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Urban Cowboy Breakfast

Once upon a time Bill and I were junk food vegans.  We sought out the best in vegan junk food throughout the country when we would travel.  One of the things we encountered along the way was a breakfast called The Nebulous Potato Thing. We think it is probably one of the coolest names ever for a breakfast.  It was delightfully filled with potatoes, peppers, beans, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese and – it was fried with lots of oil on the grill.  Now it sounds pretty gross to me, but at the time…I remember eating until I felt gross.

Those days are gone now and I can eat until I am comfortably full without feeling gross.  Today I set out to recreate a healthy version of the Nebulous breakfast, which I am dubbing:

The Urban Cowboy


You will need:

a bag of frozen Ore Ida hashbrowns (or 6 large russet potatoes diced)

4 sweet peppers

1 hot pepper (or sub another sweet pepper if you don’t like heat)

1/2 bag of frozen corn

1-2 packages of extra firm tofu diced (you can sub any bean if you like)

Cayenne Pepper, Smoked Paprika & Fiesta Lime Seasoning – to taste

1 jar/package Frontera Guacamole mix

1/2 cup or so of shredded purple cabbage

6 green onions diced

a handful of diced cilantro

salsa for topping if you’d like

Makes 4 large servings


Add hash browns to a hot non-stick pan along with the peppers that you have sliced into rings and the corn. Add NO water or broth to the pan…just be patient, heating the potatoes on medium, leave them sit long enough to start to brown – in other words…leave them alone for a bit, you can check them with a spatula, but you don’t need to constantly stir them.  The potatoes will begin to brown. As seen here…


In another pan… coat the bottom of the pan with a mix of these spices, use as little or as much heat ast you’d like with the cayenne. Skip it entirely if you don’t like spicy.

It should look like this…

Add in your cubed tofu – or your can of beans (drained) then toss them with the spices and set on medium heat.


Meanwhile back at the ranch…

keep tossing the potatoes every 3 minutes or so as they continue to brown. When they are browned to your liking…Then add in your jar of Guacamole mix. I use this because it is relatively low in sodium per serving compared to most salsas and I like the flavor.


toss it all together and lower the heat to low.

In your other pan of tofu(or beans)… you want to heat them thoroughly or brown your tofu.


now, toss in your diced cabbage to the potato mixture and then turn off the heat, let sit for 5 minutes. You want it to be al dente, not soggy. So it only takes a few minutes.


It should you look like this:


now assemble your plate:

potato mixture first, then add on your tofu or beans, top with cilantro and green onions, salsa if you’d like and serve with half a plate of greens. Garnish with lime slices – squeeze over the whole plate :)


perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Wrapped in a collard wrap, or a Engine 2 tortilla.

Savory Oats & Other Breakfast Ideas

Savory Oats with Butternut Squash, Cilantro, Kale and Salsa
Savory Oats with Butternut Squash, Cilantro, Kale and Salsa

Pairing oats with anything other than blueberries or bananas may seem odd to a lot of folks.  My husband in particular said: leave MY oatmeal alone! This after I told him what I was doing this morning.  I made his standard breakfast, his favorite, then set out to make mine.

Simply stir in to your regular oatmeal:

  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast to make them cheezy
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash’s table blend
  • top with the toppings of your choice. Today I used:
  • cubed butternut squash
  • cilantro
  • kale
  • salsa

You can add broccoli, diced peppers or any other veggie you like.  Use your imagination!  We love ‘farmer bowl’ type breakfasts that are loaded with things like hash browns and veggies – so the variation on the morning oatmeal is done with those bowls in mind.  We once had an amazing breakfast bowl at St Francis Fountain in San Francisco.  It was called the Nebulous Potato Thing.  We make a really healthy variation of it now as well.  It’s great for dinner or breakfast.

The Nebulous Potato Thing - at St Francis Fountain in San Francisco - the week before we started Engine 2.
The Nebulous Potato Thing – at St Francis Fountain in San Francisco – the week before we started Engine 2. This one was loaded with earth balance and soy cheese and fried in oil.

The base for our healthy version of the Nebulous Potato Thing is shredded potatoes, mixed veggies, red peppers, and kidney beans.  We then top it with green onions, salsa, cilantro and now and then avocado.

The rainbow hash browns we use as the base fo our healthy version of the Nebulous Potato Thing.
The rainbow hash browns we use as the base for our healthy version of the Nebulous Potato Thing.
One variation of tofu scramble for breakfast
One variation of tofu scramble for breakfast – multi- color potatoes with spinach, peppers and mushrooms
another tofu scramble variation
another tofu scramble variation – peppers, corn, black beans and potatoes.

So use your imagination when it comes to breakfast – think outside the cereal box and get unconventional!

Pumpkin Pancakes

vegan pumpkin pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

These hearty vegan buckwheat based pancakes are the perfect foil for a chilly winter morning.  The batter is thick and needs to be spread out in the pan, not poured.

2 cups Hodgson Mill Buckwheat Pancake Mix
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 can (15oz.) pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup pecan pieces (optional)

Spread batter in a hot non-stick skillet, flip and enjoy.

Recipe makes approximately 10 – 5 inch pancakes