Breakfast Hash

Thursday, March 17, 2016

All I do is hash, hash, hash no matta WHAT.

Not like hash the pot kind of hash but like the breakfast kind of hash.... just to clarify.

If you follow me on Snapchat (@larrybeary88) then you've probably seen 97,626 breakfast pictures from me. I'm not sure when the exact moment was when I fell in love with breakfast, specifically breakfast hashes, but the love is strong and I can't get enough.

When I did the Whole30 last year after Nora was born, one thing that I started thinking about differently was the definition of "breakfast". Before Whole30, I would always think of your typical bacon and eggs, french toast, regular toast, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, cereal, oatmeal... lots of sweet stuff and 99% of which was not allowed during the Whole30.

But when I started thinking about it as just another meal in my day, no matter what time it was, I was able to incorporate a lot more vegetables into my breakfast routine.

So what exactly constitutes a breakfast hash?

Honestly.. anything.

If you want to get real nerdy with it, and of course I do, haché in French means "to chop" so hash is derived from that. Breakfast hash traditionally is composed of some sort of meat, vegetables and potatoes, all chopped and cooked together with spices.

The glorious thing about making a hash is that you can use almost anything you have on hand.

Here are the base ingredients for some of my favorite flavor combinations...

Sweet potatoes
Sweet peppers

Sweet onions
Brussel Sprouts

Red onions
Green peppers

In addition to this, I like to add any steak, chicken, sausage, bacon or whatever else is already cooked or easy to throw in from the fridge. Or keep it vegetarian! Any time I omit meat I still feel just as full.

I typically sauté the vegetables and meat with olive oil in a pan, usually starting with the vegetables that take the longest to cook, like onions or potatoes. I like to put raw spinach or kale on the bottom of the plate and then the cooked vegetables and meat on top.

Then I'll cook up eggs to put on top and whatever topping(s) I'm feeling like.. avocado, tomatoes, chives, sprouts, hot sauce, basil, parsley, pico de gallo, cilantro, red pepper flakes, etc. If you're really feeling crazy, you can even grill up the avocado.. so yummy!

Side note: I'm embarrassed to admit this but I used to order the Turkey Tom from Jimmy Johns when I was in college withOUT sprouts. Every single time. I hated them. Really, I hated them without giving them a fair chance. 

I like to think my tastes have really matured since then. Because I fucking love sprouts!!!!!!

And another side note.... I know what you're thinking. That is one massive plate of food. But for someone like me who is nursing and hungry constantly, starting the day with a huge plate of vegetables and protein is a great way to feel fuller, longer. And another perk? If you cook this much, it's so easy to save a tupperware and use the rest for lunch or next day's breakfast.

The other fun parts about breakfast hash is you can do so many things with it.

You can cook it straight up in a cast iron skillet by cracking the eggs into the pan and sticking it in the oven or put all your vegetables in a hallowed out pepper, crack a few eggs inside and bake that all together.

You can cut your vegetables in chunks or slice them thinly for a different experience. Just today I tried cutting potatoes into thin-like chips and it gave the whole thing a different feel. For those of you who hate eating the same thing every day, this is the perfect meal to break up the monotony.

The sky is the limit!!!!!!

But here's a catch... I know when I was working a regular 9-5 job I would wake up at the last possible moment and grab a piece of toast on the way out the door or just skip breakfast all together. So what if you don't have the time for all this nonsense?

I suggest chopping everything the day before or even the Sunday before your week starts so you can easily throw everything in the pan while you're getting ready in the morning. The chopping is definitely the longest part of the process. Cooking the vegetables, left over meat (or even fresh) and eggs will only take you 15 minutes tops). If you really want to plan ahead, you can even cook everything but the eggs the night before and just microwave them and cook up a few eggs in 2 minutes the next morning.

Even though this might take some extra time in your morning or evening routine, I promise you'll feel so much more energetic throughout your work day because you started your day with a big helping of protein.

The cutest little sous chef in all the land :)

I hope this inspires you to hash it up a bit in your kitchen and crack a few (million) eggs.

Bon appetit!

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