Wheatberry Hash with Purslane, Pimenton and Bacon

Breakfast, Dinner

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I’m going to try my hardest not to talk to you about how excited I am about fall TV shows. I mean…Scandal, Parenthood, Downton Abbey, The Mindy Show!! I can’t. Growing up, starting school in fall felt like The New Year to me. New clothes/new school supplies/new shows! UGH. My heaven, seriously. Back then it was all about Felicity, Roswell and Dawson’s Creek.

Even though I was just as obsessed with TV back then as I am now, my TV-watching was limited. My parents were super strict about the TV and I was only allotted one hour a night, so I had to be VERY choosy. I had no TV in my room–wasn’t allowed! And a lot of nights my brother and I had to come to an agreement as to what we’d watch for our one hour of TV. Looking back I have no idea if watching less TV made me smarter or more connected to real humans. I honestly have no idea. I just no at the time it was torture! Well, I’m an adult now; I can eat alllll the Twinkies I want while watching all the TV I want. YES!


You know I love breakfast, especially when I’m having it for dinner. (Or you could have this like a good, responsible person for, well, breakfast.) Whatever you’re in the mood for is fine! But seriously, this hash is interesante and delicious. (To be completely transparent on this blog, I made this breakfast dish, which I wanted to sell you as a good “breakfast for dinner” option, and then ate it for lunch. It’s a little complicated.)

I’m having a moment with wheat berries. They’re a little more tender than farro, it’d say, and just as delicious.

This hash is filling and hearty and makes you feel nice and healthy after. All of the ingredients should be fairly easy to find, aside from purslane. If you’ve never had purslane before it’s kind of this bright, fresh tasting weed. It’s actually SUPER cheap at farmer’s markets. A big bunch cost me $1 and it’s great in salads or even gently wilted. I love it so. If you can’t find purslane, I’d recommend replacing it with kale or rainbow chard. Both would work great.


I talked about my TV-watching excitement on Facebook and a few of you recommended new shows! I love new shows, though a lot of them are super big commitments. What new fall shows are you pumped about?


Wheatberry Hash with Purslane, Pimenton and Bacon

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  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 slices of thick-cut bacon, .3 pounds
  • 1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, about 6, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 leek, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove. minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 pimenton, thinly sliced
  • Handful purslane, .2 pounds


  • In a medium pot, add the wheat berries, 1/2 teaspoon salt, a teaspoon of olive oil and water. Cover the pot and turn the heat to medium. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the water is evaporated and wheatberries are tender. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the cubed bacon and cook until lightly golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. If needed add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. Turn the heat to medium and when the oil is hot, add the potatoes. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and tender when poked with the tines of a fork. Sprinkle the potatoes with the thyme, a few pinches of salt and toss.
  • Add the leeks and garlic; cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the leeks have softened and the garlic is fragrant. Deglaze the pan by adding the worcestershire sauce. (Steam should rise from the hot pan. No biggie! Just mix it all up.) Add the pimenton, cooked wheat berries and bacon. Cook for an additional minute or two until the mixture is warmed. Fold in the purslane and then salt to taste. Turn the heat to low while you cook the eggs.
  • In a small saucepan, fry up a few eggs. Divide the hash between the plates. Top each plate of hash off with a fried egg.
Serving: 3g
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  • Reply Angela December 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I love watching TV. I’m afraid I’m a confirmed couch potato in that way – and I’m a better person for being able to retreat and watch a few hours of shows. I’m on a free trial of Netflix right now, and just started to watch Parenthood. It relaxed me so much, that I fell asleep on the couch with the third episode playing. I’m hardly ever that relaxed anymore.

  • Reply Pixie September 16, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I’m rather excited for the new Doctor Who series! I know, rather geeky. But I love it ^-^ And I’m not as big a geek as my partner, who had nearly the entire collection of Doctor Who lego figurines lined up on the fireplace…. I know.

  • Reply Stephanie September 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Yay fall! I used to love fall because of the new school supplies and clothes. My parents were the same as yours where we could only watch 1 hr of tv after school and we had to decide amongst ourselves what it would be. Except, instead of loving tv it just made me not care about it at all. I love downloading seasons of shows once they’re over and watching them all at once like a loooong movie. But I just can’t wait from week to week and follow a tv show. Ruined! I’m ruined for current tv!

  • Reply Holly Henderson September 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I do love farro so would be interested to try wheat berry. As for shows, I’m excited about Homeland, DA, and The Walking Dead (even tho it gives me crazy anxiety). And… I can’t believe I have to wait another year for Orange! : p

  • Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Oh Dawson. Such a nerd. I used to love Party of Five but my mom didn’t like me watching it because it was too adult for a middle-schooler. But I managed to sneak in a few episodes here and there. This hash looks so shiny and healthy, great binge-eating food!

  • Reply Allie @ 6000 Miles to Home September 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    mmm wheatberries! I forgot about those babies. This is a beautiful one-pot dish (+ egg), I think I’ll try it!


  • Reply Eileen September 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This sounds like such a hearty and delicious hash! I bet it would be great with a big salad of bitter greens. I haven’t eaten any wheatberries in far too long–must go seek some out.

  • Reply Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily September 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Fabulous brunch idea! I think potatoes are causing my arthritis to flare up and I’m only 38! So I’ll have to pair this with another veggie ;}

  • Reply Susan@LunaCafe September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Love wheat berries and always looking for novel ways to use them. This hash looks great!

  • Reply Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I loooove grain-salad-type-things all fall. Purslane is new to me and I’ve only used it a few times – kinda reminds me of sorrel.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Yeh exactly. Sorrel is another weed kinda thing that’s awesome.

  • Reply Quyen September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Thank you for reminding me about how much I love wheatberry! Love the chewy texture and how filling it is!


  • Reply Tieghan September 12, 2013 at 5:43 am

    The new school year felt the same way for me! I get new clothes, new supplies and the good TV would start up again! It always just felt the the new year!

    Love this hearty and healthy hash! Sounds like the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner to me!

  • Reply Jamie @lifelovelemons September 12, 2013 at 4:33 am

    What a hearty, healthu breakfast! I love wheatberries and have been trying to incorporated them into my diet more.. this is a perfect way to do it!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan September 12, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Yes let’s talk about how excited we are for fall tv!! Downton Abbey and The Mindy Project, whhhhat?! Also, I was one of the only kids not allowed to have a tv in my room..losers unite!

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker September 12, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Hash is the perfect Tv food in my opinion, nothing like one bowl meal to rest on your leg. Like you my Tv time as a kid was limited, however I think that made me develop other forms of entertainment. My mind often makes up story lines where ever I go now. I actually get USA cable here, so the summer shows are always on repeat!