Have you seen the iconic scene in Forrest Gump where the guy is talking about how much he loves shrimp? He says “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There’s shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich”… He is borderline obsessed with shrimp. Well, that’s me with potatoes. They’re my favourite food and I love them any way you can make ’em – mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, potatoes covered in cheese, scalloped potatoes, potato salad, fries, tater tots, oven baked potatoes, potato soup, potato pancakes, potato chips, wedges, and hashbrowns. I love them ALL. So I was ecstatic to be able to eat potatoes on Whole 30, and had these Whole 30 hashbrowns for breakfast almost every day!
Like every normal person on this planet, I love breakfast foods. Eggs are a family favourite – Mike could eat 8 scrambled eggs for breakfast on his own (and does, sometimes!) and Bee always asks for seconds. But potatoes are my favourite, so I love hashbrowns most. Before I began my first round of Whole 30 I never made my own hashbrowns, I would just have eggs and toast or Eggos, maybe some bacon if we were lucky. Then I started focusing on whole, real foods to fill me up. My favourite breakfast became 2 scrambled eggs (no water or milk added), sugar free bacon, and homemade hashbrowns.
When you’re doing a Whole 30 challenge with the goal of losing weight, they advise you to keep your potato consumption low. For me this just meant smaller portions of potatoes because living without potatoes is just not possible for my life. SO I had one potato a day. I still lost 15lbs. I can’t guarantee these results for anyone else, but regardless you CAN have potatoes on Whole 30, and this is how I made them each morning. You could even sub sweet potatoes if you wanted – same recipe, or play with spices (like cinnamon!).
These hashbrowns are stupid easy, but very delicious. Your belly can thank me later!
- potatoes (1 medium potato per person eating)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dill
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- salt + pepper to taste
- Peel and chop your potatoes into bite size pieces
- Boil until soft (do the fork pierce test)
- Drain, then add to a pan
- Add oil, and sprinkle all spices (feel free to increase the amount of any of the spices you wish)
- Mix well and pan fry until edges are crispy/golden
- Serve immediately with your favourite breakfast foods
What do you think of these? Do you make hashbrowns at home?