It's hard to beat the humble jacket potato, hot out of the oven with a crisp, golden exterior and a delightfully fluffy inside. Low fat, fibre-rich potatoes also make a brilliant base for a healthy meal that's perfect for lunch or dinner. Choose from our top 10 nutritious filling ideas and pile your plate high!


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1. Healthy baked beans

Healthy baked beans

Try our speedy, healthy recipe for homemade baked beans. It wins hands down when it comes to taste and texture, and delivers three of your five-a-day.

2. Mushroom jacket potatoes

Creamy mushroom jacket potatoes

Put a pot of sour cream and chive dip to good use in this delicious veggie dinner, using vitamin B-rich mushrooms. It only requires five ingredients but makes for a really satisfying lunch or dinner.

3. Feta & kale loaded sweet potato

Kale and feta topped baked sweet potato

Pile your plate high with colourful ingredients including baked sweet potatoes, kale, red onion and rocket. We've rounded out the crunchy textures and vibrant flavours with filling chickpeas, creamy feta cheese and pumpkin seeds.

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4. Vegan chickpea curry jacket potatoes

Vegan chickpea curry with baked potato

Gluten-free and low in fat, this chickpea curry makes a fantastic topping for buttery baked sweet potatoes. It's a great recipe to use storecupboard spices including cumin seeds, turmeric, garam masala and tikka masala paste.

5. Baked potatoes with spicy dhal

Baked potato topped with healthy dhal

Cheap and cheerful red lentils and chickpeas form the base of this satisfying vegetarian supper. Have a rummage in the cupboards to find all the ingredients – the spicy dhal pairs perfectly with a dollop of mango chutney or lime pickle.

6. Vegan chilli

Two plates of vegan chilli topped with sliced avocados

Jam-packed with a colourful array of vegetables, plus two types of beans, this vegan, gluten-free, low-fat feast is a truly feel-good dinner option. Here it's served with rice, but it would work wonderfully spooned over a fluffy jacket potato, too – the lime wedges and avocado slices are optional, but recommended.

7. Air fryer baked potatoes

Air fryer baked potatoes

The joy of having an air fryer means you can pop your potatoes in and bake to fluffy perfection. It's quicker and more energy efficient than using the oven, and means you'll have nice crispy skins. Use this recipe as a healthy base and add whatever toppings you like.

8. Chunky chilli

Chunky chilli con carne with wedges of fresh lime

For the carnivores among us, you can't go wrong with this Mexican-style recipe. We've used diced stewing beef steaks which hold their shape well, resulting in a robust, chunky dish that's healthy, gluten-free and freezable.

9. Turkey chilli jacket potatoes

Turkey chilli with baked potato and grated cheese

Budget-friendly and low in fat, turkey mince makes for a tasty alternative to beef in this low-calorie, healthy chilli recipe. Spring onions and Red Leicester cheese add a pop of colour and flavour to the humble spud.

10. Jacket potatoes with home-baked beans

Jacket potatoes with homemade baked beans

Canned baked beans can be high in sugar and salt, but luckily, it's super simple to make your own and much better for you. Tomatoes, paprika and Worcestershire sauce all go into this comforting, classic meal – and you'll get the goodness of celery and carrot too. A real family winner.

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What are your favourite healthy jacket potato fillings? Let us know in the comments below...


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