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Baked Potato Skins

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From The Lactose-Free Cookbook by Sheri Updike.

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  • 6 small baking potatoes, scrubbed and dried
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil margarine, Hollywood, melted
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese alternative, TofuRella
  • 1/4 cup real bacon pieces, Hormel
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions
  • Freshly ground pepper


Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork. Place in the microwave on high for 18 minutes. (If you don't have a carousel, turn the potatoes at least once during cooking.) The potatoes are done when they're tender to piercing. Remove from the microwave and cool.

When cool enough to handle, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the potato, leaving a thin coating along the skin. (Reserve the cooked potato, you can use most of it for other potato dishes, such as hash browns.)

Place the potato skins, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Brush the melted safflower margarine completely over the inside of the potato skins. Take a little of the reserved potato (about 1 tablespoon, mashed) and put in the bottom of each skin. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese alternative, bacon pieces, or desired toppings. Finish by sprinkling green onions and pepper on top.

Return to the microwave, cooking long enough to melt the cheese and to warm the potatoes.

Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: Calories: 203, Cholesterol: 7mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Protein: 7g, Sodium: 321mg, Carbohydrate: 21g, Total Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Calories from Fat: 48%, Calories from Carbohydrates: 40%, Calories from Protein: 12%

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