I made these delicious veggie burgers for the first time earlier this evening, and they were a hit!

I’d never made them before because they seem so messy to make, and like a lot of work…. But these were seriously a cinch! So I had to share.

They’d probably look better with black beans, but all I had were red kidney beans (no wonder, because I never eat them)….

Anyway, here’s the recipe:


1 15-oz can beans/1.5 cups cooked beans (black beans, pinto, red kidney)
1/2 cup salsa
1 oz sliced onion (or more, to taste)
1.5 cups bread crumbs (I use spelt or wholest grain possible)
1 tsp cumin
pepper (to taste)

Note: You can probably sneak some spinach, carrot or beets in there too to amp up the nutritional value.


1. Pour the beans and the salsa into your food processor, and blend until smooth.
2. Add in the onions, cumin, 1 cup of the bread crumbs, pepper, and blend.
3. Pour the mixture into a bowl.
4. Get (just a little) messy, and use your hands to make 8 nice-sized patties. As you form them, gently press both sides of the burgers in the remaining bread crumbs, and place them on a pan or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Let them set in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes while you prepare other parts of your meal (or clean up or make the kids’ lunches!).
6. Bake in preheated oven at around 350ºF for around 20-25 minutes (I’m not really sure about the timing — I just waited ’til they browned a little bit), turning once.

Stick them in a fresh, lightly-toasted, whole-grain bun or bagel, and top ‘em up (Daiya, Vegenaise, veggies, Dijon, the works!).

Oh! And they freeze really well, too…! Just stick one in the toaster, flipping once, and it’s ready to munch.

Bon appetit!


xo Haley-O

Check out one of my favourite authors, Kathy Freston, teaching an eager family how to eat a plant-based diet. It’s a 3-minute video and well worth the watch, not only because Kathy’s GORJ and glowing, but because there’s some good info and tips for those interested in (what Kathy calls) “leaning in” to a healthier lifestyle. Checkit!

Love that dog!

So what’d you think? Inspired? Tacos?

xo Haley-O


As many of you know, I’m in the middle of a major weight loss challenge. It’s no joke. I have to lose a good 15 pounds (25 would be ideal, but I’m being realistic and leaving room for major muscle gain, which I’ve been experiencing big time) by the end of April for a big “After” photo in the June issue of Today’s Parent Magazine. Can you say “eek”?!

I’ll be posting updates on how I’m doing in a new blog on Todaysparent.com. When I have the link I’ll give it to you asap.

In the meantime, I’m loving the green smoothie my naturopath Jennifer Baer recommended for me. And after stepping on my scale this afternoon, I realized that every time I get into a green smoothie kick, I start to lose weight. Every time. I just started drinking them again this week and my weight is ACTUALLY dropping. And I think it’s the kale.

Yes, kale can taste disgusting in a smoothie, but, I’m telling you it does wonders for weight loss. And when you have the right ingredients, and if you blend it well, a kale smoothie can be quite yummy. I splurged a while back on a Vitamix, and I haven’t looked back since. With a 7-year warranty, the exorbitant price is well worth it. ANYWAY! Here are the ingredients. Just dump them in and BLEND WELL:

1 cup kale
1 cup berries
1 banana
1 cup soy/rice milk
3/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
cinnamon to taste

Sometimes I add chocolate Vega Shake-and-Go Smoothie powder for extra protein, omega 3s and chocolaty goodness….

Makes 2 servings (refrigerate for a snack or breakfast the next day).


Photo: daveeza

Have you met the Feel Good Guru (aka Moira Nordholt)?


I heard about her on Dr. Melissa West’s podcast (which I love), Returning to the Body Mind. Melissa interviewed her, and I was riveted and  inspired, and I checked out her website and her fasts as soon as humanly possible. I think the thing that inspired me the most to get fasting was Moira’s idea of teaching or advocating for causes not by preaching but by being a fabulous example. Her glowing skin, abundant energy and positive attitude certainly inspire me to dump my Starbucks soy no-water-tazo-chai AND cookie addictions horrible habits and start eating clean — as in, at least for 21 days, no wheat, no sugar, no coffee, no alcohol and, of course, no animal products.

I’ve talked about this before. I’ve been trying to diet (again) for years now, but I haven’t been able to stick to one plan since the Rascal was born — eating horribly became my coping mechanism for horrific symptoms of prenatal anxiety and OCD (it was the worst in the Fall)…. And now I seriously have a good 20 pounds to lose. I really really do. It’s important. For my health. And because my daughter’s still young enough that she won’t notice if I shed a ton of weight….

I never want her to see me “diet,” anyway. So, let’s just not call it a diet. It’s a fast, a cleanse. Losing weight will be the by-product of a healthier, lighter, happier, cleaner, more energetic me…. More on this on the main site…. In the meantime, here’s a video promo of Moira’s new “Autumn Fast.” (See HERE for how you can get the fast for FREE!)

So thank you Moira! And thanks, too, to @lindseyjay for motivating me with tweets every day — and Moira herself (@feelgoodguru) checking in with tweets. LOVE!

Moira (a Toronto resident, by the way!) is totally generous with her ideas, and she’s encouraged me to share some recipes from the fast with you. The first is the all-important GREEN SMOOTHIE! Enjoy….! (This recipe has been lifted word-for-word from Moira’s fast.)


Here’s how for 2:

Soak a cup of organic almonds overnight in spring water.
This activates the live enzymes in the almonds – packed full
of potential, beautiful trees waiting to grow. In the morning,
drain and rinse.

In a blender or vita-mix:

Add to the almonds 1 organic banana, 1 organic mango or
other fruit like orange, pear, apple, pineapple or whatever
looks great at the farmers’ market or in the produce
section. (Always buy organic to avoid countless toxic
chemicals in and on your food.)

Add a cup of your favorite soy milk,
almond milk or rice milk (I use Eden
Original for my smoothies), a cup of
orange or apple juice, 2 tablespoons of
a green food supplement (I’m using
Garden of Life Perfect Food Super Green
Formula), 2 tablespoons of walnut,
hemp seed or flax seed oil, and a pinch
of cinnamon.

Blend until all the ingredients are velvety
smooth. Sip slowly at room temperature
and feel immediately the benefits of
going green.

So…who’s with me? If you’re with me, you can grab the ebook FOR FREE — HERE’S HOW!

Skinny Bitch author and former model Kim Barnouin has a new cookbook out, and it’s just as bitchy as the rest of the books in the series — actually, a lot gentler, I must say. It’s called Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Every Cookbook, and I’m a fan….


In addition to truly scrumptious and creative recipes, there are great tips scattered throughout the book (kitchen tips, tips on eating seasonally, diet tips, antioxidant tips, tea tips, etc.). I’ve haven’t read a cookbook cover-to-cover in a long time…. But I did, indeed, read this one cover to cover. Rest assured, it has none of the horrifying and distressing information that made the original Skinny Bitch so powerful and provocative (and, in turn, largely responsible for turning yours truly vegan in the first place). The information in Kim’s The Ultimate Everyday Cookbook is positive and encouraging, and the photos are literally mouth-watering.

Although I’ll stick to the simpler recipes in the book, here’s a video of Kim making her Butternut Squash Ravioli on The Today Show. Enjoy!

By the way, as of today, Halloween (in 10 minutes), I’m breaking up with Starbucks soy chai lattes. We are DUNZO. I’m breaking up with this horrid drink on Kim’s advice — I love how she likens food addictions to relationships (in one of those yummy tip pages in the book). I’ve never broken up with anyone before. I guess there’s a first time for everything….


xo Haley-O

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