Breakfast prep has been a goal more recently in my life, mostly so that I can have a stress free morning and get more things done! These Potato Spinach Breakfast Fritters are so easy to make, are super tasty, have superfood goodness of both spinach and turmeric, and get your day started right! Make them on your stove top in some oil, or make them in your Air Fryer to cut back on your oil intake; both ways to make these fritters are tasty and will make your mornings smooth sailing!
We all know that spinach is an amazing superfood, but you may not know some of the reasons why having spinach in your diet is a great choice. Read on below to find out more!
Some health benefits of eating spinach
Spinach might have gotten a bad wrap in the past, but this leafy green is a great health booster in surprising ways. One thing that we don’t often think about when discussing spinach is its water composition. If you’ve ever put a cup of spinach in a pan and cooked it, you know that it cooks down to almost nothing! That’s because the majority of spinach is made up of water, and we all know we could use more water in our daily hydration routines. By adding a little more spinach to your life (like in this tasty fritters), you’re definitely doing your body a favor!
Another little known fact about spinach is its role in bone health. Spinach has about 250mg of calcium per cup; although it is true that other chemical components of spinach sometimes make it difficult for our bodies to absorb the calcium found in spinach, the high calcium content is still surprising. Additionally, spinach is a great plant-based source of iron, containing 0.81 g per cup of spinach, or about 15% of the daily recommended amount of iron. If you want to get the most out of your spinach, combining spinach with a food that is high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, can actually boost the iron absorption from the spinach. That’s just another reason to make my tasty Citrus Salad with some spinach greens! You can find the recipe linked here.
By incorporating more iron into your diet, you can improve your energy levels. As an added bonus, if you cook your spinach, some of the chemical compounds found in spinach that can potentially make it difficult for your body to absorb the iron are likely neutralized when the spinach is cooked. There are health benefits to spinach whether or not you’ve cooked your spinach or are eating it raw!
Lastly, the high magnesium content of spinach plays an important role in body metabolism a healthy immune system, and more. A cup of spinach contains about 15% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium, which can support healthy nerve functions and brain functions. As a matter of fact, a study was done in 2015 to see what the positive brain effects of eating leafy greens. The study concluded that the high content of vitamin K in dark leafy greens may have played a crucial role in participant’s improved performance after regularly eating leafy greens. People that ate more dark green leafy vegetables had cognitive abilities up to 11 years younger than their actual age!
How to make Potato Spinach Breakfast Fritters
There are few things that you need to make this recipe work, but if you don’t want to fry your fritters, you can certainly use an air fryer! I loved both the fried and air fried versions of this breakfast, and both heated up well in the air fryer and the microwave.
For this recipe, all you will need is:
- hash browns (be sure they are compliant if you are on the Whole30!)
- spinach (chopped)
- cassava flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil
First, scramble the eggs in a large bowl. Be sure to mix them well! Add in your hash browns and stir. Next, pour in the chopped spinach, and stir. Then, add in the cumin, turmeric, cassava flour, and salt and pepper. Stir all the ingredients until a batter forms. It should not be too thick or too watery, but should have a good consistency.
If you are making the fritters on the stove top, heat some olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil has heated, add a large scoop of the batter to the oil. It should immediately start to bubble around the edges and begin cooking. Once the batter has cooked for about 4-5 minutes, flip the fritter. Be mindful of the oil and try not to spatter it when you flip the fritter. You can also push down the fritter so that is flatter on both sides, allowing for potential toppings to be added.
Cook on the other side for about 4-5 minutes, and then remove the fritter from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Continue to cook the fritters in the oil, adding more oil if needed.
If you are using the Air Fryer method, line the tray with parchment paper. Then, scoop out some of the batter onto the parchment paper. It should be thick enough that some of the batter should hold shape. Then, cook in the Air Fryer at 370°F for about 15 minutes. There is no need to flip the fritters in the Air Fryer, but if you choose to do so, both sides will be crispier.
Serve these fritters warm, and serve in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, you can either throw them in the Air Fryer for about 5 minutes, or can put them in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Both methods work just great, although the Air Fryer method does make them crispier!
Potato Spinach Breakfast Fritters (Whole30, Paleo)
- Air Fryer (optional)
- 4 cups hash browns (check for compliance if on Whole30!)
- 12 eggs, scrambled
- 6 cups spinach, chopped
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 cup cassava flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup olive oil (omit if using Air Fryer)
- Whisk together the eggs in a large bowl. Make sure all the egg yolks are broken and evenly mixed.
- Add in the hash browns, chopped spinach, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Add in the cassava flour, and mix evenly.
Stove Top Instructions
- If cooking on the stove top, add olive oil to a large frying pan and bring to medium-high heat. Once oil has heated, scoop some of the egg mixture into the pan. It should immediately begin to bubble on the sides if the oil is ready.
- Cook for about 4-5 minutes on one side, until the fritter is browned and crispy. Carefully, flip over the fritter to the other side and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes. You can also push down the fritter to give it a flatter look so that you can later load tasty treats on top!
- Once cooked, set the fritters aside on a plate lined with paper towels. Allow them to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Air Fryer Instructions
- Line your Air Fryer with parchment paper, and scoop out the individual fritters onto the parchment paper-lined tray.
- Cook at 370°F for about 15 minutes. It is not necessary to flip them halfway through, but if you want both sides to be crispy, flip after 7 minutes.
- Once cooked, remove from Air Fryer and allow to cool. Serve warm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8.8g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 1.7g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 9.2g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g||5%|
|Total Sugars 0.4g|
|Vitamin D 10mcg||51%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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