Recipe Tip  
  October 2009
Low Fat Potato Skins  

4 medium (6-8 oz) baking potatoes
1 tsp olive oil, divided
Cooking spray
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
Pinch paprika
1/8 tsp sea salt
4 slices turkey bacon, vegetarian bacon or 4 tbsp bacos
1 ½ oz (1/3 cup) low fat cheddar, shredded
3 Tbsp green onion, finely chopped
¼ cup lite sour cream, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Scrub potatoes well with a vegetable brush.  Poke each potato 5 times with a fork.  Rub outside of each with ¼ tsp oil.  Place potatoes directly on oven rack and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until tender throughout.  Let potatoes cool 1-2 hours or refrigerate in a resealable plastic bag for up to 1 day.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  4. Cut potatoes in ½ lengthwise.  Using a spoon, carefully scrape out centers, leaving an even 1/2 –inch thick potato shell intact.  Save contents for later use.
  5. Spray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.  Arrange potato shells on baking sheet so they barely touch. Lightly mist tops with spray, then sprinkle them evenly with garlic powder, cayenne, paprika and salt.  Bake 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile place a small nonstick pan over medium-high heat.  Add bacon/”bacon” and cook stirring frequently until barely crisped, about 3-5 minutes.  Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.  (or microwave veggie slices…with Bacos , you can skip this step)
  7. Sprinkle cheese, bacon, then onion evenly over baked shells. Bake 15-18 minutes more until lightly browned.  Top with a dollop of sour cream if desired.  Serve immediately

Nutrition analysis:   (for a 2-shell serving not including sour cream)
Cals:  234
Fat : 4 grams (1 sat or less)
Carbs:  39 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 336 mg

Exchange system count as 2 ½ starch, 1 protein.

(For those of you who know the exchange system, the reason this isn’t 2 proteins is because every 3 oz portion of potato has 3 grams protein in it).

Slightly altered from CLEAN LIVING MAGAZINE

Nov/Dec 2009 issue

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