Rip Esselstyn has finally taken the plunge and began his very own podcast. Yes folks, the ‘Plant-Strong Podcast’ is finally here. Me is thinking that this just may turn out to be the very best vegan podcast ever and i’m very much looking forward to lots of future episodes.
As well as the links on the website you can also get this on Podbean. Podbean’s my absolute most favourite podcast hosting site forever, because, in truth, it’s the only one i’ve ever used.
Normally ketchup uses vinegar for its tart, acid taste, but as this is a wholefood, raw ketchup we’ll be using whole lemon — rind and all — as the rind contains a lot of healthy benefits as long as its organic. If you can’t get the lemons, or if you prefer, you can substitute your preferred vinegar for the lemon.
To begin, go and buy some organic, unwaxed lemons. This step is important as in the ketchup recipe we’ll be using the whole lemon including the rind, and as non-organic lemons have pesticides, herbicides, and who knows what else impregnated into their rind, it’s best to avoid.
If you’re lucky you may be able to buy these lemons single, but i can only buy them in a pack of three. Either way, you only need 1/8th for the ketchup recipe and there’s no point in wasting the rest so here’s what to do with your lemons.
Step 1. Top and tail the lemons…
Step 2. Cut in half across the grain…
Step 3. Cut halves into quarters to make eighths…
Step 4. Place them in a Tupperware and put in the freezer…
As an added bonus, you now have a load of organic, unwaxed, super healthy, frozen lemons to add to sauces and smoothies whenever you feel like. Experiment with other recipes you may have and see what the addition of 1/8th of a lemon brings to it — you may be pleasantly surprised.
Next time we’ll get around to making the ketchup for your ‘Ninja Foodi Air Fried Chips’.
So here’s my recipe for air fried chips cooked in my new Ninja Foodi. Yes, you can make very nice chips without any fat, oils, salt or vinegar.
These are so much healthier in every way than chips with added fat and salt.
Step 1. Cut up your prefered chip potato to approx half inch and place in the Foodi air fryer pan. I like Maris Piper and that works well with this recipe. There’s no need to rinse or wash them after you’ve cut them up…
Step 2. Cook on Air Crisp setting at 160C for 15 minutes…
Step 3. Give the basket a good shake up to redistribute the chips and then cook on Air Crisp setting at 200C for 15 minutes…
Step 4. Place in your favourite bowl…
Step 5. Grab a pot of home made, wholefood, high carb, raw tomato ketchup to dunk your yummy chips in…
No salt or vinegar is needed with this yummy delicious sauce — i’ll add the recipe for that in my next post.
So for the last couple of years — since i remodelled my small kitchen and threw out the cooker to save space — i’ve been wandering between a fully raw and a high raw, wholefood, high carb, vegan diet, and been totally loving it. But then, last year, i came across the Ninja Foodi.
I’ve been using Ninja blenders/food processors as a raw foody for quite a while now and i’m very impressed by their products. So when they sent me an email with their latest product, the Foodi, i was certainly intrigued to say the least.
I’d encountered other auto pressure cookers, like the Instant Pot, a few years ago. I thought the Instant Pot was a really good looking bit of kitchen kit for someone without a cooker or a lot of space in a kitchen. I noticed the following video on High Carb Hannah’s Youtube channel, in which Hannah gives a tour of her tiny house kitchen — which is pretty much the same size as my kitchen give or take an inch or two — and she shows her cooking gadgets as an Instant Pot, a rice cooker, an air fryer and a pop corn maker…
Now what if you could put all four of those devices into one, and add a few other options? Well that’s what the Foodi does.
But, back to my raw/high raw diet. As with most things in my life, the raw/high raw diet was an experiment, and i have to say, a very successful one. As a life long food fanatic, grower, creator, maker, nutritionist, chef, baker, and wearer of many other kitchen hats besides, i ended up learning a great deal more about food pursuing a raw/high raw diet and i’m certainly extremely glad i did it. But at the moment, the Ninja Foodi is crying out for this food lover’s experimentation and was just too much to resist once they decided to offer it in 4 monthly interest free payments.
So i shall be exploring what the Foodi can do for a wholefood, high carb, vegan diet over the coming months and publishing my findings here on Growing Young. I’m sure it’s gonna be delicious fun, i may even get a little fat, but i fully intend to have some nice, easy, wholefood, high carb, vegan meals to share for anyone with a Ninja Foodi.
And when the Foodi eventually dies from all the abuse i intend to give it, i’ll go back to my raw diet. I definitely intend to test this to destruction, so you’ll also get to see just how long one of these things lasts.
A doctor on the internet suggested that eating 1 lb of greens a day would dramatically improve people’s health and go a long way to reversing type 2 diabetes.
In the comments there was the usual complaint… ‘1 lb of greens is too expensive.’
I’ve lost count the amount of times i’ve heard the excuse from unhealthy people that eating healthy is too expensive, that they would love to eat healthier but just can’t afford to.
Utter bollox!!! I call shenanigans on all of them.
1 lb is 454 grams
Current prices in my local Tesco supermarket (other UK supermarkets have similar prices).
Broccoli… currently at 55 pence for 350g – but if you go in the morning you’ll find many heads of 350g broccoli that weigh well over 454g.
Broccoli can be cut up into little bits (stems included) and frozen and then steamed, added to soups, stews and smoothies all day long. 454g of broccoli is easy to get through in a day.
Savoy… currently at 69 pence per head – again, go early and you’ll find plenty of heads that weigh at least 454g.
Keep heads of savoy in bag in chill draw in fridge and only take off outer leaves and it’ll stay fresh for quite a few days. Finely chop the leaves and add to salads, steam the leaves whole, etc.. Once again, easy to munch through 1lb in a day. Put stems in a container in fridge and add to smoothies to make them more nutritious.
Collard Greens… 62 pence for at least 500 grams.
I like to seperate these into whole leaves and lay them flat in a freezer drawer. When you thaw them out you can use them to make sushi style wraps completely raw – seriously nice!
A little more pricey…
Kale… currently on sale at 49 pence for 206g = £1.08 for 1 lb.
Spinach… 63 pence for 200 grams
Sweetheart… 79 pence each
And that’s just a quick glance at one supermarket. You can find much cheaper than this if you shop around.
How much was that big macfilth meal you ate last night?