Tools for the Trade

We learn in life that it is important to have the right tool for the job.  When focusing on plant based whole foods, there are a three tools that I would recommend you consider owning.

Tool #1 – Vitamix

I have already killed one standard blender.  This blender is powerful and useful for making hummus, flour from chickpeas, vegan cheese or any other meal requiring a blender.  You can save a few dollars by getting a refurbished model.

Tool #2 – The Griddler

This is a 5 in 1 product.  It is kind of like an electric frying pan with the added feature of a panini press.  It’s easier to flip things as it doesn’t have an edge.  The panini feature adds crunch to the outside of a burrito.  It lists for $99.  The dials come in red and black.  I found one for $60 on amazon selecting the red dials.

Tool #3 – Instanpot

It’s basically a fool proof pressure cooker. There are so many instanpot recipes on the internet.  It has a following like the big green egg.  I am buying mine for only one reason.  Beans.  You can make a serving of beans starting from a dry bean in 30 mins.  Making your own beans taste better, cost less, you don’t have to rinse them and there is no risk of BPAs.

So what if I eat just a little bit of meat?

My son asked me, “hey dad what if I eat meat a few times a week?”  The general consensus is that everyone should try to eat more plants, beans, grains and nuts.  The slightest amount of modest change can go a long way.

Here is a neat comparison of those who choose beef versus poultry versus dairy or none.



Purple is the best color in the plant world

I started looking into purple sweet potatoes.  I thought I would share with you a bit of my research from this weekend and holiday break.  Ever heard of purple sweet potatoes?  They cost about $2.49 a pound at whole foods

I have formed an opinion that all things purple in the vegetable world are extra special.  Listed below are a few links on the topic which influenced me.

Another purple item  (bonus content) first one is cabbage!


If you wanted to plant your own in a bucket or bag this summer, you can buy what they call “slips” or seedlings to start your crop.

You can also make them at home and this is a good time of year to plan for the spring.


Water or soil approach to make your own slips



Recipe idea:

This morning I boiled 2# of purple sweet potatoes diced into 2″ cubes for about 12 minutes (left the skins on as the hold 10x the antioxidants).  Mashed them up with a cup of sauteed onions, added tsp of pepper, 1/2 tsp of sea salt and 1/4 cup of garbanzo bean flour as a binder and mixed.  Got my griddle hot to 425 degrees and flattened 1/2 cup portions to make 10 potato cakes.  Cooked them about 8 minutes a side until crunchy on the outside.