Microwave Stuffed Potato

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When you need something quick to eat, but don’t want a sandwich, leftovers, or takeout, a baked potato can be the perfect solution. You can cook one quickly in the microwave, then add whatever toppings you like to change it up.

Just wash your potato, preferably with a plastic scrubber to make sure you get the dirt off, then poke it with a fork. This keeps the potato from exploding in the microwave. (It is also a good way to take out your pent-up aggression or stress from the day). Wrap it in a paper towel and put it in the microwave. The cook time will vary based on you microwave and the size of the potato. I usually start at about three minutes and add from there if I need to. You can test it by giving it a squeeze to see if it is squishy yet. When it is, wrap it in a piece of aluminum foil. This will keep it hot and keep cooking it until you are ready to eat it.

Next comes the fun part: toppings! My go-tos are butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, sea salt, pepper, and bacon. This time, I used lower cholesterol butter (butter mixed with canola spread) and Greek yogurt instead of the regular butter and sour cream. I also switched out barbecue for the bacon. We had some left over in the freezer from a butt roast we got from a fundraiser. As long as it’s for charity, right? Besides, it is Tennessee, and we are known for our barbecue, after all. It’s the right thing to do!

I put a little Frank’s RedHot Kickin’ BBQ Sauce on the meat. If you haven’t tried it before, Frank’s Hot Sauce is delicious, and they make varieties for buffalo wings and barbecue that I really like.

If you’d rather enjoy bacon on your stuffed potato, the easiest way to cook it is in the oven with a piece of aluminum foil between it and the sheet, dish, or pan you’re using. That way, your clean up is as simple as dropping the aluminum foil in the trash – no need to battle with bacon grease!

I’ll go ahead and throw this out there: stuffed potatoes are not healthy by nature. However, there are things you can do to make it healthier (or perhaps less unhealthy). For example, I substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream that is so common. It gives a nice tanginess and moistens the potato, as does the sour cream it replaces. The good news is that the Greek yogurt is healthy, so you can use as much as you want, and not feel bad about the butter and cheese. You can of course leave the meat off, which takes out a lot of the unhealthy parts – it also makes it vegetarian. I actually do that a lot when I make a baked potato. Not only is it better for you, it’s often less trouble! I usually cut way back on the toppings if I’m just having a potato as a side, but when it’s a la carte, it’s delicious to go all out!

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The Grapefruit Diet

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My definition of “the grapefruit diet” is pretty simple: When you feel the urge to snack, instead of going for cookies, candy, potato chips, or other unhealthy go-tos, slice a grapefruit in half.

Take your half a grapefruit, put it in a bowl, and dust the top with a little sugar. I have the incredibly helpful grapefruit spoon, which is serrated around the end to help scoop out the grapefruit sections. You can also use a knife to cut out the white core in the center to make it easier to get them out.

Grapefruit really is fulfilling for all of the senses. The deep pink fruit is as appealing to the eyes as the sent and taste are to the nose and mouth, and the thin layer of sugar crunches satisfyingly between the teeth (and adds just enough sweetness to the natural tart flavor to stave off those sweet cravings!).

When you have your first half, you can just wrap the second one in cling wrap and set it aside in the refrigerator for later.

So pick up some grapefruit at the grocery store now, while they’re in season. You won’t regret giving this healthy snack alternative a try!

Snow Day

When you get snow predictions in Tennessee, it’s usually best to take them with a grain of salt. Typically, we get a tiny dusting, with a big snow every few years, like the foot we got a couple of years ago. This is what our snows tend to look like. This is what our snow looked like at about noon yesterday.

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Though most of what I saw was just falling and immediately melting, it was sticking in a few places.

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I thought that was all of the snow I was going to see, but I was wrong. It kept on snowing, and later that afternoon, this is what it looked like:

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Big flakes came down for most of the day. If it had been colder before then, we might have had a foot again! As it was, we got a good show, but it didn’t stay around long. This morning, it was already melting away. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted!