Thursday, May 3, 2007

Baked Potato Bar

I know you don't need a recipe for this, but this is what we had for dinner last night. It's something my family loves, but I forget to make, so I'm putting it on here to remind myself! It's a great in a pinch meal that is quick & easy and can be thrown together with staples in the pantry.

Prep: 15-50 minutes

Scrub & prick potatoes. Bake potatoes in microwave (for quick prep) or cover with foil and bake until soft.

Top with any combination of the following:

Cream of Broccoli Soup
Cheddar Cheese Soup
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Sour Cream
Cottage Cheese
Diced Tomatoes
Bell Peppers

....Or any other favorite potato topping.

Tips & Tricks
This is a hit with my family because like tacos, wraps & sandwiches, everyone is free to choose their favorite items. It works well with toddlers because they can eat their potato with toppings, or they can eat their potato & toppings separately. For an extra quick meal, microwave potatoes and use pre-shredded cheese and pre-cut veggies.

This is an easy meal for feeding a large group buffet style.

Make It Healthier
Skip creamy soups and sour cream and opt for (leftover) homemade chili or cottage cheese & salsa. Load up your potato with veggies and lean cheeses.

How Kids Can Help
Kids can help scrub & prick potatoes, push buttons on microwave, wrap potatoes in foil, cut veggies & great cheese. This is a meal that a school age child could make independently!

1 comment:

Lei said...

oh - avocados and bacon sounds delicious! i'll have to try that for sure!!!