Sunday, April 5, 2009

Loaded Potato Skins & still losing weight?

Anyone who loves potatoes knows that the loaded potato skin is the best thing since, well since potatoes themselves! But are they off limits if you're trying to lose weight? HECK NO!

One of my favorite side dishes and sometimes even "main dish" is the all time favorite recipe, tweaked to be more figure friendly! No, you don't have to load them with only veggies, honest!

GFS (Gordon Food Service) is one of my favorite places to shop. They offer great prices on items in large quantities (much like Sam's Club) but without the cost of a membership. Many restaurants use this place (since that was where it's original roots were, was to service the food service industry). Shopping there makes it very affordable and easy to re-create restaurant favorite dishes at a fraction of the price AND a fraction of the fat & calories! One of my favorite purchases there are the potato skins. At about $10 a bag, with 50 servings, you can make tons of potato yumminess! Each skin has nutritional values of : 80 cal./0g Fat/3g Fiber, making them very point friendly for those doing Weight Watchers, like me!

So what can you put on your potato skins to make them yummy? Some of my favorite toppings include low fat cheddar, 1/2 slice or even fat free shredded cheddar melts well on these. I also like to use 1/4-1/2 tsp. olive oil on each to give them a little moistness AND get in my daily counts of essential oils. Fat free sour cream is a must! Chives, dried or fresh add a nice little zing. My daughter loves bacon bits on them, just a few. Broccoli and cheddar are another favorite at our house! A few "real" bacon bits always add some zip, again in small quantities they add a ton of flavor! Don't forget to use all those spices you have in your cupboard too! A sprinkle of garlic powder, rosemary, dill, or Italian seasonings really give your potatoes some flavor!

The best part is, everything you used to enjoy on those loaded potato skins at the restaurant can be found in better choice versions for your skins at home! And with a bag of 50, you can invite those friends to hang out at your place, play some guitar hero and eat up! Nobody will even guess that your version of these yummy appetizers are good for them!

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