Saving Time with Char
Engine 2 to the Rescue!
When I first met Rip Esselstyn three years ago, my ears were in overdrive when he said that he would be getting ready to introduce his Engine 2 Foods line. So, when his products were first unveiled earlier this year, I felt an enormous sense of pride for Rip (et al) in having a dream come to fruition. The reality is that these products are another way that Engine 2 helps people to stay plant-strong. I see them as “foods with a mission,” straight from E2, and a great way to save time!
Everyone I know in my plant-strong world was telling me, “Char, you have to try the new Engine 2 frozen whole grains, they are awesome.” And, after trying these great products, I knew that I had hit the jackpot with delicious, organic, plant-strong goodness.
In terms of saving time, these new and exciting food products do just that. I am sure that many shoppers approach the freezer aisle and see the Engine 2 logo (smiling at them), and think, “Oh, great, a nice side dish, just what I need!” I approached the product and thought, “What can I do with this to think outside the plate?” I couldn’t wait to get home and create some fun dishes in the kitchen.
This grain medley comes in three varieties. I am not sure which one I liked the best, but frankly, I enjoyed one more than the next. They were solid, delicious, and abundant with flavor and each ingredient is present and well-defined in each variety. You will fall in love with these blends!
- Ancient Grains Blend: By far, my favorite. Nutty in flavor.
- Wild Rice Blend: Chock full of flavor with veggies, wild rice, and more.
- Fiesta Blend: All I can say is “muy rico.”
Now, most people will use these blends as a side dish, salad topper, or soup filler, but I saw beyond the bright red bag and thought that there were endless possibilities. From a nutty tasting waffle, to a rich, thick veggie burger, the diverse properties of these foods is neverending.
I like to save time. I like food that tastes great, and I love to cook. With that said, here are three quick and easy recipes.
Ancient Grains Rise and Shine Waffle
¾ cup of Ancient Grains Blend (defrosted)
¼ cup of old-fashioned oatmeal, dry
½ ripe banana
¼ cup water
Mash the banana well. Add grains, and mix well. Let it “set” for about five minutes. If it appears too “moist,” add an extra tablespoon of oatmeal.
Put it in a hot waffle iron, set on high. When the light indicates the waffle is done, let it cook for two more minutes. Gently lift the top lid up. If needed, a chop stick will help you score each row in the removal process (this is the key). Use a spatula to help lift the waffle out.
Plate, and cover with fresh fruit. Add maple syrup. And, enjoy.
On a side note, I generally make a batch of these all at once, then freeze them and use as needed. You are gonna LOVE this E2 waffle!
Getting Wild Bean Burgers
*inspired by the one and only Jeff Novick, MS, RD who has an amazing DVD called “Burgers and Fries”.
¾ package of Wild Rice Medley
One can of beans, drained, rinsed, and then, mashed
One cup of oatmeal (dry)
Seasonings of choice
2 T of hot sauce
Easy as pie, just mix everything together. Form into four patties. Place on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with a side salad.
NOTE: If you are looking for a taco filler, after the burgers are done, allow them to cool, then crumble into small pieces. Sprinkle taco seasoning on them, and bake at 400 for ten minutes. Allow to cool, and use them in tacos, burritos, etc.
Fiesta Chili Casserole
Package of Fiesta Blend
Package of frozen, mixed vegetables
Can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
6 corn tortillas, cut into small pieces
Can of unsalted, diced tomatoes
Nutritional Yeast Paste (a mixture of hot sauce, water, and nutritional yeast, mix to a paste consistency)
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder to taste
Add all ingredients together. Mix well. Place in a casserole dish. Cover and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Serve with a salad. And you are good to go! This is the easiest thing you will ever make. And, it will be the most versatile and delicious.
I was talking to a plant-strong friend of mine, and we were extolling the virtues of these new E2 products. I laughed out loud when she said, “Yea, I love them too, just wish that they came in JUMBO sizes, because I use them all the time!” Fill your freezer with these grains so that you can save time and eat well.
With these three recipes, we’ve got you covered for lots of delicious dishes, and lots of extra time!
Today we’re giving away 5 boxes of Engine 2 crackers and 5 boxes of Rip’s big bowl! All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what you’d love to see next from the Engine 2 food line!