Quick & Healthy Microwave Baked Potatoes

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 servings

A quick, easy and healthy recipe to get the delicious flavor of baked potatoes in your microwave. Includes variations for broccoli cheddar, baked pizza and spinach alfredo flavors.

Potatoes are naturally gluten-free. To ensure this dish is too, check the label and skip or substitute ingredients marked with a (*).

Ingredients:

  • 4 (5 to 6 oz.) russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt*
  • 4 tsp healthy buttery spread
  • 1/2 tsp garlic or seasoned salt
  • Snipped fresh chives or green onion tops (optional)

Directions:

1) Cut a wedge out of each potato about 1/8-inch wide and 1-inch deep and place in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes depending on strength of microwave. Use oven mitts to remove dish from microwave.

2) Fluff potatoes with a fork.

3) Stir 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tsp buttery spread and 1/8 tsp salt into each potato; sprinkle with chives if desired.

 

Variations

Broccoli Cheddar Baked Potatoes

Place 3 cups tiny broccoli flowerettes in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon water. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Drain and spoon equal amounts onto each seasoned potato. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes more to melt cheese.

 

Baked Pizza Potatoes

Place 16 slices turkey pepperoni on a plate and microwave on high for 45 to 60 seconds to crisp. Top each seasoned potato with 1/4 cup warm pasta sauce, 1/4 cup Italian blend shredded cheese, 1 tablespoon minced green pepper and 1 tablespoon sliced green onion. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes to melt cheese, then top with coarsely crumbled pepperoni slices.

 

Spinach Alfredo Baked Potatoes

Stir 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach into 1/2 cup light Alfredo sauce. Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Spoon equal amounts onto each seasoned potato, then sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

 

Adapted from Potato Goodness Unearthed

Nutrition:

Calories: 160

Fat: 3 g

Cholesterol: 0

Sodium: 160 g

Vitamin C: 50%

Carbohydrates: 29 g

Fiber: 2 g

Protein: 4 g

Potassium: 651 mg

 

Broccoli Cheddar Baked Potatoes nutritional analysis per serving with skins

Calories: 250

Fat: 9g, Saturated

Fat: 4.5g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 400mg

Potassium: 825mg

Carbohydrates: 33g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 13g

Vitamin A: 45%

Vitamin C: 140%

Calcium: 45%

Iron: 10%

 

Baked Pizza Potatoes nutritional analysis per serving with skins

Calories: 290

Fat: 8g

Saturated Fat: 4g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 590mg

Potassium: 708mg Carbohydrates: 39g

Fiber: 3g

Sugar: 7g

Protein: 15g

Vitamin A: 10%

Vitamin C: 70%

Calcium: 25%

Iron: 8%

 

Spinach Alfredo Baked Potatoes nutritional analysis per serving with skins

Calories: 200

Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 390mg

Potassium: 735mg

Carbohydrates: 31g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 5g

Vitamin A: 35%

Vitamin C: 60%

Calcium: 10%

Iron: 10%

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