a baked potato with butter

a baked potato with butter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Muenster (cheese)

Muenster (cheese) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrown...

various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrowns, tater tots, baked potato, and mashed potatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure you’ve all heard of twice baked potatoes and stuffed baked potatoes, so this will be no surprise. What may surprise some of you is that Potatoes are a natural source of Iodine.  Iodine supports your thyroid function  (as does Butter  and eggs).

I’m just re-iterating how to make them fast and easy.

You’ll need:

Large baking potatoes (as many as you have people)

1 lb. of your choice of Cheese ( I prefer Muenster – but Colby is good too)

Butter (to taste – I personally like a lot of it)

Bacon bits (or crumbled real bacon)

Chopped green onions

Powdered Summer Savory

Powdered Thyme (or if you have fresh thyme, chopped)

Iodized table salt.

 

Wash the potatoes and pierce several times with a fork (or it will explode from the heat)

Place in the microwave and bake for several minutes.  One average potato will take about five minutes; two will take about 9, and three will take about 12 minutes.  Different microwaves have different strengths so check them a little before the time is up.  Don’t overcook them. It’s better to interrupt the cooking a few times to check their condition than to overcook them.

If you don’t have a microwave, all the potatoes can be cooked in the oven for an hour.  Or in a fire pit with aluminum foil wrapped a couple of times around them for about an hour as well. Potatoes are done when they are soft and poking them with your finger results in a dent that stays put.

While the potatoes are cooking, grate the cheese and chop the green onions (and fry the bacon if you are going to use real bacon).

Once the potatoes are finished, pull them out and break open down the middle long-wise.  Place each one on it’s own plate.  Use a fork to flake the soft middle into a mound between the halves of the skin.  Put the amount of butter you like on top to melt first. Add salt (to taste), then stir in half the green onions and bacon bits,  top with the grated cheese and add a dash of summer savory and thyme, then add the rest of the green onions and bacon bits over the top.

Serve at once with your choice of beverages (lemonade is nice in summer).

This makes a delicious summer meal all by itself and it’s good for your thyroid.

In the winter, you can add Chili con Carne‘ to the mix and substitute Paprika for the herbs.  A good winter beverage is Mulled Apple cider.  Yummmmm!

And as an added bonus, this is a gluten free meal as well.

 

 

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