Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 1 hour

Serves:4

Almost anything can go into or onto a baked potato, whether it is a white potato or a sweet potato. Both kinds of potatoes can be prepared in a microwave oven in about 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. However, the flavor doesn't come close to the ones prepared in a conventional oven, so I always plan on the extra time required for oven baking. This is still a fast and easy meal, one that I rely on often during the busy holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • OR
  • 4 large sweet potatoes (yams)
  • Black beans and tomatoes topping:
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Curried garbanzos topping:
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed

Directions

Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Place the white potatoes directly on the oven racks, place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake until tender when pierced or squeezed.

Meanwhile prepare the topping for your potatoes.

Black beans and tomatoes topping: Place in a saucepan and heat through. Mash slightly with bean masher, if desired. Serve over baked potatoes or yams garnished with tofu sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro (optional).

Curried garbanzos topping: Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Place in a saucepan and heat through. Serve over baked potatoes or yams garnished with chopped green onions.

Leftover bean dishes, such as soups or stews, make wonderful toppings for baked potatoes. Try Chunky Chili or Southwestern White Beans.

Mushroom toppings are also a good choice for both kinds of potatoes. See the recipes for Wicked Mushrooms (in Entree) and Mushrooms McDougall (in Sides).