As a perennial Sexiest Vegetarian nominee and a longtime peta2 bestie, Mindy White is someone we adore, and we think you should adore her too! From fronting indie rock darlings Lydia to making a serious splash with her new band, States, Mindy has made a name for herself as one of the most talented ladies in music. Turns out, she’s also one of the most compassionate. As a vegetarian, Mindy saves the lives of more than 100 animals every year. Want to add a healthy serving of compassion to your dinner plate? Watch our interview with Mindy White to learn how!

When transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet, don’t think about what you can’t eat. Think instead about all the new foods you’ll get to enjoy. There’s nothing exhilarating about eating the same burgers and fries every night for dinner, but discovering veggie tacos, quinoa salads, homemade veggie burgers, and the wonderful world of hummus—now that’s something to get excited about! Of her love for food after going vegetarian, Mindy White told peta2, “To me, a meal was just something that you eat when you’re hungry. Now, it’s something that I plan out because I’m so excited.”

Mindy has taken her love for tasty vegetarian dishes a step further by sharing recipes and advice for fans on her blog, Meat Free From Tennessee. Along with members of New Found Glory and Relient K, Mindy posts recipes for homemade meals and photos from her favorite veggie spots across the country. If you’re ready to start your own love affair with cruelty-free cuisine, now’s the perfect time to go veg with our two-week meal planner. It’s never too soon to start saving animals, living healthier, and loving every minute of it!