In The Kitchen: Load ’em up with healthy toppings

These potato skins are loaded without the high fat toppings.

These potato skins are loaded without the high fat toppings.

When you think of “loaded” potato skins, there’s not much healthy in those thoughts. After all, the “load” these skins usually carry are cheese, bacon, sour cream --- ummm.

There are ways, however, to make healthy potato skins that are rich in flavor and low in fat. You can keep with the traditional and use turkey bacon and cottage cheese, or load up the potato with its friends from the garden and use either cottage cheese or fat-free sour cream as the topping.

Potatoes are rich in nutrients, a good source of fiber and a great source of iron. They are one of the few foods that retain their nutritional value when cooked in a microwave. Try out this zesty and flavorful “Loaded” Potato Skins.

Zesty Potato Skins

6 medium red potatoes (baked)

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/8 tsp. salt

8 ounces fat-free cottage cheese (don’t drain)

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 or 3 green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut each potato in half and scoop out the centers leaving about 1/4 in. potato around the inside. Then cut each half in half. Lightly spray the pulp side with cooking spray.

In a small bowl combine, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Sprinkle on the pulp side . Place the potato skins on a baking sheet (skin side down) and bake about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, whisk or use a blender and process the cottage cheese and lime juice. Spoon about 1 tsp. onto baked skins, then top with the chopped green onions. Sprinkle on just a little chili powder.

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