Light & Lean Cookbook Tour

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for all the wonderful feedback on my Recipe Redux recipe from yesterday! It was really fun to be apart of and I cannot wait to find out what next months theme is. Gotta love a challenge in the kitchen! It keeps me on my toes and sort of forces me to stay creative with my recipe making!

Speaking of kitchen adventures…the cookbook I have to share with you all today is the perfect vehicle for making some delicious kitchen creations!

Light & Lean Cookbook Tour

I first discovered Lindsay’s wonderful recipes when I purchased her first cookbook over TWO years ago!

Light & Lean Cookbook Tour

From there I started following her blog and getting a lot of inspiration from her simple, healthy cooking style! Though I’m not vegan myself, I LOVE experimenting with vegan recipes and ingredients. Plus, Lindsay’s recipes are so versatile, flavorful, and innovative that even meat eaters (like myself and my family!) love them!

Since I was already a fan of Lindsay’s I was really excited to get the opportunity to introduce you all to her latest cookbook! This one stands out especially because it combines multiple aspects of healthy living…not just good nutrition! In addition to the delicious recipes you’d expect from Lindsay you also get a great collection of her favorite workouts and lifestyle trips for staying fit!

I was able to ask Lindsay a few questions about the new book and she was also kind enough to give me a recipe sneak peak to share with you all!

Light & Lean Cookbook Tour

1. What inspired you to write this new cookbook and where does your love of healthy food AND fitness come from?

I was inspired by my meal plans ( The recipes in the book are different from the recipes in the meal plans, but the embrace the same style and approach (caloric density… feeling fuller on fewer calories). Healthy food has been a long-time passion for me (4 cookbooks later hehehe) and prior to writing cookbooks I was a personal trainer. This book has a very full-circle feel to it.

2. What’s your favorite part of the cookbook writing process? Least favorite part? 

I think all the cleanup after I’ve made a huge mess in my kitchen is my least favorite part. LOL! Or maybe the editing process. I’m lucky to have a great team at my publisher but editing is… editing. I think my favorite part is when the book comes out. I love the energy and excitement of the release. I love hearing what people make, what they think. Writing is fun, but can also be very job-like.

[Kaila here! I can TOTALLY relate to not being a fan of clean up! I hope my future husband doesn't mind a trade off: if I cook, he cleans! LOL]

3. What recipe are you most excited to share from this new cookbook? 

The cheeseball (nut-free, fat-free and vegan) is pretty epic!

[Kaila here! Ooooooh cannot wait for that one!]

And now for that recipe!

Meatloaf Bites

Makes 8

Gluten-free, Quick, Budget

One afternoon I grabbed what I thought was corn from the freezer but later realized it was mixed vegetables. Once they thawed on the counter I knew they weren’t going back in, so I looked for a new, inventive way to use them. A can of kidney beans started calling, and before I knew it I had a vegetable-filled meatloaf in the oven. Since this meatloaf is baked in a muffin tin (great for serving sizes and portion control), I call it meatloaf “bites” and, yes, leftovers are great as a burger!

Light & Lean Cookbook Tour

1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

1 tbsp chili powder (add another 1 tsp if you like it spicy)

3 tbsp ketchup

2 tbsp mustard

1 tbsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce (recipe in full cookbook)

1 c frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

6 tbsp instant oats

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or use nonstick. Mash beans in a bowl with fork or potato masher until well mashed. Add remaining ingredients, except oats, and stir to combine.

Stir in oats. Spoon into muffin tin and pack down. Bake for 20 minutes until crisp on the outside and fairly firm to the touch (firms a bit as it cools). Serve with ketchup, Quick Gravy (pg. 188), etc.

Light & Lean Cookbook Tour

Thanks for sharing Lindsay! These look delicious! I think I’ll make some as a part of something healthy meal prep next week. They seem like they’d be perfect for a quick meal or snack!

Interested in getting more recipes from Lindsay? Here are the two other cookbooks she’s written that I haven’t mentioned already:

Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

Happy Hebivore Abroad: A Travelogue and Over 135 Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes from Around the World
Light & Lean will be out in November so stay tuned for its release!
Have your heard of Happy Herbivore before?
Do you like experimenting with different forms of cooking that don’t necessarily fit with your diet?
What’s your go-to cookbook?
See you soon for WIAW!!


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  1. says

    These are so easy and delicious!! I’ll definitely be making them often when I go back to school for quick snacks and meals. I should have probably asked for this book for Christmas….guess I know what I’ll be spending my Christmas money on haha


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