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Baked Potato Meal Extraordinaire

Updated on January 27, 2018
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Vegetarian recipes, healthy foods, kitchen tips and shortcuts interest Liz, but she also likes desserts!

A One-Dish Meal

Hate to wash dishes? In a hurry? Hungry? Want a healthy meal and not fast-food junk? Look no further!

As you can see from the photo, this meal fills a standard dinner plate. It is filling, and healthy (or relatively so, depending on the toppings you choose).

Total prep time is about 10 minutes. Total cleanup time? How long does it take you to wash one dinner plate, fork, knife and cutting board? That's it! No pots and pans needed!

Start With a Baked Potato

Whether you bake the potato the traditional way in the oven, or in the microwave is up to you. If speed is your primary concern, go for the microwave.

Yes, under all that lies a simple baked potato, in and of itself not usually enough to satisfy most people as a full meal.

Wait. I'm not done!

I admit to not making my personal potato meals quite as healthy as they could be. For starters, I tend to like "a little potato under my butter."

Then, I add whatever I have on hand. Leftover cooked vegetables will work (peas, corn, broccoli, what-have-you).

Next (in this instance) I used chopped raw carrots, green onions, black olives and some leftover taco filling made from Boca™ Meatless Crumbles. Usually, I add some chopped tomato, but this time I was all out.

Sample Ingredients: Use As A Starting Point

  • large baking potato, (one per person)
  • 3 Tbsp. carrot, grated
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup steamed broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup vegetarian "meat" crumbles, seasoned to taste (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbsp. bleu cheese salad dressing, or other flavor you prefer
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Split the baked potato and pile on the toppings!
  2. Top it off with grated cheese and stick back in the microwave for approximately 1 minute, until cheese melts enough to suit you.
  3. Finish it off with a dollop of your favorite salad dressing. I happen to prefer bleu cheese--you might like ranch instead, or even French or Catalina
  4. Pair with your favorite beverage and enjoy!
Cast your vote for Baked Potato Extraordinaire

Low-Fat Disclaimer

As pictured, this meal is in no way slimming. It is a beautiful restaurant-menu-style photo, very appealing and tempting, but it has far too much cheese and dressing to belong in a weight-loss plan. In short, it's a 'comfort food' indulgence.

Slim it down by using less dressing and less cheese--perhaps even a low-fat variety. Pile on the assorted veggies, choose a single topping only--not both--for even fewer calories, use moderation on the butter. and it's all good.

Versatility

The beauty of this quick meal is that it is absolutely personalized. There is no 'set recipe.' I've provided but a jumping-off point. The rest is up to you.

Change out the veggie toppings to suit your or your family's preferences. If you're serving the whole family, you can even set it up like a taco bar, with all the toppings set out, and everyone goes down the line fixing thier plate to suit. No one then gets to gripe about what they've been served!

As presented, the recipe is vegetarian (although certainly not vegan--I like my cheese too much, I'm afraid).

Mix and match, experiment and enjoy! I'm off to eat!


© 2010 Liz Elias

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  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @steph--

    Thanks for stopping by--glad you liked the post. In fact, it's been a while since I wrote this--perhaps I'll have one tonight!

    @Bob Ewing--

    Hi--nice to meet you. Thanks for your input..that sounds like an interesting variation as well!

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    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Refried beans on baked potatoes, a personal favourite.

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Yum - and how timely! I regularly make taco meat that we use to top baked potatoes with cheese, green onion, sour cream and olives. Delicious!

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Lisa--

    Thank you..I'm glad you liked the recipe. I'll probably be posting more as time goes on... ;-)

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    Lisa HW 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts

    I'm another reader who was pleased to see a vegetarian meal.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Just Ask Susan; Micky Dee; erthfrend,

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I'm glad you liked this! I'm one of those who CAN cook, and quite well--I just don't enjoy the process or the clean-up, so I'm all about in and out of the kitchen quickly with the least mess possible. ;-)

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    erthfrend 

    7 years ago from Florida

    Thrilled to see a vegetarian recipe! Thank you so much for sharing! This looks incredibly delicious and you have succeeded in making me very hungry!!!

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    Micky Dee 

    7 years ago

    I'm hungry!

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    Susan Zutautas 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Looks like something we would like here at my house especially my husband. Thanks

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, scarytaff,

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Glad you liked the recipe. Cheers!

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    Derek James 

    7 years ago from South Wales

    Good recipe, quick and nutritious. I love it. Thank you.

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