I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, but I’m certainly not oblivious to the fact that I could lose a few pounds. So I’m doing my best to reduce portion sizes and make smart choices. That said, there are some things that I just can’t do without. Bacon is one of those things. But I bet y’all already figured that out.
So when my friends at Simply Potatoes® asked me to use al fresco Chicken Bacon in a recipe, I honestly wasn’t really excited. I mean, I get that it has 70% less fat than pork bacon and all, but every attempt I’ve made to enjoy non-pork bacon over the years has failed miserably. So, the other day I pulled out one of the boxes of bacon to get an idea of what I was in for. It’s fully cooked so it only needs a little time in the microwave or about 45 seconds in a hot pan. I opted for the pan method. Y’all, it literally blew my mind. This stuff is amazingly delicious and tastes absolutely nothing like my non-bacon bacon attempts in the past. It’s smoky, crispy, and salty – just like bacon. Sure, the texture isn’t exactly the same, but considering how much better it is for you, it’s totally worth it.
After trying it, I decided to work it into a breakfast skillet that I cook every now and then for the fam jam. It’s the perfect vehicle for the chicken bacon and using Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns makes it a cinch to put together since there’s no peeling or shredding to do. And they’re great because they’re made from fresh, never frozen potatoes.
Add the bacon to the skillet and cook it for about 45 seconds. Then remove it, cool, and chop it.
Add about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skillet. Once it’s hot, add in the hash browns. Stressing them down slightly in the pan allow for more contact with the pan and gives your more crispy brown pieces. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes, then drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil and flip the potatoes over to cook the other side.
Once they’re cooked, pour in the scrambled eggs and add the spinach. Stir and cook until the eggs are cooked through and the spinach has wilted. Stir in the chopped bacon and then add salt and pepper to taste.
See, easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Not to mention super delicious and quite but lighter thanks to that chicken bacon!
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Lightened-Up Breakfast Skillet
- 7 slices al fresco Original Uncured Chicken Bacon
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
- 1 (20-ounce) package Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
- 4 large eggs lightly scrambled
- 2 cups firmly packed baby spinach
- In a large skillet, warm the bacon by placing it in a heated pan over medium heat. Cook for about 45 seconds then remove and cool. Chop the bacon coarsely.
- Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and add the hash browns. Press them lightly in the pan. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes or until starting to brown. Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil over the potatoes and then flip. Cook until brown and crisp. Add the eggs and spinach to the hash browns and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and stir constantly to cook the eggs through. Stir in the chopped bacon and cook until the spinach has wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.
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