Thursday, May 10, 2007

Super Stuffed Potatoes

Prep/Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

4 medium baking potatoes (8 to 10 ounces each)
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup cubed fully cooked ham
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

Scrub and pierce potatoes; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 16-18 minutes or until tender, turning once. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut a thin slice off the top of each potato and discard. Scoop out pulp, leaving a thin shell.

In a large bowl, mash the pulp with the cottage cheese. Stir in the ham, mozzarella cheese and green pepper. Spoon into potato shells (shells will be full). Return to the microwave safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-5 minutes or until heated through.
Tips and Tricks
Depending on the size potatoes used, you can get more than 4 servings. I used three large potatoes and half of one was more than enough for me. Instead of microwaving the stuffed potatoes, I heated them for 5 minutes at 350, and I used red pepper instead of green.
Make It Healthier
Use different varieties of potatoes. Use low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese and reduced-fat mozzarella.
How Kids Can Help
Mix the ingredients. Fill the shells.

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