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14 Oct Adventures with Ami: Food Journal

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On Engine 2 Extra, one of the ways people like to stay on track is by keeping a food journal. This allows the coaches to comment and help when needed, and gives people a big picture of what their food intake looks like. Even our coaches like to keep food journals! Today, we took a few pages out of Coach Ami’s food journal to share with you, to give you an idea of what a few days of eating plant-strong looks like.


Oats with mango and cinnamon and a dash of cayenne


leftovers – thai basil edamame E2 Burger, baked potato and salad with hummus and sriracha


mushroom and green pea stroganoff over whole wheat rotini


leftover super grains from WFM (quinoa -red and white, buckwheat and millet) cooked with vanilla extract, a splash of almond milk, some water and blackberries. I tossed in some chia too stirred in some pumpkin pie spice and extra cinnamon.


Dinner: Super Grains from WFM with Mango Chili Chickpeas, mixed greens, a dab of hummus and sriracha


Hot tea (chocolate chai rooibos from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea)

Giant baked potato loaded with mixed veggies and topped with hummus and spices

Snack: baked tortilla chips with hummus

Lunch: raw kale with power greens and beets with balsamic

Breakfast: oats with blackberries and cranberries with cinnamon

Lunch: leftover chili with spinach


E2 Thai Basil Edamame Burger with Jeff’s fries and salad


Breakfast: applesauce oats with raisins and pumpkin spice tea

Snack: pink lady apple

Lunch: steamed kale with smoked paprika and a bowl of white beans with black pepper

Dinner: Making a big pot of chili…. white, black & red beans, black lentils with butternut squash, peppers, onions, jalapenos and kale


Blueberry Corn Pancakes (made with cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, almond milk, applesauce, vanilla extract, cinnamon, corn and blueberries) I didn’t measure, so i don’t have a recipe for you… just wing it! Be brave!

Snack: carrots

Lunch: chili mac with kale!

Snack: the last of my big red pears – they were so good!

Dinner: another bowl of chili mac with more kale tossed in.

Breakfast: dry rolled oats with a box of raspberries

Snack: pear

Lunch: 2 baked potatoes with hummus & kale

Dinner: lentil Sloppy Joes on Ezekiel english muffins and salad with mustard

Pho for dinner!


Bob’s 10-grain hot cereal with oats and pineapple and cherries stirred in, with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.

Snack: hot rooibos chai tea


Power Greens Salad with roasted potatoes (seasoned with Mrs. Dash and fresh horseradish), tomatoes, jalapeños and the apple-cran-pumpkin sage salad dressing I made earlier.

Dinner: homemade pho! veggie broth, water, fennel, lemongrass, ginger, mushrooms, carrots, green onions, baby bok choy, broccoli, bean sprouts, jalapenos, tofu and thai basil! …a lot of ingredients…probably more than anything else I make ever! It is Bill’s most favorite meal and we are celebrating him finishing the proposal he has been working on! Yay!



Polenta with oats and sweet potato puree stirred in, topped with raisins and pumpkin pie spice

Lunch: 8oz of mixed spring greens loaded with cucumber spears, sprouts, radish chips, carrot chips, and green peppers topped with spicy oil free hummus and a sparkly water

Snack: an heirloom tomato sliced with black pepper and oregano on it.

Dinner: sweet potato loaded with pinto beans, cilantro, onions, jalapenos and salsa

Pears are in season!

Breakfast: thinly sliced pears on a bowl of 10 grain hot cereal and oats dusted with apple pie spice

Snack: pumpkin spice hot tea

Lunch: leftover mexican pumpkin soup

Snack: snacked on cucumber and carrot chips while rearranging my bedroom

Dinner: potatoes, canellini beans, spinach, some mixed veggies and garlic pepper seasoning with hot sauce.

Eating plant-strong can be a culinary adventure, and a pretty easy one at that. What does your daily food life look like?

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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Brenda
    Posted at 16:46h, 14 October

    I found my brother just a breath away from diabetic coma. After seeing his doc and being put on medication I quickly gave him the fire engine diet book I had just received in mail. Within 1 week his #’s had leveled out and I found him looking and feeling better than he has in years!! He has embraced the lifestyle and plans to add some recipes to his menu at restaurant he owns =) thanks for saving my brothers life!!!

    • Leah
      Posted at 14:31h, 17 October

      That is incredible news! So glad to hear your brother is safe and sound and on a new and healthy journey! 🙂

  • teri lee
    Posted at 17:59h, 14 October

    Is that a can of soda in one of the pictures of your lunch?

    • Ami Mackey
      Posted at 19:32h, 14 October

      it’s sparkling water.

  • healthymom
    Posted at 19:19h, 14 October


  • Sandy
    Posted at 16:19h, 15 October

    Mmmm. It all looks so good! Thanks for sharing, I’m going to try some of these combinations.

  • Caron Kanitz Reynolds
    Posted at 20:02h, 15 October

    This is a wake-up call for me to get back to preparing more foods at home and stop finding “fast food” alternatives. We have been travelling a lot lately and I have not prepared well in advance. I have stuck with vegan foods but, those can be a far stretch from “plant-strong/NO OIL”! Thanks for sharing this.

  • Sandy
    Posted at 01:15h, 16 October

    I just signed up for E2extra and don’t see a food journal. Do we enter our food on our blog?

  • Leah
    Posted at 14:29h, 17 October

    Wowowow! Ami your meals looooook awesome! Also you’re using totally different spices and other small details to my own plant-strong meals, so I’m going to take some inspiration from your unique outlook! Way to showcase the awesome food you can enjoy plant-strong! 🙂

  • Leah
    Posted at 09:01h, 21 October

    I tried the cornmeal pancakes! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Gloria
    Posted at 20:10h, 30 January

    I am new to Engine 2 and I am really reaping the benefits !!! I feel great and lost 13 pounds. Can you tell me where I can find the carrot cake recipe , I have the book but did not find the carrot cake . Thank you

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