Ninja Foodi – Ketchup Prep

Following on from my ‘Ninja Foodi – Air Fried Chips’ recipe, it’s time to make preparations for the ketchup.

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’.

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Ninja Foodi – Air Fried Chips (Fat Free)

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.

Enjoy and be healthy.

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Ninja Foodi

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.

You can find out about Ninja products on their website.

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Annoying Food Choices – Hot Chocolate

A jar of Tesco own brand hot chocolate powder.Now this is something i really hate – hot chocolate.

Seriously people, look at the list of crap that they use for ingredients in this stuff…

Tesco Instant Hot Chocolate Drink

Sugar, Whey Permeate Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (11%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Coconut Oil, Dried Glucose Syrup, Stabilisers (Dipotassium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carboxymethylcellulose, Sodium Polyphosphate), Milk Proteins, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring (contains Milk), Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide)

Options Instant Belgian Chocolate Drink

Whey Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (21%), Sugar, Thickeners (Acacia Gum, Xanthan Gum), Belgian Chocolate (7%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Flavouring), Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Coconut Oil, Whole Milk Powder, Salt, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Sweetener (Aspartame), Anti-Caking Agent (E551), Flavouring, Stabiliser (E340)

…and that was just the first 2 i pulled off Tesco’s website.

Don’t people actually give a fuck any more about their health, fitness, wellbeing and longevity? Obviously not if they’re buying this utterly toxic garbage.

Now i’m not saying don’t enjoy a nice cup of cocoa, everyone should have that pleasure, but there’s nice healthy ways of enjoying it and really crap nasty ways and hot chocolate mixes are really crap nasty ways.

Healthy ways…

Use pure cocoa powder – or if you really want to spoil yourself get some organic raw Criollo cacao – either is good and healthy as long as the ingredients on the packet only list one single ingredient – cocoa or cacao. Different cocoas and cacaos have different flavours (just like coffee does), there’s a few different species of cacao each with their own tastes and then the processing by different producers creates different fat contents, etc., as well, so do try some different ones at different quantities in your drinks until you find the one that you really like.

Sweeteners… Do not use artificial sweeteners as they are seriously bad for your health. They ruin your gut microbiome, they ruin your gut wall, they increase your risk of diabetes because they’ve ruined your microbiome and gut wall, they increase your risk of other diseases like cancer, they increase your desires for ever more sweeter products leading to ever increasing obesity because you’ll never be truly satisfied because nothing you ever eat again will be as sweet as these artificial sweeteners can make it.

Let us get one thing straight… Sugar does not cause diabetes, and anyone telling you it does is either utterly ignorant or looking to profit out of your ill health. Fat causes type 2 diabetes and dairy causes type 1 diabetes, neither are caused by sugar other than if you over consume loads of refined sugar which your body is then forced to convert it into fat in order to get the sugar out of your bloodstream – once again, it’s the fat that causes the diabetes not the sugar and you have to over consume approx 10,000 calories (that’s calories you don’t need) of pure sugar to get your body to produce 1kg of fat. Yes, absolute fact, your body needs about 10,000 calories of excess calories from carbs to make 1kg of fat – so, let’s be honest, a tsp or 2 in your cocoa is really not going to hurt.

And there’s actually lots of nice natural sweeteners for you to try. Start with raw cane sugar, i like Demerara in my drinks, but there’s lots of different raw cane sugars out there so try a few, they all have their own unique tastes to bring to your cocoa. Light cane has the mildest taste whereas Muscovado has one of the strongest with Demerara in the middle-ish. There’s also other nice natural sweeteners that bring their own unique tastes to your cocoa/cacao drink, like date syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup, etc.. Just make sure that you check the ingredients to ensure that you are buying the pure, natural product and not some adulterated, toxic garbage.

Do not use milk from animals as this will destroy all the health benefits of the cocoa/cacao. Dairy not only causes type 1 diabetes but it also destroys the efficacy of all anti-oxidants that you put in your stomach with it.

If you really must use milk for your cocoa then use a plant milk. Again, many different ones to try with their own unique flavours.

But why not try drinking it black? Yes, you can make a delicious cup of cocoa without any type of milk product (just like coffee and tea). Just simply add pure cocoa/cacao to a mug with a little raw cane sugar (adjust both to taste) and enjoy.

And you can really nice this up by following this recipe for one of the most super healthy drinks there possibly is…

2 tsp cocoa (adjust to taste)
1.5 tsp raw cane sugar, date syrup, maple syrup, etc. (adjust to taste)
1 peppermint tea bag
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
400ml boiling water
Stir well, let settle and cool for a few minutes, stir well again.

Anyways, if you care about your health, fitness, longevity and quality of life, stop with the drinking hot chocolate mixes and mix your own from pure ingredients and make something unique and healthy.

Annoying Food Choices – Ginger

WTF is with people who peel ginger?

I can’t think of anything more stupid than wasting your time and money peeling something that doesn’t need peeling and throwing away valuable food and nutrients when you send the peel to landfill or compost.

Seriously people, you do not need to peel ginger. Just rinse any soil off and then chop, slice or grate it as it is.

Stop wasting good food please!!!


Annoying Things…

So i’ve decided to start this section of my blog as somewhere to rant about what i see in the world around me as silly, ridiculous, and even, downright annoying.

There’s only so much a sane person can take, and i really don’t think it’s good to keep it all bottled up, so here i shall rant and spew forth my vitriol upon the world around me.

Every blog needs a rant section. LOL

Coffee, Good Or Bad…

Apparently, the latest spin on coffee is that drinking 3-5 cups a day is good for your heart…

‘Regular coffee drinkers have “cleaner” arteries’.

No doubt there will be people today rushing to starbucks and costa to grab another coffee to ensure their heart health is improved because they only read the bits of the article that they want to hear. But is it so clear and cut as they make out?

Firstly, what coffee were they using and how strong was it? To what extent was it roasted, how much milk, cream, sugar, and other additives, if any, were added. How was it prepared; instant, filter, espresso, etc..

And also to bear in mind is that the South Korean diet is massively different to the UK, European and USA diet. So don’t be thinking chugging down 5 large lattes (whatever they are) is going to do you any favours as it may make things worse.

This is why studies on coffee show so many mixed findings. Too many factors are mixed in with coffee consumption that it’s easy to find some studies showing positive results and some that show negative ones. Note that the BBC haven’t put a link to the full publication of this study for anyone interested to look at this more closely – i wonder why that is?

Anyway, here’s some food for thought (or should that be drink?)…

So maybe instead of going for those extra coffees you might go for a green tea without milk. Although if you’re really concerned about health then try matcha tea instead…

Or cocoa…

Although do understand that it’s made with boiling water and no milk when you want it to be healthy.

If you want the cream of the crop of healthy beverage then i would suggest adding half a teaspoon of powdered peppermint leaves to your cocoa without milk – now that will do your health a whole lot of good…

Sure, there’s better herbals than peppermint, but peppermint is still amazingly healthy and it also goes so nicely with cocoa so that’s what makes it the winner in my book.

Just stay away from the coffee. If you’re addicted to caffeine, as most people are, then the theobromine in cocoa will fill all the caffeine receptors in your brain as they both belong to the same group of CNS stimulants, Xanthines. Addicts can replace one with the other, you just won’t get the wired agitated buzz from theobromine.

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