Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

2-3 sweet potatoes - peeled and chopped into 1/2" cubes
1/2 (each) red, orange and yellow bell peppers - chopped
1/2 red onion - chopped
2-3 vegetarian sausage patties - or 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup vegetable broth
Garlic, minced
Fresh sage
Fresh thyme
Red pepper flakes
Olive oil
Salt + pepper
2-4 eggs 

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet and cook vegetarian sausage patties until browned on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same skillet add 1-2 more tablespoons of olive oil and add sweet potatoes and vegetable broth. Sprinkle with fresh ground sea salt & pepper and 1 leaf of fresh sage. I tore my sage leaf into pieces. Cover sweet potatoes and cook on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring often. 

When potatoes are fork tender add the chopped peppers, onion, minced garlic, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes and more salt & pepper to taste. Turn up heat slightly so the potatoes can get a little crispy. When hash is almost done add the crumbled or chopped vegetarian sausage.

Fry your eggs in some olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and place on top of a pile of sweet potato hash. 


Brown Bag It - How To Store Your Mushrooms

Mushrooms are nutritious and versatile, we eat them almost everyday in our home. They are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol free, gluten free, low in sodium, and they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more.

The best way to store your mushrooms to preserve their life is in a brown paper bag. I've been doing this for years and it extends the life of the mushroom by days.

Most people don't realize that consuming spoiled mushrooms can make you very ill. Like all foods, mushrooms can go bad. No matter the variety, it is important to learn the signs that a mushroom has spoiled. 

Look over the mushroom for spots. Patches begin to emerge in shades of dark brown and black when mushrooms are no longer fit for consumption.

Feel the mushrooms for a slimy coating. The top part, also known as the head of the mushroom, is predominately where symptoms of spoilage occur.

Smell the mushrooms for an odor that indicates spoilage. If mushrooms have a smell different than an earthy, natural aroma, throw them away.

Flip a mushroom over and look at the gills. Closed gills indicate mushrooms are young, while open gills signify that mushrooms are older. If the mushroom has shriveled or wet gills, they have spoiled.

Avoid keeping mushrooms in the vegetable drawer in your refrigerator. The vegetable drawer is designed to hold in humidity. Mushrooms will spoil more quickly in humid conditions. Place mushrooms in a brown paper bag and store them between 32 and 36 degrees F.

Quick Mushroom Snacks:
Use raw white button mushrooms. Remove the mushrooms stems and fill with one of the following stuffing's.

Spinach Dip
Cream Cheese + Salsa


Make My Day SunCafe

Few things make me giddy. Lunch is one of those things. Okay dinner and dessert too, but you get what I'm saying. 

Most days I drive into Studio City to visit my customers and take them to lunch. Tough job right? Studio City's rapidly growing restaurant row offers many great dining options, but there is one tiny place that is a personal healthy favorite. SunCafe, is an organic, raw food, vegan restaurant.  

I always order the same thing, Biscuits & Gravy and a Pineapple Superfood Shake. Mmmm. So delicious. The Biscuits & Gravy are open-faced whole wheat sliders, with massaged spinach, garlic cauliflower mash, mushroom gravy and a SunChorizo topper.  Really fantastic.

The Pineapple Superfood Shake is made with pineapple, goji, coconut, cashew, and agave. The shake is raw and unbelievable!  

If you were talking to me in person, I would grab your arm to emphasize my delight. Whenever I leave this cafe I always feel happy, nourished and balanced.  

SunCafe also offers classes and raw juice fast cleanse/detox programs.

Here is a link to their site - Sun Cafe

To our health!

My Daily Flu Shot

Winter is approaching and it is important to boost your immune system to avoid getting sick. I believe the best thing one can do to ward off the dreaded cold, is to supplement your body with green plants and vegetables. The optimal way to do this is to drink fresh pressed vegetable juices. The human body is complex and has the power to heal itself if given the right nutrients. Green foods are perhaps the most healing foods on the planet, and the single most important addition to a diet you can make. Green foods are better than a flu shot!

A year ago I went to my health food store and asked them if they had anything I could mix with water that would deliver green nutrients when I didn't have time to juice. Hands down all the employees recommended Vitamineral Green by HealthForce SuperFoods, so I purchased a bottle and have become an unofficial advocate for this powdered green "gold". 

I mix a teaspoon into a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning with a smile. On the label there is a statement that I have embraced whole heartily, "drink consciously and with positive intent". 

My entire family now drinks it. My sister even mixes it into smoothies for her kids.

Here is a link to the product - Vitamineral Green

To our health!