Baked Potato Bar

Oh healthy day! If you are like me, you have had your fair share of cookies, cheese, wine, beer, and gravy over the course of the winter so far. And if you are like me, there will probably be some unhealthy “hibernating” food as we get snowed in tomorrow yet again. 

I love to eat creamy soups like the corn and crab chowder I am working on, indulge in cake like the flourless chocolate cake I am making this evening, and taste all sorts of delicious wines, but I only enjoy those things because of a careful balance. Healthy weekday meals are a major part of that balance. While I find my breakfast and lunch usually a little too mundane for blog fodder, I am pretty excited about some of the easy, healthy dinners that we have.

sweet potato

One recent, make ahead meal was a baked sweet potato bar. I knew we were going to be out of the house all day and until about 8 pm without a chance to grab dinner, so the night before I baked two large sweet potatoes all the way through. When dinnertime came, I just popped them in the microwave to heat up.

sweet potato

As you would imagine, baked stuffed potatoes of the regular variety are pretty big in Ireland, where they are called jacket potatoes, and some of my stranger baked potato combinations are actually things I have eaten there. One Galway restaurant I love to visit is called Couch Potatas, a cozy café where you can get potatoes stuffed with everything from curried vegetables to coleslaw, beans, and cheese. For some reason, there is a LOT of coleslaw in Irish cuisine. I generally like it, but it’s a bit much when you order the salad plate and every salad on the dish is covered in mayo. I have learned to ask over the years Smile

On this particular evening, I did decide to make my baked potato with the coleslaw, baked beans, and aged Kerrygold cheddar combination.

I pre-purchased the coleslaw from Market Basket which was a bad idea; it is much better to make this sort of thing on your own.

cole slaw

In my potato, I also used half of a can of vegetarian baked beans and a handful of shredded cheddar.

baked potato bar

I also ended up sneaking in a couple of scoops of homemade hummus, my own very simple blend of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic.

hummus

Baked potato bar nights are a favorite in our house because of the versatility of the toppings. From grilled chicken, to vegetarian chili, to tuna melt potatoes, baked potatoes are a fun, quick, and cheap way to get in a healthy meal after a long day.

What are your favorite baked potato toppings or ways to eat potatoes? I have a MAJOR weakness for some good French fries. . .

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  1. Daisy’s avatar

    sometimes a baked potato is just the ticket! I never thought to call it a baked potato bar and add so many toppings. (Plain old sour cream and cheese will do) but i love this idea!!

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  2. Megan’s avatar

    Those might be the most interesting sweet potato toppings I’ve seen yet. I think I would do some creamy blue cheese after last night’s squash. Yum!

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  3. Michelle’s avatar

    What a great idea for dinner! I am definitely addicted to sweet potato chips. They are so good!

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  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Put anything on a sweet potato and I’ll eat it.

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  5. Simply Life’s avatar

    Great idea to make them ahead of time!

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  6. Heather’s avatar

    I’m like Melissa – put anything on a sweet potato and I will eat it!

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  7. ashleigh’s avatar

    I love potatoes! My favorite topping is sour cream or greek yogurt, and black beans… but usually not together.

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  8. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Umm, this is literally my ideal meal. Sweet potatoes, baked beans and cole slaw all rank in my top ten favorite foods. Hummus, also on the list. Must try.

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  9. MarathonVal’s avatar

    Never had a baked sweet potato bar at our house, but I’m definitely stealing this idea!

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  10. Judy’s avatar

    I don’t usually put “things” on my sweet potatoes. I’ll have to give that some thought. But I was thrilled to hear tonight that the first solid food they’ve found that my 5 mo old grandson will eat is sweet potatoes (neither of his parents like them). None of that icky cereal for him!

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  11. Tim Mazur’s avatar

    For a good, less mayonaissy (sic?) coleslaw, use the “secret” recipe from Kentucky Fried Chicken. It easily found on the internet. I usually buy the bagged cabbage and put it, along with all the ingredients in a big ziploc bag. Let it sit for for several hours and it is really good.

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thanks, Tim! I love the KFC slaw! :)

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    2. LauraJayne’s avatar

      Those potatoes look delicious! I had never thought of including them in a potato bar – or combining coleslaw and beans to make the topping! I can’t wait to try it!

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    3. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

      I’ve made a Mexican style jacket potato a while back and haven’t done it since. I love the sound of this combo and of having jacket potatoes more often. :)

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    4. alicia’s avatar

      I loved jacket potatoes when I visited the UK….I used to eat stuffed baked potatoes all the time – I gotta get it back into the rotation!

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