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Episode 45 Show Notes

Raw ChickUN Salad with special guest James Brinkley III

Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked here with my dear friend, James Brinkley, and today we’re going to show you how to make raw vegan chicken salad. Tell em James!

James: Yep, don’t go away it’s gonna be awesome.

Courtney: It’s amazing. Stay tuned.

Intro:  Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. I’m Courtney Uncooked cause that’s how I like my food. The vitamins and the minerals, you know they all get through. Absorbed into the body so that nothing gets lost when you start eating raw of your health you’ll be the boss. Raw vegan for my health and you know that health is wealth. To help you stay your best, we will welcome special guests. So let’s go make a recipe and have lots of fun, your healthy living journey has just begun cause I’m Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. 

Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked here with my dear friend…

James: How you doing?

Courtney: James Brinkley. I am doing honey. I’m doing better now that you’re here. Thanks for coming today.

James: The pleasure is all mine

Courtney: I know you’re busy. You’re one of the busiest people I’ve ever met. I met James when you were just starting your accounting and financial planning business, and now to see you grow, how many people you got working for you now? 

James: We got about five full-time employees.

Courtney: Five?  Daaaaang, good for you!  So, how do you keep them motivated? I mean what do you do?

James: We use a lot of positive affirmations.

Courtney: Okay.

James: One is the scripture “I can do all things in Christ”.  Another one is, take the word can’t and won’t out your vocabulary and replace with can and will do.

Courtney: Okay. All right. So, do you have these slogans on the walls at your office? .

James: Yeah.

Courtney: You do?

James: I have a big billboard of “I can do all things through Christ”…

Courtney: That’s nice.

James: And “Never use excuses”.

Courtney: That’s awesome. And you’re also a single dad…

James: Yeah.

Courtney: So, how do you whip these kids into shape?

James: Well, they kind of whoop me into shape. I’m starting early morning. 

Courtney: Right, right.

James: I spend a lot of time with them. They’re very energetic. They’re Irish twins, so they’re 12 months apart. 

Courtney: Okay.

James: So yeah, they keep me busy.

Courtney: They’re best friends?

James: Yeah, absolutely.

Courtney: Aww, that’s so nice. Well, I know you and your beautiful family love good vegan food.

James: Oh yeah.

Courtney: At all my parties, James is just like eating it up he’s like, I can’t believe this is vegan. 

James: Yeah, asking a bunch of questions.

Courtney: Yes. Well, honey, you’re not going to be able to believe that this is vegan. 

James: Okay.

Courtney: I know you love chicken salad. 

James: Absolutely.

Courtney: So, this is going to be a delicious, raw vegan chicken salad made out of cashews…

James: Oh wow.

Courtney: Instead of tortured chicken meat, because who wants to be mean to a chicken? Not me. No. No.  Who would? 

James: Who’d want to do that? 

Courtney: So, we’re just going to make it out of cashews, cut out the middle chicken and get going.

James: That sounds like a plan.

Courtney: So, speaking of chickens, why did the chicken coop only have two doors? 

James: I’m not sure, why?

Courtney: Because if it had four doors, it would have to be a chicken sedan, James. That’s right, that’s right. All right, so there’s two parts to this recipe today. 

James: Okay.

Courtney: The first part is going to be our vegetable mixture, the second part is going to be the actual chicken salad and then at the end, we’re going to mix the vegetable mixture and the chicken salad together and, voilà!  It’s going to be delicious. Now, this is a little more complicated than I usually like to make things. I usually like to only use one machine if I can help it but today we’re using two and then we’re going to mix them together, but it’s worth it.

James: Okay.

Courtney: End product is totally going to be worth it. So, first, we’re going to put into the food processor, we’re going to make our veggie mixture and we’ve just got one red bell pepper here and then we’ve got one whole carrot, you don’t have to cut it too much because we’re putting it in our food processor. We’ve also, I’m sorry, I got sidetracked because it’s supposed to be a fourth of an onion, but I think I was talking to you and I cut up a whole onion so, I’m just going to do a fourth and look up here. And do you have a food processor James? 

James: I don’t

Courtney: You don’t? Okay. So what do you guys do for food? 

James: Experiment with different things.

Courtney: Some broccoli. One cup.

James: A lot of vegetables, fruit. 

Courtney: Okay.

James: And takeout, unfortunately…

Courtney: Okay.

James: You know here and there.

Courtney: Well take out is  better than a drive-through. 

James: Yeah. 

Courtney: A little bit better, right? 

James: Absolutely. 

Courtney: Just let that go. All right, we’ve got our wonderful veggie mixture here. And that’s our veggie mixture. So, you want to just pour that into this bowl, using that, yep. And then I’m going to go under you, a small kitchen and we’re going to get going on the actual chicken salad. And so, we’ve got some cashews that have been soaked and strained, right here. There you go, there you go. And then we’ve got one deseeded jalapeno, lemon juice.

James: Alright.

Courtney: Pour it right in here in our chicken meat, and then a green onion.

James: So, what makes it actually taste like chicken?

Courtney: Well, it’s the spices. I mean, it’s got some dill in it and some salt and it’s actually the cashew, that’s going to be the chicken meat. 

James: Okay. 

Courtney: Yeah. And speaking of cashews, what did one cashew say when he says goodbye to the other one?

James: What?

Courtney: Cash you later, bro. What does he say the next day? 

James: What did he say? 

Courtney: Catch me outside. All right, so now we’re going to make our chicken meat in the Vitamix. 

James: Okay. 

Courtney: Okay, and we’re just going to turn it up. We always want to start off on low. Alright, so I don’t want to blend this up too much, I want our chicken meat to be nice and chunky. 

James: Okay.

Courtney: See that. So, we’re going to take our chicken meat and then mix it together with our vegetable mixture. You never want to take anything out of your Vitamix or your blender that has metal because that’s always going to dull your blade. So, that’s why I have this spatula.

James: And I wanted to ask that question. 

Courtney: Yeah. I felt it. I felt your vibe. Okay. So, then we’ve got these two together, we just kind of mix them up by hand, because again, we want both to be chunky like…

James: Okay.

Courtney: And not too much. Can you smell that? Smelsl so good. And so this is great. You can eat it, you know, like a chicken sandwich, you can put it on crackers, I like to, my favorite is to wrap things in a leaf because you know, you’re going to save on the calories for sure. All right. Are you ready? I’m ready. I want your honest opinion. Let’s do this.

James: Ready, let’s do it.

Courtney: Imagine in a leaf or in bread too, it would be even better. 
Courtney: Making vegan chicken salad with my boy  James, all the celebrities love it, but there’s no need to drop names. It’s the best chicken salad that you’ll ever eat but it’s made from cashews, instead of tortured meat. You can eat it in a sandwich or wrap it up in a leaf. This stuff is so good, you’ll be in disbelief. No, you don’t need a stove or an oven to cook, just a blender, dehydrator, and some Courtney Uncooked.