I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
Just like a lot of us out there, I've been trying to eat healthier. And after YEARS of all sorts of diets and weight roller coasters, I've made some pretty strong decisions on what I am and am not willing to do to stay healthy.
I AM willing to eat more fruits and vegetables.
I AM NOT willing to eat grilled chicken and steamed vegetables every night for dinner.
I AM willing to eat those Arnold Sandwich thins and less bread and carbs.
I AM NOT willing to cut carbs like pasta and bread out of my diet completely.
I AM willing to put less cheese on my food to cut calories.
I AM NOT willing to cut cheese out of my diet, or buy that disgusting fake cheese to substitute.
I AM willing to eat one cookie, instead of three, and not beat myself up about it.
I AM NOT willing deprive myself of small portions of sugar, chocolate and all the wonderful treats that add joy to our life.
I AM willing to make positive lifestyle changes that will provide me with variety and a change in how I look and feel. I think Joanne from Eats Well with Others (seriously one of the cutest and most hilarious food blogs ever, I adore this girl), who is also trying to eat healthy said it best when recommending that we keep a good variety in our diet so we don't get bored. This has probably been the best advice for me thus far, and the good news it that it's working! So when I found these twice baked potatoes, I didn't scream and shield my eyes from the gloriously starchy, carby, cheesy pictures in horror. No more deprivation in my diet, just moderation, and I was sure to savor every bite! Not only are they delicious, lightened and beautiful, but they're also a lot of fun to make, and easier then they sound. My one piece of advice is that you are careful with your dried mustard. I think I went a bit overboard and it made them a lot sharper then I would have liked, but otherwise they are just delicious and a really fun side for so many things.
Classic Twice Baked Potatoes America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook
4 russet potatoes, about 8 oz each, scrubbed and dried 1 teaspoon canola oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 onion minced 1 garlic clove minced 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup lowfat sour cream 1/4 cup skim milk 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard salt and pepper scallion, sliced thin
1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper-middle and middle positions and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Rub the potatoes with the oil, place directly on the upper oven rack, and bake until the skins are crisp and deep brown and a skewer easily pierces the flesh, about 1 hour, flipping them halfway.
2. While the potatoes bake, melt the butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
3. Transfer the potatoes to a wire rack and set over a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 500 degrees.
4. Following the photos on page 145, cut each potato in half lengthwise through the narrow curved side. Using an oven mitt or an folded kitchen towel to hold the hot potatoes, scoop the flesh from each potato half into a medium bowl, leaving 1/8-inch thickness of flesh in each shell. Transfer the potato shells back to the wire rack.
5. Mash the potato flesh with a potato masher or fork until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheddar, sour cream, milk, dry mustard, onion-garlic mixture, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Spoon the mixture into the potato shells, mounding it slightly at the center. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar.
6. Bake the potatoes on the middle rack until the shells are crisp and the cheese is melted and spotty brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the scallions and serve.
Serves 8: 1 serving is 1 potato half
Per Serving: 190 cal, 8g fat, 25g carb, 7g prot, 2g fiber, 320mg sod What are some of your healthy eating rules?