My Attempt at a Veggie Burger Without Following a Recipe

21 01 2015

Many of you may know that I am a recipe kind of girl. I really like trying new recipes, and generally speaking, I follow them pretty closely. However, I decided to get out of my box, and try to concoct a veggie burger on my own. Now, I haven’t made many veggie burgers in the past- recipe or not. I do enjoy them, and I’ve got a bunch of canned beans in my pantry just screaming to be used, so I figured I’d give it a go.


I glanced at a few recipes and then decided to wing it.

What I came up with was a really fantastic tasting veggie burger. Unfortunately, it was a little crumbly, was a pain to flip, and didn’t quite have the firm texture I was looking for in a veggie burger. But, when I came back to them after they had cooled some, they had firmed up a bit. So, I’m thinking that perhaps I need to chill the mixture before rolling into patties, or they may need a bit more of a binder, like breadcrumbs. Regardless, I figured I’d at least pass along the recipe in case you wanted to try- because I thought the flavors of the patties was SPOT ON.


I served mine on a bed of greens with a side of rutabaga fries, and then some chipotle mayo and ketchup. Try it out with your variations and let me know in the comments what you did and if you were successful!



1 can cannelini beans
1/2 onion, roughly chopped and sautéed
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 cup broccoli, grated (I used mostly stalk and a little bit of the florets)
3/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup grated cheese- I used Publix’s Morel Mushroom and Leek Monterrey Jack
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 tbs whole wheat flour
1 egg
How to:

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, stir together  3/4 the beans and everything but the flour and egg. Then, transfer to a food processor or blender, and blend, until you have a well-blended mixture (almost like a thick bean dip). (You could probably eliminate the bowl part if your processor is good enough!) Fold in the last of the beans, the flour and the egg.

Form patties (perhaps refrigerate them, I did not), and then in a well greased fry pan, brown both sides. Then, transfer to a well-greased cookie sheet and finish in the oven (about 15 minutes).



Cinnamon Roll Pancake for One

29 12 2014

Howdy friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any kind of recipe (thank you Ironman), but I’ve got one for you this morning! Now that I’m not training I’ve got a bit more time to play in the kitchen. I’ve been itching to make a cinnamon roll pancake for the longest time, and this weekend I finally made it happen.

I was flying solo this weekend and didn’t really want to make a full batch of pancakes in my freshly cleaned kitchen, so I decided to make single serve pancake.

Cinnamon Roll Pancake 2

I adapted this recipe and this recipe to create my own recipe. I hope you enjoy!


Pancake Ingredients:

¼ cup flour (I used almost entirely whole wheat flour, and topped it off with some cake flour)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp brown sugar

2 tsp coconut oil

Dash of cinnamon

¼ cup milk

1 egg

Cinnamon Swirl:

1/2 ripe banana, mashed

1 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Icing:

1 tbs cream cheese, softened

1/8 tsp vanilla

1 tbs powdered sugar

milk (if necessary to thin it out)

How to:

First, make the cinnamon swirl. Mash the banana well and stir in the cinnamon until the mixture is smooth. Put in a plastic bag and set aside.

Next, make the pancake batter: mix together the dry ingredients and then the wet in a bowl.

Finally, make the cream cheese icing. Mix together the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar. Add milk if you need to thin out the mixture. Put in a plastic bag and set aside.

In a small fry pan over medium heat, spray some Pam or use some butter to grease the pan. Then, pour in the pancake batter. Snip the corner of the plastic bag with the cinnamon swirl, and then squeeze it onto the pancake.




Allow the pancake to bubble and brown on the bottom. This batter was really light and fluffy, so make sure you are patient! Flip the pancake when it’s ready, and allow to cook through.

Top with the cream cheese icing (snip off the corner of the bag and squeeze it all over the pancake) and some maple syrup.

Cinnamon Roll Pancake


The Best Healthy Banana Bread

10 09 2014

I love banana bread. Slather some peanut butter on it, and I think you’ve got the best breakfast bread out there.

banana bread 1

Unfortunately, it isn’t the healthiest of meals- hello sugar, butter, and flour! But, there are dozens of recipes that health-i-fy the traditional one. I decided to throw my hat into the game this morning, with an adaptation of a recipe from the Kitchn (Clearly, I’m obsessed with this blog!).

banana bread 2

The biggest swaps I made were two ripe bananas instead of 3, and then I used coconut oil and yogurt instead of butter in my recipe. Oh, and I also used some bread flour and dry oats in mine.

This was definitely a winner! It was moist, the perfect sweetness, and the bananas on top just made the loaf look so beautiful! I hope you try it out!

banana bread 3

Adapted from The Kitchn

Whole-Wheat Banana Bread

Makes 1 loaf


2 medium, ripe bananas
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bread flour
1/3 cup dry oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 heaping TBS coconut oil
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup maple syrup (mine was leftover from pancakes the other day, and it had cinnamon and all spice in it!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 banana, for the topping (optional)
1 TBS raw sugar, for the topping (optional)

How to: 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and crushed walnuts. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together mashed banana, oil, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla extract and egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined.

Pour the batter into a lightly greased standard bread pan. Bake bread until golden and a knife comes out clean when inserted into the bread, about 50 minutes. Try to let it cool off before eating. It will be difficult to do.


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