RECIPE: Mushroom Veggie Burger Patties

Last month I was told by my OB-GYNE that not only do I have Polycystic Ovary, my other ovary is likewise Cystic hopeful that it won’t grow any bigger hence it should be monitored and well taken cared of. I have been alerted and since prevention is better than cure, I’m just really glad that I have already switched to a healthier lifestyle albeit it’s still a continuous work in progress, I’m getting rid of having that occasional Chicken – I was able to abstain for it for almost a year but since I was told I lack Iron and the restaurants and other caterers don’t often offer much greens and iron-filled goodies, Chicken was the last resort.

These past few days, I have been exploring and trying to taste as much Mushroom burger patties in the metro in order for me to mix and match to my palate. Aside from Echo Market’s readily made patties, I came across this scrumptious recipe online which I would want to share and archive.

It will only take you 15 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes tops!

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb mushrooms, roughly chopped (combination of crimini, shiitake, and Portobello)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, or 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Personal Note: You may also add few almonds and raisins as you desire.


Heat 1 tbsp oil in large saucepan. Saute the mushrooms, onions and garlic over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid boils off, and the mushrooms begin to saute.In large bowl, add mushroom mixture to oats, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well. Allow to sit for 15 minutes to develop the flavors. Shape into patties. Heat 2 tbsp oil in large non-stick skillet, over medium heat. Fry patties, cooking about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.Serve with your favorite burger toppings.

You may also separate it like ground meat and have it as substitute for your red sauced pasta or any meat recipe substitute. YUM!

Nestlé Fitnesse 14-days Challenge: Review

Replace your usual oatmeal or heavy breakfast to Nestle Fitnesse and dinner for a fibrous meal. Sounds easy? it sure is possible however if you’re the type who’s always on the go or couldn’t help but have dinner engagements, that surely seems to be a problem but if you plot down a game plan – your chances of fulfilling may increase possibility.

How did I fare? 10/14 The breakfast was religiously followed but the dinners weren’t as strict as I was during breakfast however this challenge not only helped me control my food intake to fibrous choices, it also helped my way of documenting my meals in order for me to review my spending habits and meals I’ve been feeding myself into.

The remedy? opt for the salads and if you’re at home during lunch, have fitnesse. This challenge will let you be in-charge and be in-control of your will power. I took it by day and managed to go for the lesser evil to what seemed to be the lesser evil than the other.

Did I lose weight? Since I’m not into the scale, I depended on my clothes and how I felt. Were there changes? yes. I felt lighter since it help regulate your bowel movement however having too much dairy (if you’re not used to having dairy twice a day) can leave your tummy feel gassy, bloated and may also give you a headache if you weren’t able to eject those toxins in your body right away. It’s important that you gulp on more water and not exceed your recommended dairy intake.

If you’re lactose intolerant or somewhere around your family background, it’s best if you go for soy milk or snack on the cereal instead of adding milk but of course, limit the snacking to its suggested serving size.

Will I do the 14 days challenge again? not the entire of it but Perhaps have cereal for dinner , when there’s nothing left other than that or when I get home late and haven’t had dinner yet.

Here’s my preferred Fruit Salad recipe I successfully came up with. You’ll be surprised, you better save some for yourself.


  • 1 can Fruit Coctail
  • 2 All purpose cream
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • crushed Nestle Fitnesse cereal (desired amount)
  • crushed Graham Crackers (option)
  • Bananas and other fruits (option)


  • mix all ingredients together
  • chill for a few hours or best eaten once it’s semi frozen.

Have you ever tried this 14 days challenge?

Timpano Italian Chophouse: Marathon Menu

There’s this restaurant I’m definitely going to visit if and when I get to fly myself out of the country again. They specially designed to cater to marathoners or those who fuels themselves with complex carbohydrates.

Timpano Italian Chophouse, located at 7488 West Sand Lake Road, will be serving up a special all-inclusive “Marathon Menu” priced at $32, developed to keep in mind the many runners participating in annual Marathon January 6 – 8, 2012.

You may click on this LINK on how to get there

The hearty high carbohydrate three course meal includes Deconstructed Buratta & Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta (high carbs, low-fat and added protein); Lentil Soup packed with complex carbohydrates and Whole Wheat Pomodoro Pasta with a choice of Grilled Chicken or Salmon. Salmon provides added Omega 3 and fat to help slow down the use of carbohydrates for needed energy.

In addition to the regular menu, the Marathon Menu will be available to all diners for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner starting at 4 p.m. on January 6, 7 & 8.

Post-Marathon, runners who bring in their race medals will receive a complimentary celebratory cocktail.


Timpano Italian Chophouse brings together a timeless Chicago supper club with a classic Italian trattoria. Known for its bone-in steaks, crisp service and sophisticated surroundings, Timpano evokes another era. Timpano is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The Starlight Lounge offers live music five days a week. For more information visit


Tavistock Restaurant Group ( owns and manages a portfolio of restaurant brands across the United States including Aquaknox, Alcatraz Brewing Company, Blackhawk Grille, Cafe del Rey, California Cafe, Freebirds World Burrito, Napa Valley Grille, Sapporo Scottsdale, Taqueria Canonita, Timpano Italian Chophouse and ZED451. Concepts range from fast casual to fine dining. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tavistock Restaurants is part of the Tavistock Group (, a global, private investment company.

Thank you Hilary Reynolds for the info.

Raw Diet: Veggie-Nut Burgers

I don’t believe in dieting but I am here to try out healthy and yummy edibles. The year hasn’t been too adventurous since I turned my back on beef and pork but I wouldn’t want to limit myself to just greens, tofu, mushrooms, fish and fruits. Today, I tried out a new recipe that doesn’t require a skillet lest any form of heat and oil.

Sounds good? the word burger next to the Veggie Nut got me to try. Give yourself 5-10 mins tops to prepare.

What you need:

  • Food Processor
  • Chopping board
  • knife
  • Molder


  • 2 cups almonds or walnuts or pecans (presoaked nuts gives a more fluffy end result)
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 1/2 large onion or more to taste
  • 1 large handful of fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Garbanzo beans / Green peas (soaked in water) – optional
  • 1 tsp Crystal Salt
  • pinch of ground pepper

* You may add raisins, ripe mango


  1. Prepare all ingredients
  2. Put all ingredients in the food processor except lemon juice
  3. Add lemon juice soon as you have all solid ingredients together
  4. Have the food processor chop all the ingredients perhaps 30 sec – 1 minute
  5. add water if needed.
  6. scoop off the processed ingredients to the molder forming as burger patties
  7. Serve

You may also just mold the burgers yourself. You can also grill the burger if you want but this is meant to be eaten – Raw.

Serving size: 4 pieces


It does taste pretty good! Remember those liver pate we add to our canapes? it actually looks like one and the taste is sublime – not bad for veggie burgers. You may add sweet raisins or ripe mangoes for more flavor.

12 Days of Christmas Fitness Giveaway

Due to the festivities, we are sorry for the delay but here it is.. we’re resuming. Well be giving away FLOW YOGA MANILA 1 month yoga gift certificate! We’re all about starting over and challenging yourself to gain more. Here are the Questions:

  • What motivates you? How do you bring yourself back to your game?
  • Have you tried any new healthy raw recipes? What made you?

To most of the winners, we’ll be dropping off your prize at Curves 2/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City this week. The rest, we’ll get in-touch with you regarding pick up points. You can tweet us through @FTWMagazine, too!