Sautéed Blue Oyster Mushrooms

Sautéed Blue Oyster Mushrooms

The earthy aroma and texture of these blue oyster mushrooms combined with herbs and cream (if desired) make a hearty side dish or can be the star of the meal.

Servings: 4


One harvest of Blue Oyster Mushrooms 

2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 teaspoons of dried thyme

1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)

Hot Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)

Blue Oyster Mushrooms
  1. Tear freshly harvested mushrooms into desirable pieces.   
  2. On medium heat, add EVOO to a large frying pan or Dutch oven. Add chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes; add mushrooms until they have released all of their high moisture content (about 10 minutes).  Do not cover the pan with a lid.
  3. Add chopped garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt,  and pepper to the pan and sauté until the moisture in the pan has evaporated and mushrooms are brown (about 15 minutes).  The smell of this mixture is so aromatic.
  4. (Optional) Deglaze the pan with white wine for 5 minutes allowing the wine to cook off.
  5. (Optional) Add heavy cream and cook for 3 minutes until cream has reduced.
  6. Remove from heat, sprinkle with hot pepper seeds to taste,  and add additional salt if needed.  
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate for other favorite dishes.


Serving suggestion:  Make these mushrooms your main entrée and add a side of polenta.

Chef Yvonne Dwyer

Recipe compliments of OPL Naturalist and Home Chef Yvonne Dwyer

OPL Plant-rich Recipes

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Who Cares About Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees?

Who Cares About Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees?

What’s the big deal about birds and bees, flowers and trees?  More than you may realize. In fact, it’s ‘life or death’ important. Nature and its balance are essential for human existence. All the different elements of nature and the ecosystems they form work together to keep the planet habitable. The air you breathe, the water you drink, and the food you eat all depend on biodiversity. Simply put…

  • No plants – no oxygen
  • No bees – no fruit, nuts, etc.
  • No coral reefs – no protection from devastating storms, cyclones, tsunamis
  • No trees – no absorption of urban air pollution, much less CO2 drawdown

Did you know that honey bees contribute to pollinating one-third of the food we eat? It’s hard to imagine going without almonds, apples, onions, blueberries, cucumbers, and carrots, just to name a few of the more than 90 different agricultural crops bees pollinate.

Biodiversity plays a critical role in just about everything that drives our quality of life and that of the planet.

Biodiversity provides food, water, energy, and medicines. It is the key to regulating our climate, maintaining water and air quality, controlling pollution and flooding, and supporting pollination and pest control. While more food, energy, and materials than ever before are being supplied to people in the world, the overexploitation of plants and animals is increasingly eroding nature’s ability to provide them in the future.

The Living Planet Report 2020, a publication from the World Wildlife Fund, is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. Its message? “Nature – our life-support system – is declining at a staggering rate, and we are at fault.”

It is estimated that there are more than 10 million plant and animal species on earth. 

If you are ever fortunate enough to visit the Field Museum in Chicago, IL, you’ll be astounded by the display of biodiversity. Room after room, exhibit after exhibit, you will get a closer view of the wide variety of life in our natural world. You’ll also gain important insights about our connected world. Start your journey with the images below.

The normal rate of extinction is one species every four years.  Today, species are going extinct at a rate of 30,000 per year. That’s 82 species every day, four species every hour.**

Each species plays an important role in nature’s unique design.  Ecosystems with healthy populations and a wide variety of plants and animals are self-balancing. Bees and bats pollinate trees and plants, predators control prey, and trees control flooding and moderate our climate. No one animal or plant exists in isolation – not even us.*

Scientists estimate we’ve lost 30,000 species in the last year alone. But earth is home to far more species than we’ve identified; there are surely many species going extinct unnoticed.

Within the last 50 years, economic development has driven a phenomenal increase in the demand for energy, land, and water that is fundamentally changing the balance of nature.

How can we stop the loss of biodiversity?

Understanding the importance of living in harmony with nature for your personal wellbeing and that of the planet is the first step. Next, is accepting personal responsibility and taking action to change old habits and to create new sustainable ones. Then, take a look around you and encourage others to adopt new habits to live more sustainably. We should expect each other as well as the companies we support and our municipalities to be kind to the planet.

Threatened  Species
Learn more on the topic of biodiversity:
  • Take a look at how well your state is performing in key categories that directly affect quality of life: air quality, water quality, CO2 emissions, pollution, waste ranking, and water use.  Explore our interactive OPL INSIGHT.
  • Explore the videos, photos, and interesting facts through our OPL interactive map to learn about some of the unique species living on this earth.
  • Check out our recommended books including, The Sixth Extinction, The Future We Choose, The Secret Network of Nature, and The Story of More.
  • In today’s society, it’s not only about what you purchase but who you purchase from that makes a difference in our world.  Social enterprises and B-Corporations believe in the social responsibility of business. Read our blog.
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  • Visit the Field Museum, Chicago, IL



**Field Museum, Chicago, IL

Our Visit to One World Zero Waste

Our Visit to One World Zero Waste

One Planet Life travels around the world to learn more about people and places dedicated to making a difference.  Each OPL Spotlight shines a light on impressive efforts being made toward living and operating more sustainably and in harmony with nature.


