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Power Performance Baked Potato

A traditional baked potato is given a powerful boost with the addition of protein-rich ricotta, baby spinach and flavorful pesto.

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Potato Type: Russet
Cuisine: American
Prep Method: Microwave

Dish

Side DishMain Dish

Prep Time

5 Mins

Cook Time

8 Mins

Serving

Serves 1

Description

A traditional baked potato is given a powerful boost with the addition of protein-rich ricotta, baby spinach and flavorful pesto.

Ingredients

  • 1 Russet baking potato, about 10 oz.
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta
  • ¾ cup baby spinach leaves, chopped if desired
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons pesto, homemade or store bought

Preparation

  1. Wash the potato and pat dry. Prick with fork 4-5 times on both sides. Place on a microwave safe plate and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Use oven mitts to flip the potato and microwave an additional 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and set aside.
  2. While the potato is cooking, mix together the ricotta and pesto in a bowl.
  3. When potato has cooled enough, split open the potato and stuff in the baby spinach leaves. Top with the ricotta-pesto mixture, and enjoy.

Notes

Time-Saving Tips:

  • Bake or microwave potatoes ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
  • You can also mix up the ricotta and pesto ahead of time, and refrigerate.

Customizations:

  • Try topping your Power Baked Potato with broccoli or kale as an alternative to spinach.
  • You can also sub in cottage cheese in place of ricotta or sundried tomato pesto instead of basil pesto.

 

Learn How to Bake a Potato in the Oven.

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Recipe By: Leslie Bonci, RD

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories

585

Fat

21.6g

Sodium

486mg

Cholesterol

40g

Vitamin C

79mg

Carbohydrates

73.7g

Fiber

7.9g

Protein

24g

Potassium

1924mg

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