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Easy, Delicious Sweet Potato Hash

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Welp. I’m (mostly) back on the clean-eating wagon after puh-lenty of holiday indulgences over the last several months, and it feels so good (except when I get struck by a massive chocolate or carbonation craving; then it feels like the world is conspiring against my sanity #dramaqueen).

The only way I know how to be successful with clean-eating is to keep it very, very simple. If I don’t, I’ll throw it all out in a fit of hanger (yes, I meant to spell it like that) and devour a cupcake for breakfast instead of something decent.

Like what, you ask?

Like this.

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That would be what I eat with three fried eggs almost every single morning. And it’s HEAVENLY.

And I don’t even like sweet potatoes very much. Unless they’re done right. And this hash is juuuust right.

The “recipe” is crazy simple too.

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(Another great way to eat sweet potato hash? With a turkey burger, homemade salsa, and guac! So. Dang. Good)

To make a big batch that will last me most of the week, I peel and grate 2-3 LARGE sweet potatoes and chop one small-medium onion.

I preheat that BEAST of a cast iron skillet above (Shaun got it for me for Christmas the year before last, and I have used it at least 4 times a week since), drizzle in some olive oil, and then saute my onions until they’re translucent (don’t overcook; they’ll get bitter) over medium heat.

Then, I add in the grated sweet potato and sprinkle the whole mixture with:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt

…and then continue browning and stirring until the sweet potato is cooked all the way through, with some nice crispy bits throughout.

I’ll usually fry up my eggs in the same skillet the morning that I make my first batch, which makes them EVEN tastier as they soak up the juices of the hash, but the rest of the week, I’ll fry the eggs separately and simply toast a plate of hash from my stash (ha!) either on broil in the oven or in a small toaster oven.

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The sweetness + crispiness of the potatoes, juxtaposed with the smokiness of the cumin, and the gooey egg yolk…MMM! It’s hard to beat.

And harder to believe that you’re eating something that’s completely good for you!

So, there you go. A healthy, easy, YUMMY breakfast to get you through your entire week.

And now my stomach is growling, and I want me some hash (that didn’t sound right).

Any great sweet potato recipes to share? I have discovered that I can eat sweet potatoes all day long as long as they have a bit of a spicy kick and some crispiness. Give me a baked sweet potato, all mushy and soft, and I gag a little. I do, however, have a killer sweet potato fry recipe to share. I’ll do that soon.

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Mini Cookie Butter Cheesecakes

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A couple of weeks back, Mandy brought over a dessert when our families got together, and she was a little apologetic about it, saying that it was a bit of an experiment, and she hoped it would taste okay.

Now, I wasn’t the least bit worried. Mandy is an awesome cook/baker, so I had absolute confidence that it would be delicious. I’m happy to say I was right.

It was the best cheesecake I’d had in ages. And I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur, having long claimed it as a favorite dessert (when done right).

So, what was this experimental recipe? Cookie butter cheesecake. I KNOW, right? Even the title sounds decadent. And, believe me, the real thing was even more so. Especially once Mandy drizzled some caramel sauce on top.

Mmmmm…

Well, guess what I had sitting around in my pantry languishing in a pathetically delicious state of disuse? Yup. Cookie butter.

And since everything is better in miniature, I decided to recreate Mandy’s recipe, using my trusty mini mason jars(one of my favorite kitchen purchases of all time).

Here’s what I started with:

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You’ll need:

For the batter

  • 2 bricks of cream cheese (yes, I know only one is pictured); do yourself a favor and choose the full fat version
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of cookie butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

For the crust

  • 1 – 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers
  • 1 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs of sugar
  • 3-4 tbs of butter, melted

I used the Philadelphia Cream Cheese basic cheesecake recipe (that comes on the box) as my base and then altered it by HALVING IT (I didn’t have to do this, certainly, but we didn’t need massive amounts of cheesecake sitting around our house), omitting an egg and adding in 1/3 cup of cookie butter (I didn’t measure, honestly, but the batter is pretty forgiving, so you have some leeway).

Then, I added a TBS of unsweetened cocoa to my crushed graham cracker crust (chocolate cookies would be even better, but I didn’t have any).

Here’s the blow by blow:

::STEP 1:: Preheat oven to 325 F.

::STEP 2:: Place both bricks of (softened) cream cheese into the mixer bowl and whip them on medium/high until smooth. Add in sugar, vanilla, and one egg, mixing until just incorporated after each addition. Add in 1/3-1/2 cup of cookie butter and mix again.

::STEP 3:: Crush 1 – 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers (I put mine in the food processor), then mix in melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar.

Note: You want your graham cracker mixture to be slightly moist and sticky, not sandy. If it’s not, then just add in a bit more melted butter.

::STEP 4::

Pat graham crackers crusts into the bottom of each jar. Mine are approximately 1/2″ deep.

::STEP 5::

Use an ice cream scoop to evenly distribute the cheesecake batter. (I got 15 mini cheesecakes out of my half batch of batter).

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::STEP 6::

Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes. Definitely better to under-bake than to turn it into rubber.

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::STEP 7::

DEVOUR.

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Ahem.

Okay, okay. You might want to let it cool for a few minutes at least. These are actually pretty great straight out of the oven (ask me how I know), but they’re even better chilled and then loaded up with your choice of toppings (one of the main reasons I love minis? PERSONALIZATION!).

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If you’re just dying to know why flavor I liked best, my answer is: all of the above. I topped mine with bananas, walnuts, caramel sauce, dulce de leche, whipped cream, and chocolate bits…and it’s was DIVINE! (I also had one plain, and it was fabulous too…you really can’t go wrong here).

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This also works great as a full recipe/traditional cheesecake. Just omit an egg (to account for the extra moisture supplied by the cookie butter), use the full amount of ingredients in the recipe on the Philly Cream Cheese package, and follow the baking instructions.

If you have a holiday party to bake for (or, you know, just some kids and a husband who will think you’re extra awesome for making cheesecake just because), you need to make this. I made mine in 35 minutes flat (minus chilling, of course), so they take almost no time at all. Plus, they’re different and delicious!

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Any fun Christmas baking ideas to share? I’m always open to suggestions.

 

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