This meal wasn't on the menu plan, but we had company come over for dinner Sunday evening, and one of the guests was a vegetarian. I couldn't in good conscience serve Mu Shu Pork, although I know our other guest would have loved it. So I pulled out one of our favorite vegetarian meal recipes. Of course, you can make this completely vegetarian, or not, whatever suits your tastes. We planned this meal potato bar style and let everyone "build" their poatoes with their favorite toppings.
Another great plus about this meal is that it is cheap! Doesn't cost much at all.
Broccoli Baked Potatoes
6-7 medium potatoes
1 bag frozen broccoli
1/2 cup water (or 1/4 cup milk if you like your protein)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, butter or margarine, chives or chopped green onion, etc.
Directions:Scrub potatoes clean. Make shallow slits around middle of potatoes as though you were cutting them in half lengthwise. Place in microwave and cook for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Pull potatoes out and set aside. Cook broccoli according to package directions (I used the steamable kind so I just stuck the bag in the microwave). Meanwhile, slice potatoes in half, and scoop the insides out, taking care to not break through the skin. Place potato insides into a large bowl. Add cooked broccoli, water or milk, salt and pepper. With an electric mixer, mash/beat potatoes and broccoli together until entire mixture is pale green with dark green flecks. Heap mixture into potato skins. Place in preheated 350-degree oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.
The verdict? Both of our guests LOVED these potatoes!