Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes - Mature Health Center

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Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

A few modifications make this recipe both healthy and hearty.

Servings: 4 servings

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Potatoes are one of the great comfort foods, especially when stuffed with a satisfying mixture of lean ground beef and broccoli florets plus reduced-fat sour cream and cheddar cheese. Add a tossed salad and you have a healthy and hearty meal that will leave you feeling good.


  • 4  medium russet potatoes 

  • 8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef, (see variation)

  • 1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped

  • 1 cup water 

  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided

  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream 

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 

  • 3  scallions, sliced


  1. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Place in the microwave and cook on medium, turning once or twice, until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, brown meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Increase heat to high, add broccoli and water to the pan, cover, and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the broccoli; add to the meat.

  3. Carefully cut off the top third of the cooked potatoes; reserve the tops for another use. Scoop out the insides into a medium bowl. Place the potato shells in a small baking dish. Add 1/2 cup cheddar, sour cream, salt and pepper to the potato insides and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add scallions and the potato mixture to the broccoli and meat; stir to combine.

  4. Evenly divide the potato mixture among the potato shells and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Microwave on high until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.

Calories: 274; Carbohydrates: 24g; Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Protein: 22g; Cholesterol: 52mg; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sodium: 514mg.


Tips & Notes:
Vegetarian variation: Replace the ground beef with a soy-based substitute or omit the beef altogether and increase the broccoli to 1 1/2 cups and the cheese to 1 1/4 cups.