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Really Easy Meals: The Five-Bean Potato


five bean potato recipe

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re rushed, hungry, and not quite sure what to eat? Well, my friend, you have come to the right place.


The 5-Bean Potato hits all the right notes. It’s filling, provides 2 or more veggie servings (depending on the size of the potato), is low in calories, and can be ready in no time at all.

The centerpiece of the dish is the baked potato. Often shunned by dieters, the potato is both a nutritional and caloric bargain. A standard 8 oz. potato is only about 160 calories – for a half pound of food! And potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.

Potatoes are also versatile in the number of ways they can be prepared. Want it ready the moment you walk in the door? Prick potatoes with a fork, wrap individually in foil, put in a slow cooker (do not add water), cover and cook on high for 2½ - 4 hours, or low for 8-10 hours. Have just a few minutes? Prick potatoes with a fork and cook on high in a microwave for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool a bit before eating. Have some time and want to go “old school?” Prick potatoes with a fork and bake at 375 degrees for an hour in the oven (this way is my favorite!).



5-Bean Potato

1 potato, cooked
1 HMR Five-Bean Casserole Entree, heated
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. non-fat sour cream
Thinly sliced chives

Split the cooked potato lengthwise and gently squeeze to open it up a bit. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the Five-Bean Casserole entrée, non-fat sour cream, and chives.

375 calories
2 vegetable servings


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by KeithVanGasken on 02/27/2013 | Share Story With a Friend

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About the Author

Keith Van Gasken

Keith Van Gasken began obesity treatment in a clinic setting in 1982, and has been with HMR since 1992. Roles have included health educator & mentor, as well as program and product development, with a special affinity for product & recipe development. He has maintained a 100-lb. weight loss since 1982.

Comments (5) Post a comment
I enjoy many of the meals on top of a baked potato when I'm feeling extra hungry at dinnertime. I've also found that I can make an awesome taco salad with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, some salsa, & either the Turkey Chili or Enchiladas! Yummy!!
by TEXANinWI on 03/10/2013
A medium sized potato (6-8 oz) counts as a serving. Some potatoes counts a two servings if they are 2x bigger. Enjoy!
by KeithVanGasken on 03/04/2013
This sounds great. What size potato equals a veggie serving?
by MarilynXD on 03/03/2013
Great timing! I read this topic and then went to our cafeteria in search of green beans. What else did I see but baked potatoes! So lunch was a baked potato, HMR chili, and green beans. Yummy and very filling - thank you for the suggestion, Keith!
by Spiritflow on 02/27/2013
Thanks Keith for the reminder, great coming from your longevity with HMR. It really does work! Potatoes also my favorite go to instant meal, I will try with 5 Bean and I will add my necessary onions, for a 3 veggie. Thanks
by thepumpkinmousse on 02/21/2012