Lusty Vegan Review, Giveaway, & Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding


Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding An Unrefined Vegan


I was never in a “mixed” relationship. That is, a relationship in which I was vegan and my partner was an omnivore. At the time that I went vegetarian and then vegan, I’d already hooked up with Kel – who made the transition to plant-based eating right along with me. But I imagine that my experience is unusual. After all, vegans make up only about 2% of the U.S. population. Most of us are probably partnered with people who do not share our views about the use and consumption of animals and animal products. You know what, I really feel for people in these relationships! Making a relationship work can be challenging enough, even if we enjoy eating the same kinds of food. But combine a meat-eater and a plant-based eater? Talk about creating fireworks – but in the kitchen, not the bedroom! When one person is a vegan and one is not there are all kinds of additional challenges: making two different entrees at mealtimes; choosing restaurants where both will leave with full and satisfied bellies; navigating holidays and special occasions with family and friends. Hey, good food, breaking bread, and clinking glasses should unite not divide us, right?


The Lusty Vegan by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg is the perfect book and cookbook for just this kind of mixed relationship. And it’s a whole lot of fun and packed with incredibly satisfying and creative recipes. To give you an idea of what’s inside, here are a few chapter titles: The Morning After, Vegan on Omni, Cohabitation, Breakup Food. See what I mean? Fun stuff. Even if you’re not in an Omni on Vegan or Vegan on Omni relationship, you will love Ayinde’s down home, earthy, and satisfying recipes. Yumminess like Tempeh Fries with Dill Avocado Dip, Loaded Quinoa Nachos, Candied Yams with Marshmallows, Mexican Lasagna, Personal Pan Chocolate Pizza, and the recipe I’m sharing here, easy Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding.

The Lusty Vegan Cover

Thanks to Ayinde, Zoe, and Vegan Heritage Press for providing me with a review copy and a copy of The Lusty Vegan to share with one of my readers. Enter the giveaway below! Open only to those residing in the U.S.


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Vegan Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding

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  • Author: Ayinde Howell
  • Prep Time: 130
  • Total Time: 130


Smooth and creamy, tart and tangy – this easy chia pudding is sure to impress your vegan (or non-vegan!) sweetie.


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds


  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the chia seeds in a blender. Blend the mixture on the high setting until smooth. Taste and adjust lemon or sweetener to your liking.
  2. Whisk the chia seeds into the mixture (make sure they don’t clump up).
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight, or at least 2 to 10 hours to allow the chia to form the pudding.


  • Recipe shared with permission from Ayinde Howell, Zoe Eisenberg, and Vegan Heritage Press.


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 506
  • Sugar: 8
  • Sodium: 92
  • Fat: 37
  • Saturated Fat: 7
  • Unsaturated Fat: 28
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 36
  • Protein: 14
  • Cholesterol: 0


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Ayinde Howell is an executive chef who lives and works in Los Angeles. His recipes have been published in The New York Times, Essence, VegNews Magazine, and many others. He is the founder and publisher of the award-winning, and owner + executive chef of his critically acclaimed culinary-event company, Wildflower.

Zoe Eisenberg is a writer and editor who focuses on food, dating, and sex. A certified holistic health conselor with a degree in creative writing, Zoë has been published in a variety of print and online sources—from Vegan Mainstream to She writes about living, loving, and eating on her blog,, and is the Managing Editor of

Giveaway is open to those residing in the United States. Giveaway ends at midnight, U.S. Central time on December 22.


45 thoughts on “Lusty Vegan Review, Giveaway, & Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding

  1. Melissa K.

    I am in a committed relationship with a wonderful omnivore. He has been very open to trying the food I make at home. When we eat out, we make sure there is food for BOTH of us. Just another way that our relationship works so well.

  2. jtolan

    My wife is vegetarian, as are my children.when I went vegan she didn’t come along for the ride. I have found it frustrating as has she – especiay when I announced I won’t buy any non vegan products for the others in my family!

