I found time got away from me while out gardening. We were both tired, dirty, and ravenous . . . It's in vulnerable moments like that, you need a back-up plan!
We have to work on "thinking healthy" when it comes to feeding our families. "Fast food" is so readily available . . . a phone call away, a quick trip to Mc.D, B.K. or KFC and we are feeding our families empty calories, and not getting the most value out of our hard earned money! Healthy "fast" food is also readily available if we keep our fridge and pantry well stocked!
Fortunately for me, when I'm hungry, I can be quite creative with food from the fridge, pantry and freezer!
4 large baking potatoes
1 can of chili beans
4 slices of thick sliced bacon
1 cup broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus ~ whatever you have on hand in your fridge
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion or 1/4 cup fresh green onion greens or chives
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
- Scrub potatoes well (so you can eat the vitamin filled skin) and pierce skin; microwave or pierce and wrap in foil to bake.
- Cut the bacon up into small pieces, fry in a medium sauté pan until crisp.
- Drain on paper towel.
- Pour off grease leaving a tablespoon of bacon grease to cook onion.
- Sauté onions on MEDIUM heat for 1-minute.
- Add chili beans, heat through for 2-minutes.
- Chop broccoli into small pieces-- cook until crisp-tender.
- Open baked potatoes; mash with fork; add butter; salt and pepper.
- Load each potato with 1/4 of chili beans, broccoli, cheddar cheese.
- Top with sour cream and chives (if using)
I had forgotten how incredibly delicious, and satisfying a Fully Loaded Potato can be!
FULLY LOADED POTATO ~ "Fast Food" at it's finest!
Of course, you could certainly use cauliflower or asparagus, for the veggie. Adding pepper flakes would give your potato a bit of a kick. Swiss cheese, a bit of sautéd garlic, or even some mushrooms sliced up and sautéd would taste wonderful! Potatoes make such a wonderful canvas for you to go wild with creativity!
These Loaded Potatoes were so filling, and I made them in less than 15 minutes for pennies a serving . . . Over at Julie's!!!