Really Easy Meals: The Five-Bean Potato
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!).
1 potato, cooked
1 HMR Five-Bean Casserole Entree, heated
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. non-fat sour cream
Thinly sliced chives
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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.
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