Our friends that own Olde Virdens Hot Sprinkles completed the Whole30 challenge in 2017 with great success. Our lifestyle of cooking decadent meals, eating out a good deal, and drinking our fair share of adult beverages requires us to step back from time to time and clean up our eating habits. So we have decided to take the challenge ourselves before an end of the month vacation (with one exception for a dinner we’re committed to). Whole30 is not really designed to be a weightloss program, although most people do lose weight. Whole30 is about cutting out grains/legumes, dairy, sweeteners (real or artificial), alcohol, and many preservatives. It’s not as low-carb as Atkins since you can still have potatoes and other starchy vegetables for the most part and fruits. We’re looking forward to the challenge of cooking more nutritious meals and finding ways of adding complex flavor without things like soy, koji, sugar, wine, etc.
If you follow us, you’ve probably seen our weekend hashes that we make frequently. We didn’t really need to do much modification to our usual hash to comply and it was delicious. We’re curing some homemade bacon to use soon or you could look for a compliant (i.e. no sugar) bacon or use some prosciutto if you wanted to add a little meat. We’ve added links to some products and you should know we receive a small commission on Amazon purchases.
Whole30 Breakfast Hash
2 small potatoes, finely diced
1 cup fresh broccoli cut into bite size pieces
½ a small onion, diced
Enoki mushrooms (or regular button mushrooms, sliced)
½ tsp coconut amino
¼ tsp yellow mustard
½ tsp parsley chopped finely
1 green onion sliced
1 small apple diced with peel on
Frank’s hot sauce (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste
Heat cast iron skillet* with 1 tablespoon avocado oil on medium high until oil shimmers. Add potatoes and spread out so all potatoes are touching hot skillet. Walk away! Allow potatoes to brown on one side before turning. Using spatula, turn potatoes and allow to brown on all sides. Salt lightly. Add onions and cook 30 seconds. Add broccoli and cook until it begins to brown. Add apple and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and add parsley, mustard, amino acid, and hot sauce if using. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 plates and top with mushrooms. Cook eggs to your liking and top hash.
* We use cast iron because it beautifully browns vegetables and meats. You could use a standard stainless steel or non-stick pan if you like.