Hash Browns with Poached Egg: Easy and Nutritious Frozen Potato Recipe
The pandemic made me realize a lot of things. One is to have an emergency fund because you will need it when something unexpected happens. Second is to choose nutritious food that can boost the immune system because health is wealth. Third is to always tell your family you love them because you never know what tomorrow brings.
My family has been very careful and we always follow all safety protocols to avoid the Covid-19 virus, but unfortunately, we still got infected a few weeks ago. One of our dilemmas at that time, aside from being unwell, was what food to prepare that is quick and easy, and healthy at the same time. We wanted to recover fast so we were very conscious of what to put on the table.
It’s a good thing that I always stock on frozen potatoes especially hash browns. This served as our go-to food when I was suffering from terrible headaches but still needed to cook food for my family. I just threw them in the oven, added some eggs, and fresh fruits and veggies on the side then viola, our stomachs were satisfied.
Hash Browns with Poached Egg
- 3 pieces frozen hash browns
- 3 pieces fresh eggs
- boiling water for the egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup vinegar
- optional: tomato and lettuce
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Place the hash browns on a pan. No need to thaw.
- Bake until lightly browned and crisp for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add vinegar in boiling water. Pour eggs in the boiling water.
- Turn of the heat, and then cover the pan for 4 minutes.
- Serve the egg on top of the hash brown. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add lettuce and tomato for additional taste and texture.
For best result, follow cooking instructions of frozen potatoes as indicated on the label.
Isn’t that so easy? This recipe gave us comfort during tough times, but we continue to enjoy them now that we have recovered.
Here are some of the benefits of consuming potatoes (148 g, skin on):
- Contains only 110 calories
- Excellent source of vitamin C
- Good source of potassium (it has more potassium than a medium banana)
- Naturally fat, sodium and cholesterol-free
- Has 3 g of protein and 2 g of dietary fiber
There are different potato forms available here in the Philippines. Thanks to Potatoes USA, we can enjoy the following:
Fresh (tables-stock) potatoes – U.S. fresh potatoes are carefully grown by family farms and follow strict guidelines set by the U.S. seed certification system to ensure that every potato product is of high quality. U.S. potato growers rely on highly scientific techniques for monitoring soil, water content, and plant nutritional needs. Once harvested, U.S. potatoes are stored in carefully designed facilities that ensure the ideal temperature, lighting, humidity, and ventilation to preserve the potato’s quality. There are seven potato type categories: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling, and petite. In the Philippines, russets and fingerlings are available in select stores in Metro Manila and Cebu.
Frozen potatoes – U.S. frozen potatoes come in different varieties and are easily available in supermarkets nationwide. Some of the cuts available are frozen half shells, wedges, slices, straight cuts, crinkle cuts, loop/curly or popularly known as twister fries, lattice/basket weave, tater tots, and hash browns. U.S. processors use state-of-the-art technology to meet high industry standards. The finished product is instantly quick-frozen to lock in the flavor and nutrients of fresh potatoes.
Dehydrated potatoes – When you buy U.S. high-quality dehydrated potatoes, you are getting real potatoes, just with the water removed. U.S. dehydrated potato products deliver all the flavor, nutrition, and versatility of potatoes in a more convenient package – and are the perfect ingredient for everything from soups and salads to main dishes and desserts. U.S. dehydrated potato products like standard flakes and standard granules are available in supermarkets and baking supply stores nationwide.
I encourage you all to add nutritious and delicious potatoes to your meals!