As your children head back to school this year, local Certified Nutritional Chef Alyssia Webb Birnbaum from Mama’s Gotta Eat warns that it may not be easy to transition from the loose and undefined mealtimes of summer break to more scheduled dinners.
“Food is such an integral part of family life, and involving your children in their nutrition doesn’t have to be a daunting task,” says Alyssia. “My goal is to help you maximize each trip to the grocery store, use leftovers to their full potential and, most importantly, have healthy, fresh meals that are both delicious and fun to eat.”
Below you’ll find a recipe that gives leftover potatoes a second chance to make a delicious first impression.
How to Make Leftovers-Turned-Snacks Potato Skins
- 4 Potato Halves, Scooped Out*
- 1 Cup Low-Fat Shredded Cheese
- ½ Cup Chopped Turkey Bacon
- Sliced Green Onions
- ¼ Cup Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
* Versatility is key with this recipe. Didn’t have baked potatoes for dinner the night before that you can reuse? Try potato wedges, tater tots or even get creative and use the leftover green vegetables you have like broccoli or green beans.
- Preheat your oven to 375.
- Assembly line set up works best for kids, so paper plates or small bowls filled with toppings are going to be your best friends.
- If you have leftover bacon from breakfast, chop that up or have a child tear it by hand.
- Sort the rest of the toppings into the bowls and start filling up those scooped out potato halves with ‘em!
- Lay the cheese vessels out on a half sheet pan (a baking sheet will do just fine, but be sure to place your potatoes/veggies toward the middle of the pan so that there isn’t room for cheese or toppings to drip off the side).
- Cook the potato skins for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
- Let your healthy snack cool slightly, and enjoy!
Healthy Note: No time to sit outside in the sun or can’t tolerate the heat to get some vitamin D? Potato skins pack a punch full of vitamins D and B-6.
Potato Skins (8 servings) – Calories: 110kcal/Fat: 5.7g/Carbs: 5.5g/Protein: 7.4g
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