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!
Turkey chilli jacket potatoes
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 add a final pop of colour and flavour to the humble spud.
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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 really packs a flavour punch.
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Vegan chickpea curry jacket potatoes
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.
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Jacket potatoes with home-baked beans
Canned baked beans can be high in sugar and salt, but luckily, it’s super simple to make your own. 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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Baked potatoes with spicy dhal
Cheap and cheerful red lentils and chickpeas form the base of this satisfying vegetarian supper. Have a rummage in the cupboards – the spicy dhal pairs perfectly with a dollop of mango chutney or lime pickle.
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Spuds stuffed with tuna & chives
Tuna mayonnaise is a classic jacket potato filling, but can be heavy on the calories and fat content. Try a lighter twist which still packs in flavour by opting for low fat cottage cheese with onions and chives in place of mayo, and adding celery and spring onions for extra crunch and colour.
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Butter bean & tomato stew
If you’re looking to increase your iron intake, this butter bean casserole is a great place to start. This dish is low in salt and really healthy, using only eight ingredients. It’s freezable too, so you can save any extra portions for a quick dinner on another night.
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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. We’ve pictured it 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.
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Feta & kale loaded sweet potato
Pile your plate high with colourful ingredients including roasted sweet potatoes, kale, red onion and rocket. We’ve rounded out the flavour and texture profile with filling chickpeas, creamy feta cheese and crunchy pumpkin seeds.
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For the carnivores among us, you can’t go wrong with this classic Mexican 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.
Get the recipe: Chunky chilli
More ways with potatoes
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