Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings

Bestselling vegan author Lindsay S. Nixon brings “healthy” and “holidays” together in her new book, Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings, filled with easy recipes that celebrate and define our favorite occasions throughout the year. Whether you’re planning an elaborate Thanksgiving, a no-fuss dazzling New Year’s Eve party, an omnivore-approved potluck for Super Bowl Sunday, or a lazy Sunday brunch with friends, this is the only cookbook you’ll need. Including more than 130 recipes with new and old favorites, Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings guarantees you’ll have a healthy, festive, deliciously memorable meal—whatever you’re celebrating!

Twelve different special occasions are covered in detail with more than two dozen menus and detailed, step-by-step instructions, so your party planning is easy and effortless. Nixon’s fuss-free, fast recipes are also weeknight practical, so you can enjoy all her hearty main dishes, savory sides, and sweet treats all year long.

True to Lindsay’s beloved “everyday” cooking style, Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings focuses on using only whole, unprocessed plant foods with no added oils or fats, or wacky, hard-to-find ingredients. She makes it easy to impress guests while also celebrating health—and without breaking the bank.

Say yes to Portobello Pot Roast, Thanksgiving Loaf, Hot Chocolate Muffins, Mini Corndog Bites, BBQ Sliders, Cauliflower Hot Wings, Cherry Tart Brownies, Lemon-Rosemary Meatballs, Beet Salad, Banana “Cake” Pops, Mini Soy-Free Quiche, and more. With Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings, your healthy, hearty dishes will be the life of the party!

West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew

Individual 7-Layer Dip

Individual 7-Layer Dip

Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

About the Author

Lindsay Nixon

Lindsay S. Nixon is the bestselling author of the Happy Herbivore cookbook series: The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, Happy Herbivore Abroad, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean, Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings, and The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living. Nixon has sold more than 200,000 cookbooks. Nixon has been featured on Dr. Oz and TheFoodNetwork.com, and she has spoken at Google. Her recipes have also been featured in The New York Times, VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Women’s Health, Oprah.com, Bethenny.com, Fitness.com, Bust.com, WebMD.com, Shape.com, among many others. A rising star in the culinary world, Nixon is praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low-fat recipes that taste just as delicious as they are nutritious.

Learn more at happyherbivore.com.

Featured Recipe

BBQ Sliders

Serves 8 | On Page 143

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BBQ Sliders

Here’s my healthy alternative to pulled-pork sliders. A common replacement in vegan circles is jackfruit, but I find it’s pretty hard to come by, and cabbage is more my speed anyway. Keep in mind with dishes like pulled pork, or even hot wings, we’re typically going gaga for the sauce more than anything, so as long as you use a barbecue sauce you love, and the texture is close enough, you’re in business! I love using my Cola Barbecue Sauce (p. 23) in this recipe.


½ head cabbage
vegetable broth, as needed
¼ – ½ c barbecue sauce
8 whole-wheat buns or other

Dill pickle slices (optional)
Caramelized onions (optional) (see note)


Remove core and outer green part from cabbage. Discard or save for homemade vegetable broth. Slice white parts very thinly into long strands.

Line a large pot with a very thin layer of broth. Add sliced cabbage and cook over high, stirring constantly with tongs and incorporating until softer, but not very soft or flimsy, about 2 minutes (think pulled-pork consistency).

Drain off any remaining liquid, then stir in ¼ c barbecue sauce. Stir to coat, adding more sauce as necessary. (I tend to add about 6 tbsp, but I like my sliders wet and messy!)

Pile into bun with onions and pickles if using.

Chef’s Note: For caramelized onions, cook sliced onion in a thin layer of vegetable broth until golden and translucent, in as little liquid as necessary, or bake until golden and crisp.

Publication Details

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings
  • Title: Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings
  • Author: Lindsay S. Nixon
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication Date: 11/04/2014
  • Price: $19.95 US/$23.00 CAN
  • Format: Trade paper and ebook
  • Trim Size: 7 x 9
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-940363-26-4
  • Ebook ISBN: 978-1-940363-65-3


Lindsay Nixon adds her newest cookbook, this one for your holiday planning of the big family feast... In this case, we can walk away from the table with health—and what better way to enjoy life with family and friends. Give this book a try and you will see for yourself.

— T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and Karen Campbell

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings provides you with simple recipes to share the joy of great-tasting, healthy cuisine with your friends and family. It’s a go-to resource for those special occasions, or anytime!

— Brian Wendel, Forks Over Knives

Somehow, Lindsay Nixon has done it again. Her food is healthy, familiar, easy, and delicious. You'll eat this food simply for the joy of eating, but will be bettering your health at the same time. Of all the prescriptions I give to my patients, Lindsay's cookbooks are among the most important.

— Thomas M. Campbell, MD co-author, The China Study and author of The Campbell Plan

Lindsay’s newest book exceeds all of our expectations for creative holiday meals. Meals you make for your family and friends from Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings will speak louder than words about the many reasons to eat healthy foods.

— John and Mary McDougall, bestselling authors and founders of The McDougall Program

Lindsay Nixon’s FIFTH cookbook answers everyone’s question: 'Whatever can I cook for holidays and special occasions that is delicious and still plant-based and no oil?' Her satisfying and innovative recipes here will make each holiday and special occasion absolutely memorable.

— Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. and Ann Crile Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Lindsay continues to hit it out of the plant-strong park with her latest edition of delicious, party happy, Happy Herbivore recipes.

— Rip Esselstyn, New York Times bestselling author of My Beef with Meat

Lindsay Nixon and I had similar childhoods . . . we both came from families where food was the focus of every celebration. Lindsay brings all that love and every joyful memory with her into this, her latest cookbook, Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings, and better yet, she does it with delicious, healthy plant based meals that we can all embrace.

— Del Sroufe, author of Better Than Vegan and Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook

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