How to Bake a Potato: Microwave Edition


Admit it. No matter how advanced or remedial your cooking skills may be, it’s always nice to have a quick refresher course. So let’s get back to basics with a quick lesson on how to bake a potato. To bake a potato in a conventional oven, preheat your oven to 375-degees, pierce each potato, place potatoes in a baking dish, and bake for one hour. Don’t have an hour to spare? Keep reading!

As you may already know, we work with the United States Potato Board, and therefore have the pleasure of being spud insiders. As such, we want to let you in on a little secret: potatoes are not only good for you, but they’re also incredibly convenient. With back to school season in full swing, everyone is looking to save time wherever possible. But look no further than your very own kitchen, because delicious, fluffy baked potatoes can be made in under ten minutes using a household tool that you don’t normally think of when it comes to taters . . . your microwave!

Try this tonight for an incredibly easy, affordable, and healthful dinner that you can feel good about. (Video here)

Tip: Mix up family dinner with a baked potato bar! It’s a fun way to keep potatoes naturally good for you, while allowing family members to be involved in the dinner-making process and choose their favorite flavors

Classic Baked Potatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Start to finish: 15 minutes
Cost per serving: $.50

4 (5-to 6-oz.) Russet potatoes, scrubbed
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
4 teaspoons healthy buttery spread
1/2 teaspoon garlic or seasoned salt
Snipped fresh chives or green onion tops (optional)

Cut a wedge out of each potato about 1/8-inch wide and 1-inch deep. Place potatoes in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH, uncovered, for 10 to12 minutes depending on strength of microwave. Use oven mitts to remove dish from microwave. Carefully make a slit in the top of each potato and fluff with a fork. Stir 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 teaspoon buttery spread and 1/8 teaspoon salt into each potato; sprinkle with chives if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving with skins:
Calories: 160, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 160mg, Potassium: 651mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 4%, Vitamin C: 50%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 8%

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