Sep 4, 2013

Loaded Turkey Chili Baked Potato



This loaded baked potato is stuffed with lean turkey chili, reduced fat shredded cheese and topped with some fresh chives – a quick, easy weeknight meal.

I love a dish that can be served many ways. Last night I asked my husband Tommy how he wanted his chili (yesterday's crock pot kid-friendly turkey chili) and he told me on a baked potato. Of coarse he would. So I popped a few russet potatoes in the microwave (sure, you can do this in the oven too) topped it with shredded cheese, turkey chili and some chopped chives from my garden and dinner was ready in less than 10 minutes – and my husband was a very happy man.

Can you do this with sweet potato? Sure you can! But just to clear up the confusion, white potatoes aren't all that bad for you. Potatoes are have gotten a bad rap as a white starchy food, but when they're not drowning in butter or deep fried as french fries, they are actually a healthy, low calorie, high fiber food and a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, potassium and manganese. They also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity so if you want to stick with a traditional baked potato, go ahead... enjoy!

Tip: If you buy bag of russet potatoes, the potatoes are much smaller than the ones they sell individually, they average about 5 to 6 oz each.





Loaded Turkey Chili Baked Potato
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 5-1/2 oz potato, 1/4 cup chili, 1/4 cup cheese
Old Points: 7 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 8 pt
Calories: 281.5 • Fat: 7 g • Carb: 40 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 19 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 370 mg • Cholest: 15 mg

Ingredients:

  • 4 (5 1/2 oz) russet potato
  • 1 cup kid-friendly turkey chili
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or scallions
  • reduced fat sour cream or Greek yogurt for topping (optional)

Directions:

Poke holes in the potato with a fork, then cook in the microwave using the baked potato setting until potatoes are soft and cooked through (about 8-10 minutes on high for 4 potatoes). If you don't have a microwave, bake about 45 minutes at 400°F.

Either split the potato in half lengthwise down the middle or as I did in the photo, use a fork to pierce the top in an oval shape, then remove the top of each potato. Top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese, 1/4 cup of turkey chili, and 1 teaspoon of chives. Enjoy!!

32 comments :

  1. Looks AMAZING! Now I know I have to make the chili, and I'm thinking I'll leave the beans out after all and have the baked potatoes with it! YUM! Thanks, Gina!

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  2. This looks absolutely delicious!
    Britt @ One&20

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  3. I JUST sat down to the computer to get some ideas for a quick dinner tonight (trying to avoid going to the store for as long as possible). I was thinking something like baked potatoes, but not sure what kind, and lo and behold you provided the perfect meal for us. THANK YOU!!!!

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  4. Just want to verify the serving size of chili on the potato for 8pts. Under servings it says 1/4 cup chili and at the end of the directions it says 1/2 cup. Please advise. Thanks! Love your recipes!

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    1. Thanks for catching that, yes 1/4 cup chili. 1/2 would be too much!

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  5. You can always cook the potatoes in the crock pot too...I love..love..love cooking them this way..esp if you have time...doesn't heat up the kitchen :)

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  6. I made the turkey chili today and it was DELISH! And I don't even have any kids in the house anymore. I'll make it again. I loved it.

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  7. I'm loving all these turkey chili recipes! I love how you cleared up all the confusion about white potatoes, too. I tried getting over the "starchy white potato if you eat one you're going to get fat and die" mentality for the longest time. Thankfully I am now and I'll be enjoying this recipe :-)

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    1. I noticed many people claim potatoes are bad for you, and they are not so I wanted to clear that up. Sweet potatoes are also super healthy, so anyone can swap but once in a while I just want a real baked potato. Keeping it small is the answer, portion control!

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  8. yum! potatoes of any color are good for you! this looks wonderful...

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  9. Oh, what I would do to be able to have this for dinner tonight!

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  10. This looks really good, I might ask my mother to make this at home haha :D

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  11. Mmmm.. this is decadent and so tempting!

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  12. Chili and low fat shredded cheese works over oven roasted fries/wedges too! It feels like a guilty pleasure without the guilt (with the appropriate serving size of course).

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  13. Love this concept, such a great photo. I do shy away from white potatoes (though I love them) because of the glycemic index. You may sway me...

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  14. Thank you Gina for sharing this great recipe idea (as usual). I'm sure my partner will love the idea of having chili on the potato as well. Unfortunately here in Germany we don't have the low fat cheddar cheese. I will try it with low fat Gouda or Emmentaler. :)

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  15. Thanks for this awesome recipe! My husband is all kinds of excited to have this for dinner tonite! Your blog has become my go to for healthy dinners! xoxoxo

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  16. Aren't baked potatoes loaded with tons of stuff just the best?!

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  17. Looks delicious! White potatoes are actually a lot better than most people think! X

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  18. Whoa! These are definitely making my meal plan sometime this Fall!

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  20. Made this for dinner tonight...it was sooo good! The flavors are amazing!

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  21. We had this for dinner tonight. It was a big hit. I was surprised, the greek yogurt tastes just like sour cream. Thanks again for a great recipe.

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  23. I love that this is stuffed with turkey chili!

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  24. A simple and great idea for using up all those great fall chillis. Can't wait to use it.

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  25. Hi ! I have your three bean chilli frozen and was going to use that instead of the kiendly chilli for this recipe. Do you think this would change the points at all?

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