I’ve been unable to stop smiling lately. I just feel like we have so much to look forward to – we’re moving next week into a more spacious apartment and will finally have a grown up master suite with a walk-in closet. I’m already itching to organize our new kitchen and we’re working on buying new furniture to keep things more organized – yes, all our books will actually be on bookcases instead of hidden away in boxes in the garage! We also have a couple of fun trips planned for the fall including a visit with my mom over her birthday weekend, a trip to Portland, Oregon for my dear friend Britt’s wedding, and a once in a lifetime adventure to New Zealand!
Small things usually make me smile too though – a sweet training run, an iced mocha (soon to be a pumpkin latte – yay!), or a yummy dinner like these easy baked potatoes loaded with all the delightful goodies in today’s lengthy recipe title. These were really filling and perfect for leftovers the next day!
BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Baked Potatoes with Corn and Roasted Red Peppers
4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed and poked all over with a fork
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
Corn from 4 ears of corn
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
Juice of half a lime
2 cooked boneless chicken breasts (I poached mine), shredded
1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 400˚F. Place potatoes on a large cookie sheet and bake at 400˚F for 60 to 70 minutes or until tender. Cool 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out most of the flesh, leaving just enough behind that the potato skins can still stand up. Place flesh in a large bowl. Mash well and stir in butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and sauté onions for 5 to 7 minutes or until soft; add corn and sauté 3 more minutes; add garlic and sauté one additional minute. Remove from heat and stir in roasted red peppers, lime juice, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place veggies in the bowl with the potato flesh and mix well.
Preheat oven broiler. Mix shredded chicken and BBQ sauce together in a medium bowl. Fill potato skins evenly with the potato/veggie mixture. Top evenly with BBQ chicken and cheddar cheese. Broil for 2 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition: 660 calories, 26.7g fat, 7.2g fiber, 45.4g protein per serving
Cost: $2.53 per serving