I am a bit of a picky eater. And, as much as I promised myself that I wasn't going to raise a picky eater, Olivia is turning out to be quite particular when it comes to food. This year I've decided that it's time to expose her (and maybe the rest of us) to new foods that she's never tried, but just might end up liking.
Two things that Olivia definitely loves are potatoes and cheese. So when it's time to introduce a new food, I always aim to combine it with one or both of those foods. Last weekend I made these sweet and savory twice baked potatoes for lunch. They were delicious, and little did my family know they were packed with nutrients and vitamins.
When it comes to twice baked potatoes, I tend to use whatever I have on hand. For each potato I used 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon of soft butter, 1 tablespoon of sour cream, and 2 tablespoons of milk. I also had 1/4 cup bacon bits, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, 1/4 cup of diced green onion, and 1/4 cup of Sunsweet Plum Amaz!ns. On this day the Amaz!ns were the "new to Olivia food." Dried prunes are packed with fiber and potassium, not to mention great flavor.
Lately, I've been loving a handful of these babies once or twice throughout the day, so I figured why not add some to our lunch and make our savory potatoes a little sweeter!
To make twice baked potatoes, start by piercing the potatoes with a fork and baking them in the oven at 350 degrees until they are tender. It usually takes mine about an hour and a half.
Once soft, remove them from the oven and slice them in half. Be careful handling, because they will be hot! Scoop out all the potato into a big bowl, leaving the skin intact.
I always add the salt and pepper, butter, sour cream, and milk first. Then, mash it all up. The ingredients seem to mix into the potatoes better if they are room temperature.
Next, add all the goodies and mix.
Using a big spoon, fill the empty skins with the mashed potato mixture. Top each one with shredded cheese and a few green onions for garnish.
Finally put them back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until they are warmed through and the cheese is melted.
It's always nice to try something different in the kitchen. And it's especially nice when you can introduce your family to a new food in a fun way. If you haven't had Sunsweet Amaz!ns yet, you might want to give them a try. I know a lot of us are trying to eat healthier this year and prunes are known to promote healthy bones and improve the digestive system. Plus, these little dried fruit snacks are only 100 calories per serving so I don't have to feel guilty about nibbling during the day!
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