Have you ever been in a food slump? Maybe something occurs that interrupts your healthy eating habits. A holiday weekend. A new baby. The stress of everyday life. You reach for the convenient, but not-so-nutritious snack food. Little by little your previously healthy habits fall by the wayside. Before you know it, you’re eating out way too often, forgetting to eat breakfast and munching on an embarrassing number of cookies.
I’ll admit it. I’ve been in a food slump. Staying home with two kids is not always a walk in the park. Many days I find myself beyond exhausted and not in any mood to cook a healthy dinner. It doesn’t help things that my toddler is a human vacuum, so I feel like I’m constantly throwing snacks at him without really taking the time to make sure they are both filling and nutritious.Try these Protein-Packed Sweet Potato Hash Browns. They are simple to make, filled with… Click To Tweet
So, I’ve decided to take a stand and turn things around. I’ll be sharing with you some super nutritious recipes that are delicious, but easy to make. I’ll start with my favorite meal of the day- breakfast. My protein-packed sweet potato hash browns recipe is a meal all on it’s own, but you can certainly pair it with some scrambled eggs for even more protein.
Protein-Packed Sweet Potato Hash Browns Recipe
I’m a huge sweet potato fan, but I’m not a fan of how long they take to cook. Who wants to wait an hour, especially in the morning? Hash browns are a perfect compromise. They take no time at all!
I made mine with coconut oil. You can use another type of fat, but I really think the coconut pairs nicely with the sweet potato.
We recently found out my daughter is allergic to eggs, so I’ve been trying to find other ways to get in my protein. Sweet potatoes are an incomplete protein*, so I decided to add some walnuts to the mix to give them an extra boost. *Complete proteins contain an adequate amount of the nine essential amino acids necessary for our diet. They include animal protein as well as soy and quinoa. Incomplete protein sources, such as plants, must be paired (not necessarily at the same time) with other protein sources to meet the body’s protein needs (for some more information on complete vs. incomplete proteins, check this article from FitDay.
- 1 large sweet potato or 2 small sweet potatoes
- 1/2 C onion, chopped
- 1 C walnuts, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Peel and grate sweet potato. Squeeze out juices.
- Mix sweet potato with onion and walnuts.
- Melt coconut oil in pan. Let it get nice and hot.
- Add a thin layer of mixture to the pan.
- Let it cook until nice and brown. Then flip. If you want to crisp up your hash browns even more, pop them under the broil for a few minutes.