Occasionally, I make this super simple meal at our house. And almost no one complains. It takes about an hour but includes almost no preparation or mess at all.
All I do is scrub up some potatoes (sweet or russet), wrap them in foil while they are still wet, and pop them into the oven or toaster oven at 450 degrees for an hour. Then when they are done, unwrap them, slit them, mash lightly, and then …
1. For the russet potatoes, simply top with butter, shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. You could also add sour cream, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, cooked sloppy joe meat, chili or taco meat, etc. But even just the cheesy potato makes a really simply, satisfying meal. (Maybe with some carrots, corn, green beans, or other veggies on the side, too.)
2. For the sweet potatoes, I like to top it with butter, dried cranberries, nuts, shredded coconut, pepper, cinnamon, and maple syrup (or you could use a sprinkle of sugar). It’s one of my favorite ways to eat a sweet potato for lunch when the weather gets cooler in the fall.
(Trust me, it tastes better than it looks!)
This is a go-to meal when I do not want to make a lot of dishes or do not have the time to do a lot of preparation. I just pop them in the oven and get other things done while they cook. And then an hour later – voila - lunch is all ready in a few short steps.
See! I told you it was pathetically simple!