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25 Jul Chopping Vegetables With Jane

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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 the group to learn how to roll their own veggie sushi. Jane and I spent hours over the course of the week, talking, while prepping the food demos for the attendees. It was really great spending so much time with her. When the Engine 2 Team gathers for one of our week long retreats, it is always a lot of fun. Our team is a family. We work really well together and we laugh a lot. It’s not hard to find such joy in the day when you love what you do.

The Esselstyn’s are one of a kind. They are such a genuine group of interesting individuals that really care about the health of America. Jane is no exception. She plays several roles at our retreats. A lively speaker, Jane always stirs up the crowd. She explains the complicated subject matter of better health in a way that everyone can understand. You don’t want to miss a minute of her talks or her dance breaks! If you haven’t danced in your chair, you just haven’t lived. Her cooking demos are always informative too. Most of the time, Ann Esselstyn, the matriarch of the family is her cooking demo partner. When the two of them take the stage, you are in for a raucous good time, served up with samples of Jane and Ann’s recipes.

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Jane also spends a fair amount of time in the recipe lab. Her plant-strong creations make following Engine 2 easy and delicious. As a mom of three, a wife and an educator, Jane makes recipes that are simple to execute yet a treat for the foodie in all of us. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes (Avery Press, 2014) by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn.  Be sure to order your copy today!  Over the years, so many of Ann and Jane’s recipes have become staples in our household.  I can’t help thinking about dancing and laughing each and every time I make one of their creations. If you ever get the chance to attend a retreat, you won’t regret it.  Jane has made all of us a little less shy,  and a lot more confident in the kitchen than ever before.

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Ami Mackey
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.

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