I live in this part extrovert, part introvert world. If you asked Dr. Myers-Briggs, I fall right down the middle between the two. For me that means trying to find the balance between enjoying being around people and getting my alone time as well. Since I work from home, the introvert in me usually gets that needed alone time. So, I appease the extroverted side of my psyche by going out to lunch with friends. Not all my friends are vegan or even vegetarian, so sometimes I find myself at restaurants without a lot of options. But you know what? I never mind because I love getting together with friends and most restaurants have a salad. And usually I can add some steamed veggies on the side. Rather than feeling limited by my choices I like to imagine I’m on a mission. I step into Walter Mitty’s world and pretend I’m on a quest: watching what other people order and then figuring out how I can make a vegan version at home. My latest test subject? The almighty, powerful Loaded Baked Potato.
It may have tripped up a famous politician or two in the spelling category, but the potato is really a simple thing to eat. And that’s good news, because I really like eating them. Maybe it’s the Irish in me rearing it’s red-tinged hair.
I don’t have red-tinged hair, but maybe I should look into that.
I’m like Forrest Gump when it comes to potatoes. I can eat them fried, boiled, baked, scalloped, twice baked, and many other ways.
But loaded with all these great ingredients? This has to be my absolute favorite…at least for the moment.
So if we’re out to eat together one of these days, don’t be distracted by that far-off look on my face. I’m simply imagining creating a vegan version of what you’re eating. Either that or I’m pondering the recently discovered largest prime number. But odds are I’m probably working on the former; and you can tell because if I start to smile a little that shows that I’m happy knowing it’s so easy to be vegan and have all the great foods you love…in a much healthier package!
How to Make Loaded Vegan Baked Potatoes
Use these ingredients for these loaded vegan baked potatoes:
- russet potatoes
- vegetarian chili
- vegetable broth
- vegan butter
- chopped green onion
- vegan shredded cheddar cheese
- vegan sour cream
- veggie bacon (or vegan bacon bits).
Here are the steps for this recipe:
First, prepare your potatoes. Wash each potato and pierce it with a fork a few times.
To cook potatoes in a microwave, place all prepared potatoes in the microwave and cook for 10 minutes. Use a fork to see if the center is tender enough. If not, cook in two-to-three-minute increments until done.
To cook potatoes in the oven, preheat oven to 350F, and place prepared potatoes in the oven and bake for one to one and a half hours, until the potatoes are tender.
Transfer veggie chili to a microwave-safe bowl and cook for one to two minutes, until warmed.
Once the potatoes are done and cool enough to handle, cut them down the middle. Put a little bit of vegan butter and pour a little vegetable broth inside each potato. Use a fork to mash the broth and potato into the potato flesh.
Top each potato with the vegetarian chili, green onion, and shredded vegan cheese. Place potatoes back in the microwave and cook for 1 – 2 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Finish by topping with vegan sour cream and, if desired, vegetarian bacon bits.
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Loaded Vegan Baked Potatoes
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 15 ounce can vegetarian chili
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon green onion finely chopped
- 1 cup vegan cheddar shreds
- 1 cup vegan sour cream
- 4 teaspoons vegan bacon bits
- Wash and dry potatoes, then prick each with a fork a few of times.
- Microwave Baked Potatoes: Place prepared potatoes in a microwave and cook for 10 minutes. Use a fork to see if the center is tender enough. If not, cook in two-to-three-minute increments until done.
- Oven Baked Potatoes: Preheat oven to 350F. Place prepared potatoes in the oven and bake for one to one and a half hours, until the potatoes are tender. (Note: wrap potatoes in foil or coat with olive oil for tastier potato skins.)
- Pour the can of vegetarian chili in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for a minute or two until the ingredients are good and warm.
- Once the potatoes are done, and have cooled enough for you to handle, cut them down the middle and pull them open just a bit.
- Place a little bit of vegan butter and some vegetable broth on the inside of each cut potato. Use a fork to mash the broth and butter into the potato flesh. This step makes the potato flesh fluffier and moist.
- Top each potato with the vegetarian chili, green onion, and shredded vegan cheese. Place potatoes on a plate and microwave them (or place them on a pan and bake them) until the cheese has melted.
- Finish by topping with vegan sour cream and, if desired, vegetarian bacon bits.