As some of you may know, I was presented an opportunity to assist Lindsay Nixon of Happy Herbivore back in September, just as she was heading to do her book tour of Finland and Ireland for Everyday Happy Herbivore. I’ve become close to Lindsay online and have immensely enjoyed assisting her. Now, Lindsay has a full time assistant, I handle helping out with Instagram and Twitter now, but It’s a real pleasure being part of something I really believe it. it’s with great excitement that I submitted to participate in 31 days of giveaways.
1. What’s your favorite easy-to-make breakfast?
Lately I’ve been making my oatmeal with frozen raspberries and topping it off with vanilla almond yogurt… but I get bored and tired of things easily, so I’m sure this will change by next week.
2. How did you choose Lily and Quaid’s names?
Right after we’d been approved to adopt Quaid, Scott (my husband) & I went back and forth on names for days. We were scheduled to pick him up the next day and we still hadn’t decided or settled on something we both liked… Anyway, I was in law school at the time and going over a case for class when I saw the name Quaid — it was someone’s name — and I said “hey what do you think of this name?” It was perfect. Quaid’s middle name is Liam, which Scott picked. I’m not 100% but I think it’s an nod to Liam Neeson.
As for LB, since *I* technically named Quaid, Scott thought he should get to name our daughter. He wanted her to have a really girly name and picked Lily. I thought Lily was too simple so I asked about adding “Bean” to it — and he agreed. I got to pick her middle name — Andalusia after my favorite part of Spain.
3. What’s the least plant friendly place you’ve traveled to and how did you handle it?
The U.S.! Joking, sort of. I’ve never had trouble finding plant-based fare — anywhere in the world. It may not always be ridiculously easy like finding a burger in a McDonalds, but with a little patience I always find something and more often than not, it’s delicious too!
4. What’s your best rebuttal for when people want to include non plant items in holiday menus because it’s “tradition”?
“Why should ‘tradition’ involve death” or “don’t let food control you.”
5. What’s your favorite US city?
I don’t really have a single favorite — many cities (and areas) in the U.S. are so different from each other that you can’t compare. How can you compare the mountains to the desert, for example?
6. We know you don’t eat broccoli and you’re not an eggplant fan; are there any other plants that you don’t care much for?
I’m also allergic to cauliflower (by proxy – thanks broccoli!) and I’m not much for nuts or seeds. I can’t stand wine — for drinking, unless it’s been turned into sangria. I don’t mind it in cooking. I also don’t do spaghetti. or noodles really. oops?
7. Do you ever have to cook separately for you and Scott? I know he is plant based, but sometimes that doesn’t mean he eats the way you prefer eating?
If I cook it, he eats it 🙂
8. How do you handle family potlucks when non-plant based people are your hosts, do you cook your own full meal and bring it along?
It helps that most of my friends are vegan or vegetarian, and my sister and parents are plant-based. Scott’s family is also mostly plant-based. My other relatives (extended family) generally try to accomodate me, which I appreciate. For example, when my cousin was having a barbecue, he went to the store to find vegan burgers and even had the forethought to place foil down on the grill to avoid cross-contamination. I really felt loved and respected!
I have about a dozen posts on happyherbivore.com‘s blog about potlucks and what to feed omni’s if you need recipe ideas.
9. What recipe creation are you most proud of?
In Abroad? I guess the German Lentil Soup. It took 4 tries to get that one just right.
10. What’s your favorite main protein source: tempeh, seitan, tofu or beans?
Lindsay’s latest work is mindblowing. I’m so in love with everything about Happy Herbivore Abroad. I received an advance copy a couple of months ago and I’m obsessed. And i want you to be obsessed too! The new year is upon us and what better time to pledge to live a healthy, happy 2013?
I personally will be living on meal plans http://www.getmealplans.com
for the next several months because I need to, but I could honestly cook HHA and still get the same effect: glowing skin, a trimmer waist, and a lower grocery bill. If you want to win HHA, comment here and tell me why you want it. For extra entries, tweet about this blog and mention @kuntrageous and @happyherbivore on twitter, then comment that you’ve done so. The same goes for Facebook, just let me know you told your friends about this contest in a comment. For a 4th entry, tell me your favorite Happy Herbivore Recipe, and for a 5th entry, follow @happyherbivore on Instagram and let me know you did so. The contest is open until January 7th. This contest is open to US residents only!.