of nuts and oils in place of animal products. The flavor all comes from whole foods like fresh produce and grains. A great vegan cookbook.

Here are some recipe previews from the cookbook that I found around the internet:

American Jollof


Stuffed Acorn Squash


Thai Pineapple Curry


Vegetable Korma


My interview with Lindsay S. Nixon:

Lindsay Nixon headshot

Me: What will readers find is different in your new cookbook compared to your last two, other than recipes?

Lindsay: What I like about Abroad is that it’s so personal. There’s a lot more of me and my life in this book — my stories of my travels, plus all the international food.

Me: Your cookbook is already free from two major food allergens (eggs and milk). Do you have any recipes for those with other special diet restrictions (like gluten, corn, or nuts)?

Lindsay: Since my cookbooks focus on being low fat, they’re nut-free, except for maybe one or two recipes in each book. The majority (over 85%) are gluten-free or can easily be modified. Very few recipes have corn.

Me: What inspired you to write a cookbook featuring recipes from other countries?

Lindsay: I’ve always been a jet-setter, a girl on the go traveling constantly, but most notably, I spent the last year living abroad on a small French and Dutch Island, then bounced around mainland Europe for a few weeks. I’m celebrating my lifestyle, and those travels, in my new book.

Me: Of all the international places you’ve visited, which one surprised you the most with their vegan options?

Lindsay: Germany.

Me: Before someone buys your cookbook, what are some of the essential and/or obscure ingredients that they will need for a lot of your recipes?

Lindsay: I don’t use obscure ingredients — with all my books I focus on using everyday ingredients we all have in [the] pantry. There’s also a shopping list in the front of each book.

Me: I’ve seen some of your parents’ reviews of your cookbook recipes on the blog. Have they tried any of the recipes in Happy Herbivore Abroad?

Lindsay: They just received their copy a few days ago. They’ve made one recipe so far, the cassoulet, and they loved it! They’re really excited to have a new book on their hands on — they’ve cooked so much from my other books that pages are falling out.

Me: Right now I’m in college, so I have limited resources to cooking equipment like ovens, crock-pots, toasters, etc. Are there any minimal prep or microwave-friendly recipes in your new book?

Lindsay: Yep!


If all of that doesn’t make you excited for this book, I don’t know what will!


Now… Here is how to participate in this fabulous giveaway-

There are four ways that you can enter to win a free copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad (U.S. and Canadian citizens only… Sorry!):

1. Follow Eating 4 Balance.

2. Sign up for the Happy Herbivore newsletter.

3. Go to Linday’s blog and pick out one recipe from her website that you would like to (or have already) made.

4. Tell me your favorite place to travel abroad.

Leave a separate comment below for each entry. Make sure to include a valid e-mail address so that I can get a hold of you if (when) you win. This giveaway will last a total of 5 days. It starts on December 20, and ends on December 24 (or Christmas Eve) at midnight EST. No entries will be counted after that time.

I will pick the winner randomly, and announce who won here on Christmas Day as long as all goes according to plan. The winner will also receive an e-mail from me. If the winner does not respond back with their full name and a viable shipping address (again, only U.S. and Canada) within one week, then I will randomly pick another winner, of which the same rules apply.

WIAW Me Vs. Them

Howdy Ho Ranger Joes!

I really don’t know where that came from.

But I’m just going to role with the Full House reference and take it as a sign that I’m officially on vacation.

Relaxed. Carefree.

And totally ready for the upcoming days.

End of the world? Check.

Giveaway post? Check… See below for a sneak peek at what I have in store for you all tomorrow.

WIAW post? Check.

I’ve been so thrilled with how my Christmas vacation has been going so far. One of the things that I’ve really been loving is getting to make all sorts of amazing food. Food for me, and food for them. “Them” being my family. So today’s WIAW post is going to be a little show-down of Me vs. Them in terms of food. I think you’ll quickly see a difference. Ha.

Thanks Jenn!

