Having this Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash for breakfast will put the "good" in "good morning!!" And with tons of protein coming from the sausage and eggs, it'll keep you satisfied until the lunch hour rolls around!
From the day McKinley was born, I bet 98% of people have said she looks way more like Zach that me. Yeah, they're probably right - she's got his dark eyes, his long lashes (#jealous), and his nose.....luckily she wasn't born with 11 fingers like he was! 🙂 Although most of her physical characteristics are a spitting image of her dad, she's got many things about her that are Kelsey-to-a-T.
First up, her impatience. Yup.....I'll admit it - I'm super impatient. I can't stand waiting in lines, waiting for phone calls, and waiting for a batch of cookies to come out of the oven. Well McKinley is the same way. If she wants to read a book, she wants to read it now, and when she's hungry...ohhh boy, you better have food ready soon! Luckily, having a little one has definitely made me a more patient person.....I'm sure Zach and McKinley both appreciate that! 😉
Second, McKinley loves to dance. For real, this girl's got moves!! When she was just a few months old, I remember holding her in the kitchen and playing some music. She just lit up and that's one of the first times I remember her really giggling! Luckily, I got it on camera - definitely ranks up there in my "top 10 videos" on my phone. Nowadays, she's all into the "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Patty Cake," and "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed." She's got the moves for all of these down - and she's not shy about it. I love how quickly she's caught onto this "choreography".....hopefully that'll help her down the road if she decides she wants to dance "like her mama did." 🙂
And lastly, McKinley LOVES breakfast.....again, just like me! In fact, in the morning when she gets downstairs (maybe even before hitting those last few steps), she immediately starts saying "eat? eat? eat??" If we don't begin getting breakfast for her, she will literally drag her high chair up to the countertop.....as if we didn't know she was ready. Haha! We both love any kind of breakfast - pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast....any and all of it. I've always been more of a "sweet" breakfast fan, drooling over French toast and cinnamon rolls. However, Zach is the complete opposite, choosing omelets and breakfast burritos over pancakes any day. One thing we can all agree on is this Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash. It's perfect for breakfast or brunch, but honestly, this is on the dinner menu more often for us. The only thing better than breakfast for breakfast, is breakfast for dinner! Pair this with a bowl of fresh fruit, and you've got a healthy, complete meal that'll put a smile on everyone's face.
Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash
This savory sausage and sweet potato hash is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner....wrap the leftovers up in a tortilla for quick and easy breakfast burritos the next day!
-1 12 oz package breakfast sausage links
-3 c diced sweet potatoes (pieces should be about .75"x.75")
-½ teaspoon salt
-½ c water
-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
-½ c diced red bell pepper
-¼ c chopped green onion
-Cracked black pepper, salt, and additional green onions, if desired
1. Cook the sausage links according to the package instructions. Cut into ½ inch pieces and set aside.
2. In a large skillet (or cast iron skillet), add the sweet potatoes, water and salt. Cover with a lid.
3. Cook on medium-high heat for 6 minutes. There will be a little bit of water remaining, which is fine.
4. Add the vegetable oil and red bell pepper, and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove the lid and stir in the sausage and green onion. Cover with the lid and turn the burner off.
6. In a separate skillet, fry the 4 eggs to your liking (we prefer sunny-side up on this dish!) and place on top of the hash.
7. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper, salt, and green onions and serve hot.
-No sweet potatoes? Use regular!
-Try mixing up the vegetables - add mushrooms, onions, green peppers, or jalapenos to turn up the heat!
-Add ham and/or bacon instead of sausage.....or get crazy and add all three!
-Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, and salsa for a Tex-Mex flair!
-Serve the leftovers (if you're lucky enough to have any!) in a tortilla with cheese for quick and easy breakfast burritos