Looking for a healthy, homegrown breakfast for cold and flu season? How about immune boosting hash browns with garlic, onion and a super secret weapon?
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Immune Boosting Breakfast
One of our favorite breakfasts is homemade hash browns with homemade ketchup, preferably with homegrown ingredients like garlic and potatoes. Little do my wee munchers know, but those hash browns are powerhouses of vitamins and immune boosting properties. I stuff them full of hidden mom-ingredients while their backs are turned and we eat them all winter to ward off the germs.
These really are hash browns with attitude, which I suppose technically makes them Latkes. Here’s the recipe for immune boosting hash browns so you, too, can be all healthy and stuff.
Immune Boosting Hash Browns
If you're a hash brown fanatic, make them good for you with immune boosting herbs and spices!
- 5 Medium-sized potatoes, grated
- 2 Eggs, fresh
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Small onion, finely chopped
- 1/8 tsp Turmeric or more to taste
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Grate the potatoes into a colander so the water and starch can drain out; you can put a plate as a weight on top of the potatoes to speed up the process.
Transfer the potatoes to a mixing bowl and mix them and the rest of the ingredients with a large spoon.
Meanwhile, heat a nice chunk of coconut oil or a generous amount of olive oil in your best frying pan.
When the oil is hot, put a large dollop of the potato mix and smoosh it flat.
Fry the hash browns about five minutes on each side until the potatoes are soft, opaque and browned on each side.
Serve immediately with homemade ketchup or barbecue sauce.
You can also toss in immune boosting culinary herbs like basil and rosemary - call them bugs and your kids will think their hash browns are even cooler and ask for more.
I hate grating things so I usually use the grating attachment on my Kitchen Aid for both the potatoes and the onions. Worth the clean up to me!
Eat these with a nice fruit and kefir smoothie and you'll be good to go! See below for a few more ideas on how to healthify your hash browns.
Even More Immune Boosting
Of course you can mix it up with other immune boosting items added to this recipe. Pretty much any herb, especially if its fresh, will help your body ward off germs – that’s why I love herbs! Rosemary, thyme and oregano would all be helpful. Although a hash brown is a savory thing, a dash of nutmeg would not be taken amiss here. You can also make your own Golden Curry Blend with this recipe from Nitty Gritty Life.
You can top with a raw, cultured dairy like kefir cheese or sour cream and boost your body’s level of healthy fat and probiotics. Grate some carrots or dice some kale or powder some dehydrated garden tomatoes and add handfuls to your immune boosting hash brown mix. More veggies = fewer sick days!
Here are other ideas for Immune Boosting Foods from Healthy Green Savvy – if you’re not a big potato eater, try these ideas.
Here are Five Natural Ways to Stay Healthy from These Lovely Acres.
Cinnamon Honey Remedy for Coughs from Pistachio Project – cinnamon is a fantastic herb! Ginger is a great one, too, and here’s a post on Ginger Herbal Remedies from Pixie’s Pocket. We use a lot of medicinal foods without thinking much about it.
If you are sick, though, here are 10 immune boosting teas from The Herbal Academy – click here. Or, click below to take one of their fine online courses. There are so many to chose from, for every level of student from beginner to practicing herbalist.
To see how we harvest our homegrown garlic, just visit this post. I really suggest you try growing some garlic – it’s NOT hard to do at all. To see if it’s for you, visit this post from Grow a Good Life.
How do you use your food as medicine? Do your kids bust you or are they pretty happy to eat whatever?