Yes, this is one of my mother’s recipes and it is so perfect for these real downtime days when I’m so extra hungry that I could eat a great big old BEAR! LOL! But do not have the strength to cook at all. I ask you have you ever been that hungry and too tired to cook like me! LOL!
Yes, this is the kind of recipe that’s for those hard days when I can hardly get out of bed. So I am so grateful and appreciate having had a mama who was an old wise woman who had under her belt different kinds of recipes like this one for her family back in the day. I remember how all of us as kids used to love this dish and whenever she made it, there were never any leftovers, believe me never ever! It has only three main ingredients, potatoes, onion and a can of corned beef hash. So I hope you like it as much as we have and still all do.
Mama’s Quick And Easy Potatoes and Corned Beef Hash Recipe
3-4 white potatoes or sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 or ½ onion (chopped)
1- 15 oz can corned beef hash (with tiny diced potatoes)
½ cup of olive oil
1- medium-sized skillet
1- Fry potatoes and onions in oil with a skillet on medium heat until browned and halfway cooked for about 10-15 minutes.
2- Then stir into skillet corned beef hash.
3- Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes more, then turn down to simmer for an additional 5 minutes to let flavors merge…or till potatoes are soft/fully cooked.
4- Serve while hot.
Some people like it with a little bit of tomato sauce added….but I love it without the tomato sauce the best… I love to have this meal alone or sometimes I use it as a side dish. My husband loves this recipe and there are never any leftovers ever. So today we had it with a side serving of delicious cooked green spinach.
HERE’S MY STORY:
Some of you may not be familiar with my situation over the past few years so I’d like to use this space and time to do some sharing.
Since becoming physically challenged for the past few years, life has become one big lesson for me I like to say, due to suffering from painful chronic arthritis in various places in my body and other health issues so I try to do the very best I can. And since I don’t have a silver spoon in my mouth, I cannot afford to eat out every day or pay someone to cook my meals for me (because that would be so nice if I had my own personal cook.) I am learning to make wise choices when it comes to every aspect of my life. So I’ve had to be creative and find the best possible way to take care of myself so that I don’t starve to death and my nutrition is not severely compromised and also try to find simple joys in life.
I’ve been blessed to have a husband who doesn’t mind helping out a great deal. I do not know what I would do or could have done without him. He helps me in getting dressed, putting on my shoes. Does the majority of the grocery shopping. Puts the groceries away, does a lot of house cleaning, does dishes, mops the floors and runs the vacuum. Helps me with the laundry, does the bill paying errands, does the majority of the driving, helps me blog, does my emails, helps me with prepping and cooking meals and loves to take over cooking our food entirely on the outdoor grill in the spring and summertime. I look forward to the entire finger-licking chicken, ribs, steak, franks, sausages, hamburgers and corn on the cob that he will make for us.
So he takes good care of me and I of him and so I am so happy about that. We have been together for a long time learning how to love each other in the best possible way and how to live together and treat each other well.
So I’ve had to come up with ideas and ways so that we can eat as close to healthy as possible so some days we do and some days we are not even close. LOL! I prefer not to eat anything out of a can, but sometimes you just have to add it to a meal or two and live with it. There are so many times I wish things were different but then I will live in regret and I don’t want to do that at all. I tell you if it wasn’t for my husband who for the majority of the time does everything except bathing me, thank goodness; I don’t know where I would be or how I could function at all.
You see the chronic pain in my body makes it almost impossible for me to do the important and vital things for living a normal life. I tell you I think I would have had no other choice but to live in some kind of nursing home or assisted living environment. The truth is that I could not live on my own all alone and handle all that needs to be done for myself. There is no way I could manage this house, shopping, laundry or cooking all on my own. No way in heaven! LOL! So he helps to make my life feel as close to normal as possible. Oh, I try to do some things for myself and I try very hard to help out where ever I can. Sometimes I even rebel against the illnesses and fight to do more, but whenever I do it and whatever I do has to be minimal or I will have to suffer for having done too much later on.
I could tell about the times that I’ve pushed myself to do a little more or do something I know I cannot do just to try to prove to myself that I am still the same person I have always been. So when I wind up falling or wind up suffering for days after trying to do the thing just to prove to myself that I could do it then I am so sorry because my body is crying out in pain. Now isn’t that so crazy? I guess it’s kind of normal for a person who’s in my shoes I guess.
So back to the meals……
With meals, we try to make enough to last for a few days and so I cannot cook every single day for that would be just too hard on me. I am lucky if I cook more than twice a week and even doing that much I still suffer in pain in my body for it. But I still push myself because I really have no choice of the matter.
So a lot of times the extra food we put in storage containers to freeze and save for on days when I have doctors’ appointments or I am just in too much pain to do anything but stay put in bed. And I have a lot of those days believe you me.