Rapid Recipe: Mediterranean-Style Baked Potato Bar Need something quick and easy that the entire family will love? Try this fun step-by-step potato bar recipe tonight! BY CHERYL TALLMAN
The humble and glorious potato can be just about anything to each family member.
“ Similar to a taco bar, a baked potato bar offers every family member a chance to make their own meal.”
The potato often gets a bad rap because they are commonly fried or loaded with fat and calories from butter and sour cream. It turns out, potatoes are fat-free and cholesterol-free, a good source of fiber and Vitamin C, plus they contain less than 10% of your daily value of carbohydrates. That’s a pretty healthy food!
Baked potatoes can be the foundation for a great family dinner by creating a baked potato bar! Similar to a taco bar, a baked potato bar offers every family member a chance to make their own meal. Instead of copying the Mexican Taco bar flavors, we decided to change up the flavor and go with Mediterranean-inspired flavors.
* Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
* Rinse and scrub medium-sized potatoes under cold water to remove dirt.
* Poke holes in the potatoes several times with the tines of a fork.
* Wrap the potato in foil to produce a softer skin, or place directly on oven rack for a crispy skin.
* Bake for 45-60 minutes.
Setting up the baked potato bar:
Place a baked potato on each person’s plate. Remove the foil (if needed) and slice and "x" in the skin and push the opening to expose the fluffy white potato goodness.
Set the table or a buffet area with a variety of healthy toppings from all the food groups. Let each family member make their own creation. Encourage everyone to choose at least one item from each food group. Sit down at the table and enjoy a delicious meal and family togetherness.
Mediterranean Potato Bar
Vegetables: * Green and black olives * Diced fresh tomatoes * Chopped sun dried tomatoes * Dice, cooked zucchini or eggplant * Pesto or chopped fresh basil
Proteins: * Tuna (canned or grilled) * Chopped grilled chicken * Hummus or white bean dip * Chopped hard boiled eggs
Dairy: * Feta cheese crumbles * Goat cheese * Parmesan cheese * Cottage cheese with fresh chopped herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice
Grains: * The potato is a fiber-rich vegetable. However, they are starchy, so they can replace a grain on your plate at a meal. Our potato bar idea considers the baked potato the grain serving.
Cheryl Tallman is the founder of Fresh Baby (www.FreshBaby.com). For more than 10 years, Fresh Baby helped has helped parents foster their children’s healthy eating habits and proactively respond to the childhood obesity epidemic that plagues our nation. Cheryl is the author and designer of the company’s award-winning cookbooks and nutrition education products that support many stages of family life including: pregnancy, breastfeeding, introducing solid foods, and feeding toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children.