"Nacho" Baked Potatoes
When I say that my cooking philosophy is to keep things as simple as possible, this is what I mean by that. This recipe makes a great go-to meal for busy parents or people on-the-go. It’s super-quick, super-easy, super-filling, and super-nutritious.
All you need is a few minutes of prep time, and you're good to go. You can even bake a bunch of potatoes in advance to have them handy for the rest of the week (I do this ALL the time!). You can make your own black beans and salsa, use leftovers, or even just use store-bought brands in a pinch (just make sure to look for low sodium, no sugar or oil added products).
There is a common misconception that white potatoes offer no nutritional value, and that is actually far from the truth. White potatoes are an incredible anti-viral food, and provide plenty of support to your immune system. They are also a very grounding food and can help you feel calm if you've been experiencing anxiety (hence why they are considered a "comfort" food - which isn't a bad thing so long as they aren't doused in oil, cream and cheese!). But, you are also welcome to substitute sweet potatoes in this recipe instead.
1 large russet potato (or you can use sweet potatoes!)
1½ teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)
½ cup black beans
¼ cup salsa of your choice
¼ to ½ avocado, cubed, sliced, or smashed
Salt and black pepper to taste
Cilantro for garnish
Lime wedges for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F
2. Pierce the potato with a fork or knife a few times to allow the steam to escape. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, or microwave for 4 to 6 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. Pierce the potato with a fork or knife to check if it is soft and cooked through.
3. When the potato is done, slice it open, and sprinkle on the nutritional yeast, if using.
4. Layer on the black beans, salsa, and avocado. Season with salt and pepper, if using, and garnish with cilantro and lime.
5. Enjoy your yummy, healthy meal!