Eating Healthy on a Budget: Breakfast that Won’t Break the Bank

Two of the cheapest things you can buy are eggs and potatoes.  A dozen eggs and a bag of potatoes probably won’t even cost you $4.  And the best part?  You can get 12 servings from that $4!  That means that this breakfast that I’m about to show you is a mere 33 cents per serving.  Holy Mother of GOD!  Amazing.  The best part?  It’s soooo yummy.

We already know that one egg equals 2 points.  And that’s just because of the yolk.  If you want a little more food, but not more points, add in an extra egg white.  Small golden potatoes make fantastic hash browns.  I’m talking about the cubed ones commonly referred to as “breakfast potatoes”, not the shredded and fried-to-a-crisp hash browns.  3 small golden potatoes cooked are equal to about 1 1/2 cups cooked (2 servings) with each 1/2 cup equaling 1 point.  I used some Smart Balance 50/50 blend (with EV Olive Oil), which is 3 points per tbsp or 5 points for two.  In total, my breakfast was 5.5 points!  2 for the egg and 3.5 for the hash browns cooked to perfection.  I’m not going to give you directions on how to cook an egg (unless you actually want to know.  In that case, send me a comment!), but I will give you the recipe for my Hallelujah Hash Browns!  Now, for your reading pleasure…

Hallelujah Hash Browns

Hallelujah Hash Browns
Servings: 2
PointsPlus Per Serving: 3

Ingredients

  • 3 small golden potatoes (1 1/2 cups cubed), 4 PP
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light butter (the one I used was higher in points. Make sure you figure out the points value for your butter using the Weight Watchers Wiki), 2 PP
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • dried parsley
  • chili powder
  • 1-2 tbsp diced onion (optional)


Directions

1. Put a skillet (non stick or iron) onto stove. Put on medium high heat. Put in butter so that it can start melting.

2. Sprinkle in about 1-2 tsp dried parsley, 1/2 tsp chili powder, some salt and pepper and about 1 tsp garlic powder. Let simmer with the butter.

3. Cut potatoes into small cubes, leaving skin on.

4. Stir around butter and spices until it’s almost all melted. Then put in potatoes (and diced onions if you’re using them). Stir around so they are well mixed with butter and spices.

5. Keep stirring every minute or so for about 12-15 minutes. Try a bite after they first start to brown and see if it needs more spice. It might need a bit more salt.

6. Once they’ve browned up and they are soft, but still a little firm when you bite into it you’ll know they’re done! Serve up with an egg over-easy (my fave) and if you want, a couple slices of turkey bacon for an extra point or two. Enjoy!

My girlfriend likes a little ketchup with hers, I like mine with ketchup or sour cream.   You just have to account for those points.  We also used organic potatoes from Trader Joe’s and organic eggs.  It’s a yummy filling breakfast for only 33 cents!  And only about 42 cents for the organic version!  You’d be paying at LEAST one dollar for McD’s hashbrowns.  Screw that.  Take the time to make this.  It’s quick; I made it before work and had lots of time to get ready.  That’s certainly hard to beat. Annnd one more picture to make you salivate.

33 cent breakfast!

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