Beans and cheese baked potato

BAKED-POTATOThis is a tasty alternative to sandwiches for lunch. Baked potatoes are versatile and you can add your own favourite filling. A serving of beans count towards your 5 a day and are also a good source of low fat protein and fibre.
Try to use low fat cheese as suggested in this recipe as ordinary cheddar is high in saturated fat. We need 3 servings of calcium a day, and cheese in this recipe counts as one of these servings.
Potatoes contain carbohydrates so they will have an effect on glucose levels, read at the nutrition label to see total carbohydrate content. Choose a smaller sized potato if you need to lose weight.

Ingredients – Serves 2 Adults

  • 2 large potatoes, scrubbed not peeled
  • 1 x 225g / 8 oz. small can of baked beans
  • 55g / 2 oz. of low-fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7
  • Wash the potatoes and then prick them all over with a fork
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 1½ hours or until the inside is tender
  • Heat the baked beans in a saucepan on the hob or in the microwave according to instructions on the tin
  • Cut the potato in half and carefully scoop the centre out of the potato
  • Mix this potato with the baked beans and pepper
  • Return the mixture to potato skin and sprinkle with grated cheese
  • Place in a hot oven and bake until warmed through and golden

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