It’s game day and you’re ready to root for your favorite team. Fuel your team spirit with a hearty plant-based meal packed with super-satifying appetizers.
Get Your Game Day on with Twice Baked Potato Skins
This plant-based, whole food dish make a great main part of your meal or you can pair them with your favorite PLANTSTRONG burger for a super satisfying game time dinner.
Spinach - the Superfood!
Spinach is a nutritious, leafy green. This vegetable has been shown to benefit health in several ways, classifying it as a superfood, which is an easy way to say it’s a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
This leafy vegetable is considered a superfood. But, why? The reason why spinach is considered a superfood is because of the loads of nutrients and low-caloric value that it possesses. These greens also benefit your skin, hair, and bones.
Get Going with Potato Power!
Potatoes are a versatile root vegetable and a staple food in many households. Aside from being nutritious, potatoes are also incredibly filling.
Potatoes are a good source of fiber, which can help you lose weight by keeping you full longer. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease by keeping cholesterol and blood glucose levels in check. Potatoes are also full of antioxidants that work to prevent diseases and vitamins that help your body function properly.
Potatoes are also quite filling, which means they may help you lose weight by curbing hunger pains and cravings. One large baked russet potato has 8 grams of protein, or 14 percent of men's and 17 percent of women's recommended daily allowances.
All in all, potatoes are a great addition to your diet in moderation. They are also naturally gluten-free, which means they can be enjoyed by almost everyone.
Buying and Storing Potatoes
When buying potatoes, choose ones that are firm, have smooth skins, and are without any sprouts or blemishes. Avoid potatoes with wrinkled skins, sprouted eyes, cut surfaces, soft or dark spots, decayed areas, or sunken spots. If possible, purchase potatoes that are fairly clean but unwashed. Potatoes that have been washed will spoil quicker.
Store potatoes in a well-ventilated cool, dry, dark area such as a cool closet or dry basement. When stored between 45F to 50F, potatoes will keep for several weeks. If stored at room temperature or in a warm place, potatoes will remain at top quality for only about 1 week.
Do not store potatoes in the refrigerator. The starch will begin to change to glucose and alter the taste; the potatoes will also turn dark after cooking.
Game Day Twice Baked Potato Skins
1/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
½ cup yellow onion, chopped
½ cup spinach, chopped
½ cup yellow corn
½ cup nutritional yeast
½ cup low sodium BBQ sauce
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
½ teaspoon black pepper
8 medium to large Russet potatoes
Preheat the oven to Bake at 400 degrees.
Wash the potatoes and place in the oven on a baking sheet for 40 minutes, or until fork tender. In a small bowl, combine the bell pepper, onion, spinach and corn.
When the potatoes are done baking, remove from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes for easier slicing. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato flesh, leaving the skin and some potato, as your potato skin, to load with filling.
Place the scooped-out potato into a large bowl. Add the nutritional yeast, BBQ sauce, black pepper and one teaspoon of the smoked paprika. Use a potato masher or a large spoon to combine the spices and BBQ sauce with the potatoes to make a mash. Combine the vegetables in the small bowl with the potato mixture in the large bowl.
Preheat the oven to Bake at 425 degrees.
Fill the empty potato skins with the vegetable and potato mixture. Sprinkle the remaining teaspoon of smoked paprika on the potatoes. Bake the filled potato skins for 15 minutes.
Serve with BBQ sauce for dipping.