Sweet Potato Hashbrowns

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Oh so sweet

Breakfast is easily one of my favorite meals of the day, but only when it’s done right. Like most people, I can live with a bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit and then go about my day if I have to, but I’d always rather have something homemade. The only thing that frustrates me about breakfast is the monotony that we’ve settled for! Eggs, bacon, pancakes, cereal, rinse, repeat. Sure, there’s a little more differentiation than that, but it sure feels like there isn’t sometimes.

In order to break up that monotony, I try using ingredients that aren’t normally found on a breakfast menu. I’ve already posted some delicious recipes using wonton wrappers, salad fixings and polenta, but I definitely need to bulk up that section of my recipe index! Here are some examples of different, delicious breakfast foods that I’ve been enjoying lately:

Giardiniera and veggie-cheese omelets
Vanilla chai pancakes (cooked in coconut oil.  YUM.)
– Sweet potato hashbrowns

All these things are extremely yummy and satisfy that need for change. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is for my sweet potato hashbrowns. I’ve been making them for a couple years now, ever since we had run out of regular potatoes and I was craving some hashbrowns. We mash them, soufflé them, bake them, French fry them and turn them into hummus, so why not turn them into hashbrowns as well? I made them for my parents on Christmas Eve morning and they went bonkers. I think they forgot how well the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes lends itself to savory dishes.

I’m actually going to share two variations. One is low-sodium and includes onions and the other is just well spiced and doesn’t have onions. At least one of them is sure to please anyone in your household who likes sweet potatoes!

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Jess took these photos. She calls this one “sweet hash”…. :)

Simple Sweet Potato Hashbrowns
Servings: 4
PointsPlus per Serving: 3

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, 8 PP
  • 2 tbsp light butter/margarine, 4 PP
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • paprika

OR A LOW-SODIUM VERSION WITH ONIONS

  • 1 large sweet potato, 8 PP
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • crushed red pepper or chili powder
  • 2 tbsp light butter/margarine, 4 PP

Directions
1. Get a bowl of warm water.  As you dice up your sweet potato, throw it into the bowl with water.  Letting them soak in the water for a little bit as you are preparing everything will soften them up just enough.  Chop up your onions and set them aside (not in the water).

2. Warm up a non-stick skillet or cast iron pan (my preference).  Once it gets to a medium heat, put in the butter and let it melt.  If you’re doing the version with the onions, put the onions in and let them soften up just a little.  Then put in the drained potatoes.  Sprinkle your spices over top (I just do a sprinkling of each and use a little more of the flavors I really want in there), mix around the potatoes so they are well coated with butter and spice and then let them sit for about 4 minutes.  Once they start to brown up on the bottom, scrape them all over to one end and give them a flip.  Let them sit for another 4 minutes or so.  Do this until they meet your level of satisfactory softness/crispness and then transfer them to a plate.

**PLEASE NOTE** – If you are doing the version with the onions, you’ll have to stir them up more often so the onions don’t burn!

What are some other things that you eat for breakfast that you’d consider “different”?

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!