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These 10 Twice-Baked Potato Recipes Will Blow Your Mind

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Twice-baked potatoes are the ultimate healthy upgrade to the regular spud, and these 10 recipes are the perfect place to start.

When you hear the word “superfood,” I doubt the potato comes to mind.

It should, though, because it’s not only highly nutritious, but it’s highly filling as well, making it a perfect addition to anyone’s diet.

What the potato isn’t, though, is flavorful.

In fact, it’s downright bland, and that’s why most people load their baked potatoes up with butter, sour cream, and bacon bits.

The problem here is obvious: calories. Lots and lots of them.

Well, it’s time to enjoy a new, “lighter” kind of baked potato:

A twice-baked potato stuffed with goodies like veggies, meats, and other healthy ingredients, making them delicious andmacro friendly.”

For example, if you’re looking to cut down on carbs, try the Twice-Baked Potatoes with Cauliflower & Cheese.

For a high-protein meal, the Buffalo Chicken Twice-Baked Potatoes are perfect for you.

And if you want something sweet instead of savory, try the delicious Twice-Baked Sweet Potato with Wild Blueberries.


Sausage Pizza Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

twice baked sausage pizza potato Picture courtesy of Paleo Running Momma

If crumbled Italian sausage is your favorite pizza topping, you’ll want to try this twice-baked potato. The pizza crust is replaced with high-quality carbs.

Sweet potatoes are just the base here for sun-dried tomatoes, Italian sausage, and garlic. These sausage pizza twice-baked potatoes will satisfy cravings every time. Just add your favorite pizza toppings, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Serves 4


4 small sweet potatoes

3/4 lb. sweet Italian sausage

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 small onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

Large pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Salt to taste

1 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 296

Protein: 16 grams

Carbs: 36 grams

Fat: 10 grams


Buffalo Chicken Twice-Baked Potatoes

twice baked buffalo chicken potato Picture courtesy of Treats and Trinkets

These twice-baked potatoes are a meal unto themselves. That’s because they’re stuffed with chicken breast, onion, and bell pepper.

That’s like your high-protein entrée and side dish all in one bite. And twice-baked potatoes are portable too, so you can take them to-go for lunch or a snack anywhere that you have a microwave.

Serves 8


4 large russet potatoes, scrubbed

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Salt to taste

1 chicken breast (about 6 oz.), cut into strips

1 Tbsp. ranch seasoning mix

2 Tbsp. buffalo sauce

1/3 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp. Frank’s red hot sauce

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1/2 small red onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 cups (about 8 oz.) shredded cheddar

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 554

Protein: 31 grams

Carbs: 62 grams

Fat: 21 grams


Twice-Baked Sweet Potato with Wild Blueberries

twice baked blueberry sweet potato Picture courtesy of Wild Blueberries

Potatoes don’t have to be a savory side dish. This sweet twice-baked potato is topped with blueberries, ricotta cheese, and pecans for a nutritious dessert or snack.

They’re sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup and finished with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Serves 1


1 large sweet potato, cleaned

1/2 cup wild blueberries

2 Tbsp. ricotta cheese

2 Tbsp. pecan pieces, roasted

1 tsp. pure maple syrup

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 396

Protein: 10 grams

Carbs: 61 grams

Fat: 14 grams


Broccoli & Cheese Twice-Baked Potatoes

fully loaded twice baked potato Picture courtesy of EatingWell

You can have a cheesy baked potato and a healthy side dish in one. This recipe is all about balance – and in fact it’s a well-balanced meal all on its own.

That’s because these twice-baked potatoes not only have broccoli but also ground beef. That gives you over 10 grams of protein in under 200 calories per serving, impressive considered twice-baked potatoes are usually a “guilty” side dish.

Serves 4


4 medium russet potatoes

8 oz. 90% lean ground beef

1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped

1 cup water

1 cup (about 4 oz.) shredded reduced-fat cheddar, divided

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

3 scallions, sliced

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 188

Protein: 11 grams

Carbs: 24 grams

Fat: 6 grams


Rustic Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

rustic twice baked potato Picture courtesy of The Yummy Life

Don’t have the patience to individually stuff the baked potato jackets? Make this simple potato casserole to get the flavor you crave, plus more servings for less effort.

