Hearty breakfasts are wonderful. There is a part of me that wishes I could eat a big ‘ole breakfast every day of the week. Since my nutrition studies began I haven’t given up hearty breakfast at all, but I am much more picky about what kind of hearty breakfast I eat. No more biscuits and sausage gravy for me, though I was born and bred loving the stuff. And no more fried eggs and ham for my cholesterol-loathing self. Instead, I feast on a little something like this… and I’m a happier and healthier woman for it.
What You’ll Need:
2 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced or chopped
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cups fresh spinach
1 T extra virgin olive oil
3 or 4 potatoes, chopped evenly
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 small bunch fresh chives
How You’ll Do It:
Heat a large pan to medium high and drizzle in the oil plus a few tables spoons of water. Once heated, add in peppers, onion, and garlic and saute until onions begin to get translucent. Then add potatoes and continue to saute or lightly fry for about 10 minutes (depending on how big your chunked potatoes are). *In order to speed my process and not have to fry them as much, I covered my pan with a lid and let the steam play a larger role in the cooking. I recommend this for you low-fattys who don’t like to fry*
Continue cooking until potatoes get tender enough to easily poke a fork through. At that point, toss in your spinach and a few tablespoons of water. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes, until spinach has reduced and is partially wiled. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Right before serving, snip fresh chives all over the top of your delicious hashed browns.
Why You’ll Love It:
“I’m Popeye, the sailor man. I live in a garbage can. I’m strong to the finish cause I eats my spinach, I’m Popeye the sailor man”
Alright, does that sound familiar to anyone? Was Popeye the first cartoon ever admired for his healthy eating habits? I think he may have been! Good ole Popeye was so strong and it was because he ate spinach! Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. There is actually so many nutritional benefits of eating spinach that I am going to refer you HERE if you truly would like to get a glimpse of what spinach can do for you.
In a nutshell, it has over 1000% of your Vitamin K for the day. It is also freakishly high in vitamin A, E, C, folate, magnesium, and manganese. Eating spinach can help protect your body from many different diseases.
Red Pepper & Spinach Hashed Browns is a great breakfast option, but also makes a great side item for any meal of the day. If you aren’t one who likes to get up early and get in the kitchen, simply have this for dinner!
If you love your spinach as much as Popeye himself, try this recipe too.