Eating a big healthy breakfast‚ like this 700-calorie hash-and-egg recipe‚ may help lower your levels of ghrelin, a hormone that signals hunger, and reduce snack cravings later in the day. Plus, research shows eating the bulk of your daily calories earlier in the day could help you lose weight. If you're looking for a lighter breakfast, this recipe can serve two.

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  • Prick potato in several spots with a fork; microwave on High for 4 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then chop into 1/2-inch cubes.

  • Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium-high heat in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet until crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet, but leave the bacon drippings in the pan. Add oil and diced potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are browned, about 5 minutes. Add spinach; stir to combine and just wilt, about 1 minute. Season with salt.

  • Make 2 wells in the center of the hash and crack one egg into each well. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the eggs are partially set, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the eggs whites are completely set, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Chop the bacon and sprinkle on top. Garnish with a generous grinding of pepper.


Make Ahead Tip: Cool and refrigerate the microwaved potato (Step 1) in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

708 calories; protein 33.8g; carbohydrates 51g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 2.5g; fat 41.8g; saturated fat 14.6g; cholesterol 424.2mg; vitamin a iu 9409.1IU; vitamin c 39.8mg; folate 268.6mcg; calcium 467.6mg; iron 6.6mg; magnesium 156.4mg; potassium 1785.6mg; sodium 927.8mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Great recipe. I cut calories by using olive oil spray and cutting out the bacon all together (also didn't have it on hand but would've tried it with turkey bacon). I only used half of a red potato in my portion. Eggs were a bit too runny for my taste but next time I'll let it cook longer. Overall great breakfast! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Easy Breakfast Great easy breakfast! The potato shortcut really worked. I added onions and green peppers as well for added flavor! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Soooooo Delicious! I reduce the portion as it was huge! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Cut the recipe in half and ate it myself. So good! Will make it again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love this! 700 calories is way to high so substituted a slice of turkey bacon and waaayyy less cheese. Added tomato and onions so no need for salt or pepper. The flavor still came out goood. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
It looks like a great meal but the calories are pretty high. 3/4 cup cheese is quite a bit so decreasing the cheese to about 2 tablespoons would bring the calories down. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved it! I halved it because it was just for me. Next time I might add some fried mushrooms. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
EASY & HEALTHY Has a lot of flavor and uses only one pan to make. I always have baby spinach on hand and sometimes have too much and need a quick and easy recipe to use it up this recipe is it. Pros: Few ingrediants easy to prepare tastey Read More
Rating: 4 stars
this is a great recipe even though I think 700 calories is way too much for one meal on a healthy eating plan. I think this could serve two people maybe with some fresh fruit on the side. I did make it a bit easier by using frozen hash browns instead of cooking a potato from scratch. I always have some in my freezer and they are already cut up for you. Read More