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Ami Mackey
Ami Mackey is a food coach at Engine 2 Extra and has been plant-strong since 2011. She is also the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

Carrot Kale Muffins

Start your day with these hearty muffins! A slight sweetness from the carrots, raisins and spices makes a great pairing with the kale and the cornmeal. Carrot Kale Muffins Preheat oven to 400 degrees 1 carrot shredded 8 oz – pureed carrots (puree yourself or substitute 2 – 4oz jars of baby food carrots) 1 [&hellip

Smokey Cheez Sauce

  1 can reduced sodium cannellini beans with liquid 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast 3 tablespoons Ninja Squirrel Sriracha Sauce – or other brand if not available 1 tablespoon corn starch 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika Blend in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve over brown rice and [&hellip

Chopping Vegetables With Jane

    Teaching a group to make their own nori rolls requires a bunch of prep work, especially when it’s a group of nearly 100 Engine 2 Immersion attendees. It was during this prep work that I got to know Jane Esselstyn. It takes some time to chop enough peppers, mangoes, avocados and onions for [&hellip

Adventures With Ami: Summer Ingredients

Part of what I love so much about summer is the availability of fresh produce.  It is one of my simple pleasures to slice up an heirloom tomato on a plate with some fresh cracked black pepper for a snack.  Or a cucumber, some kohlrabi, jicama, melon…well the list goes on and on.  The flavors [&hellip

Adventures With Ami: Summer Salads

I love summer!  From salads, to grilling, picking berries and fresh melons…well, I love it all.  Summer is one of the best times to become plant-strong too.  So many options at the farmers market, produce stands and the regular grocery store.  It’s one of the best times to have pots of fresh herbs at home [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Pineapple Pancakes

I love playing in the kitchen on Sunday mornings.  I have the time to get creative and spend a session in my recipe lab.  Today’s experiment was inspired by a photo I saw on Pinterest.  I get a lot of inspiration from there, I love food photography!  I prefer a photo to a recipe – [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Cooking in America

I’ve been blogging for Engine 2 for two years now. I’ve covered all kinds of topics, shared recipes, my favorite kitchen items and more over the years.  I’ve had a lot of serious issues on my mind these days.  I’ve also been sharing a bit about the boxing gym/youth program we have started as well.  [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: A Lesson in Lentils

The basics of learning about plant-strong living is the topic of discussion with the athletes who have come to learn how it can help them improve their health.  Class begins with a run down of what we mean by whole foods plant-based foods.  I had several examples on the countertop on display.  Each food group [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Plant-Strong Athletes

  It’s been a busy week here.  We’ve had our first workouts at the boxing gym .  The kids arrived, activities started, smiles all around!  They love the new gym space, the new equipment and the big bowl of fruit we have for them each day.  I had the opportunity to have many conversations with [&hellip