  3. MelissaT

    My husband has health issues and, even though he cannot eat strictly vegan, he is the one who first encouraged me to pursue better nutrition for my health. It can be tough at times especially when it comes to the kids and our families insisting on feeding them junk food. I just try to make a comforting place at home.

  4. LJ

    I am in a relationship with an omnivore. He eats fewer meat based meals now but he will often cook up meat on the side to add to a dish and sometimes we eat separate meals. He is good about substituting ingredients when he is cooking so that we can both enjoy a meal together.

  5. faithvandermolen

    Looks like a fun cookbook! My husband isn’t vegan, but is awesome when it comes to food and eating. I never have to cook to meals at home cause he’ll eat all my vegan meals. Even when we go out to restaurants he’s started choosing the vegetarian options more frequently. We’ll see…maybe we’ll both be vegan one day!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Yay, Faith! I’m seeing 100% veganism in your husband’s future :-)! With the way you cook – – it’s a no-brainer!!

  6. Brittany

    I was lucky to date a guy (the last one) that willingly went vegan with me too, it was such a blessing. Other than him all my other guys were meat eaters while I was a vegetarian, but we were young so it worked because we didn’t share a living space. What a good idea for a cookbook!

  7. Deanne O

    I was in a relationship with a omnivore but I remained Vegan, now he is mostly Vegan, except for some, cheese, but not very often, He is getting there and he did it without my hounding him. I just ate the way I did and talked about my love of all animals and my now husband became enlightened!!!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      What a great attitude, Deanne! I figure you can win more people over with GOOD food over nagging, right?

  8. Cat

    This book is already on my Christmas wish list! My kiddo is a dedicated carnivore. Lucky for us I love to cook, so double meals are a reality in our home. I encourage experimenting and keeping an open mind. From time to time I’ll ask questions like, “Would you eat a deer? Why or why not? What about a rabbit?” and enable her to consider and express her own values on the question and I keep myself curious, not judgmental.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Sounds as if you have the right attitude, but I’m sure you have some challenging moments! Thanks for commenting and good luck winning a copy (or finding one under the tree!) :-)!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Yay, you! That’s great, Krista! You’d really benefit from a book like this – – thanks so much for commenting!

  9. Amber

    My fiance has been toying with the idea of giving up meat, if only to help support me. He knows I really have a hard time with meat in the house, and especially the smell of it cooking! 🙁 But, our mealtimes can be interesting. Our kitchen is too small for us to be making separate meals, but so far it’s worked! I have heard great things about this cookbook and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I definitely put it on my xmas list! 🙂

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Sounds as if you have a challenge at mealtimes! But it’s great that your partner is being supportive. Small steps may just get him to veganism one day :-)! In the meantime, best of luck and thanks so much for entering the giveaway!

  10. Carrie D.

    My husband became a vegetarian soon after we started dating. My 13-year-old daughter has always been a vegetarian and we are all leaning into becoming vegan!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      That’s awesome, Carrie! With so many good vegan cookbooks and products out there it’s getting easier and easier.

  11. Martha :)

    I’m a vegan who is, uh, not dating anyone right now. Do cats count? However everyone I know, and everyone I HAVE dated have been neither vegan nor even vegetarian. It’s hard out here for a pimp… :/ I’d love some help! <3

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Cats always count! This book tells it like it is – – so I’m sure you’d get some great advice out of it! Thanks for commenting!

  12. Jacky

    I’m a vegan cohabiting with an omnivore. But he’s very considerate about finding restaurants where I can get something other than just a salad.

  13. Angela @ Canned Time

    Such a fun book. And my favorite white bowl again, love it!
    You are blessed indeed for Kel, in Veganism and many other ways I’m sure. Making food decisions is a nightmare some weekends at our house, particularly since we both love to cook. But it gets easier and we’ve both learned what works…..and doesn’t!
    For dinners, it’s usually eating the side and salad together and then fixing him a meat main but more and more often we both settle on a veggie main which is great. Not because he’s changed so much as it’s easier and he knows that I’m not pushing him or nagging him. I do hate buying meat at the store but unfortunately, I was a late bloomer to Veganism and I’ve been with Bob for 20 years now, so. Somethings you’ve just got to leave to love and hope for the best.
    Great giveaway.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I really did luck out. It would’ve been a tough journey without a partner to go along. Whatever you and Bob are doing, it’s working – – and he’s eating more veggies now, I’m sure than he was! So win! It’s all about love and respect.

