Sometimes going meatless doesn’t mean doing anything particularly fancy or outside of the box. It can mean taking a basic, well-loved recipe and simply removing a small part of it. This is what we did this week with twice-baked potatoes. Usually, when we make these, we include cooked bacon when we mix it all together, but leaving it out does not really affect the final product too much.
These tasty dinners are terribly simple to put together. Basically, you bake a couple of potatoes at 350 for an hour or so until you can squeeze them and they give a little. You cut them in half, scoop out most of the insides, and make mashed potatoes with whatever fillings you want (milk, sour cream, butter, cheese, chives, green onions, etc are the basics, but you could experiment with whatever). You fill up the shell, toss them back into the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or so. Let them cool a bit, serve with a side salad, and voila, dinner is served.
There are literally hundreds of recipes out there. This one from Betty Crocker is a classic and a great vegetarian option. For our vegan readers, try this version from The Veggie Gal. This was the one that we tried out (without the vegan bacon bits). The whole family enjoyed.
We hope that you try this out and enjoy it too!
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Meatless Monday, a national nonprofit public health initiative, is all about incorporating more vegetables and less meat into our diet. It’s about moderation, just one day a week, cutting down on meats high in saturated fat and increasing protein-rich plant-based foods — good for personal health and good for the planet.