Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue Review

 Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue Review

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Engine 2 Kitchen rescue is a movie from the makers of Forks Over Knives, just like Hungry For Change, that shows Rip Esselstyn going into two houses and showing them how to eat a plant-strong diet.  I was attracted to this movie originally because it came from the people who created Forks Over Knives but I then noticed that it was only 52 minutes long and was actually going to show a few dishes being made.

A little background on Rip Esselstyn before we get into the movie.  Mr Esselstyn is a former All-American swimmer from the University of Texas and was one of the world’s top triathletes.  He competed as a pro from the late ’80s to the late ’90s but continued to race XTERRA triathlons.  He competed at the Maui World Championships for 7 straight years and then raced the Masters National Swimming Championships where he set the masters record in the 200 backstroke for M45-49.  After the world of sports Esselstyn jumped into the world of saving lives and is a firefighter in the Austin Fire Department.  His father Doctor Esselstyn authored a study that found that eating a plant-based diet can not only prevent heart disease but also reverse it.

As I mentioned this movie is only 52 minutes long and provides you with simple recipes to make and use as a basis for creating a healthy lifestyle.  More than that though it provides Engine 2 tips to use while shopping and cooking.  One of the tips that struck me was the elimination of oil.  From all the reading I have done I figured that olive oil was good to use.  Based on the movie it showcases that oil is purely fat and while I believe we all need fat, we can get it from other places like actual olives or nuts and even avocado.  I have always used oil in moderation and sautéed vegetables in it, but that is about to change.  Yesterday I created a quinoa stir fry and sautéed my veggies without oil.  The interesting thing is that the food tasted crisper and fresher without the oil.  They browned just like they would have with the oil.  The movie points out that olive oil has 120 calories per Tablespoon with no fiber, water, vitamins or minerals.  Essentially 100% fat but the movie doesn’t leave you hanging out there wondering what to use if you use oil for baking.  Easy substitutes are apple sauce, banana puree, pumpkin puree, soft tofu or plain soy yogurt.

I also learned that I need to incorporate nutritional yeast into my diet.  Nutritional yeast is an ideal replacement for butter and cheese.  In the movie he proves that it is a great substitute when he makes a homemade lasagna and tops it with nutritional yeast.  When the yeast browns it looked just like melted mozzarella.  On the next shopping trip nutritional yeast will be in the shopping cart.  My only issue with his lasagna was that he used noodles in it instead of slicing eggplant length wise and using the eggplant as a replacement for the noodle.

My favorite recipe was for Rip’s Big Bowl.  As we all know breakfast is the absolute best meal and can be eaten at any time of the day.  Last month I ran Breakfast Awareness Month and was eating breakfast items at lunch and at dinner as well as for snacking.  The Big Bowl consists of 3 healthy cereals topped with fruit, raisins and walnuts.  What I enjoyed the most was the way he sliced the banana.  He sliced it lengthwise twice and then crosswise so that each slice produced 4 pieces of banana.  Genius because every bite comes with banana in it.  I made this recipe for lunch yesterday and it was absolutely perfect.

 Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue ReviewThe biggest thing that stuck with me was that my reading of labels is not comprehensive.  Rip goes through the refrigerators of both families and removes the Earth Balance Buttery Spread as well as Tofutti.  I have used both in the past and actually have some of it in my fridge right now.  My biggest issue would be what to do about making a grilled cheese now?  Well that is easily answered.  Remember from a few paragraphs above that nutritional yeast is ideal for replacing cheese?  Well, I found a few recipes that show that and I cannot wait to try that out.  Will certainly post about it when I create my new butter, oil, cheese free grilled cheese.  I am thinking a few slices of tomato, for the lycopene, and some kale chips would be perfect.

I highly recommend this movie and not to convince you to become a vegetarian but to learn about substitutes for items in your pantry or fridge.  It really does open up your eyes to how you can create great tasting meals that are plant-based without much effort.  One other fact I found interesting was the comment that the average American rotates through 6 or 7 dinners over a month.  We have all heard the ‘I’m in a food rut’ comment before and here is a statement confirming that this actually happens.  Since becoming a vegetarian I feel more empowered in the kitchen and have been known to create a meal in my mind for dinner while I’m eating breakfast based on what I have left in the fridge.

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  • Jen

    Thanks, Jason. I will check out the film!

