When I first started going to acupuncture, my acupuncturist suggested that I started eating a heavier, more substantial breakfast like chili, soup, or the like (dinner-like goods). There is something about eating a hearty meal like that in the morning that just warms me up inside and gets me ready for the day! Plus, a book I read on traditional Chinese medicine and fertility that suggested that I had a “yang deficiency” for a variety of reasons including the fact that I am cold all the time. I can never seem to get warm! It recommended that I stay warm by taking warm baths, warming my feet, and warming my lower abdomen. Plus, it suggested that I eat warm nourishing foods including peppers and spices that help warm the body up (e.g. ginger, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, cumin, etc.). So, I try to eat eggs for breakfast in the morning as those are a super-food in general, especially the yolks, and I try to add something hearty and “warm” to it. Hence, this sweet potato hash. It’s sweet, hearty, and full of delicious spices. You could even have it for dinner if you wanted to!! The onion and garlic are so fragrant and add such great flavor; they’re an integral part. Enjoy!
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. all spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
dash cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. coconut oil, butter, lard, etc.
Melt the oil in a pan over low-medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook until tender. Add the sweet potatoes, turn the burner to medium heat and cover. Cook the sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. After this time, the sweet potatoes should be tender (but not mush!) and browned. Sprinkle the spices over the pan and stir to disperse. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
I store this in the fridge and dish out a little each morning when I make my eggs. Just heat it up and you’re good to go! You could mix the hash in with your eggs in the pan, or add some over-easy eggs on top of the warmed hash (mmmm, I’m craving this right now!)