Quick and Simple — Stuffed Baked Potato Dinner

imageI had the distinct pleasure of going to the dentist last week. Every time I go, I am shocked to find out that I STILL have my dentist phobia. I keep thinking it is going to magically disappear. So far; no luck!

This time by the time I got home and just wanted to curl up in a ball and have the world go away. Unfortunately I was also hungry. Hungry and nauseated. Great combination! What to eat? Something soothing, tasty, filling and comforting.

A baked potato!

Scrubbed up a couple of bakers and stuck them in the oven. IMHO if you have a baked potato you need caramelized onions to go with it. Takes a while to do, but since the potatoes take an hour to bake, it works.

First here is how I make the caramelized onions:

  • Peel and cut a couple of onions into slices
  • Heat a small amount of olive oil in a frying pan
  • Push the onion slices into rings as you put them in the frying pan
  • Stir the onions and add a little oil if needed
  • Add garlic to taste
  • Stir onions constantly until they are starting to get clear and the garlic is starting to brown
  • Cover the onions in water and add salt
    • OPTIONAL: use soy sauce instead of salt
  • Turn to medium and cook the water off; stirring often

In between stirring, I went to the fridge and started to forage. Found some great things to add: cashew cheese, spinach and salsa. There were also a bunch of tomatoes from the garden.

In between stirring the onions I steamed up the spinach and chopped the tomatoes. Before long we put it all together.

  1. Split potato and put it on a plate
  2. Mash in a little cashew cheese
  3. Add lots of caramelized onions
  4. Add steamed spinach
  5. Top with diced tomatoes and/or salsa

You can add other things you like: olives, a pepper medley, broccoli, spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese (for non-vegans) and even hummus.

imageGreat meal not only for a bad tummy, but also for a quick supper, dinner or lunch. A family favorite in our house.

In case you’re wondering, I think a baked potato is great food. Maybe not every day, but certainly as part of a balance diet. Without butter and added fats it is full of healthy starches, protein and Vitamin C. As comfort food they are hard to beat!

I didn’t eat them for many years because they are a “white food” but over the years I have changed my view. And for me, they are the best comfort food ever!

About Genene Cote

Genene Coté -- Nutrition Advocate, Counselor and Coach who is also a Whole Food Plant Based Eater (vegetarian/vegan), cook and gardener.
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