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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.
Oh my, I’ve forgotten how much I love baked potatoes. I’ve been so focused on it’s sweeter cousin, that I completely forgot how comforting and delicious a simple baked potato can be. To take this spud over the top (pun intended), I’ve loaded it with summer flavors: smoky vegetarian baked beans, sharp cheddar, garlicky greens and avocado. Always avocado.
These protein-packed potatoes are the perfect lunch or dinner when you’re craving maximum flavor without a lot of effort.
The star of these BBQ loaded potatoes are the hefty pile of vegetarian baked beans on top. I’m using Pacific Food’s Organic Baked Beans here as they are lower in sugar than other brands, yet just as delicious. I also appreciate that they use just a hint of brown sugar as the sweetener, instead of high-fructose corn syrup or other questionable sweeteners.
Whenever I talk about baked potatoes with my clients, I’m met with a healthy dose of skepticism. Aren’t potatoes bad for you!? They are full of sugar! Not quite. While we tend to eat a lot of potatoes in the french-fried version, a baked potato is much different and loaded with nutrients. Sadly, french fries aren’t a health food, but that doesn’t meal all potatoes are out.
One medium-size baked potato contains 110 calories, 2g of fiber and is free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. While I’m not personally a calorie counter, I like to remind people that as filling as a baked potato is, it’s relatively low in calories. So, I think it’s unfair to vilify the humble baked potato. It’s not the same as a cupcake.
The combo of toppings may seem a little weird, but trust me when I say that it works. Creamy potatoes, sharp cheese, tender greens and avocado pile on perfectly! The saucy beans get into all the nooks and crannies of the potato, the cheese adds another layer of flavor, and the greens and avocado bring the entire thing home.
Be warned- these are really filling potatoes! All that protein, fiber and healthy fats kept me full for hours.
If you make these (or any dish), I’d love to see! Tag #delishknowledge on social media or leave a comment below. Seeing your creations of my recipes completely makes my day!
Tell me: how do you like to eat baked beans? Do you think potatoes are a healthy choice?
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
BBQ Loaded Stuffed Baked Potatoes! Topped with baked beans, cheddar, sauteed spinach, avocado and red pepper flakes. Hearty, filling and vegetarian! These healthy potatoes are the perfect BBQ option for summer! Less than 10 ingredients, high-protein, gluten-free and easily vegan.
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