Are you avoiding nightshades or trying to cut carbs? In my household, it’s a bit of both–I don’t do well with nightshades and he needs to stop eating so many nutrient-poor starches for the sake of his stubborn waistline. We both had a hard time giving up potatoes… fries, chips, mashed, baked, they’re so tasty so many ways. It is always easier to avoid foods you know are bad for you when you have a decent alternative you can easily incorporate into the same meals. After conquering sweet potato fries and mashed plantain, I decided to try my hand at Squashbrowns. The versatile spaghetti squash is a great substitute for white potatoes in this breakfast and brunch favorite! With more nutrients, less carbs, and none of the inflammatory properties of nightshades, it’s a healthy choice the whole family can be proud of. Serve these little crispy bits anywhere you’d normally serve hashbrowns (or even places you wouldn’t).
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