Do you eat breakfast?
Whenever I stay at my folks’ house in Durango (like now), there are tons of breakfast options. My mom just reminded me that eating something in the morning kick-starts your metabolism for the day. The trouble is, I’m not hungry first thing. Once upon a time, I couldn’t face high school without a big bowl of cereal in my belly. Somewhere along the line, my need for food first thing in the morning was replaced by my need for coffee. I do love to go out for brunch, but rarely make breakfast at home. I’ve been trying to change that recently- first with a tasty veggie scramble, and then with this: Sausage-Potato Hash n’ Eggs.
One morning, in my barely caffeinated state, it made sense to just WING IT in the kitchen. I had a loose idea involving cheesy hashbrowns and some veggies mingling together with spicy sausage and topped with a fried egg. We’ll forget that I’d never fried an egg before this until later- let’s start with the HASH.
First, I got some sausage working in a pan on the stove. I broke it up with a wooden spatula and let it get nice and browned.
While the sausage filled the kitchen with the aroma of breakfast-y goodness, I chopped up some beautiful, bright veggies: zucchini, red onion, an orange bell pepper, jalapeno, and cherry tomatoes. I love a cutting board full of RAINBOW.
I removed the sausage from the pan and tossed in the veggies. I seasoned them up with the usual suspects (garlic salt, Mexican seasonings, crushed red pepper) and sautéed them for just a bit before adding shredded potatoes.
The hashbrowns had some time to meet the veggies before the sausage joined the party. I let the whole mess cook on the stove for a little while before popping the pan into the oven to brown up.
I’d just finished setting our breakfast table when I realized I had no idea how to fry an egg. I pulled up a “how-to” on my iPhone, heated up my cast iron skillet, and crossed my fingers. I think they look pretty darn good, don’t you?
The last touch to the sausage-potato hash was a generous sprinkling of cheese. Once the cheese had melted, it was time to eat!
I served the hash topped with the fresh tomatoes and a sprinkling of cilantro. There was a fair amount of heat from the spicy sausage, the crushed red pepper, and the jalapeno, but we like it hot.
It was a far cry from a bowl of cereal. It didn’t take long before John’s plate was empty, except the fruit. No surprise there, right? Not a bad way to start the day!
Maybe YOUR day should start this way tomorrow.
Are you a breakfast junkie? What’s your favorite breakfast food?
I’ve never been a big breakfast person because I don’t like eggs and really don’t eat meat that often, but if you were to put a plate of french toast in front of me with a warm berry sauce I’d devour it in seconds!
I bet you love crepes, too!
Um yeah… they are also a weakness of mine!
I was planning to make something similar this for dinner this week with hash browns, eggs, veggies, and bacon! I was going to do more of a bake…but I might have to jump ship and make this. I can’t fry eggs either, though, so I might do poached 🙂 Hope you have a good week!
It ended up being a ‘bake’ because the hash browns weren’t BROWNING as much as I wanted them to!
I use to think no breakfast or the breakfast of champions (coca-cola & candy bar) was a great way to fuel my body. Boy was I so wrong! I love starting my day now with high protein and loads of fiber – DOES A BODY GOOD:) Have a Great Week
I need to work on having something small to start my day!
I’m always so hungry when I wake up in the morning, but I try to wait until I’m at work to finally eat my breakfast. My go-to is “soaked oats.” You take 1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal, a hearty dash of cinnamon, a generous pour of almond milk (or regular milk, if you were blessed with a tummy that can digest it), and a sprinkle of chia seeds and crushed walnuts. Put the whole concoction in the ‘fridge overnight, and in the morning you have an easy-to-digest breakfast with fiber, omega-3’s, protein and healthy fats. And it tastes rich and decadent!
I used to be hungry right when I woke up, but these days, I’m not ready to eat until I’ve been up for a few hours. Hmmm!
not really a breakfast junkie and skip most of the time..usually sandwich as a quick fix but since m free nowadays, I shall try scramble eggs and other stuffs.