Lighter Parmesan Spinach-Stuffed Potatoes With Vegan Variation

Total Time
2 mins
50 mins

Entered for safe-keeping. From Evelyn Tribole's "More Healthier Homestyle Cooking." Calories, fat and cholesterol were reduced by eliminating the oil for cooking the spinach, using fat-free cottage cheese in place of full-fat cottage cheese, and eliminating the butter. Note (my addition), vegans can create a substitute for cream cheese by straining soy yogurt to make a soy cream cheese (pour freshly made soy yogurt into two layers of cheesecloth fitted into a strainer. Next, tie up the ends to form a bag and hang the bag over your sink or over a pot for a few hours. When it has stopped dripping and is spreadable) or by mashing a block of tofu with a fork and mixing in a few teaspoons of lemon juice. When time is tight, potatoes may be cooked in the microwave according to manufacturer's directions.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Pierce the potatoes in several places with a fork. Bake for 45 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick spray and warm over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the spinach and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until wilted.
  5. Stir in the cottage cheese (or soy cream cheese substitute) and the Parmesan cheese (or vegan parmesan), and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the Parmesan melts.
  6. Cut a 1-inch to 2-inch X in each potato and squeeze to open slightly. Divide the stuffing among the potatoes.