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Recipe: Veggie Home Fries

Leeks are part of the onion/garlic family so they're similar but milder. Only use the tender white and light green portion

I was recently at a 24-hour “restaurant” (read: casino eatery) at brunch time and I ordered an omelet.  Included with my meal, as with many casual restaurant breakfasts, were very poorly cooked home fries.  They tasted more like soggy potato chips and it got me thinking about where and why this delicious concept took such a wrong turn.

Home fries refer to any sautéed or fried (though usually not deep fried) potatoes.  Any shape potato (i.e. slices, wedges, chunks) or any size cut can count.  Another integral part is that home fries are usually cooked potatoes, so it’s a great dish to repurpose food.  Have baked potatoes leftover from dinner? Great, just put a little oil in your pan, chop the potato and throw it in.  My problem with home fries is that menus use the definition too liberally and prepare the dish with way too much fat (i.e. McDonalds 2 oz. hash brown has 150 calories, 80 from fat, and 9g total fat).  So, here’s my version of home fries, which follows custom by deviating from the traditional definition.

Veggie Home Fries

Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 leeks, white and light green parts early, sliced into thick rounds
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced into rounds (thinner than the leeks)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (you could use white potatoes too), diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauté pan, heat the oil.  Add all the vegetables and toss to coat.  Let the veggies cook, turning every few minutes, until they are mostly cooked.  Add the rosemary, salt and pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned on most sides.

132 calories ∣ 24 calories from fat ∣ 3 g fat ∣ 0 g saturated fat ∣ 26 g carbs ∣ 5 g fiber ∣ 3 g protein ∣ Good source of vitamins A, B6, C, K ∣ Manganese

*Each serving of my recipe is about 7 ounces – as compared to the McDonalds serving above, you can have 3x the amount of food, only a third of the fat and get more than 100x of some vitamins and minerals! (For a comparison of the other nutrients, use McD’s nutrition information).

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