While I was recovering from my minor winter ailment, somehow I stumbled upon Gaz Oakley, the Avant Garde Vegan on YouTube. I’m not even sure how or why, but something mesmerized me.
I spent eight years as a vegetarian before my daughter was born and went vegan for six months back in my twenties. I never was a big fan of meat and I hated touching it. I also disapproved of factory farming practices and the use of hormones and antibiotics in our meat. Basically, I never had a problem with eating meat, but I did have a problem with the big business of food production and the amount of processed foods and chemicals in the standard American diet.
When my daughter was young, I made 90% of her baby food, most of our bread products and bought a lot of our food from local farms. Not the Farmer’s Market but the actual farms. I also gardened and preserved our food in the almost-lost art of canning.
As life got busier, I lost some of my good food habits. And I burned out a few food processors making homemade nut butters, blending dates for use in snacks and grinding my own flours. Oh and I made ridiculous amounts of hummus.
Something about Gaz and the way his cooking style incorporated the types of foods I like had me hooked. It was his high protein meal prep that truly mesmerized me and made me want to eat it all. I needed to cook again. Really cook.
And he did the things I used to do when I destroyed my blender.
So what did HE use?
I read all the comments on his videos about the blender system and its comparison to a Vitamix. Now frankly, I don’t want a Vitamix. It’s a blender. I have a nice Black and Decker blender with a glass pitcher that suits me. I need a food processor.
Then I saw it at Target. The Ninja Professional. $199.
I wanted it so bad. So I made a Facebook comment. Suddenly, my family is offering to buy me a Ninja.
I had no choice.
I bought a Ninja. And started cooking again.
I have cooked for four days straight. My husband teases that I can’t make a meal without firing up the Ninja.
I am in love.
Gaz’s Sriracha Meatballs and my spinach yogurt sauce
Gaz’s Sriracha Meatball Mix
Salad in the Ninja
Gaz’s Falafel, Hummus & Flatbreads