This past weekend we turned a corner here in Nova Scotia. The mountains of snow are quickly disappearing, winter jackets are being swapped for lighter versions and people are just plain happier and more active. Spring has arrived, and this Sweet Potato Hash is a perfect weekend breakfast or brunch because it’s full of veggies and extra lean ground chicken and will give us healthy start to a day full of fun.
Many of us are trying to eat more vegetables, but most breakfasts still focus on ‘bready’ type items, or simply bacon and eggs. Being a diabetic and also trying to become healthier, it is even more important for me to make sure I consume protein at every meal, and lean chicken is such a simple way to do it.
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This recipe serves about 4-6 as a meal or up to 8 as a side dish. The neat thing about a hash like this is that you can have it pre-made and then in the morning just crack some eggs on top and bake it.
Sweet Potato Hash with Ground Chicken
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 8 small cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (divided)
- 1 tbsp dried herbs of your choice (I used a blend of thyme, sage, parsley) (divided)
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1/4 of a large sweet red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 pound extra lean ground chicken
- a few drops Maggi seasoning (optional, but I LOVE the stuff)
- Salt & Pepper to your taste
- Eggs (1 for each person being served)
- 1 green onion, chopped
Chop the sweet potato into bite-sized pieces and lay them on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper along with the peeled garlic cloves. Drizzle with about half of the olive oil and herbs and roast in a preheated 450 degree oven for 20 minutes or so, moving around once or twice during the cooking time. The sweet potatoes should be tender, browned and the garlic crispy outside and soft inside.
While the sweet potatoes are roasting, cook down the onions and red pepper in the remaining olive oil. When the onions are softened, add in the ground chicken and herbs and continue cooking until the onions and the chicken are cooked fully and browning.
When the two parts are done, combine them and either cool and refrigerate until ready to use, or go ahead and finish it off now. To finish, spread a shallow layer of the hash into a 9×13 pan (half of the recipe fits perfectly in a cast-iron skillet), crack some eggs gently on top of the hash, pop it back into a hot 425 degree oven for 15 minutes or so and it’s done! Garnish with chopped green onion.
Enjoy! Now that we’re fueled up, we’re ready for a great day of adventures!
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