I’ve learned a lot on my plant strong journey. One concept that is repeated over and over again by all the major plant strong experts is how important it is to eat a whole food, minimally processed plant based diet. I fell in love with this concept from day one as it just made sense to me. As the great Jeff Novick states in his label reading classes, “Never believe what’s on the front of the package”. You need to turn the package around and read what’s in the ingredient list. Have you ever done this with something you’ve put in your grocery cart? It’s scary how much crap is in processed food; and most of it you can barely pronounce! This is one of the things that convinced me that a whole foods minimally processed lifestyle was best for me. Who really knows if those things we can’t pronounce won’t harm us at some point? I’m not convinced the scientists even know, since every year some report comes out that some additive in our food can cause cancer or other illness.
As you may know by now, I love to cook; but sometimes it’s nice to be able to pick up something at the store for a quick meal. But that’s a LOT of label reading which can be overwhelming not mention exhausting. Well…thanks to Rip Esselstyn and the crew at Engine 2, there are some great plant based convenience foods available now. Whole Foods carries a whole line of plant based convenience products that are actually good for you, with simple ingredients and no added oils or sugars.
Tonight I had the Tuscan Kale White Bean burger with potatoes (I cooked the potatoes myself). I actually made up a good recipe that mimics these burgers, but I’m currently out of them, so it’s nice to have these on hand for quick meals. There are also several whole grain blends that you can add to any dish to make an instant meal. I’ve never tried them, but am looking forward to incorporating them into my meals next week. There is also unsweetened (with no added sugar) almond milk. If you check the label of most unsweetened non dairy milks, many have some sort of cane syrup (or evaporated cane juice/syrup) in them…and that’s another name for sugar! The Engine 2 Almond Milk is great on cereal and it also has many uses in plant based cooking. Rip’s Big Bowl Cereals come in several varieties and are very tastey and filling. I personally love the E2 hummus… the Plain, Roasted Red Pepper and Jalapeno Cilantro are my favorites. I love the E2 Whole Grain wraps for making veggie wraps. The Brown Rice tortillas are a great gluten free tortilla that has multiple uses from quesadillas to tortilla chips.
I’m grateful for Engine 2 as it’s a lifestyle that has changed my life forever. I’m especially appreciative of all that Rip Esselstyn has done to help save lives with a plant based diet, and I’m very happy to have all these wonderful good-for-you foods from Engine 2.