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Pizza Stuffed Potatoes

By Chuck Underwood @brandnewvegan

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You want pizza.

But all that bread is heavy, and you know you really should cut back.  And the cheese (yes even the Daiya) is full of fat, oil, and extra calories and is definitely NOT helping your waistline….. (and you can never stop with just 2 pieces anyway).

What do you do?

Something quick, something light that will fill you up, and something that  will satisfy a pizza craving……

 

Stuffed Pizza Potatoes!

 

This was a totally random, let’s make something new, recipe night.

I was thinking about twice baked potatoes or potato skins, but definitely wanted a pizza flavor.  Sauce or no sauce?  Cheese or no cheese?  Baked or nuked?

Not really knowing what I was going to do –  I grabbed 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes and the rest just kind of happened naturally.

Pizza stuffed potatoes are perfect for a light dinner or snack. You get all the pizza flavor without all the heavy breading and fat promoting cheeses.

 

First off – The Spuds

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and dry the 2 Yukon Golds and pierce them several times with a knife or fork so they won’t explode in the microwave.  Microwave each potato on high power for 4 minutes.

These babies will be hot when done, so carefully place them somewhere safe to cool.

 

Second – Veggies

 

Chop half of a red onion and half of a red bell pepper and toss into a small saucepan.  Drain and rinse one of those little 4oz cans of mushroom and add that too. Can’t have pizza (or pizza stuffed potatoes) without garlic so smash and chop a clove or two and add that as well.

To soften these veggies without burning, add 2 tablespoons of low sodium vegetable broth.  Finally add a teaspoon of dried Italian Seasoning and another teaspoon of dried Basil.  Heat this mixture on med-low heat until they are nice and soft.

 

veggies

 

Third,  The Creamy, Cheese-like Filling

 

Now carefully cut each potato in half lengthwise.  Don’t cut them in half .  You want two wide and shallow boats compared to 2 narrow and deep ones if that makes any sense.

Now using a spoon, carefully scoop out most of the cooked potato leaving about 1/4″ or so of the meat and skin.  Place the extra potato in a separate bowl.

Bake the scooped-out skins at 400 degrees for about 15 -20 minutes.

To your bowl of potatoes, and add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk and 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast.

Stir with a fork until creamy and smooth.

 

Finally, The Assemble

 

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling back into each potato half.  Then you want to kind of mound a tablespoon or so of the veggies onto the filing, kinda smooshing them down so they stick.   Yeah that’s a technical word – smooshing.

At this point I had also already chopped 2 small tomatoes, so here I added some tomato pieces too.  And finally I shook on some Vegan Parmesan.

Now were starting to look like Pizza Stuffed Potatoes!   Yum!

Put these bad boys back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes and cook until heated through and the parmesan gets a little toasty.

 

Vegan Parmesan

 

If you’ve never had Vegan Parmesan before, I have to tell you this stuff is amazing.   It’s crumbly and a bit salty, just like the real thing, but the cashews add some all important fiber not to mention a little iron, potassium, and magnesium.  And it’s dairy free with only the healthy fat.

  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 3 tbls nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Add all the ingredients to a blender, chopper, or food processor and blend until uniform and powdery.

 

vegan parm

 

 

Print Pizza Stuffed Potatoes

Prep time:  20 mins

Cook time:  25 mins

Total time:  45 mins

Serves: 4

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Pizza Stuffed Potatoes
Pizza stuffed potatoes are perfect for a light dinner or snack. You get all the pizza flavor without all the heavy breading and fat promoting cheeses. Ingredients
  • 2 large yukon gold potatoes
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4oz can of mushrooms, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbls low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3 tbls unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbls nutritional yeast
  • 2 small tomatoes - chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wash, dry, and pierce the potatoes
  3. Microwave each potato for 4 minutes
  4. Saute onion, pepper, and mushrooms in veggie broth until soft
  5. Add seasonings to veggies and stir
  6. Carefully cut each potato lengthwise
  7. Scoop out potatoes until only ¼" of skin remains
  8. Bake potato skins for 15-20 minutes
  9. While skins are baking, add the potato pulp to a bowl with the almond milk and nutritional yeast
  10. Stir potato filling until creamy and smooth
  11. To assemble - spoon 1 tbls of filling into each potato
  12. Top potato with 1 tbls of veggies, chopped tomato, and vegan parmesan
  13. Cook for 5-10 minutes until heated through and parmesan is toasty
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