Friday, 5 February 2016

Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

5 organic russet potatoes
1/4 cup freshly copped organic chives
3 tablespoons Earth Balance Spread
5 strips Upton Naturals Bacon Seitan
1/2 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup vegan cheddar shreds (optional)
1/4 teaspoon organic ground pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder

Rinse the potatoes with the skin on, then using a fork, poke several holes in the top of each potato. Place them directly on the rack and bake for 40-45 minutes at 400 degrees, or until potatoes are soft.

While potatoes are baking, cook the bacon according to direction and until crunchy. While the bacon is cooking, chop the chives and set aside. Once the bacon is done, crunch it up into small pieces and set aside.

Once potatoes are complete, cut each in half lengthwise and then spoon out the potatoes into a large mixing bowl leaving a thin layer of potatoes attached to the skin so they maintain shape. Reduce oven  temperature to 375.

After all potatoes are shelled, add the Earth Balance, almond milk, pepper, and onion and garlic powder to the mixing bowl with potatoes and mash together well. Next, fold in the bacon, chives, and optional cheddar shreds.

Spoon the potato filling back into the skins and optionally top with some vegan cheddar. Place on a baking sheet and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until top browns.

Healthy Life Tip: To save time, bake the potatoes ahead of time and store whole in the refrigerator.

Pair perfectly with these BBQ Seitan Skewers!

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