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05 Jun Grilled Zucchini & Avocado Panini's!!!

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Here is my office mate, Adam Butler, of The Butler Brothers Ad Agency in East Austin preparing and then getting ready to chow down on a steaming hot grilled zucchini and avocado panini on whole grain hemp bread. Adam was one of my original Engine 2, plant-strong, pilot study guinea pigs and has been plant-determined and plant-healthy for two years and counting. He was one of four Engine 2’ers who were able to get their total cholesterol to 100 mg/dl or below…Wow!!!!…the equivalent of a rural Chinaman or a Papua Highlander from New Guinea. Adam lives and breathes this lifestyle and was overheard today saying that the answer to the health care crisis is NOT more legislation-it’s people learning to stop eating contaminated and disease promoting foods. I hear you loud and clear, Adam. You rock!!! Here’s an E2 shout out to my buddy, office mate, and Engine 2  rock-star, Adam Butler!!!


Adam displaying his sandwich. Home grown sliced and slightly pan seared zucchini( with tamari) on the left and a sliced avocado on the right.

Adam displaying the innards of his sandwich. Home grown zucchini, sliced and slightly pan seared in a tamari sauce on the left and a sliced avocado on the right.




Adam pops the sandwich into the panini maker for one minute.

Adam pops the sandwich into the panini maker for one minute.


And Wala!!! it's ready to be eaten!!!!

And viola or wala!!! It's ready to be eaten!!!!

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Rip Esselstyn

As a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department, he helped people and saved lives. As a friend to other firefighters, he transformed the way Austin ’s Engine 2 firehouse ate in order to save a firefighting brother’s health. Now, as the author of The Engine 2 Diet, Rip is teaching people the irrefutable connection between what they put in their mouths and their ability to reach their ideal weight and their ideal health.

  • Denise in WI
    Posted at 15:56h, 07 June

    Not to be your unofficial “editor”, LOL, but the photo caption should read “Voila” (not “wala”). That panini sounds INCREDIBLE, though, and I plan to put the ingredients on my next grocery list! Thanks!

  • resselstyn
    Posted at 16:33h, 07 June

    I think it was Mark Twain who said any word can be spelled one way, it takes real genius to spell it at least two or three ways!!!!
    Thank you, Denise!!!!

  • Hannah
    Posted at 20:24h, 10 June

    This sandwich is FANTASTIC!!! My husband calls it the “Sushi Sandwich” because it has sushi flavors (avocado, soy, zucchini). I made them last night for dinner, and was CRAVING them for lunch. I can’t wait to make them again!
    Thanks for such a delicious and health-FULL meal!

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