Surviving Dinner – Loaded Baked Potatoes

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

Personally, I love my baked potatoes when they’re made in the oven and I’m not a fan of microwaved potatoes.  If you’re strapped for time, just zap them in the micro.  If you’re not in a rush but just really need minimal hands-on time, eat a little later and throw them in the oven at 400 for about an hour.

Survival Menu:

  • Loaded Baked Potatoes


  • Baking potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Cooked chicken
  • Bacon crumbles
  • Scallions
  • Sour cream
  • Other suggestions:  taco meat, salsa, broccoli, blue cheese…get creative!

1.  Cook your baked potatoes using your preferred method.

2.  Heat pre-cooked chicken in the microwave.

3.  Top with anything your heart desires!

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


3 thoughts on “Surviving Dinner – Loaded Baked Potatoes

  1. I don’t like microwaved potatoes either but to speed it up I cook them a little bit in the microwave first (while the oven is pre-heating), then pop them in the oven to finish. About 20 minutes total.

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