Making Familiar Food Healthy with Kim Campbell: PYP 205

Kim Campbell is the author of two really useful cookbooks: The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, and The PlantPure Kitchen. Her recipes are featured in the Jumpstarts chronicled in the documentary PlantPure Nation, directed by her husband, Nelson Campbell.

Kim dropped by the Plant Yourself World Headquarters to talk about food, cooking, transitioning yourself and your family to a plant-based diet, and why she and Nelson and the rest of the PlantPure team are so focused on improving the diets of impoverished rural communities.

Plus she brought me some homemade granola 🙂

We discussed:

  • Kim’s childhood on a Cayuga county dairy farm
  • dropping out of dietetic school
  • developing plant-based recipes from very traditional cookbooks
  • the problem with marrying a non-picky eater
  • the importance of familiarity when you’re starting to explore a plant-based diet
  • plant-based eating doesn’t have to be complicated
  • the challenges of creating a line of frozen entrees
  • converting familiar and traditional recipes
  • “how can I make that plant-based?”
  • pitfalls to starting your plant-based transition
  • going out to eat and focusing on the company, not the food
  • respecting children as actual people
  • PlantPure Nation’s video series
  • the importance of persistence
  • and much more…

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