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Breakfast Potatoes

November 5, 2010

Laura’s Blog Entry

Blogging has been light – sorry about that. I apologize, assuming that fact affects you at all. Which I realize is assuming a lot. We’re in an intense season at the Smith house. Things SHOULD lighten up in a couple of week. With a heavy emphasis on the SHOULD. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here’s a little remedy for the breakfast blues. Mari is bored stiff with the usual breakfast fare. Even homemade waffles fail to get her rear end out of bed. So I took a tip from Farmama and started cooking up some potatoes. (We leave out the fermented turnip kraut. That stuff must surely provide a wake up call!)

No real recipe for this, but here’s the general idea:

We’ve been using mini Yukon Gold Potatoes. Our grocery sells them in little bags that make a nice batch. Any potato you prefer will work.

Scrub the potatoes and rinse well. We’re leaving on the skins. More nutrition! Dice them as small as you like. The smaller they are the faster they will cook.

Warm up a skillet on medium to medium high. You can get by with less oil if you use nonstick, but I sometimes use an iron skillet since the potatoes will absorb some of the iron for a mineral boost.

Pour in enough olive oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pan. Add potatoes and toss. Let them sit for a few minutes to get a bit of color on them. Then move them around every minute or so. Season well with salt and pepper. I have also used a prepared herb and spice blend, garlic and herb, to season.

Cook until browned and cooked through. This can take from 10 – 20 minutes, depending on how finely they are diced.

If you don’t want to spend that kind of time in the morning, you can prepare them the night before and then warm them back up in the skillet in the morning. That keeps them crispy.

I wish this kid would eat eggs, but the potatoes are pretty nutritious. Did you know that a large baking potato provides 7 grams of fiber (skin on) and 7 grams of protein? Also 48% of your daily Vitamin C and 18% of your Iron. The Vitamin C content surprised me!

Neil often scrambles up an egg to go alongside. It’s a warm and hearty start to the day! Way more exciting than cold cereal and nearly worth getting out of bed for. Nearly.

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