Flatlay of Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo) in a blue bowl garnished with green onion slices. There is a serving spoon and fork, and striped cloth nearby.

Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo)

Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo) are a nutrient dense alternative to regular hash browns. So tasty, you might like them better!

Flatlay of Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo) in a blue bowl garnished with green onion slices.  There is a serving spoon and fork, and striped cloth nearby.
Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo)

When I first began this new way of eating, breakfast required the biggest mental shift. What’s a girl to do without her scrambled eggs, or peanut butter toast?! If you find yourself in this position, I invite you to think differently. We eat the same ol’ breakfast because it’s what we know.

If you can shift your thinking about what constitutes a “normal” breakfast, you may be surprised by what you find. It can be comforting to have a nourishing soup for breakfast. It can feel like brunch if you have a salad. You might find that a hearty, veggie-heavy breakfast can sustain you better than pancakes. It just takes re-thinking what we’re used to.

Helpful hints about this recipe

Butternut squash will not hold together as well as potatoes, and there are some sugars in it. It is really helpful to not fuss with the browns once they’re in the pan. Just turn them in sections, only once.

Also, for grating that big ol’ squash, use a large box grater. Angle the squash downward, rather than holding it parallel to your countertop. You’ll have more surface area and more leverage.

Closer view of Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo) in a blue bowl, garnished with green onion slices, with a striped cloth nearby.
Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo)

Other breakfast ideas

I have a few other breakfast-y recipes here. Try:

Get crazy with your breakfast! See how many nutrients you can cram in before noon, and enjoy your day.

As always, I’m wishing you great love and deep healing!

💗,

Wendi

Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo)

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: Main, SidesCuisine: AIP, PaleoDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Butternut Bacon Browns (AIP/Paleo) are a nutrient dense alternative to regular hash browns. So tasty, you might like them better!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices AIP-friendly bacon (I use Applegate organic, no sugar, uncured bacon.)

  • 2 cups grated raw butternut squash

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

  • 1 TBSP arrowroot starch/flour

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions

  • Place bacon slices in a large fry pan over medium heat. While they begin to fry, place the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Keep checking your bacon and turning it until it is browned and crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. (Turn heat off while bacon cools.) Reserve bacon grease in the pan.
  • When cooked bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble it into the mixing bowl. Stir all ingredients to combine.
  • Turn heat under bacon grease to medium/medium high. Spread the browns evenly in the bottom of the pan. Fry them in the bacon grease for 4 minutes. Now, separate into four sections, and turn only once. Fry for another 4 minutes. Done! Serve with a side of sauerkraut (for probiotics) and some fresh fruit. Of course, if you tolerate eggs, this would make a lovely side. Enjoy!

Notes

  • It is really helpful not to “fuss” with the browns, once they’re in the pan. Just turn them in sections, only once.

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3 Comments

  1. Tried this morning and it was a bust. I wonder if draining the shredded squash (like you can do with thawed frozen spinach) would’ve helped? It seemed to be too wet. It also could’ve been that my cast iron skillet was too hot when I put the squash mixture in?? Whatever the case, I ended up just cubing the remaining Butternut squash and roasting it in the air fryer and then adding the bacon & green onions to it. It was still delicious without the extra work of shredding the squash. I don’t know if I’ll try this version again, but I do appreciate the inspiration and the flavor combinations! Thank you!

    • Hi, Haley. Well, I’m bummed that it didn’t work for you. If your squash was wet when you shredded it, then yes, I would absolutely squeeze out the liquid. Mine wasn’t wet. It does release liquid as it sits, though, so I pretty much went right from shredding to the pan, then left it undisturbed until it was time to turn it. I’m glad you found a way to make it work for you, and that you enjoyed the flavor combo. I do, too. It’s just right for breakfast! Have a great day!

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