OMG!! I am reviewing a cookbook. What the fuck has happened to me? For my #BeBetterBookChallenge I selected a vegan instant pot cookbook, and so far it’s great! But I decided to go for extra credit and read another. I’ve been seeing the Engine 2 Diet products in Whole Foods for a few years now, but kinda just scoffed at it like it was another fad diet. “Psshhh, look, hot firefighters cuddling baby goats and shit. I give it a week.” But then I went vegan, and I learned these guys weren’t cuddling lambs and whatnot because they were going to slaughter them, they were SAVING THEM, and in turn, saving themselves. This is a vegan lifestyle diet, not a gimmick. What the fuck? Who saw that coming? Not I! Being surrounded by NYPD and FDNY and military family and friends, I know how much those boys/girls/non-binary love their meat products. Grilling out is a big fucking deal. So the idea that a whole firehouse went fucking plant based to lower their cholesterol? HOT DAMN. So I made some lemongrass and ginger soba noodles to go with my post because HOT GUYS AND LAMBS, PEOPLE. IT’S LIKE A ROMANCE NOVEL, BUT THEY REALLY KNOW HOW TO WORK THEIR HOSES. (too far? nah, my blog after all.)
And they’re from Texas, and everything is bigger in Texas and….yeah. Le sigh.(Except Rick Perry’s intelligence.)
I’ve read the literature on ALL of the diets. *hyperbole* I can see the benefits of many of them. Paleo keeps you full for a long time, but it is also extremely environmentally unfriendly, and if you do it wrong, you’re asking for digestive problems. Also, I love bread.
Weight Watchers is really reasonable, but I am not going to anyone’s meetings, ever. Also, I’m not in love with the additives in their food.
21 Day Fix is a LOVE of mine, and works on the same principles as Engine 2 (with the vegan option), but Shakeology and pricey workouts are out of reach for many consumers.
Mediterranean is delicious but expensive as hell. Also, SO MUCH DAIRY. So that already eliminates 1/3 of the world from being able to work it. (Like, a full 50%+ of my Chinese family cannot do the dairy. My kids get oh so yucky if they eat too much of it.)
Basically the only diets I think are bullshit entirely is that POS book by a Biggest Loser trainer telling you to eat EIGHT HUNDRED CALORIES A FUCKING DAY, and Atkins. OH! And any diet that makes you obsessive. Obsessive never works. Or it works too well.
The basics of the diet are simple, don’t add a lot of fat or sugar to your food–there’s a fuckton of calories there, and don’t eat any meat products. (This program doesn’t eliminate fat, it’s just not a race to see who can eat the most coconut oil!) Done and done. It also encourages you to eat WHOLE foods, not franken foods or refined shit, or stuff like that. The science is there, both in the book, and in journals. Hell, Venus and Serena Williams say a plant-based diet changed their lives.
And they kick all the asses.
This book is compelling on its own, but when you start looking at instagram or twitter or Facebook to see how it has affected people’s lives? It becomes stunning. Fuck the weight loss, that’s great and all, but the HEART HEALTH improvements. That’s where it’s really at. People are changing the outcomes of their lives because they’re willing to change how they invest in their health. That’s huge.
Plus, the cereal is just really good, so there’s that. And in the end, if you really still feel like you fancy a caveman over a fireman to warm your hearth, (why?!) there’s always roleplay. They’re already good at tossing people over their shoulders and carrying them off.
By the way, this post? NOT SPONSORED. I repeat, THIS IS NOT AN AD. I am simply a cookbook lover and cereal aficionado who really liked a book.
Five stars!My review of the @Engine2Diet and a compliant recipe I created lemongrass ginger soba noodles. #vegan #plantbased Click To Tweet
And now? Those lemongrass ginger soba noodles I promised.
Lemongrass and Ginger Soba Noodles
*for the lemongrass and ginger soba noodles post pictures I used typical rice soba. If it wasn’t for the pictures I’d use whole-grain buckwheat soba, which, while even more delicious, photographs gray.*
What Goes In?
- 1 lb fresh soba noodles or dried soba, cooked and drained
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 oz dried shitake or other mushroom
- 2 stalks lemongrass, chopped
- 1, 2" piece of ginger, peeled and chopped finely
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped finely
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (reduced sodium) or Bragg's Liquid Aminos
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp neutral oil like grapeseed
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flake or 1 tsp sriracha
- 3 red bell peppers, cut into thin slices
- 1 cup frozen edamame
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped scallion
- in a wok, heat the oil on medium
- add garlic and ginger
- cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes
- add pepper flake and lemongrass
- toss for about one minute
- add stock and turn to medium high
- cook for 3-4 minutes or until you can smell the lemongrass
- using a spider strainer, remove the lemongrass
- add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes on medium
- strain mushrooms out and slice into ribbons
- add soy sauce and tahini
- reduce by half
- toss in peppers and noodles
- cook 2 minutes
- add edamame
- cook additional minute-until they're just thawed
- top with cilantro and scallion