  • http://www.misszippy1.com misszippy

    I’ve wanted to watch it since seeing Forks over Knives. How can you not love Rip? ; )

    Just bought a new tub of Earth Balance yesterday…
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Well I just tried making pancakes without putting oil on the pan and that didn’t work out so well. Lots of wrinkles to crank out.

      I tweeted them yesterday and they responded pretty quickly so if you have questions I would tweet them.

  • http://ironbob-ironbob.blogspot.com/ Bob

    I raced against Rip at Alcatraz one year..
    He beat me..
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  • http://www.Feerlessfood.com Chuck

    I think Rip has a lot of valid points, but I think he is just exchanging one arguable ingredient for another. Have you ever heard of someone having ill consequences from pure extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil? I have no arguments personally against Nutritional Yeast, however, you could argue against that the same as Olive Oil:

    To quote the research I found” The reason you might not want to eat a lot of yeast is that there is a lot of RNA in it. When nucleotides are digested, large amounts of uric acid are produced. It’s really a very similar effect to the metabolism of fructose given that fructose causes a spike in the catabolism of adenine nucleotides (ATP->ADP->AMP->IMP->inosine->hypoxanthine->xanthine->uric acid).

    Anyway, if you take a look at a paper like this one: http://www.ajcn.org/content/21/9/892.short You’ll see that yeast really spikes uric acid levels. The reason why we don’t want that is that elevated uric acid is principally why sugar causes insulin resistance, type II diabetes etc.: http://ajprenal.physiology.org/content/290/3/F625.short.

    I don’t know how much yeast it would take to simulate drinking a 2L bottle of cola a day, but if you’re trying to improve insulin sensitivity, it will definitely work against you.”

    Do I necessarily agree with this, not really. But I think there is very little wrong with natural foods and our bodies require ample amounts of fat to survive and to use for fuel.

    Thanks for sharing Jason!
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      As you know you can get fats from other sources besides oil. You can get fats directly from the olives themselves instead of the oil which goes through a process to be created. He even has olives in the video for making pizza. He also talks about eating nuts and avocado just in moderation.

      The other thing is that people put oil on just about everything. I won’t use nutritional yeast to caramelize onions but you bet people are using oil to do that.

      I have not used oil this week since I saw the movie and my tortillas tasted just as good but with 120 less calories. My pancakes tasted better because of the apple sauce and not oil. In those two items alone I saved calories and fat and did not use yeast.

      Is he 100% correct about everything? Probably not but I think he has a valid point about America using oil for everything from baking to sauteeing to frying.

  • http://www.Feerlessfood.com Chuck

    Oh I totally agree for not using on everything like Americans do, and if I had the time to make my own olive oil and coconut oils, I totally would. I just think there are some times when you do need the oil like when making sweet potato fries, but you alluded to that and I agree. I just don’t really like olives lol. But mmmmm pizza…

    And don’t you be skimpin on any calories at this point Mr. Ironman!! I’m so jealous- I’m dying to run but my knee is F’d up and I have Boston in 8 days…
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  • http://www.Feerlessfood.com Chuck

    Oh I totally agree for not using on everything like Americans do, and if I had the time to make my own olive oil and coconut oils, I totally would. I just think there are some times when you do need the oil like when making sweet potato fries, but you alluded to that and I agree. I just don’t really like olives lol. But mmmmm pizza…

    And don’t you be skimpin on any calories at this point Mr. Ironman!! I’m so jealous- I’m dying to run but my knee is F’d up and I have Boston in 8 days…
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  • Tom Richardson

    Although I am convinced a plant based diet is the way to go, I am not totally convinced that olive oil is that bad for you. 120 cal. per tablespoon is not really a whole lot. Olive oil is staple in the Med. diet which boasts some the lowest rate of heart disease. Just my two cents…

    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Tom – Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I don’t disagree with you on it being bad for you but the problem is how many people are measuring out only 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil and then how many times per day are they doing that?

      Do you think it is more common for them to turn the bottle over and pour as opposed to getting the measuring spoon out and knowing exactly what 1 Tbsp is?

      • Tom Richardson

        Thanks- I don’t use olive to cook. I use it mostly to make salad dressing. About a tablespoon is all I use mixed with garlic and lemon juice…

        • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

          The best type of dressing is the simplest one. I usually just use lemon juice but olive oil, garlic and lemon juice is an extremely tasty combination.

  • Janette

    I went out & bought some nutritional yeast after watching this too. I used it to make some cashew “cheeze” & it was delicious.

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