Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Great Potato Series: Part One

Happy Friday Eve readers!  Today, I'm going to share a recipe with you that features one of my favorite foods.  Potatoes.  If you ask my family, they would be the first to tell you that potatoes are one of my favorite foods.  Actually, I'm 100% sure that for the first 8 or so years of my life, I consumed potatoes daily.  I had obnoxiously long hair as a child and I remember my grandma and mom joking about how my secret must be all of the potatoes that I ate :o) 

Now, you know I'm an RD, so you might be a little surprised that potatoes rank high on my list of favorite healthy foods.  Actually, potatoes are a really great source of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin C and potassium - this is especially true for those of us that can't eat gluten since many gluten-free carbohydrate substitutes are higher in fat than there normal counterparts.  The reason potatoes get such a bad name has to do with the things we do to them... let's see, there are french fries, aka, deep fried potatoes.... they get topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and sour cream.... did I mention butter?  The list goes on and on.

So how can you have your potatoes and eat them too?  Well, my friends, let me introduce you to the great potato series!!  I'll be sharing with you my favorite potato recipes over the next few months and you can decide for yourselves.

Simple Twice-Baked Potatoes


2 medium/large potatoes (or 3 small)
1/2 cup 2% sharp cheddar, shredded
1/3 cup soy milk (I used Silk)
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
salt & pepper

1. Bake your potatoes - I recommend baking in the oven, but if you're short on time feel free to microwave. Cut in half and allow to cool.
2. Saute onions in olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet.
3. Scoop insides of potatoes out and place into a medium bowl.  Mash potatoes with a fork, add soy milk, cheddar and onion.  Season with salt & pepper.
4. Fill potato shells with the mashed mixture.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tops are golden brown.  I would recommend using an oven pre-heated to 375 degrees - I used a toaster oven so if you go that route, cut your time down to about 10-12 minutes
6. Enjoy!

What's your favorite way to eat potatoes?