Potatoes for the Godz

"It's pretty gosh darn good!"  says the teenager we call Marz!

Here is truly a 7 minute meal anyone can make at home. We love Trader Joe's because you can grab fresh food to cook up a nice feast OR SEVERAL frozen bags of almost anything...fruits, vegetables and say you were busting your butt in the kitchen ALL DAY cooking up a storm. Ha!  

Tonight, the teenager and I were both too tired and lazy to fix a home cooked meal BUT we wanted something fulfilling. Marz came up with this meal idea. It's so quick and easy, we were eating in 10 minutes after I emptied the bags into the pan! Guess what, it's vegetarian!

This recipe is for 2 people 

As I said before, this is a quick dinner OR you can add eggs to the mix and have a hearty breakfast. You decide. Also, if you don't like frying, you can broil everything. Broiling does take a little more time but it is an option. 

Here are your ingredients...

  • TJ's 21 seasonings

  • Olive Oil

  • 1 bag of TJ's roasted potatoes

  • 2 TJ's Sausage-less links

  • 1/2 bag of TJ's asparagus

  1. Add olive oil to your pan (If you would rather broil, mix the olive oil, 21 seasonings and the ingredients in a bowl. Then use a cookie sheet and spread the ingredients).
  2. Next, add all the ingredients to your pan and sprinkle in the 21 seasons to your taste. There is NO NEED to add salt, the sausage-less sausage and potatoes have plenty of flavor.
  3. Cook and flip for 7-8 minutes and serve. (If you broil the mix? Watch it. Flip it. Cook it under 15-20 minutes.) Enjoy!

Nicol Hodges

Nicol Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events. 

Strawberries and Chocolate Smoothie


One Serving of Yummy!

This is a great blend that my daughter requested this past week. I didn't think I would like it but STRAWBERRIES and CHOCOLATE_come on_it's a great combination!

  • 5 Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 Whole Banana
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Organic CHOCOLATE syrup
  • 1/4 cup TJs Frozen Berries
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein




Coconut Oil is definitely a superfood that many tend to ignore because it is categorized as a saturated fat.

But coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides that goes straight to your liver and starts to work immediately.

If consumed in moderation, saturated fat can be good for you. Check with your local nutritionist or dietician for more details. 

  • Coconut oil increases your metabolic rate, your energy expenditure to burn more fat and kills hunger to help you eat less.
  • Coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease. When cooking with coconut oil, you switch out your cooking oil and replace it with coconut oil.

If you are not sure how to cook with coconut oil, check out "The Coconut Mama". Tiffany is the real Coconut Mama and has amazing recipes and "how to" that starts with coconut oil! Tiffany believes in traditional and healing foods.

Please note, you have to be aware of how much coconut oil you take because your body responds to this oil immediately. Learn more at "The Coconut Mama" or talk to your dietician.

San Diego's Restaurant Week


It is San Diego's Restaurant Week! When it comes to picking "the restaurant" I go to my friend Jess and she never disappoints. Here are her top picks to keep you on a healthy eating regiment and not add too many calories or fatty temptations to your plate. 

Cafe Gratitude:

  • Located in the heart of Little Italy SDOffering plant based meals and healthy options.   
  • Suggested Order: Green tea matcha latte with almond milk (hot) & the bountiful/quinoa shells which is actually featured in the dinner prix fixe menu. 

Red O: 

  • One of UTC’s newest spots in town has a great lunch and dinner menu going on this week.  If you haven’t heard of Red O wait no more.  Red O offers a  Mexican cuisine but not the type of Mexican food that you regret eating because you are so FULL.  
  • Suggested order: taco salad + chicken or fish, enchiladas suizas, and you MUST get the passion fruit butter cake.  


  • If you want real traditional, quality sushi you must go to Nobu.  The best time to go is THIS WEEK because you will get a lot more money. 
  • Suggested order: Yellowtail sashimi (on prix fixe), cauliflower, black cod- they have the best cod I’ve ever had! Melts in your mouth!

Ruth’s Chris:

  • Nothing like a traditional steakhouse.  Good ol Ruth’s never disappoints.  The consistency in the food and service is top notch.  They offer a great deal this week, $50 only without alcohol!  
  • Suggested order: Ahi tuna, chopped salad, 6oz steak OR the Korean bbq salmon which has a lot of flavor.