  14. Ilene

    I became vegan about 3 years ago. My husband is definitely not vegan and not interested. However he has no problem supporting me and looking for places where we can both eat. We pretty much eat separately as our meals are so different.

  15. Purnima Barve

    My husband and I have been both lifelong vegetarians. I started following vegan lifestyle a little over a year ago, but my husband is still vegetarian.

  16. Michelle

    I am vegan and my husband is an omnivore. He will eat some of the vegan dishes I prepare, but I usually have to make two meals. I try to get creative and make dishes that he can add meat to, but not everyday. Maybe some day he will eat everything I make for myself!

  17. Ruth Reynolds

    I have a veg daughter and non veg husband and son. Interesting trying to adapt recipes for both. Their palates have been greatly expanded and we all eat healthier . What a journey.

  18. Shira

    I’ve been a vegan for over 20 years. My husband is an omni! But he does eat mostly vegan at home. Two of my kids are omni. The third is (so far) vegan.

  19. Erin

    I am a vegan dating a non-vegan. I don’t try to guilt him for not being vegan and he respects my choice. He is really open to trying new foods and finding places where I can eat so it hasn. ‘t really been an issue for us

  20. The Vegan 8

    Those recipes look wonderful Annie and what a great review, as always. We are both vegan thank God! I cannot imagine how difficult that would be to be married to somebody who ate meat when I am so passionately against it now, I think I would cry myself to sleep every night. My husband’s deteriorating health was a blessing in disguise because it forced us both to become vegan and now we are both grateful.

  21. Poppy

    I love the sound of this book Annie! I’ve been in one of those awkward relationships where the omnivore is always ‘not hungry’ and turns their nose up at vegan food, it’s tougher than it may seem and becomes a constant battle. Thank God, my lovely Rob is more than open to veganism, and excited by it and will go weeks eating vegan when he is at my house. I reckon if he was here full time, he would make the transition easily, it seems to be the not knowing what to eat so picking up McDonalds or his mum cooking him meat scenarios that challenge him. But we’re on the right road! And I’ve managed to make him sick at the thought of eating chicken now by taking him with me to rescue hens from a battery farm and watching the painful, grueling, bloody recovery they made for the weeks that followed! Now I just need some cows, sheep, pigs, deer, turkeys….. Ohh on that, he’s declared he’s not having turkey for Christmas dinner! (Can you tell I’m a little excited by this?!) 😉 XO

  22. Candy Hoffman

    I’m single, and I don’t have a strict guideline of dating only vegans. It’s impossible — only 1% of the population is vegan! Plus, I might miss out on some really great guy who is perfect in every other way. I heard that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…

  23. Melissa

    My ex-boyfriend was not vegan. He also didn’t like beans and barely tolerated tofu. That meant that our meals together involved a lot of quinoa. I did successfully get him to love sweet potatoes, though!

  24. MaryAnn Hopping

    My husband went vegetarian for while but has swung back to eating meat when we arecout. My son’s (10 & 14) are very much meat eaters when out. I’m mostly vegan. My long standing rule is that I only cook what I will eat. So there is no meat in the house. I do keep shredded cheese that the boys can sprinkle on their food as desired. It works for us.

  25. Jessica

    Single vegan here, but I’ve dated plenty of non vegans, it makes it difficult but as long as they’re willing to eat what I cook and be flexible, it works.

  26. Nicollette D

    My fiance is an omni and I have always been veg. My guy is happy to eat vegan food and happily listens whenever I ask for a ton of swaps at a regular restaurant.

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