Almost anything can go into or onto a baked potato, whether it is a white potato or a sweet potato. Both kinds of potatoes can be prepared in a microwave oven in about 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. However, the flavor doesn’t come close to the ones prepared in a conventional oven. This is still a fast and easy meal.
4 large baking potatoes OR 4 large sweet potatoes (yams)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Place the white potatoes directly on the oven racks, place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake until tender when pierced or squeezed.
Meanwhile prepare the topping for your potatoes.
1. Black beans and tomatoes.
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Place in a saucepan and heat through. Mash slightly with bean masher, if desired. Serve over baked potatoes or yams garnished with tofu sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro (optional).
2. Curried garbanzos
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
¾ cup vegetable broth
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon cumin seed
Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Place in a saucepan and heat through. Serve over baked potatoes or yams garnished with chopped green onions.
3. Leftover bean dishes, such as soups or stews, make wonderful toppings for baked potatoes.
4. Mushroom toppings are also a good choice for both kinds of potatoes.