Healthy Loaded Baked Potatoes are a delicious, easy, and healthy dinner! Swap out the butter and sour cream on top of your potato and replace it with cottage cheese and vegetables.Yesterday’s Zucchini Lasagna Rolls recipe was one that took a little more prep and time to make, one that is best done on the weekend when there is more time. Today’s recipe for Healthy Loaded Baked Potatoes is one of my favorite, easy, 15-20 minute dinners that is practically effortless!
I’ve been eating these healthy loaded baked potatoes for years. My mom used to make them back when I lived at home and I love them as much now as I did back then. While these are called baked potatoes, you honestly don’t even need to bake them in the oven unless that’s important to you. The microwave works just as well and cooks them in a fraction of the time. Since it’s still warm I didn’t feel like turning on the oven and the idea of my potatoes being cooked in 10 minutes rather than 50 sounded pretty good!
Normally when I think of a loaded baked potato three things come to mind. Butter, sour cream, and cheese. I’ll be the first to admit that they sure do make a boring old baked potato taste pretty darn good, but all that fat isn’t doing anyone any good. To make these loaded baked potatoes healthy, but still give them lots of flavor so you don’t feel like you are missing out on the loaded part, I swapped out most of the high saturated fat ingredients for lower fat options and ones with plenty of protein.
Instead of butter and sour cream adorning the top of these spuds there is a generous amount of low fat cottage cheese taking their place. I’m going to be honest with you, if you don’t like cottage cheese I doubt you will like these, because next to the potato the cottage cheese is the main ingredient. Cottage cheese is a great low fat, high protein substitute for butter and sour cream.
To the cottage cheese I added shredded sharp cheddar cheese, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, and seasoned it with salt, pepper, and paprika. The final ingredient which is optional if you want to keep these vegetarian, is bacon. I loved the crisp, salty, smokey flavor it adds to the potatoes! These loaded baked potatoes are perfect for a fast weeknight dinner and one that you can feel good about serving your family!
Healthy Loaded Baked Potatoes
- 4 small russet potatoes, skin scrubbed clean
- 1 1/2 cups low fat cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
- Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork then place them in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 5-6 minutes, then turn them over and microwave again for another 5-6 minutes or until they are tender.
- While the potatoes are cooking add all the remaining ingredients to a bowl and toss together until combined. When the potatoes are done cooking split them open with a knife and spoon the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the top of each one.
If you are using large potatoes serve 1/2 of a potato per person. If the potatoes are small serve 1 whole potato per person.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 824mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g
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I found this recipe on pinterest and made it last night. It was a hit! I really dig the idea of a healthier loaded baked potato. It hit the spot.
Thanks Eleanor! I’m glad you liked the loaded potatoes. I really like the extra protein that the cottage cheese adds!
I’m loving this idea of using cottage cheese plus the cheddar cheese, plus bacon! Gaaah it all looks so tasty! The perfect side dish for these chilly nights we’re having!
Thanks so much Julia! They are a great healthy alternative to the traditional loaded potatoes, but every bit as good!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Baked potato is my favorite potato dish! I love that you used cottage cheese. I have a container to use and now I know what to do with it! Pinned!
Thanks Anna! Baked potatoes make such a great side dish or if they are done up like these loaded one, a main dish!
I actually don’t really like using sour cream with baked potatoes–it’s a little too rich for me–but I never thought to use cottage cheese instead! That sounds like a perfect substitute.
I’m with you on the sour cream. I think you would like the cottage cheese, it’s much more mild.
Danae! You need to take photos for a food magazine. SO GORGEOUS! What kind of camera and lens are you using?
Beth you are seriously the sweetest! My camera is nothing super fancy just a Canon Rebel and I use a 50mm lens.
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
This is calling my name for dinner! Looks like a filling feast to me! So pretty & colorful, too!
Thanks Patricia! :-)
Dani @ Dani California Cooks says
Love the idea of using cottage cheese! So smart!
Meg @ With Salt and Wit says
The idea of using cottage cheese is ingenious! I love cottage cheese and need to make these for an easy dinner soon!
Thanks Meg! The cottage cheese is my favorite part, that and the fact that it takes no effort to make. :-)
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
I adore potatoes! But it’s been awhile since I had a loaded one – and your lighter version with cottage cheese and bacon sounds like it would hit the spot!
Thanks Shashi! The bacon and cottage cheese definitely hit the spot!
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
These are like the baked potatoes of my dreams!
They are pretty dreamy Kim! ;-)
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
I totally need this for lunch today… with extra bacon ;)
Extra bacon is essential, especially because I eat half of it before it makes it into the meal! ;-)