Try our 5 Healthy Jacket Potato Fillings when you need to shake up your mid week dinners and need some quick and easy meal ideas.
It can be difficult to think of new, yet quick, healthy meal ideas and the humble potato is often overlooked. Often we turn to couscous or sweet potato in a bid to update our carb intake with trendy alternatives, forgetting how nutritious the humble British potato is on its own.
Packed full of potassium and vitamin B, potatoes should be a pantry staple. One of the best ways to eat potatoes is with their jackets on, perfectly baked in the oven until they are light and fluffy inside. Whilst you can’t beat cheese and baked beans on a rainy day, these five healthy fillings are sure to reignite your love of spuds.
First things first though – you need to get the jacket potato just right. If you’re short on time, pop a well-scrubbed potato in the microwave (covered in kitchen roll to soak up the moisture) to soften it for 5-6 minutes before finishing off in the oven for half an hour. Remember to add more time for each additional potato.
Now, on to those healthy jacket potato fillings:
Avocado, Chilli and Basil Jacket Potato
If you’re loving avo toast right now, why not pop it on your jacket? Mash a soft avocado with lemon, basil and a smattering of chilli flakes for a filling snack that will turbo fuel your metabolism.
Peanut Butter Chicken.
Like coronation chicken, but with peanut butter (think satay sauce), this recipe works equally well with Quorn. Mix a couple of spoonfuls of good quality peanut butter with a dash of soy sauce, nut oil and water before using it to smother cooked chicken or Quorn pieces. A high protein hit for after the gym.
Mushroom and Mackerel
Mackerel is full of omega-3 fatty acids and the pre-cooked kind is handy for adding to meals. Heat butter and garlic in a pan before adding sliced mushrooms of your choice. Once cooked, throw in the prepared mackerel to warm it through and serve with parsley.
Scrambled Egg, Tomato and Cucumber
This is a good vegetarian topping because you benefit from the nutrients in the eggs. The secret is in chopping the cucumber and tomato very small, so it looks like the eggs are speckled with green and red. You don’t want to cook the tomato and cucumber either, just mix them in at the last moment before serving the jacket potatoes.
Miso Devilled Eggs
Let’s bring back devilled eggs, but with an oriental twist! Classic devilled eggs involve cooking hard-boiled eggs, cutting them in half lengthways, scoping out the yolk to mix with mayonnaise, vinegar and mustard, and returning the mixture to the egg white like a little eggy bowl. You can buy Japanese miso paste from the supermarket. Add a dollop to the yolk mixture for extra flavour.
Jacket potatoes are a blank canvas; pretty much anything can be added to them. You can whip up a couple of fillings to keep the whole family happy and serve with a side of salad for a quick and healthy mid-week meal.
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