I am always looking for meal prep ideas to use during the week. Both Kris and I don't make it home until 5:30/6:00 some days, so a full meal prep with 2 little kids doesn't always work out for us. Another common theme- we all want our food to be tasty, kid friendly, and healthy….
Double stuffed potatoes are a side dish that can be made a healthy or unhealthy as you want. You start from the basics and then you add from there.
What you will need:
- Baking sheet
- Tin foil to cover baking sheet
- 10 Potatoes (what ever ones you prefer baked, but the bigger the better…)
- 2 1/2 shredded cheese
- 1/2 cup of Sour Cream
- 1 Tbsp of Butter
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Mixing bowl to mix the potato mixture
- Knife to cut baked potatoes
- Spoon to scoop out baked potato/mix potato mixture/spoon back into potato
- Freezer bags if you are making these for another day.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
Cover cookie sheet with tin foil
Wash potatoes, leave skin on or leave then "naked" as some would say (Carter thought it was funny that I said naked potatoes..ha ha ha..kids)
Pierce the potatoes in various places with a fork.
Place potatoes on cookie sheet and put in the oven for at least 1 hr.
***Every persons oven is different. Potatoes will need at least an hour but they may need longer. When an hour is up, you can check them by seeing if a tooth pick or a fork pierces into the potatoes easily. If it does not put it in the oven for another 20 minutes. Repeat until the potatoes are able to be pierced. Sometimes the bigger the potato the longer it takes***
Shred cheese while waiting
Put on an oven mitt and hold the hot potato in the hand with the mitt on.
Cut the potato in half and scoop the baked inside of the potato into a mixing bowl.
Leave a little bit of potato on the sides to act as a form for the potatoes
Once all potato filling has been scooped out mix it with 1 1/2 cup of cheese, 1/2 cup of sour cream, and Tbsp of butter. Mix in with potatoes.
**If you feel that this is too much or too little ingredients add or take away as you see fit**
Once mixture is fully mixed scoop back into the potato shells
Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese on top of the potatoes
If you are planning on eating these right away- pop them in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt.
If you are planning to freeze these – put them on the same sheet that they were on originally cover with plastic wrap and place them in the freezer so that they can "flash freeze".
Once they have frozen a little bit divide them into freezer bags.
I put 2 to a bag, which works out to a nice amount for lunch and also for planning for dinner.
Extra toppings – You can be creative with other ingredients to put into the potato mixture.
Sauté some chopped onions
Fry up some bacon and cut up into small pieces
Add a Tbsp spoon of cream cheese
Try a mixture of cheese- mozzarella? Parmesan?
One thing to consider.. green onion tastes great on a potato but it does not taste great after being frozen. Fresh is always best with green onion.
My mouth is watering writing this….mmmmmmmmmm…..
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