Butternut Squash Hash Browns with cubed Pancetta.

by Brittany on October 14, 2011

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Its kind of surreal sitting here realizing that I can once again post recipes. Its a happy day in my little world.

To those that didn’t hear the story- About a month ago I lost Real Sustenance. Another website  on my server was confiscated by the FBI. Since I was on the same server Real Sustenance (and a number of other websites) were swooped up with it. Not only this- but all my backups were confiscated as well. Its been a process to try to sort through the mess. I made the move to a brand new reputable server and now have 3 different backup systems in place. I feel confident at this point that I will be prepared for all possible future problems.  As of now Almost all of my post have been restored. I’m missing The Dr. List that I put together and the snickerdoodle pancakes. If you have either of those printed or in your email from the subscription- could you possibly email them to me RealSustenance  at gmail.com.? Thanks!

In the past month- my eating habits have completely changed. This change will become apparent in many of the posts to come. I have gone 100% Paleo and sugar free. I’m feeling better than I have in YEARS. Long story short-  I’ve got an extra leaky, leaky gut and I figured out that I was reacting to all kinds of foods. The leaky gut was triggering my hashimoto symptoms on a daily basis. I could go on and on around why and how that happens. But I’ll save that for another post.  I’ll be following this strict diet for a good chunk of time- with it will come posted  recipes that I can eat- and some that I can’t eat.  Iris and I are heavy in the writing of our cookbook right now.  Our deadline to finish is quickly approaching. The cookbook is comprised of gluten free grain based recipes. My point is that my hands are still heavy in all the various flours and I continually develop recipes outside of what I can eat at the moment. I spent a good chunk of time the last few weeks on Twix Bars! (I have developed 2 recipes- one for the grain free crowd and one for the grain eaters.) This recipe will be coming soon.

One of the biggest challenges on the Paleo diet is breakfast. I quickly discovered that the majority of breakfast recipes were comprised of eggs. Eggs used over and over in slightly different ways. While I LOVE eggs  I try to push for a variety of foods in my diet (as much as this leaky gut tolerates).

I put together a few breakfast recipes recently that I’ll be sharing in the next week. The first as the title suggest are hash browns made from the perfect potato replacement: Butternut Squash.  Paleo or not these hash browns are perfect for a fall breakfast.

Butternut Squash Hash Browns

2 cups cubed Butternut Squash.
Coconut Oil or Bacon lard. 
1 Tsp Cumin
1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
Salt & Pepper to taste
Chopped Pancetta, Prosciutto or Bacon (optional)
Stevia to taste or sugar (this will give you a delicious sweet and salty flavor- also optional)

  1.  In a skillet (preferably non-stick or cast iron) combine a TBS of oil and the cubed squash. Over medium heat begin to saute the squash.
  2. Add the spices. They will help create a crust to the finished hash browns. Add more oil as needed- don’t be shy!
  3. Saute until hash browns are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. If you cook them too long they may become softer than you would want for a hash brown.
  4. Stir in some cubed pancetta (or the other meat options mentioned) and briefly cook until warm.
This recipe makes 2 servings. Try using other varieties of squash in place of the butternut. Sweet Potatoes would also work wonderful with this spice profile.

Happy Eating!



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Shirley @ gfe October 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Woohoo on your site being back up, Brittany! And woohoo on doing much better health wise, too. :-) I totally believe in paleo and grain free. Not 100% there again, but feel so much better when I am. Although I don’t want to eggs daily for breakfast (and really can’t as they don’t seem to agree with me unless in baked goods), I can’t eat much in the way of carbs for breakfast either. Even grain-free ones. My best breakfasts are leftovers. Salmon is divine for breakfast. I need the protein and brain food factor. ;-) I usually eat it with leftover veggies. Just food for thought. This dish does look great, but if I ate it, I’d have to have the bacon or pancetta with it and more emphasis on those than the butternut squash. Just adding my thoughts. Thanks, Brittany! :-)



Brittany October 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Its amazing how we all seem to do better with different foods! What its important of course if finding what works and sticking to it as much as possible ! I also do well with meat alone for breakfast but am really pushing to get as much variety of foods as I can. Since I have yet to ever try seafood I’m basically only eating chicken, turkey pork and beef which gets boring.

Thanks for the sweet words! Its so great to be back. xo


Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery December 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hi! Just wanted to let you know I included your hash browns in my post, “An Allergy-Friendly Christmas Breakfast” today. :)


Happy holidays!
Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery


katie November 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Brittany, I just found your facebook page thanks to Paleoomg, and was excited to see you are an AU grad too! We love Paleo here and look forward to checking out all your recipes! :)


Brittany November 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

How wild is that?? Such a small world! I got a degree in fine arts.. Never thought I would use it to blog full time one day!
It’s nice to meet you! Are you living anywhere near Alfred these days? I’m still only a little over an hour away..


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