Monday, May 27, 2013

Healthy "Loaded" Potato Skins

Happy Memorial Day!  

Memorial Day itself is a day to honor and remember the brave men and women who have fought for our country and given their lives for our freedom... and a day to give thanks to our veterans and current active military for their service. This is the land of the free, because it's the home of the brave.

Memorial Day is also associated with the beginning of summer, pool parties, and backyard barbecues! How did you celebrate over the long holiday weekend? We spent some time at the bay, barbecued, and relaxed most of the weekend. On Sunday, I had a blast grilling up some BBQ chicken, corn, and potatoes for my family...


But WOW, we had so many leftovers! I decided I would take our Memorial Day barbecue leftovers and turn them into another delicious meal... Healthy "Loaded" Potato Skins. Since almost every ingredient I needed was already cooked/grilled, this was such an easy and quick dinner to put together.  

Healthy "Loaded" Potato Skins

  • 2 large baked potatoes
  • 2 tsp. margarine (I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)
  • 1/2 cup grilled chicken, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup grilled corn, cut from ears
  • 1/2 cup steamed broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp. Light ranch dressing
  • 2 tsp. reduced-sodium bacon bits (optional)

Preheat oven to 425.

Place baked potatoes on a greased cookie sheet. Cut open the top of each potato with a knife, exposing the inside. Scoop out inside of potato out to make a hole; until about 1/4"-1/2" of the inside is left.


Coat the inside of each potato with 1 tsp. of margarine.

Fill with each potato skin with chicken, corn, broccoli, and then cheddar cheese; dividing the ingredients equally between the 4 potato skins.

Bake for 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and potato is warm on the inside. Remove from oven, allow to cool a few minutes, then top each potato skin with 1/2 tbsp. of ranch dressing (and bacon bits, optional).


You could use any of your Memorial Day barbecue leftovers (steak, peppers, etc.) in a potato skin... or create your own "loaded" potato skin recipe using different meat, veggies, and cheeses. It is truly the easiest dinner ever!

I'm going to use the inside of the potato I scooped out of the skins for hashbrowns tomorrow... :) No wasting around here!

Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!


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