The potatoes are baked the first time alone. Just poke them with a fork to vent the steam, and put them in the oven for an hour. Then mash or blend the potatoes to turn them into a healthy casserole with Greek yogurt, seasonings, and two kinds of cheese.

Serves 18


5 lbs. russet potatoes, baked (about 12 cups diced)

3/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup skim milk

1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) grated Parmesan

2 cups (about 8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar

3/4 tsp. dry ground mustard

3/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Ground cayenne to taste

1 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts divided

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 145

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 20 grams

Fat: 5 grams


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Twice-Baked Potatoes with Kale

twice baked potato kale Picture courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

You’ll want to try these make-ahead twice-baked potatoes with kale. Sure they’re healthier than the original, but they’re also versatile. Serve as a side dish or a vegetarian entrée.

It’s also easy to switch out the ingredients to use what’s taking up space in your fridge. Have cheddar or gruyere? Just double the cheese. Or you could use 2/3 cup of cheese if you prefer Parmesan or crumbled goat cheese.

Serves 6


3 russet potatoes

1 bunch lacinato kale

Coarse salt to taste

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. butter

1 large leek

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 209

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 24 grams

Fat: 11 grams


Twice-Baked Potatoes with Cauliflower & Cheese

twice baked cauliflower Picture courtesy of NY Times

By using cauliflower as part of the twice-baked potato filling, you can reduce the carbs without minimizing the flavor.

The base of this recipe is a trick from British food writer Nigel Slater, cooking the cauliflower in simmering milk with a bay leaf to infuse flavor. Check out his cookbook Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch for more healthy cooking tips for everything from asparagus and beets to potatoes and zucchini.

tender cookbook

Serves 4


4 large potatoes

1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt to taste

1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets

3 cups milk

2 bay leaves

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 cup (about 4 oz.) grated Parmesan

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 460

Protein: 20 grams

Carbs: 47 grams

Fat: 23 grams


Twice-Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

twice baked breakfast potato Picture courtesy of Plaid and Paleo

Although twice-baked potatoes are usually a side dish, this recipe hits all the right notes for an awesome breakfast. And you only need five ingredients to make it, plus seasonings of choice whether you want just salt and pepper or something more.

These Paleo baked sweet potatoes with baked eggs only take a few steps to make, and you can make this a quick breakfast if you’re using leftover baked potatoes.

Serves 4


2 medium sweet potatoes

4 slices bacon

1 medium sweet onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 small eggs

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 183

Protein: 9 grams

Carbs: 23 grams

Fat: 7 grams


Twice-Baked Potatoes with Fried Egg on Top

twice baked potato egg Picture courtesy of Home Cooking Adventure

Turn twice-baked potatoes into a small meal with the right toppings. This recipe adds a fried egg on top for extra protein, plus the creamy yolk.

And there’s still melted cheese on top of these twice-baked potatoes for rich flavor, although you could forego it and use nutritional yeast if you prefer a dairy-free version.

Serves 4


2 large potatoes

1 yellow onion, diced

4 small eggs

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup (about 4 oz.) grated cheese

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Chopped fresh chives

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 369

Protein: 15 grams

Carbs: 33 grams

Fat: 20 grams


Twice-Baked Red Mashed Potatoes

twice baked mashed potatos Picture courtesy of Cooking with Ruthie

These mashed potatoes are something special. Not only are they like a loaded baked potato with cream cheese, cheddar, and bacon, but the final step is baking them in the oven for 20 minutes.

Even though you need just a handful of ingredients for this awesome side dish, the result tastes like the creamy potatoes you’d drool over in a steakhouse.

Serves 6


8 cups diced red potatoes

1 cup (about 4 oz.) shredded cheddar, divided

1 tub (4 oz.) chive and onion cream cheese

7 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 279

Protein: 13 grams

Carbs: 33 grams

Fat: 11 grams


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