Easy, Healthy Paleo Breakfast Prep
When I first started eating paleo (which really is just another word for eating healthy, real food!), I started making a sweet potato hash every week for breakfast. I’d chop up sweet potatoes, an onion, a bell pepper, some garlic, and either roast it in the oven or saute it in a pan until it was tender.
Then I’d store it in a dish in the fridge and heat it up each morning, topping it with fried eggs. Sometimes I’d include some bacon, sometimes I’d get fancy and top it with the eggs, then diced avocado and some spicy salsa.
Spice It Up
Since I do a lot of recipe experimentation, I don’t make sweet potato hash nearly as much these days. I often have tons of leftovers in my fridge to get through before I can cook my next batch of recipes.
Sometimes I have to get creative, like putting leftovers from this Buffalo Chicken Casserole into an omelette, so I can use up my leftovers for other meals and not get sick of eating the same thing over and over again!
Every once in awhile, though, I crave the simplicity of a breakfast hash that will feed me all week long without having to think about what’s for breakfast. The sweet potato hash is an old favorite, for sure, but I decided to change it up a little bit and see what I could come up with.
Your Plantains & Sausage Matter
This plantain hash still has the starchiness and carbs of the plantains, but the slightly spicy sausage combined with the sweet and still crisp apples are a game changer. I make my own sausage (you can find the recipe I used here), but you could also purchase pre-made sausage – just check your ingredients list to make sure it’s not full of sugar or junk chemicals!
Your plantains will need to be ripe – green plantains won’t work here, as they just get tough when you sauté them. Tender, ripe plantains that are not yet mushy are the key.
Want To Minimize Dishes? Check.
I’m also a big fan of not making extra dishes, so I try to keep this to one pan. To do that, I start with the sausage in the pan, then once it’s cooked most of the way, I remove it, leaving the grease.
I add the plantains and shallots to the hot grease, saute them until slightly softened, then add the apples to the pan, adding the sausage back in for the last minute or two to heat everything together before serving.
You can also top this one with eggs, chives, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon – get creative, and enjoy your food!
Plantain, Apple, & Sausage Breakfast Hash – Girlinhealing.com
- 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
- 2 ripe plantains, peeled and diced
- 1 large crisp apple, Fuji or similar, peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 large shallot, diced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage until cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside, reserving the grease in the pan.
- Add the diced plantains and shallots to the pan, tossing frequently. Cook until browned, 6-7 minutes.
- Add the diced apple to the pan and toss to combine. Cook for another 3-5 minutes, until apples are slightly tender but still have a crunch to them.
- Add the sausage back to the pan and toss to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes more, allowing flavors to combine and everything to be heated through.
- Serve as-is, or top with some fried eggs, fresh herbs, or a sprinkle of cinnamon!
What ingredients do you add like to use in a breakfast hash?
Jessica Scully is an avid cooker, eater, and the blogger at www.paleoscaleo.com. When she’s not cooking, eating, and blogging, she spends her time coaching CrossFit and planning weddings. Finding the paleo way of eating changed the way she looked at food, and she wants to share that with you! She believes that paleo is simply a framework, a starting point for figuring out what works for you and your body. If you’re curious about the paleo way of eating, and want to learn more, check her out over at www.paleoscaleo.com. She even has a FREE library of paleo tips, tricks, and information to get you started! Click here to access the library! (http://www.paleoscaleo.com/paleo-hacks/)