Food + Mood—A Mental Health Series with Dr. Joseph Feuerstein, M.D. and Chef Daniel Green — an MD that prescribes only food (that’s right, no medicine) and a chef that makes the prescription delicious. In this series, we dig into top mental health conditions and how food can be used to help treat them. “Dr. Joe” is the Director of Integrative Medicine at Stamford Health, CT; and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Columbia University. A medical doctor specializing in family medicine, he completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, where he trained directly under the world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil. Daniel Green is an internationally known chef, television host, and award-winning author, and is a healthy eating expert and well-known television celebrity cook in England, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, and the United States. Together, they share what foods work and why for specific conditions—and how to make that food prescription delicious.

Cauliflower Pancake with Salmon and Avocado Puree

This recipe combines the powerhouse blues-beaters: cauliflower and salmon.

Serves: 2

Prep time: 40 minutes


  • 2 avocados, pit removed
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups riced cauliflower (purchase this way)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 (4 – 6 oz.) salmon filets


  1. Place avocado halves and broth in blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Place cauliflower in microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 2 minutes. Stir in the eggs.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the add 1/2 the cauliflower mixture. Cook like a pancake for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan; set aside. Repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and remaining cauliflower mixture. Place each pancake on a serving plate. Keep warm.
  5. Add spinach to pan and sauté until just wilted. Place on ½ of top of each pancake.
  6. Add salmon fillets to pan. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté over medium-high heat 3 minutes on each side. Turn again to cook to desired doneness.
  7. Place salmon on top of spinach. Spoon avocado puree around the pancake.

This recipe is part of Food + Mood—A Mental Health Series with Dr. Joseph Feuerstein, M.D. and Chef Daniel Green. To read Food + Mood: A Natural Approach to Treating Depression, click here. For a full list of recipes designed to beat depression, click here.

This recipes and more like it can be found in Chef Daniel’s new cookbook: The Gotham Steel Skinny Cookbook.

Follow Chef Daniel Green on Instagram and Facebook.

Follow Dr. Joe Feurerstein, M.D. on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Last Updated: Aug 17, 2020