Disclaimer: These posts do not reflect everything that I eat during a day. There are a lot of unpictured snacks like fruit and vegetables, as well as undocumented nibbles as I’m making my meals.


Me: Banana “Ice Cream”


Them (aka. Mom): 2 fried eggs with 2 slices of buttered toast



Me: Microwave Veggie and Rice Soup


I finally did it! I made SOUP.


You didn’t think I’d leave you without a recipe, did you?

Microwave Veggie and Rice Soup

Gluten-free, low fat, vegan, nut-free, microwaveable


  • 1/4-1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 serving (3/4 cup) baby carrots
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • More water as needed


  1. Add uncooked rice and water to a medium-sized bowl. Microwave for 8-10 minutes until cooked.
  2. To the cooked rice add the carrots and zucchini. Cover with more water (about 1/2 cup).
  3. Cook for an additional 6 minutes, or until veggies are soft when pierced with fork.
  4. Enjoy alone, or with an added protein.

I mixed in turkey meatballs with mine!


For added convenience, I transferred the soup to a coffee thermos and ate it on-the-go.


Them (aka. Mom and Dad): Bubble Pizza

I love making food for my family. One such food is Bubble Pizza. It’s a cinch to make.

It is not however, allergy-free, but I’ll include substitution ideas for all of the questionable ingredients and hopefully you can make this dish to fit your needs. It’s seriously delicious!

Bubble Pizza

  • 12 canned biscuits*
  • 1 jar (3 cups) pizza/spaghetti sauce*
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • Meat (optional): 1 pound cooked ground beef, sliced pepperoni, sausage
  • Vegetables (optional)


  1. Tear half of the biscuits into four pieces and distribute evenly into a sprayed 13×9 casserole dish. Place in oven as it is preheating to 400 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, tear the other half of the biscuits and place in a bowl. Add the pizza sauce, 1 cup of cheese, and any desired add-ins like meat or vegetables (I added pepperoni).
  3. Remove the dish from the oven when preheated. Spray again to prevent sticking as the oil will have baked off.
  4. Pour the mixture of biscuit, sauce and cheese over the baked biscuit layer.
  5. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of shredded cheese on top and add a layer of pepperoni (optional). Bake for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

Substitution Notes:

  • Any biscuit recipe will work, including vegan and gluten-free variations. Just make a batch, divide it in half, and separate into small pieces.
  • Again, any pizza or spaghetti sauce will work here. If allergic to tomatoes, you can use a creamy alfredo sauce or a sauce made from pureed peppers and carrots.
  • A shredded soy or nut-based cheese can be used in place of the mozzarella cheese to make this dairy-free and vegan.





On the way back from my doctor’s appointment today my mom and I stopped at Whole Foods to buy a few necessary items, as well as to get supper. I was starving!


Me: From the hot and cold bar- Salad with lettuce, cucumbers and shredded carrots; brown rice; roasted rosemary chicken.


Them (aka. Mom): Slice of pepperoni and sausage pizza; orange cranberry scone.



Me: Apple Chips.

I saw these apple chips featured on Modern Girl Nutrition, so when I spotted them at my college’s convenience store I knew I had to buy a bag.

The verdict?

Sweet. Crunchy. Amazing.


I was so inspired that I even made my own in the dehydrator yesterday (I’m in love).


Them (aka. Family): Junk Food Galore.

I had a lot of money leftover on my meal plan from school (still have over $100 from this semester), so before I left I bought up some snacks for my family. A few I’ve already given to them, and a few I’m saving for makeshift Christmas gifts.


Well, could you see a difference in the meals we ate? I bet you could.

But anyways, moving onto the sneak peek of the giveaway that I have in store for you all! Check back on Thursday. There will be multiple ways to win, and you don’t want to miss it.


That is all.


Are you on Christmas Break yet? If not, how many days do you have until you’re off?

Do you ever compare your food to others? I know I sure do!

Are you ready for my giveaway? Say “yes!”