Healthy Comfort Food Recipes: Southwest Meatloaf Minis, Twice-Baked Potatoes

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Contrary to popular belief, comfort foods do NOT have to be loaded up with calories and fat. New guilt-free recipes ahead, comfort-food cravers!

Southwest Meatloaf Minis

1/5th of recipe (2 meatloaf minis): 252 calories, 9g total fat (3.5g sat fat), 599mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 27.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

SmartPoints® value 6*

We can't decide what's more impressive about these li'l guys: their cuteness or their deliciousness! You choose...

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1 1/4 lbs. raw lean ground turkey (7% fat or less)
3/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup seeded and finely chopped jalapeño peppers
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 cup frozen sweet corn kernels, thawed
1/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 tbsp. ketchup
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
Optional toppings: salsa, fat-free or light sour cream, hot sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 10 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, or spray them with nonstick spray.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook and stir bell pepper and onion until softened and lightly browned, 5 - 7 minutes.

Transfer cooked veggies to a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients except ketchup and cheese. Mix thoroughly.

Evenly distribute mixture among the 10 lined or sprayed cups of the muffin pan. Evenly top with ketchup, about 1 tsp. each. Bake until firm and cooked through with lightly browned edges, about 35 minutes.

Sprinkle meatloaves with cheese. Bake until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Eat up!


"Twice-Baked" Cheeseburger-tatoes

1/2 of recipe (1 stuffed potato): 327 calories, 5.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 746mg sodium, 49g carbs, 4g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 20.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

SmartPoints® value 10*

These incredible stuffed 'taters are actually once microwaved and once baked. That can be our little secret -- no need to use air quotes when serving them to friends.

Two 10-oz. russet potatoes
4 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
3 tbsp. ketchup
2 slices 2% milk American cheese
Optional toppings: mustard, additional ketchup, chopped pickles

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking pan with nonstick spray.

Pierce potatoes several times with a fork. On a large microwave-safe plate, microwave for 4 minutes.

Flip potatoes, and microwave for 4 more minutes, or until soft.

Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, salt, and pepper. Cook and crumble for about 5 minutes, until beef is fully cooked and onion is soft.

Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice off a 2-inch-wide strip of each potato skin, lengthwise, from the top of the potato. Carefully scoop out the insides, transfer them to a medium bowl, and break up with a fork.

Discard half of the potato pulp (or reserve for another use). To the remaining pulp in the bowl, add ketchup and mash thoroughly. Add beef mixture, and mix well.

Place potato shells in the baking pan. Spoon potato-beef mixture into the shells. Bake for 8 minutes.

Top each potato with a cheese slice. Bake until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Hungry for More?

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