Spinach and Artichoke Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are an easy thing to make a complete meal, depending on what you stuff them with.  

I grew up on the midwestern comfort twice baked potatoes stuffed full of cream cheese, sour cream and cheese shreds.  Piled high with ham and butter they are a vegan nightmare, but I have since found a way to make them healthy and also still extremely tasty.

What LOOKS like cheese on the top is actually a vegan cheese made with nutritional yeast, which tastes cheesy.  Of course you can  make it with regular cheese, but for those of you looking for a vegan option, and/or are following the 7D Nourishment program, or simply want to try new things, I've included the "NoCheese" Cheese Sauce.

To make the potatoes:

Bake 4 medium potatoes at 350 until soft.

Slice in half, and scoop out the potato inside, leaving a little to keep the potato shell strong.

In a pan, saute 3 cloves minced garlic with  1 Tbsp oil of any kind ( I like avocado oil for this)

Mix the potato with 1/2 cup dripped homemade and greek plain yogurt, salt and pepper, any other spices you might like.

Stir in 1/2 C shredded spinach, and 1/2 can of artichoke hearts, chopped.

Top with cheese or "NoCheese" Sauce.

Broil for approximately 5 minutes, until browned on top.


NutFree "NoCheese" Cheese Sauce

It's basically like making a white sauce, if you remember or ever learned how to make that, which I would if you are going to making more of your own grain free and dairy free items.

Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan and sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp curry, 1/4 tsp garlic powder.

Add 1/3 cup of gluten free flour and 1/3 c of nutritional yeast. 

Slowly add a liquid while you are whisking all the time ( to prevent clumps, it's imperative that you slowly add the liquid).  Water is fine, if you want it a little creamier you can use any dairy free milk.  Hemp milk , cashew milk, or almond milk works really well, depending, of course, on the need to be nut free or not.  Rice milk or soy milk are nut free options. 

This cheese sauce can be used to make vegan mac and cheese, lasagna or pizza, nachos, or anything else you can conjure!


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