Home fries with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Home Fries with Zucchini and Tomatoes One of the things I used to do before times were a little tighter and my family and I decided to try to cut back on costs (as many people do, whether it's because of the recession or because you just want to save a little more on food costs) was go out to breakfast. I miss quite a few things from restaurant breakfasts, but one of the things I enjoyed were home fries.

For those whom don't know what home fries (or cottage fries) are, they are the alternative to hash browns, and from my experience have more things incorporated with them than the latter that make them more appealing to me. They are usually a side dish used with any of the usual breakfast foods (eggs, pancakes, etc).

Well I decided to make some for the hubby and myself (the little one like his corn flakes/Shreddies too much and potatoes too little for me to change the breakfast harmony that we have). I also decided since zucchini is still in abundance at the store (and quite cheap I may add) along with some tomato chunks to my version of home fries.

Home Fries with Zucchini and TomatoesFor the potatoes, cut three of them in half and then length wise in half again (quarters) then cut each quarter into half inch chunks. I tend to soak my potatoes in cool water before I cook them to get more of the starch out, and I've heard the longer you let them soak (at least rinse) the more it cuts down on it (and a few other things which aren't so appetizing).

While you let the potatoes soak, cut your zucchini in quarter inch circles, quartering the circles and putting them to the side. Cut some roma tomatoes into chunks about the same size at the zucchini and set them to the side as well. Dice a small or medium sized onion and mince 3 cloves of garlic, setting them to the side as well.

Home Fries with Zucchini and TomatoesWhen you feel you've had enough potato soaking, get a pan of water boiling and par boil your potatoes just till when you put a fork into one it doesn't give that "crunch" a raw potato has. Drain well and get a pan heated up at medium heat and some olive oil. When the oil is shimmery add in the onions and garlic, letting them soften before adding the potatoes to the pan. Cook these till they have gotten a nice golden brown color on each side. Toss in the zucchini, letting them get a more vibrant green then add in your tomatoes. These only need a couple of minutes of cooking to get them where you want them :).
Make some toast or a couple of eggs and you have a healthy breakfast for two!


Chocolate Shavings said...

What a perfect dinner idea!

Rochelle said...

You know, I didn't think of it for dinner, but you're right! It would be great for dinner and if you add a little hot sauce it can be a little more dinner like (though I like it for breakfast/brunch with hot sauce anyways!)