Quick microwaved stuffed baked potatoes for a cheap dinner
The scene: My kitchen. The time: Tonight, about 30 minutes before everyone melts down from starvation. The options: Join in the meltdown; scrounge around for enough money to order pizza; or do something special with those innocent-looking potatoes in the pantry. I bought them recently, thinking it would be a good idea to have potatoes in the house, just in case. And in this case, I can turn them into Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes in 30 minutes and turn dinner drama into a satisfying family meal. (At less than $3 per serving, it’s cheaper than pizza too.)
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The potatoes are easily cooked in the microwave while you organize the “stuff” to stuff them with: some steamed asparagus (or broccoli or whatever green veg you like), ham and Swiss cheese. A little sour cream makes the mixture, well, creamy and chives add a mild onion flavor and pretty green color. You top the loaded potatoes with a little more cheese and return them briefly to the microwave: who can resist such a tasty package with gooey melted cheese on top?
Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes
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Asparagus adds a touch of spring to this overstuffed ham-and-cheese twice-baked potatoes recipe. Use another vegetable, such as broccoli, if you prefer.
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Wendy Ruopp , Food Blog , Budget meals , Dinner , Family meals , Quick meals
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she writes about food for the Weeknights column of EatingWell Magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.
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