Breakfast Potatoes Colcannon

breakfast potatoes colcannonMashed potatoes are probably my all-time favorite comfort food.  They’re fluffy and creamy and you can top them with just about anything.

When I first started on my weight loss journey, I realized I was probably cooking mashed potatoes with gravy two or three times a week.  I cut them out for awhile, but since my weight has stabilized, we do have them for a special treat once a month or so.  The important thing is to make them as delicious as possible, but never eat more than one serving.

Of course, this means we almost always have leftovers.  My number one use for leftover mashed potatoes is in this yummy Breakfast Potatoes Colcannon.  It’s got everything you need for breakfast: eggs, veggies, cheese and carbs all mixed together in a supremely comforting dish!!  I serve mine with a few slices of turkey bacon for an extra boost of protein.

Breakfast Potatoes Colcannon


1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, rinsed and dried

3 medium crimini mushrooms, de-stemmed, washed and sliced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup leftover mashed potatoes

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup shredded cheese


Add olive oil to a medium sized pan.  Toss in spinach and mushrooms and saute’ over medium heat until spinach is wilted and mushrooms are starting to brown.

Add mashed potatoes and stir until potatoes start to soften and ingredients blend.

Add beaten egg and continue to stir for about two minutes.

Stir in shredded cheese.  Stir until cheese is melted.

Makes two servings

breakfast potatoes colcannonEnjoy!!

Five Easy Crockpot Recipes

five easy crockpot recipesWe are in the midst of a heat wave here in Northern California.  Just the thought of being in the kitchen in the evening is enough to make me want to jump in a tub of ice water!!

We have a few options for avoiding the stovetop and oven.  Fast food, grilling and salads are three of them.  But one of my all-time favorite methods of cooking is in a crockpot.  It’s easy, takes very little prep time and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.  If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can find them cheap at yard sales.

Here are my five favorite (and easy) crockpot recipes:

Five Easy Crockpot Recipes

Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

five easy crockpot recipes
Absolutely delicious, loaded with veggies and way less sodium than the traditional version!!

Crockpot Beans With Ham

five easy crockpot recipes
Yummy, Tummy-Filling and Super Inexpensive

 Crockpot Chicken Noodles

five easy crockpot recipes
Easy to Make and Oh-So-Comforting!!

Crockpot Refried Beans

 five easy crockpot recipes

No fat, but with all the flavor of restaurant refried beans!

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

five easy crockpot recipes
I’m making this one today. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

What’s your go-to crockpot recipe?