Think of baked potatoes as nature's mini casseroles: an edible dish that can hold up to a hearty stuffing. Russets have just the right balance to make a perfect twice-baked potato: enough starch to keep its structure, enough moisture to endure the double cooking. Make It a Meal: A tossed green salad with your favorite dressing will round out this meal.
|Prep Time:||30 minutes|
|Ready in:||40 minutes|
|Ease of Prep:||Easy|
|4 medium russet potatoes|
|8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef|
|1 cup broccoli florets , finely chopped|
|1 cup water|
|1 cup reduced-fat Cheddar cheese , divided|
|1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream|
|1/2 teaspoon salt|
|1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper|
|3 scallions , sliced|
- Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Place in the microwave and cook at 50% power, turning once or twice, until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. (Or, use the "potato setting" on your microwave and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.)
- Meanwhile, brown meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Increase heat to high, add broccoli and water to the skillet, cover, and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the broccoli; add to the meat.
- Carefully cut off the top third of the cooked potatoes; reserve the tops for another use. Scoop the insides out into a medium bowl. Place the potato shells in a small baking dish. Add 1/2 cup Cheddar, sour cream, salt and pepper to the potato insides and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add scallions and the potato mixture to the broccoli and meat; stir to combine.
- Evenly divide the potato mixture among the potato shells and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Microwave on high until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.
Prepare and stuff potatoes. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Microwave and serve.
Vegetarian variation: Replace the ground beef with a soy-based substitute or omit the beef altogether and increase the broccoli to 1 1/2 cups and the cheese to 1 1/4 cups.
Health Advantages: low calorie, low cholesterol, high potassium, high calcium.
|Servings Per Recipe: 4|
|Amount Per serving|
|Calories:||366 cal||Carbohydrate Servings:||2 1/2|
|Carbohydrates:||5 g||Dietary Fiber:||5 g||Cholesterol:||54 mg|
|Fat:||12 g||Sodium:||535 mg||Saturated Fat:||6 g|
|Protein:||24 g||Potassium:||1280 mg||Monounsaturated Fat:||0 g|
|Nutrition Bonus:||Vitamin C (70% daily value), Potassium (37% dv), Calcium (20% dv).|
|Exchanges:||2.5 starch, 3 lean meat|