Don't throw the baked potato out with the butter, sour cream and bacon bits! Hundreds of potato stuffing possibilities exist that are delicious and have no relation to meat and dairy. Read on for ideas and a recipe for easy, creamy Broccoli Sauce.
It's time to rethink the traditional baked potato and fixin's. Potatoes are health-promoting and they not only taste great, but they help keep us feeling full. When I'm out at a restaurant and there are no healthy options on the menu, I will often just ask for a baked potato with steamed veggies on top. Cheap, easy and tasty!
The goal is to avoid topping baked potatoes with health-harming foods and ingredients, and top them instead with the whole, plant-based foods that our bodies crave and run best on.
Traditional baked potatoes are typically loaded with ingredients and foods we want to avoid if good health is our goal. They are often overly processed and full of salt, sugar and oil. You know the ones: butter, margarine, olive oil (any oil), sour cream, cheese, bacon bits (real and fake), mayonnaise, and other store-bought sauces such as ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, and store-bought salad dressings.
See below for baking instructions as well as a recipe for Broccoli Sauce. This flavorful sauce can be used in place of cheese, butter and/or sour cream as a creamy topping on your baked potato. This is also great on steamed vegetables such as broccoli, greens and cauliflower. I've also include photos of different topping combinations that I like. See the long list of foods below (in yellow) for baked potato topping suggestions. Mix and match and find the combos that you like best and add these meal ideas to your regular dinner rotation. Bake as many potatoes at a time as you like, but my feeling is that if you're going to turn the oven on for a while, bake up a few extras. If you have a favorite baked potato combo or idea, please share it in the comments below. Thank you!Print
Above: Broccoli Sauce
BAKED POTATO STUFFING IDEAS
Boiled or steamed veggies
greens (kale, collards, chard)
thinly sliced cabbage
white or red onion
Pre-made sauces, soups, etc.
crumbled veggie burgers
any leftover soup or stew
|hot sauce of your choice|
can of diced tomatoes
sauteed mushrooms and onions
broccoli sauce (see above)
any SOS-free salad dressing
prepared (wet) mustard
Also try. . .
Grated nuts: Use a rotary cheese grater to grate a dusting of nuts on top of food; this is a good way to avoid going overboard on high-fat nuts.
Dried herb blends: Such as an Italian or Mexican blend. (Read the labels to be sure they are salt- and sugar-free.)
Canned or home-cooked beans or lentils: Lentils with a bit of seasoning during cooking are easy and yummy.
Sauces: Any other savory sauces, spreads, soups, salads or leftovers that are SOS (salt, oil, sugar)-free.
Above: Baked potato with steamed broccoli, collard greens and Broccoli Sauce.
Above: Baked Russet potato with veggie chili and cilantro.
Above: Mushrooms and onions sauted in a little water, topped with chives.
Above: Sweet potato topped with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), avocado and fresh basil.