Paleo Recipes - Corned Beef Hash

Corned Beef Hash

Sometimes you just got to cook what’s left in your fridge and there are so many reasons behind why. But whether it’s because of your budget, you have too much to throw or you don’t want to waste the foods, you know that making meals out of leftovers is exciting. You get to use ingredients of different tastes and yet come up with a Paleo diet meal that can rival meals made with fresher ingredients. And this particular one of my Paleo recipes captures this benefit in creating food from leftovers and more.

Paleo Diet Recipes - Corned Beef Hash

Some days a meal is a hit and every part of the meal is devoured by us. Some days it just didn’t hit the spot that results in leftovers. There are also some occasions where you prepared a little too much that your guests or your family can eat. This happens everywhere, and people are guilty of storing leftovers for later. There are days when I would just rummage inside the refrigerator, see leftovers and wonder why there’s so many, then think that the leftovers are good enough to use in Paleo diet recipes.

This time, I saw some sweet potatoes lying on the counter and some leftover corned beef I used in one meal I made the other day. So I figured out that they were perfect to make some good old corned beef hash with these ingredients. It is a meal that me and my family love – the beef’s melt in the mouth texture complements the sweet potatoes touch of sweetness. This Paleo recipe is so easy to make that you can prepare it as breakfast for days that require a lot of energy. The perfect combination of the ingredients makes it easy to adjust the taste just the way we want our corned beef to taste.

Corned Beef Hash
Recipe type: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: American
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This is a quick and simple Paleo recipe that allows you to use leftovers you have in the fridge .
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups (474 g) Cooked Corned Beef – Chopped or Shredded
  • 1 Cup (237 g) Raw Sweet Potato – Cleaned Well and Diced
  • ⅔ Cup (165 g) Raw Turnip (Or Extra Sweet Potato If You Don’t Have Turnip)
  • 1 Fresh Tomato – Peeled and Chopped (Optional)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Scallions – Cut Diagonally
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 g) Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Fresh Thyme or ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Dried Thyme
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 g) Unsalted Butter
  • Coconut Oil as Needed
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. • In a skillet, melt the butter and add the scallions, sweet potatoes, and turnips. Cook the vegetables until they start to caramelize over a medium to high heat. You may leave a few scallions for garnishing.
  2. • Add the corned beef, thyme and mustard once vegetables caramelize. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. • You may add the tomatoes at this point for color and additional taste.
  4. • Cook everything for 10 minutes or until the ingredients are crispy.
  5. • In a separate skillet, melt the coconut butter and fry the egg. You can make it runny or overcook it. I personally like mine a little runny.
  6. • Plate the corned beef hash topped with the fried egg.
  7. • Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is easy and can definitely make your leftovers taste especially delicious. But since we are dealing with leftovers, you have to understand that safety must come first. There are some dangers you need to be aware of when using leftovers, especially since these ingredients have already been exposed to bacteria and other contaminants. So in order to assure safety even for leftovers, here are some useful tips you can use.

The Right Temperature

Your fridge and freezer should be at the right temperature to keep the leftovers from spoiling. The general rule for cooked leftovers is that they should be in your fridge within one to two (1-2) hours after cooking. If you are using the freezer, make sure that your leftovers will be fully frozen. Should you need to thaw your frozen leftovers or food, you must make sure you thaw at room temperature in less than two (2) hours. Anything that appears on your Paleo diet food list, especially meat, can be easily contaminated with bacteria when in a room that is at a temperature of between 40° and 140° F (-16° to 60° C).

Paleo Diet Food - Keep At The Right Temperature

When thawing at room temperature, you need to make sure you thaw the food within two (2) hours. Again, the goal is to prevent any contamination or spread of bacteria in the food, which can cause illness. If you are going to preheat your Paleo food, make sure the food’s internal heat reaches at least 165° F (74° C). This level of heat can kill any bacteria that was not killed when the food was frozen or placed in the fridge.

The Right Container

Clean airtight containers are suitable for most foods and are highly recommended if you are going to place the food in the fridge or the freezer. These containers will keep your food from getting spoiled and being contaminated with bacteria or other disease-causing contaminants. There are foods, usually the cooked ones, which can get spoiled when there is water in the container. Make sure you clean and wipe dry the containers you will use for storing your food. This should also be done even for fresh ingredients.

Paleo Diet Food List - Store In The Right Container

There are some people who reuse the containers for their ingredients or leftovers and are usually plastic. This practice should be stopped since there is a big chance the containers have already attracted bacteria and other contaminants. Having clean, airtight containers ready at home is still best.

The Right Date

The general rule is that you check the use-before-dates of each ingredient, to make sure that what you will put in your meals can still be eaten. For safety, companies put use-before-dates in order to let the consumer know when the food might get spoiled and for how long you can use and store it. After the said used-before-date, the food is at risk of spoilage even when stored correctly. Cooked leftovers in general, should only be kept in your fridge for four (4) days only.

The Look And Smell

This is perhaps a no-brainer, but a lot of people still tend to forget to smell and inspect what they have stored. If you find a leftover with discoloration or any hint of mold starting to show then you must discard it. If you smell even just a hint of any foul smell in the leftover food, discard it, too. Do not even attempt to remove the discolored, moldy or smelly part and still preheat the “good” parts of the leftover Paleo diet food. It may not show but bacteria and contaminants have already spread through the food and this can cause diarrhea or other diseases.

Paleo Food - How Does It Look And Smell

This Paleo recipe is simple and made with leftovers but it should still be made with love and safety in mind. Remember that this recipe and all other leftover Paleo recipes are great in saving a little on your budget and reducing your trash. But put the safety of your family first. You will only truly enjoy this leftover recipe when you have no doubt in the ingredients you used, so make sure you follow these tips in keeping your leftovers safe.

 

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