Confessions of a corned beef hash lover
As far back as I can remember, I have loved meats. Corned beef, salami and other deli favorites. I had a favorite Uncle Ron who was in the Deli Style meat business and all family parties and holidays were celebrated with cuts of brisket, corned beefs, salamis and other very high fat cuts of meat. It couldn’t have been more fun.
Then I became a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in 1982 and began to recommend healthier food choices to my clients, family and friends. It was now my job to find alternatives for the fatty, tasty delicacies of my past. When my son was little, I would indulge this again on special occasion and we would go in search of the best Corned Beef Hash we could find. We would try it on vacation everywhere and it still remains a high fat favorite of ours. Yet full of fat, salt and saturated fats galore.
Some Nutrition Facts for you:
I have a new idea of how to approach old favorites with healthier versions of my favorite recipes- so here is my Thanksgiving Leftover version of Turkey Hash- although you may decide to make this anytime of year- you can replace the potatoes, with sweet potatoes, the turkey with chicken, add an egg or egg white.
Put in more salt, less salt. Top with hot sauce, or anything else that suits your fancy. Hope your Thanksgiving was fun, and your December is busy and fulfilling.
Turkey Hash Recipe
Serves 4 ½ cup servings
Related Post - The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen Foods
Whether you are a parent feeding a family or are a single person or a couple- the motivation to eat organic food choices ranges from "without a doubt" to "it's very pricey".
As a Nutritionist working with the public for so many years, there is a lot of pressure for me to suggest that organic is the way to go. But what if you cannot afford to? Or your college,work or school cafeteria does not provide these items.
Then I'd like to offer you some quick tips for making alternative selections when it comes to Organic Produce vs Conventional.
1. Buy these produce items as often as possible- they are referred to as "The Dirty Dozen" as coined by the Environmental Working Group
I suggest you buy these organic as often as possible:
apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, and potatoes.
2. These are called "The Clean Fifteen (tm)" and are considered the lowest in Pesticide for those who still choose not to purchase organic.
Onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe-domestic, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, and mushrooms.
Keep eating your produce. Wash it thoroughly,
In Good Health,
Nutritionist, Dietitian & Energy Worker
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