One of the most versatile and nutritious side-dishes readily available in most kitchen pantries is the potato. Baking a potato retains the flavor without adding fat or calories, and potatoes can be served on the side or dressed-up as the main attraction. A medium, skin-on potato has about 110 calories, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein and is a good source of potassium, vitamin C and B6. Potatoes are also a great source of antioxidants. Baking a great tasting potato does not require an oven.
Pre-heat grill to 350 F.
Rinse and scrub potato, removing any dirt.
Wrap potato in aluminum foil and pierce several times with a fork to vent.
Grill potato for 45 minutes.
Check to see if the potato is ready by squeezing it gently, protecting your hand with an oven mitt. If the potato feels soft, remove it from the grill. If the potato feels firm, continue cooking for 10-minute intervals until it feels soft when squeezed.
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- Serve a baked potato by splitting the skin open, then fluffing the pulp with a fork. Traditional toppings include salt and pepper, butter, and sour cream and chives. Be creative with toppings -- make a meal by using leftovers on top, or melted cheese with your favorite vegetables.
- Use caution when opening the potato to add toppings, as steam will release.
Writing since 1978, Allison Stevens was writer and publisher of the Calvary Christian Fellowship newsletter and has had work appear in various online publications. Stevens has certification to teach group fitness and is a licensed Zumba instructor, teaching fitness classes for adults and children daily. She enjoys researching various subjects including health, and holds an Associate of Arts.