Sweet Potato, Kale and Bacon Hash

February 23, 2013

I am about to confess something that may affect your high estimation of my general level of coolness. What! You have no estimation of my coolness? It’s not something you ever devoted any thought to?  Well, prior estimations or no, they are about to be reduced once I tell you how I spent last Saturday night and how much I enjoyed how I spent last Saturday night…

I went grocery shopping.

At 9:00 p.m.

In Surrey.

It was amazing.

The aisles were empty. The shelves were stocked. There was no line up at the cashier. Parking was free. It took 20 minutes.

Anyone who has every attempted grocery shopping on the weekend, particularly Sunday, knows how insane it can be. But if you work long hours during the week like I do, it is the only time to do it.  The last few weeks I’ve been trying to alleviate this hectic grocery shopping by doing a meal plan for the week along with an organized grocery list so that I can get in and get out.

So last weekend in an effort to further avoid the hectic weekend shop and with list in hand, we decided to hit up the grocery store on our way back from Surrey after meeting my in-laws for dinner. When we mentioned this at dinner, after the in-laws asked what bar we were heading out to for the rest of the night, I think even they were disappointed in our lack of coolness. But I don’t care, it was the best grocery shopping experience I’ve had since the first time a shopped at Whole Foods.

And since your now probably wondering how this long-winded story of my lameness is leading to sweet potato, kale and bacon hash, well it is – kind of. You see this meal was on last week’s meal plan and I picked up the ingredients on my wonderful shopping trip. It is a great weeknight meal that comes together in about 30 minutes. It is a great mix of flavours and even kale-hater C polished off his whole bowl.

So the next time you find yourself grocery shopping on a wild Saturday night pick up some sweet potato, kale, bacon, etc. and whip this up.

Sweet Potato, Kale & Bacon Hash

Adapted from Style Activist
Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 tsp oil (I used coconut oil)
1 small red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices of bacon, diced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2 pieces
2 cups kale, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
Cilantro (optional)
Aardvark sauce (optional)

Method:

In a large frying pan, saute the onion, garlic and bacon in the coconut oil over medium heat until they begin to brown and crisp.

Place the sweet potato in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 3 minutes.

Add the sweet potato, pepper and dried chili flakes to the frying pan, saute for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add to the kale to the frying pan, lower heat to medium and cook covered for 3 to 5 minutes until the kale softens.

Poach the eggs using your preferred method. (I use Poach Pods – they are super easy, 4 minutes to perfectly runny eggs).

Transfer the hash mixture from the frying pan into two bowls and top each bowl with a poached egg. Top with cilantro and aardvark sauce (or any other hot sauce you like).

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