Put a DIY twist on dinner tonight & serve up some loaded baked potatoes! This is a hit for game day, parties, or just a regular Wednesday night.
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I don't know about you, but after the holidays, I just want quick, nutritious dinners to put on the table. I love cooking, but the holiday season can get a little exhausting & sometimes I just want to keep it simple. This is where my baked potato bar comes into play. This meal is so simple & takes the pressure off the cook!
Before we get into setting up your baked potato bar, I want to touch on something...
CARBS ARE OUR FRIENDS!
Yeah, you read that right! Carbs are not bad. In fact, I think they're pretty dang good & your body agrees with me. You brain runs on glucose, which is the simple sugar carbs are broken down to when processed by the body. For this very reason, I totally support a delicious baked potato bar, or a bowl of pasta or rice, or a slice of bread. The main thing you want to focus on is making sure half of your grains come from whole grain sources. This could be whole wheat bread, oatmeal, whole grain pasta, brown rice, whatever floats your boat.
The media often times demonizes carbs (along with a lot of other nutritious things), but you don't have to shy away. My dietitian friend, Lindsey Pine of Tasty Balance Nutrition, wrote a great article summing up why carbs are totally ok & how to eat smart carbs!
This is why I used both sweet potatoes & regular white potatoes in my potato bar. Both kinds (all kinds, actually) of potatoes fit! So load up your potato of choice with all kinds of yummy toppings & eat up!
I've created 4 different kinds of baked potatoes, but there are so many toppings that you could include in your personalized potato bar.
Some topping ideas are:
Here are my 4 recipe ideas!
Mexican Sweet Potato
Pizza Baked Potato
Nutty Crunch Sweet Potato
Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato
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