I haven’t made baked potatoes in a LONG time. I bought a 10-pound bag of Russet potatoes for really cheap and decided to use some of the bigger ones for a baked potato bar this week! Baked potatoes are a delicious yet cheap dinner, and they’re extremely customizable.
Allison helped me wash the potatoes; she loves helping in the kitchen, and it’ll be so good to get her used to cooking and being a helper. After washing, I poked holes all around each potato and rubbed with olive oil, then sprinkled with salt and pepper. I baked them at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes.
The toppings we had were shredded cheese, Greek yogurt, broccoli, and bacon bits. My parents gave us a bag full of bacon and I knew the first thing I wanted to use it in! We never buy bacon (gasp), so this was a nice treat. The frozen broccoli was leftover from a previous night’s dinner, so that was perfect.
I loaded up my potato and filled my plate, and when I sat down to take a picture I looked at my plate and thought, “Man, I look like a fatty”. It was a lot of food, but not necessarily bad food! The green beans were frozen, and the bread was homemade (Definitely making that again and will be in a future post!). The potatoes were delicious… and did Allison eat it? NOPE. She took like 4 bites of bread and declared herself done. Toddlers.
What are your favorite baked potato toppings? I think next time I want to try it with chili, or nacho cheese, or other taco toppings!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.