Breakfast is definitely the best meal of the day for me. If I have a good breakfast, I feel like I can go out and conquer the world. One of my all-time favorite breakfast dishes is hash. The combination of meat, veggies, eggs, potatoes and cheese comes together to make some serious comfort food. The problem with hash is that it is full of white potatoes and cheese, which are two items that are off-limits on Paleo. Even when I am eating strict Paleo I hesitate to eat white potatoes because of the effect they have on my blood sugar, and as much as I love cheese I choose not to eat it in order to have better health.
I am simply not one of those guys that is satisfied with some fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, and I never eat cereal (at least not for an actual meal). For me, breakfast has to be a hot meal that sticks to the ribs, or I’d rather have nothing at all. So what’s a hungry guy to do?
Enter the sweet potato. For the longest time, I thought that the only way to prepare a sweet potato was to bake it. Fortunately, I’ve been learning that there are loads of ways to use this tasty tuber, not just as a substitute for the white variety, but also in place of other traditional starches and grains. Sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, which means they don’t cause blood sugar spikes, and so are better for diabetics as long as they are eaten in moderation. Also, they are totally allowed on Paleo and most other real food diets.
Just the other day I came across a recipe for sweet potato hash, and while I was a little bit unsure how this would taste, my desire to eat one of my favorite morning treats won out over my fears. And let me tell you, this is some delicious stuff.
The great thing about the sweet potato is that it can be eaten with traditional “sweet” spices like cinnamon, but it also pairs surprisingly well with more savory ones like paprika, chili powder, and garlic. It also has enough rich flavor and creamy texture that I don’t miss the cheese. In fact, I’m pretty sure cheese would be disgusting on a sweet potato.
Here is my simple, go-to recipe for basic savory sweet potato hash, but don’t be afraid to experiment by adding other veggies and spices that you like. You can also get wildly different flavors by switching up the meat. Try it with ground turkey, hamburger, chicken, sausage, chorizo, or bacon. One of my favorite versions uses leftover ground turkey with taco seasoning.