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Hot Potato with Cheese & Chives

Hot Potato with Cheese & Chives

A microwave and a potato can be a beautiful combination for a healthy vegetarian snack. Vary the toppings to keep from getting bored whenever you take ten to heat up this tasty spud. Add a few steamed veggies and you've got a meal!

Servings: 1

Equipment: microwave, sharp knife, microwave-safe dish

How long does it take?

10 minutes

What's in it?

1 medium potato
2 Tablespoons shredded low-fat soy cheese
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh chives

How to make it:

Step 1: Scrub the spud.
Scrub any dirt off the potato with water. Cut a wedge-shaped slice in the potato (where you'll put the cheese and other stuff).

Step 2: Prepare the cheese and chives topping.
In a small bowl, mix the shredded cheese, mustard, and chives. Place this mixture in the wedge of the potato.

Step 3: Nuke it!
Set the stuffed potato on a microwave-safe plate or cooking dish. Cover the potato with plastic wrap, and cook on high for 7 minutes. Carefully unwrap the potato to avoid a steam-burn.

Nutrition breakdown:

Calories 142, Protein 8 g, Carbohydrate 23 g, Fat 3 g (saturated fat 0), Dietary Fiber 3 g, Vitamin A 96 IU (12% of RDA), Vitamin C 25 mg (49% of RDA), Iron 4 mg (28% of RDA), Magnesium 56 mg (20% of RDA)

What's in it for you?

Potatoes are a low-fat, high-fiber treat. Fiber helps to fill you up after you eat, and keeps your digestive system running smoothly. Don't throw away nutrients you need by leaving the skin on your plate!

Soy cheese gives a girl protein and bone-building calcium. You'll find it in the dairy case or near the deli in your grocery store.

Chef's tip:

Some people prefer the taste of a potato that's been baked in the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and skip the plastic wrap. Keep in mind that it takes a lot longer to bake a potato (about an hour).

Endless possibilities exist for hot potato toppings. Here are a few ideas:

  • Refried beans, salsa, and shredded cheese (or soy cheese)
  • Broccoli and cheddar (or soy cheese)
  • Plain yogurt cheese, chives, salt, and pepper

Leftovers make great toppings! Use that last scoop of Tuna Salad Italiano on a hot potato. Buon appetito!

Last Modified Date: 10/20/2000