Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Food Line has been expanding. I’ve tried his Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (there’s also a Traditional and a Jalapeno Cilantro), the Ancient Grains tortilla (thicker than a whole wheat tortilla, very flavorful), and the frozen grain blends (shown) which I’m currently hooked on. They’re real time-savers. He has 4 blends:
Ancient Grains: Organic Quinoa, Organic Farro, Organic Red Lentils, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Black Barley.
Wild Rice: Organic Wild Rice, Organic Black Barley, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Scallions, Organic Celery.
Fiesta: Organic Brown Rice, Organic Black Beans, Organic Sweet Corn, Organic Red Bell Peppers, Organic Poblano Peppers.
Morning: Organic Wheat Berries, Organic Farro, Organic Black Barley, Organic Golden Raisins.
All of his foods (according to Whole Foods, the only distributor right now) have:
- Zero animal products
- No added oils…ever!
- 100% whole grains
- Minimal added sugar, if at all
- Less than 25% total calories from fat
- Less than 1:1 ratio of milligrams of sodium to calories (Exception: Condiments)
He also has some frozen burgers I want to try. From his site:
Using only whole food ingredients, these plant burgers are not held together by funky binders. Instead, sweet potatoes, rolled oats, brown rice, or quinoa work together to create a tasty & satiating plant burger. The kind that you will want to sink your teeth into! Crumble into soup, salad, casseroles or onto pizza and pasta dishes! What the heck, enjoy one for breakfast -just because you can! Your buns will never be the same!
Curried Lentil: Gold and brown lentils unite with sweet potatoes, carrots, brown rice, and yellow curry.
Poblano Black Bean: Black beans, brown rice, and tomatoes team up with oats, roasted poblano peppers, and spices to deliver a savory Southwest flavor.
Thai Basil Edamame: “East” meets West when edamame, Thai basil, and ginger combine with sweet potatoes, quinoa, radishes, and brown rice. This burger delivers a fabulous fusion of flavor!
Tuscan Kale White Bean: Tuscan kale, white beans, and brown rice pair with roasted peppers, basil, and roasted garlic to deliver this Mediterranean masterpiece.
I know I sound like an advertisement but for me these foods are a great find. They’re a bit pricy but there are some great ideas here for making your own.