baked broccoli and chickpea burgers

Baked Broccoli Burgers
Burger recipe adapted from the Vegetarian Times
Sauce recipe from Epicurious
Makes 4 burgers
Printable recipe

Burger ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup dry couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 15 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon sesame tahini
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Tahini dressing ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sesame tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

I did these first three steps simultaneously in order to speed up the prep time.

1. In a small pot, bring the water and couscous to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and allow the couscous to sit in the pot for 10 minutes, soaking up the water.

2. Steam the broccoli in a steamer for 5-7 minutes (or use a microwave or stove method, you just want the broccoli to be soft in the end)

3. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add in the onion and scallions, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes until the onion softens. Remove from heat and stir in the cumin.

Black eyed pea salad

  • 1 1/2 cup black eye peas)
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, chopped (1/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • add 1 1/2Tbsp Soy Sauce.
  1. Mix up all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Serve and eat up!

Curried Chickpeas with Sweet Potato Pancakes

Curried Chickpeas with Sweet Potato Pancakes

I was inspired to create this recipe by my mothers love of the West Indian Roti we can get here in South Florida. We love everything about the Roti except the bread. It’s typically made with white flour and all the gluten does not work well with our bellies so we need a more creative way to g`et the flavors without the glue belly. Inspired by the ingredients and flavors of the traditional West Indian Roti I created this West Indian inspired Paleo dish. Enjoy!!!!

 Flour, white  4 cups
 Flour, spelt  4 cups
 Baking powder  3 tbsp
 Salt  2 tsp
 Jamaican spicy curry powder  2 tsp
 Garlic powder  2 tsp
 Turmeric  1 tsp
 Oil, Canola  1/2 cup
 Water  2 cups
 Oil, Canola  (for cooking)
 Vegetable Curry:
 Oil, Canola  3 tbsp
 Onion, small, chopped  1
 Garlic, cloves, crushed  4
 Butternut squash, cubed small  4 cups
 Potato, large (half cubed small, half      shredded)  1
 Pepper, scotch bonnet, finely chopped, seeds removed (optional)  1
 Jamaican spicy curry powder  2 tbsp
 Coriander, dry  2 tsp
 Hot sauce (vinegar-free) (optional)  1 tbsp
 Thyme, sprigs, fresh  6-8
 Broth, vegetable  2 cups
 Chickpeas  2 cups
 Peas  1 cup
 Cilantro, fresh, chopped  1/2 cup
 Hot sauce (vinegar-free) (optional)  For serving/garnishing


  1. To make the roti, combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add the oil and water while mixing and kneading the dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Set the dough aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized balls. Flatten each slightly and roll out into 8 inch squares.
  4. To cook the roti, place a little bit of oil in a skillet over high heat until it sizzles. Reduce the heat to medium and place the roti in the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, until the crust is light brown. Turn with a wide spatula and continue cooking for another minute. Repeat the process with the remaining rotis. Set aside.
  5. To make the vegetable curry, place the oil in a medium pot over medium heat.
  6. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the butternut squash, potato, and scotch bonnet and sauté for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the curry powder, coriander, and hot sauce and sauté for 2 minutes.
  9. Add broth, salt, and thyme and cook for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are soft but not mushy.
  10. Add the chick peas and peas and cook another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Remove from heat. Using a hand blender, puree one-tenth of the curry and stir well (this helps thicken the stew without adding flour or other thickening agents).
  12. Stir in cilantro. Set the filling aside.
  13. To assemble the roti, working with one roti at a time, place a half cup of vegetable curry filling in the center of the roti. Fold long sides over each other, so that they meet in the centre. Do the same for the short sides. Flip roti so that the folds are on the bottom.
  14. Place roti on a plate, garnish with hot sauce (without vinegar), and serve with a side salad or veggies of choice. Serve immediately.

Not using squash or potatoes but will add spinach

1- Put the following in the blender: coconut meat, onion, pumpkin, pepper, curry, coriander, turmeric

2- Heat coconut water, coconut oil, 1 cup veggie broth and add blended veggies and 1 tbsp of coconut flower then add cooked chickpeas until thicken

Instead of roti bread make sweet potato pancakes spiked with pumpkin, curry powder, turmeric and spinach.

Shopping list

Curry Chickpeas
-scotch bonnet pepper

Sweet Potato and Spinach Pancakes
-1/2 cup sweet potato
-1/2 cup pumpkin
-1/4 cup spinach
-3 egg
-1 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
-1 1/2 tbsp almond pulp
-1/2 tsp baking soda

Healthy Turkey Stew Recipe

Healthy Turkey Stew Recipe

Healthy Turkey Stew RecipeEvery time I make my turkey burgers, I have some leftover ground turkey because I usually only cook for two. This means coming up with new, creative ways to use it. This healthy turkey stew recipe is an example of that.

I created the aforementioned turkey stew by adding some quinoa, one of my favorite grains, and some root vegetables (carrots, onions, parsnips). Cooking the vegetables in coconut oil gives them a rich, buttery flavor. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but it contains the “good” type of saturated fatty acid, so no need for concern there. 

The flavor in this healthy, gluten-free turkey stew recipe turned out really nice. And, it’s good for you. It contains 29 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 370 calories … not too shabby!


10 min 25 min 2


Ingredients: Healthy Turkey Stew Recipe

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. savory
  • 1/4 tsp. parsley
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • Black pepper (to taste)



1. Cook the ground turkey in a pan until it’s cooked through (or use leftover ground turkey like I did).

2. Clean and dice the onions, carrots, and parsnips. Add 1 T of coconut oil to a pan, heat to medium, and add carrots. Cook for 7-8 minutes.

3. Add the onions and parsnips and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

4. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse.

Sauteed Beet and Pistachio Salad

Sauteed Beet and Pistachio Salad Recipe

  • 2 large beets
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • Black pepper (to taste)


1. Peel the beets and chop the ends off. Chop into thin strips.

2. Rinse, seed, and chop the jalapeno into thin slices.

3. Peel the onion, chop the ends off, and dice.

4. Saute the beets and onion with coconut oil for 5-7 minutes over medium heat.

5. Add the jalapeno and pistachios and saute another 5 minutes.

6. Turn the heat off then add the chopped basil, olive oil, and salt.

7. Serve while warm.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories, 21 g fat, 26 g carbs (7 g fiber), 6 g protein, 625 mg sodium

Energy Squares

  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 1 cup dried cranberries
  3. 1 cup pitted dates
  4. 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1/4 cup dried bananas chips
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to break everything up. Then blend continuously until the ingredients have broken down and start to clump together into a ball.
  2. Using a spatula to scrape down the sides, turn out the mixture onto a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Press into an ice tray and freeze, for at least an hour. Pop out the ice cubes and store in the refrigerator.