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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recipe - Baked Potato Skins with Creamy Spinach and Turkey Bacon


Yesss, it's football season! I watch NFL games on Sunday and watch some college games on Saturday, go Gators! Anyway, I like to snack when I eat and one of the things that I really missed about dieting was potato skins. Every restaurant that serves potato skins, i.e. - TGI Fridays, doesn't make their potato skins diet friendly. So what do you do when you are craving something, but don't want to fall off of the wagon? You research recipes and food. You can even 'tinker' with your traditional recipes. The key is to figure out what ingredients work for you and your body. I found a nice recipe for potato skins and this is a Weight Watchers' recipe. Have you tried this recipe before? Did you like the taste? Would you have changed anything? Below you will find the recipe with Weight Watchers' Points Plus values, enjoy!

Baked Potato Skins with Creamy Spinach and Turkey Bacon

PointsPlus™ Value: 3
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 20 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
3 small potatoes, baked, sliced in half and cooled
1 spray cooking spray
20 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
4 oz light cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 slices cooked crisp turkey bacon, crumbled

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Scoop out flesh of potatoes, leaving about 1/4 of potato flesh in potato. (Reserve remaining potato flesh for another use such as mashed potatoes.)

Place potato halves on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. While potato skins bake, combine spinach, cream cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until well-blended.

Remove skins from oven and spoon 3 tablespoons of spinach mixture into each potato half; bake until warmed through, about 5 minutes more.

Remove skins from oven and top each half with about 1 tablespoon of crumbled bacon. Yields 1 potato half per serving.


Note - To easily dry spinach, place thawed spinach in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out liquid over the sink, as though you were wringing out a wet towel.




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