When you are in a rush it can be hard to think about what to feed your children. Life can be busy and hectic and as a result, you want to be able to feed your kids quickly and easily. For me, this is essential as I don’t really cook so finding ideas to feed my girls is crucial. They love baked potatoes. It is one of the meals they are always happy to have. The thing is giving them the same thing every day can be boring so to add some variety here are some great idea for jacket potato fillings.
Jacket potatoes make a fast and satisfying supper and are perfect for late autumnal nights. For the perfect jacket, clean off any mud from the outside of your potato and prick the skin to avoid the potato bursting. Bake directly on the oven shelf for 1- 1 1/2 hours at 200°C/ 400°F or until they feel soft to squeeze. If you’re particularly short of time, these McCain Jackets come pre-baked and take just 5 minutes in the microwave – perfect for getting the kids fed in a pinch.
Classic beans and cheese
Cheese and beans will forever be the classic jacket potato topping, but why not try making your own homemade beans for a healthy twist? It’s much easier than you may think and cuts out the added sugars and additives which are present in many of the tinned varieties.
Dice one carrot and one celery stalk before gently frying until softened. Add one tin of drained haricot beans, 2 chopped tomatoes and a teaspoon of paprika and cook for a further five minutes. Stir in 100ml of water, a splash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce and cook for a final five minutes. Top on your perfectly baked jacket potato and sprinkle with grated cheese.
Baked potato mice
This fun recipe is perfect for the fussy eater and toddlers will have great fun helping you turn their potato into a cute little mouse.
Once the cooked potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut off the tops and scoop out the soft centre. Mash the potato with butter, a splash of milk and grated cheese, adding a little salt and pepper to taste. Fill the potato skins back up with this mix, sprinkle with Pilgrims Choice Grated Cheddar and grill for a few minutes until they are golden.
Use half a cherry tomato held in place with a cocktail stick for the nose, tucking chives in behind for whiskers. Finish off with raisin eyes, radish ears and spring onion tails.
Pizza baked potato
This delicious recipe is a brilliant, quick and nutritious alternative to pizza. The topping can be refrigerated overnight and reheated, making it perfect for post–work, mid-week dinners.
Heat some oil in a small pan and fry half a red onion until soft. Stir in garlic and pepperoni, and cook for a couple of minutes, adding chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then simmer for five minutes.
Season to taste and stir in some fresh basil. Spoon over the split potatoes and top each one with a good handful of mozzarella and basil leaves.
Sour cream and chive
These filled potatoes can be refrigerated overnight and reheated, and taste great with or without the added cheese.
Once cooled, cut the potatoes in half and carefully scoop out some of the centre with a teaspoon. Put the scooped potato into a small bowl and add three tablespoons of sour cream and a teaspoon of chopped chives. Mash together thoroughly and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon the filling into the potato skins and sprinkle over some grated cheese before returning to the oven for a further five minutes, serving once the cheese has started to bubble.
Have you tried McCain Jackets before? Do you prepare baked potatoes regularly at home? Do your kids like to eat them? Have you tried any of these recipes before? Please leave a comment below as I would love to read what you think.
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