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    Alright guys, I'm really struggling here. I'm trying to figure out the best carbohydrate to incorporate into my high intensity workout day breakfast hash (3 times a week). So far I've been experimenting with turnip and rutabaga, and am also considering just saying screw it and throw in a small amount of some variety of potato. I'm an engineer so I am going to present the problem within a scientific methodical structure

    Objective: finding a carbohydrate root/tuber vegetable to cook into my breakfast hash that strikes the right balance between carb content, fiber content, and micro-nutritional value.

    Application: breakfast, with egg and bacon or sausage or some sort of steak (beef shoulder, deer, etc.). When I have the time I add fresh peppers, onion, mushroom and what ever else is left over in the fridge.

    Experimental Data:

    Turnip: high in water content and simply doesn't cook very well in bacon fat, butter or oil. I just purchased a food dehydrator which I plan on experimenting with this weekend, but my concern is the amount of food prep time this will amount to (I'm an extremely busy working professional), and the loss of nutritional content by dehydrating, which is one of the main things I am looking for in a regular breakfast hash carb ingredient.

    Rutabaga: They cook well in bacon fat, butter, and oil, but from what I've read I'm not really getting much more nutritional content, any less carbs, and no more fiber compared to potatoes.

    Beets: haven't really experimented with them yet, and would like some of yall's experiences with cooking beets for breakfast hash.

    There are plenty of other options and variables that I'm hoping some of yall can bring to the table and help me solve my problem. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

    Trey

  • #2
    Tapioca flour pancakes with bananas and honey.

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    • #3
      sweeeeeeeeeet potato!

      one sweet potato, shredded in food processor, 1/4 tps of salt / Cayenne pepper / cinnamon. Top with eggs and sausage.

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      • #4
        How about parsnips? Same carb, but more fiber than the potato, and (I'm assuming) less sugar than beets.
        Best reason: they're DELICIOUS when fried.

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        • #5
          Sweet potatos!
          I usually cook the bacon on top of the stove (or bake in oven and save the grease), saute veggies and sweet potato in bacon grease until just starting to get tender. crack a few eggs on top and cover until eggs are the way you like them.
          Sausage works just as well!

          super nom nom!

          pbj
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          • #6
            You might consider celery root. It adds a nice flavor and is quick to cook.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              dont fear some organic potatoes either!
              Check out my blog on nature and nurture!
              http://thewoodsygal.com/

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              • #8
                Rutabaga, by weight, is definitely less carby than potatos. By about half.

                I'm somewhat confused though. You say you want the carbs for your high-intensity workout, but you seem to be gravitating toward the less carby vegetables. If you just like how they taste better, that's fine, but you shouldn't be scared to use sweet potatoes (or white potatoes) because they are "too carby".

                I support the others who have voted for sweet potato. Carrots are also quite good. I also like to pre-cook my root veggies in the microwave for a few minutes before I put them in the pan to make hash.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
                  Rutabaga.
                  looooooove rutabaga!
                  my info:

                  If you can't tell the truth about yourself, you can't tell it about other people --- Virginia Woolf

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                  • #10
                    @yodiewan

                    I guess I should have ranked what I'm looking for in a breakfast hash root/tuber:

                    1) micro-nutritional content
                    2) a balance between carb and fiber content (really don't have the knowledge to quantify that)
                    4) ease of preparation
                    5) taste (most roots I've tasted are pretty agreeable to me)

                    Thanks for all the input so far!

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                    • #11
                      Have you considered winter (hard) squash? Some are drier than others, like Butternut or Buttercup.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pbj View Post
                        looooooove rutabaga!
                        Me too. Dear lord, do I love them. I can easily eat a whole 2 pound+ one by myself. I really like them roasted, but also pressure-cooked.

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                        • #13
                          This recipe uses potatoes and beets! Switch out the veggie oil for delicious, delicious bacon and you're golden!

                          Red Flannel Hash Recipe - CHOW

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                          • #14
                            I go sweet potato, coconut oil, cilantro, red pepper, yellow onion, spicy pork sausage with poached eggs on top...
                            "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by treyevans View Post
                              @yodiewan

                              I guess I should have ranked what I'm looking for in a breakfast hash root/tuber:

                              1) micro-nutritional content
                              2) a balance between carb and fiber content (really don't have the knowledge to quantify that)
                              4) ease of preparation
                              5) taste (most roots I've tasted are pretty agreeable to me)

                              Thanks for all the input so far!
                              Thanks for the clarification, that makes more sense now. I guess white potatoes would be far down on the list due to really low fiber. There is fiber in the peel, but that is also where the alkaloids are. Also I can't imagine the skin tasting good in a hash.

                              Anyway, I guess the best thing to do is use a site like nutritiondata.com to pull up the info for all your options. There is a Compare Foods function under the Tools menu. You have to have an account, but it's free. You could also just look at them in tabs or put it into Excel or something. I think a mix of several kinds of tubers/roots would give you the best micronutrient content.

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