Have you ever had something that needed to get cooked, but you were tired of doing the same old thing? You pondered it and pondered it and then, BINGO, it came to you at 5:00 in the morning! Then you laid there, awake, planning out the recipe that you were certain would be the perfect solution. Of course, you had to get out of bed and try it out on your husband! This is what happened to me with this recipe and it explains why by 8:00 in the morning, I was exhausted. Luckily, the results were great, so it is a good reason to be exhausted.
If you remember a few weeks back, I had gotten some Orangetti Squash and I gave you a recipe to use it like spaghetti with chicken.
I did the same process shown above the night before I decided to make my Southwest Style Hash browns. Up until this time, I had only used spaghetti or orangetti squash to make Italian dishes, substituting it for the pasta. This time I substituted it for the potatoes! After shredding the squash, I just stored the shreds in a covered bowl like this. (Similar set here.)
I used my Pampered Chef chopper to finely chop my onion . I wanted the onion to blend in well with the squash. I love using the chopper. No tears! Did you know that you can order Pampered Chef items on Amazon? Here is the chopper I have. I love it. The blade turns on its own to give a really good even chop in just a few strokes. I earned mine by having a party. If it is a little too pricey for you, here is another option that looks good.
I also added diced green chilies, and spices like cumin, cilantro, and a sprinkle of Red Cayenne Pepper. Don't forget the 2-3 cloves of garlic pressed into the mixture. I also have the Pampered Chef Garlic Press which I absolutely love because it is heavy and not flimsy, it is large enough to handle larger cloves of garlic and you don't have to peel the garlic before you press it! I have had both the chopper and the garlic press for a number of years now, and they are still going strong and I use them all of the time.
Once all of your ingredients are will blended, you have two choices for making your hash browns. I used my cast iron skillet for that added health benefit to these already healthy veggies. Click on the pictures for descriptions.
When they are nice and toasty brown, here is how I served them.
Here is the button for this nice and healthy, full of veggies, meal!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!