What gives sweet potato its vibrant orange colour? That’d be the carotenoids. They’re what also help form vitamin A which can boost the brain’s ability to grow new neurons and create new pathways between them. If you’re still not sold on sweet potato, research has shown that the root veggie can aid memory and cognitive function, and with its rich antioxidant content, even protect cells.


  • 3 tbsp olive or macadamia oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 4 rashes lean bacon, finely chopped

  • ½ cup mushrooms, sliced

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 tsp vinegar

  • 1 sweet potato, skin removed and

  • flesh peeled into strands

  • pinch of salt


  1. Add the oil to a frying pan on high heat and brown the onion and garlic for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Next, brown the bacon and mushrooms for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Bring a small pot of water to the boil and add the vinegar, creating a whirlpool by circling the water with a wooden spoon. Turn the heat to medium and crack an egg into the centre, carefully moving it to the outside. Repeat with remaining eggs. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel after 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to the boil and add a pinch of salt along with a splash of oil. Add the peeled sweet potato and cook for 20 seconds, before draining and running under cold water for 15 seconds. Drain again.
  5. Combine the bacon mix with the sweet potato and the remaining oil in a mixing bowl. Plate up and top each serving with an egg.

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