During our recent visit to Los Angeles we learned that our daughter and son-in-law have been on a “Paleo diet” for several months. My own bias is that the term is both catchy and bogus. That said, however, it has really been an effective diet tool for our family. The Angelenos have lost weight, and they both look trim and healthy. They say they feel better, too. Of course the diet excludes alcohol, breads, and desserts, so it is not too surprising that it seems to work.

While we were in LA our daughter made a breakfast dish from her diet menus that was fairly easy to make, healthy, low in calories, and delicious. Here’s my version using some leftover pot-roast as the protein. You could use whatever you like.


Sweet Potato-Apple Hash


  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (about)
  • ½ red onion,  1 inch dice
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled, 1 inch dice
  • 1 Gala apple, seeds removed, 1 inch dice (Use whatever variety is your favorite)
  • 1 cup pot-roast, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 large eggs


  1. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over a medium flame. Stir in the onions and cook until they are translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the diced sweet potato and continue to saute until the potatoes have softened and have begun to brown slightly, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the apple and cook for another 5 minutes until the pieces are slightly soft.
  3. Add the diced pot-roast and combine. Sauté another few minutes until the pot-roast is completely heated. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. While the hash is cooking, poach the eggs in salted, acidulated water. Drain the eggs on paper towelling. Plate the hash, top wth the poached eggs, and serve immediately. Serves two –  four if you are serious about your diet. .




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  1. Tom Maresca

    I hate diets, but I love hash and poached eggs: this looks very tasty.

  2. Thanks, Tom. I am not a fan of diets, either. That becomes more apparent the older I get.

  3. That sure looks tasty, Paleo or not!

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