I could eat breakfast three times a day. No problem. It’s my favourite meal, hands down.
But sometimes, after a late night out or on a lazy Sunday morning, you want a greasy breakfast. The kind you can only get only get from a diner…or can you…?
Typically, my breakfast is avocado on toast, fruit and yogurt, or oatmeal. Sometimes I’ll have a smoothie. I love these things for my regular breakfast-I don’t have to think about it. Monday to Friday-this is perfect. But come the weekend…I want something different!
It’s funny because the weekends aren’t any less busy. We have hockey, hockey, hockey, dance lessons, swimming, hockey, events…but somehow cereal just won’t cut it. The kids want more. Pancakes, French toast, and EGGS.
Eggs have been all over the place in the past few decades. Good for you, bad for you and good for you again. Here’s my take: Eggs are good for you. They are full of protein, vitamins and iron. The best eggs come from pasture-raised chickens, are organic, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. I know this isn’t possible for everyone. The best is if you have a friend with chickens! I was fortunate for years to get my eggs from a neighbor, the freshest eggs I have ever had.
Don’t worry about the cholesterol in eggs. Worry more about the amount of saturated fat you eat regularly and try to cut down on THAT. Eggs are not the enemy when it comes to cholesterol levels.
Speaking of saturated fat…meat. A diner breakfast isn’t complete without bacon, sausage or ham…right? If you’re going to choose a meat, go for the leanest of them all and choose peameal bacon (or Canadian bacon). It will give you the saltiness you’re craving without as much fat as your other options.
Potatoes. Also, not the enemy. Potatoes have gotten a bad rap over the years as well but it’s not the potato itself that should be punished. It’s the stuff people add to potatoes like cream, butter, salt and oil. Potatoes are full of fibre, vitamin C and potassium! Plus, with my homefries below, swapping out half of the regular potato for sweet potato makes this breakfast dish EXTRA nutritious and yummy.
Make your diner breakfast at home and everyone will be happy! The meal will be more nutritious and you might even have leftovers (okay, probably not). If you don’t have smoked paprika, I HIGHLY suggest you get yourself some. It adds the flavor that is reminiscent of a real greasy spoon. And it’s good for so many things, not just breakfast…but I digress.
- 2 potatoes, cleaned and diced (skin on!)
- 2 sweet potatoes, cleaned and diced (skin on!)
- 1 sweet onion, peeled and finely diced
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (I used Splendor Garden)
- salt and pepper to taste
Steam potatoes and sweet potatoes until tender (or use leftover potatoes from dinner last night). Set aside.
Over medium heat, melt coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add onions and cook until soft. Add potatoes, sweet potatoes, and spices. Let the potatoes get nice and crispy before flipping. Do this a few times. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Who needs to go out for breakfast? Not you! Stay comfy in your jammies and enjoy your diner-style meal at home.