Breakfast hash is an easy way to start the day off right. Submitted photo

How do you start your day?

Are you a full out breakfast person, grab a piece of fruit and run out the door person, or do you not eat breakfast at all?

I have to admit I was a person who used to not eat breakfast at all but over the past few years I have learned the health benefits of eating in the morning. It helps control your blood sugars, boosts your metabolism, and gives you energy that is needed for the day. With running a busy food establishment for years, I really appreciated how breakfast boosted my concentration and productivity for the day. It can get a little monotonous though just like any other meal, you don’t want scrambled eggs with toast or a smoothie every day so it’s fun to try and mix it up a little and have some fun with it.

I enjoy eggs, poached is my favourite way to enjoy them, they are full of protein and I am always finding ways to make them more interesting. I also love potatoes and vegetables so combine them with eggs and you have a balanced meal of protein, carbs and all the goodness we know goes with vegetables.

I am going to share with you a breakfast hash I make all the time, tastes so good it’s hard to get tired of it. I must admit though, I sometimes get carried away with the cheese and sour cream that I am leaning a bit away from the healthy side but hey, life is all about balance right?

Preheat oven to 400º. Cube two potatoes in to one-inch cubes, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and soft. You can also use a leftover baked potato, cube it, and fry in a frying pan.

Plate your potatoes, spoon fresh or a good store bought salsa over them, add sliced avocado, a drizzle of white pepper crema (1 cup of sour cream and 1 tbsp of white pepper), a soft poached egg, cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of cilantro.

Other ways to enjoy this dish is to use sautéed spinach, fried pancetta, hollandaise sauce, and an egg your way. If you like it a little spicy, try grilled pineapple and jalapenos with a dollop of spicy crema (sour cream and hot sauce) and an egg your way. Have fun with it and try some of your favourite flavours together. Hint hint, this may be something your mother may enjoy for Mother’s Day!

Tip: I am all about the prep. Bake a few potatoes one day a week and enjoy the ease of preparing them the rest of the week. Cut up some of your favourite veggies and freeze them in portion sizes and just reheat in the frying pan. We don’t always have a lot of time in the morning but prepping can really be helpful. You’re worth the extra effort. Enjoy!