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I'm sometimes a "meat and potatoes" vegetarian, meaning that I like things like burgers, hot dogs, and barbecue. Surprise, you can do this as a vegetarian. You don't have to miss the meat and you can be healthier.

This was my 4th of July meal. The Cauliflower Burger with chipotle mayo and some deviled eggs. I skipped the bun and added a jalepeno.

The deviled eggs standard with toasted pine nuts and grated fresh parmesan cheese in the filling. Very healthy except for the mayo. I'm experimenting with Greek Yogurt as a base.


I have to admit that I have a sweet tooth. Actually a mouth full of them.

I enjoy sweets and am always looking for a way to make them healthy. I have made up some desserts and have adapted other recipes by substituting more health ingredients. But not always. I will eventually post a recipe for Shoo-Fly Pie that is totally dangerous to one’s health. But maybe it’s OK every once-in-a-while!

This is one tablespoon glop of yogurt

Final product. OK so I didn't plate it well. I usually don't do that anyway since I eat it as soon as ready. Went outside and got a sprig of mint just to be cute.

Cauliflower Burgers

Adapted from Pinch of Yum Spicy Cauliflower Burgers (

I was really happy to find this recipe on Pinch of Yum. I have made some changes although that was recommended in the recipe. What I like about these burgers is that they hold together well for veggie burgers. And they are tasty. My recipe plagiarizes heavily. Chipotle mayo is recommended as a topping so I have included my quick and easy version.

Burger Ingredients

1.  One head of cauliflower

2.  1 1/2 cups of oatmeal, original, dry. (Oatmeal and egg is my go-to binder)

3.  Oil for cauliflower roasting and burger frying (I love to use infused olive oil. This time it was infused with Tuscan herbs)

4.  1/2 cup breadcrumbs (or just more oatmeal)

5.  3/4 cup grated pepper jack cheese

6.  3 eggs, beaten

7.  2 tsp salt (I use low salt or no-salt so I can get more potassium in my diet)

8.  1 tsp minced garlic

9.  1/2 chopped onion (or more!)

10.  1 tsp liquid smoke (optional – most everything else is optional or substitutable, too)


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degress

2.  Wash cauliflower and cut into small florets.

     a. Place on a baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with a bit

         of salt and other spices such as cumin and cayenne.

     b.Place in oven and bake for about a half hour or until the 

         cauliflower becomes browned.

     c. Remove cauliflower and let cool.

     d. When cool, place in a food processer and pulse until the 

         cauliflower is grainy.

3.  Put cauliflower in bowl.

4.  Add oatmeal and eggs and blend. (this way you can see if you need more oatmeal or the breadcrumbs.

5.  Add cheese, salt, garlic, onion, liquid smoke and any other spices you want.

6.  Heat an iron skillet and add olive oil for frying the burgers (I like iron skillets, not only because, if treated properly, they are non-stick, but also because Iron ions leach into the food, increasing your iron intake.

7.  Form into patties and fry until beautiful.

Chipotle Mayo

Let’s make this one quick!

Into a hand blender container (those tall measuring-type plastic thingys, place

1.  About a cup of mayo

2.  Two chipotle peppers (canned in adobo). Also add a little of the sauce from the can.

3.  About a quarter of an onion, chopped.

4.  Some garlic

5.  Lime juice from about a half a lime (or lemon juice)

6.  1/2 tsp of low salt.

7.  About a quarter cup of coarsely chopped cilantro.

8.  Blend with a hand-blender until smooth

Adjust any of the ingredients as you like. If you want it less thick add more juice.

Extreme(ly) Simple Chocolate Mousse

This is one of the healthy recipes. I don’t do much measuring with this since I make it quickly and pretty often. It is my go-to protein fix. It takes about 2 minutes to make and it is so tasty!


2 large glops of Greek Yogurt (using a soup spoon)

Use Plain Greek yogurt that has 22 g of protein and 6 g of sugar per cup (130 calories)

1 large glop of peanut butter (using a tableware teaspoon)

Use a natural peanut butter whose ingredient list consists of peanuts only. Don’t get the popular brands that include fats from other sources. For them, “natural” means nothing. I like crunchy.

1 scoop of Whey Protein powder

I use a brand from a popular discount store that has 60g or protein and includes BCAAs (which will be discussed elsewhere – these are good to get).

Sweetener to taste

I use an artificial sweetener for which I have found to bad reports.


Add the glops of yogurt and peanut butter to a bowl (I use an extra-large cup). Whip it until the peanut butter is disbursed. Then fold in the protein powder and sweetener and mix/whip until creamy. If it is too thick I add a little honey. Garnish with a mint leaf and cherry on a toothpick (just kidding but I may try it). You are getting nearly 90 grams of high-quality protein in under 300 calories. And it is a dessert!

Note: Adjust the glops to taste.


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