- 2 large Idaho potatoes
- 4 tablespoons low-fat or fat-free dressing
- 4 tablespoons low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 stalks broccoli steamed and chopped
- Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes: 2 servings
Two Good To Believe!
Potatoes are a healthy food that grows underground. There are lots of ways to enjoy potatoes, but there's no two ways about it: double-baked is twice as good! Your family is sure to love this delicious side dish.
Things You'll Need
Gather these ingredients to make Double Double Baked Baked Potatoes.
Bake It Once
Wash and scrub your potatoes under cold water. Then use a fork to punch holes in them for steam to escape while baking. Cook the potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour or until done.
Little Hands Tip: Explain to your child that it's important to scrub the outside of his potato clean because you can eat it! Potato skin is healthy and full of vitamins.
Boil ¼ inch water in a frying pan. Wash the broccoli and cook it in the covered pan for 5 to 8 minutes until tender. Chop the broccoli into small pieces and put aside to use later.
Little Hands Tip: Ask your child to count out eight broccoli stalks. Now ask her to count them again, this time counting by twos!
Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to sit until they are cool enough for you and your child to handle. Slice each potato in half length-wise.
Little Hands Tip: Before you slice the potatoes in half, ask your child to count how many there are. Tell her that there are two potatoes, which means there is a pair of potatoes! What other things can she think of that come in pairs?
Get the Scoop
Use a spoon to scoop out the inside of each potato half. Put the scooped potato into a mixing bowl. Put the skins aside to use later.
Little Hands Tip: Encourage your child to help scoop out the inside of the potato with a spoon. Talk about the words "inside" and "outside." Can you tell what is inside something by looking at the outside?
Mix and Mash
Add the ranch dressing to the potatoes in the bowl. Using an electric mixer or a potato masher, mix until smooth. Stir in the broccoli you prepared earlier.
Little Hands Tip: Let your child take a turn mixing and mashing the ingredients! If you're using an electric mixer to do the mashing, she can stir in the broccoli with a spoon.
Fill ‘Er Up
Fill each of your potato skins about half way up with the potato mixture. Sprinkle one tablespoon of cheese on each half.
Little Hands Tip: Talk to your child about how many tablespoons of cheese you'll need. If each piece of potato needs one tablespoon of cheese and there are four pieces of potato, how many tablespoons of cheese do you need all together?
Bake It Twice
Put your potato skins on a cookie tray and return to the oven. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and slightly brown on top.
Little Hands Tip: Use words to describe how the cheese looks before putting it in the oven. Then talk about what it looks like after it has melted.
After you serve up these delicious potatoes, make dinner double the fun. While you eat, tell stories about things that come in twos, search the table for pairs, or practice skipping counting with an end of the meal cheer: Two, four, six, eight, baked potatoes taste so great! Yay, potatoes!