If you are ever in West Palm Beach, Florida on a Saturday be sure to visit the Green Market.  It is a food lover’s paradise with vendors selling everything from fresh local vegetables to organic smoothies to fish caught that morning.  It also has a booth owned by an environmentally focused business venture: One World Zero Waste.

One Zero Waste Owners

Stephen and Elana Smith

Meet the Owners

Stephen and Elana Smith are a local married couple in their late 20’s who started this business in Tequesta, Florida in 2018. One World Zero Waste specializes in plastic-free, reusable replacements for single-use plastic. Their items include reusable drinking straws, sandwich bags, coffee cups, and cloth diapers and napkins  — all designed to be reused over time for years to come to help reduce our carbon footprint on the planet.  

Goal:  Help people eliminate waste from their homes.

One World Zero Waste is a great resource for those hoping to eliminate excess waste from their homes. Every item available for purchase is eco-friendly, and the edible goods are free of single-use plastics and other packaging. Local shoppers at the Tequesta storefront can bring clean containers to fill up with dozens of bulk food items, including spices, flours, nuts, and dry pasta. Essential oils, plastic-free shampoo bars and toothpaste, local honey, nut milks, and kombucha on tap round out the inventory. Most non-perishable items can be ordered online.

An OPL favorite eco-friendly product.

At OPL, we especially like their Unpaper Towels.  These 100% cotton flannel towels replace any need for paper towels.  Switching to these UnPaper Towels is a simple eco-friendly habit to adopt and you’ll save trees!

One World Zero Waste’s UnPaper Towels come in a variety of patterns and colors and include 12 washable and reusable sheets per roll.

Each set is made with care by One World Zero Waste, deliveries are usually sent within a week of ordering. Price: $30.

Learn more at

UnPaper Towels

One World Zero Waste UnPaper Towels

Black Bean Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Black Bean Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Get the satisfying qualities of a hamburger and fries with this black bean burger and sweet potato fries recipe.

Servings: 4

Black Bean Burger Ingredients:

2 cups black beans, rinsed and mashed with a fork (you can use canned black beans as well, be sure to drain and rinse them)

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs 

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 red onion sliced

1/2 cup corn

2 jalapenos chopped (leave seeds out for less heat)

1 egg

salt and freshly ground pepper

canola oil for pan

roll or bread of choice (Brioche bun in picture)

head of romaine lettuce 


Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients:

2 sweet potatoes

olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper

Black Beans
Hamburger buns
Sweet Potato Fries


On medium heat, put the corn, onion, and jalapeno in a skillet and cook until charred.  Mix together the smashed beans, breadcrumbs, onions, chili powder, egg, and some salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Fold in the corn, onion, and jalapeno mixture.  Form the mixture into 4 smaller patties.  Preheat a pan over medium-high heat and add some canola oil (or your favorite oil to cook with!).  Cook the burger 4 minutes per side.  Serve on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and whatever condiments you desire!  Enjoy! 


Wash and peel sweet potatoes.  Slice potatoes to desired fry thickness.  Coat in olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, and, salt and pepper to taste.  Place on a baking sheet and spread out for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Flip halfway and enjoy!  

You can also use your air fryer to cook these fries.  Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees, and cook in single layers for 12 minutes.  Flip halfway and enjoy!  


Sarah Biddle Image

Recipe compliments of Home Chef Sarah Biddle and OPL Community Member

OPL Plant-rich Recipes

Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you and the planet.  Find more delicious OPL-recommended plant-rich recipes here.

Delicious Green Smoothie

Delicious Green Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is the perfect nutrient-rich pick-me-up for breakfast or as a snack during the day.  It is so easy to make.  Feel free to experiment with other ingredients to make it the most appealing combination for you.

Makes about 3 8oz servings



1 cup of pineapple juice

1 banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

3 handfuls of fresh baby spinach leaves

Green Smoothie Ingredients

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Drink and enjoy!

Optional Adjustments:

If you prefer it to be sweeter add a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey.  Try it using orange juice instead of pineapple for a slightly different flavor.  

Chef Amy

Recipe compliments of Home Chef Amy Bates and OPL Community Member

OPL Plant-rich Recipes

Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you and the planet.  Find more delicious OPL-recommended plant-rich recipes here.

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