Thursday, November 4, 2010
Just Dinner...
See, it is just dinner!


Ok, to show you I am normal and don't cook every night, the boys had frozen pizza for dinner. I told you, I don't deprive. They wanted it and well, I was tired. I was a good wife and chatted with my husband on his way home late Tuesday night. (it's hands free in the car so don't worry) I figured since the oven was hot for the pizzas, I was throwing in some potatoes! I never give myself the time to do baked potatoes in the oven, but they really are better.


Especially Yukon Gold potatoes! Jay (12) won't eat any other baked potato. They are perfectly firm with a fluffy, buttery interior. You can't blame him really.


So, to make it balanced, I sauteed some peppers, onions and steamed cauliflower to go over my egg white omelet.

Wait, now it's perfect. Yep, I am a freak, I like ketchup on my baked potatoes. Well, I'm a freak for more reasons than that, but we'll just leave it at that for now.


I never liked fried food, so the only reason I would eat fries is to get ketchup in my mouth.


I would like to take a minute and ask the rain gods to please give it a break for a while. I am cold and while I love fall and cooler weather, the wet with the cold is just too much right now. Thank you.

So tell me, do you bake your baked potatoes or microwave them?  What's your favorite topping for them?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 9:23 AM  
26 Comments:
  • At November 4, 2010 at 9:25 AM, Anonymous Evan Thomas said…

    I'm definitely a purist when it comes to baking potatoes. It's just a shame to put them in the microwave when they come out so much better in the oven! I like mine with salt and pepper.

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 9:26 AM, Blogger radioactivegan said…

    I haven't planned ahead enough to put a potato in the oven in years! but it is so much better than microwaved.

    There's a great Mitch Hedberg line about baked potatoes: "It takes forever to cook a baked potato in a conventional oven. Sometimes, I'll just throw one in there, even if I don't want one. By the time it's done, who knows?"

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Yum! It's been so long since I've had a good old-fashioned baked potato!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 9:45 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I haven't really baked a potato in ages either. I just toss them in the microwave. I love broccoli, greek yogurt and Daiya on mine. No butter, no salt for me please. I wouldn't turn down a squirt of ketchup though ;-)

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Blogger affectioknit said…

    I like them baked in a real oven - so the skin gets all crispy - and then top them with some daiya cheese, chopped green chiles, tofutti sour cream and salsa, sprinkled with green onions and bacos - now that's a loaded baked potato - and we usually have it as a meal not a side...

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I usually microwave my potatoes, only because when I get home from work I am ready for dinner and I don't want to wait. On the weekends when I am home all day I will take the time to bake them. They really do taste so much better!

    My younger sister was a ketchup fiend too -- she'd put it on everything: the grossest was seeing her mix it into her rice. Blech!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 10:32 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I almost always roast. But if I'm doing a whole potato, it doesn't matter if I do microwave or oven, I screw it up! I always have to cut them down a little...

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 10:36 AM, Anonymous Liz @ Tip Top Shape said…

    i usually microwave them because I don't want to wait all the time for them to bake. But...the few times that I have baked them they are so much better.

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 11:14 AM, Anonymous Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' said…

    I haven't baked a potato in ages! Mostly, because I'm impatient. I don't like using microwaves, so that's not an option for me. Instead, I'll chop my potato into chunks, toss it in some olive oil and seasonings, and roast it for about 20 minutes-- and you can still dip it in ketchup! (yum)

    But you kind of got me craving a REAL baked potato now... maybe I'll take the time to make one soon!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Blogger Swensgirl said…

    Where did you find a dairy-free pizza? Or was it normal and not everyone ate it? I'm asking because my daughter has a severe milk allergy and I have 3 kids 5,2 and 1. The baby has the allergy and so I am always looking for quick meals that contain no dairy at all.

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Blogger Stefanie said…

    I perfer baked potatoes but end up microwaving them due to time and hunger. Hummus is always my go to potato topper.

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 12:28 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Mmm...baked potatoes with ketchup. I thought I was the only one who liked them that way!! I always get strange looks at restaurants when I ask for it on the side of my potato. I'm so glad I'm not alone. :)

    I'm with you on the rain and cold!!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM, Blogger Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said…

    There is nothing like an OVEN baked potato, especially sweet potatoes. So much better slow cooked. Love ketchup on my taters and grew up eating it on eggs as well. CD thinks it's gross. He's weird though. ;)

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Blogger Brown said…

    I usually do not wave, because I do not want to wait as long to cook. But I cooked a couple of times they are much better.

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  • At November 4, 2010 at 4:09 PM, Anonymous Alina @ Duty Free Foodie said…

    I bake them. And ... butter!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 5:18 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Oh my gosh! I love love love ketchup on baked potatoes! It's heaven! Great dinner Sarena!!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw Twins said…

    I prefer baking my potatoes but in the past I have done with microwave version before. Much better baked though!! YUM I love putting coconut oil and cinnamon on my sweet potatoes! Along with some hemp seeds. I just might have that for dinner tonight! HAHA
    ~lori

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM, OpenID healthyexposures said…

    Baked potatoes really are so much better in the oven - I just rarely plan it so I can! So, microwave it most often is. And as far as topping them goes, a dab of BBQ sauce is always good :)

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 8:07 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I also think they are so much better in the oven, but I get lazy. I just made spaghetti squash in the oven for the first time 2 days ago and it was So much better!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 8:25 PM, OpenID allieksmith said…

    Its good you don't deprive your boys! I baby sit these kids and they go crazy with sweets and food when their parents aren't around because they restrict them. Kudos to you!!!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 8:26 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I'm the same way when it comes with baked potatoes. I never make the time... and I really don't like microwaving them.

    What else would you put on a baked potato but ketchup ;)

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 9:13 PM, Anonymous lee said…

    I normally do them in the microwave, but they definitely taste better in the oven. I like them with salsa or marinara sauce. Kind of like ketchup!

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 9:58 PM, Blogger slow panic said…

    I always bake my baked potatoes. I don't like the microwaved ones. Of course this means I have baked potatoes less then I would like since I rarely think of it early enough....

     
  • At November 4, 2010 at 10:05 PM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    I'm sure you can guess that I usually do the microwave thing for "baked" potatoes. I guess that's why I mainly roast them in "coins" because it's quicker and they still taste better than the microwave baked.

     
  • At November 5, 2010 at 2:36 AM, Anonymous Alisa Cooks said…

    There is certainly nothing wrong with ketchup on potatoes! After all, they are basically french fries pre-fry, no?

     
  • At November 5, 2010 at 9:50 PM, Blogger shelby said…

    I cannot and will not cook a potato in the microwave! I just can't. My mom will yell at me and it just doesn't taste the same!

     
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