​Guiltless Potato Skins with Salsa and Cheese

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Joan Lunden

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Potato skins are one of my favorite things in life. (Why are all the good things usually fattening? And all of the fattening things good?). Although potatoes have earned a bad reputation among dieters, it's really what you put on the potato that's the problem, not the potato itself. So here I've combined healthier choices to allow me to have my potato skins and eat them, too.

Serves 4

2 large baking potatoes (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds total), scrubbed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 recipe Tomato Salsa or your favorite purchased brand
4 tablespoons shredded low fat or part-skim mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Prick the potatoes a few times with a knife, and bake them in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until they are tender. Let the potatoes cool until they can be handled. Cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato flesh (reserving it for another use), leaving a 1/4inch-thick shell.

Sprinkle the inside of each shell with 1/2 teaspoon of the oil. Cut each shell into 3 long strips and arrange them, cut side up, on a baking pan. Broil them 4 inches from the flame for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden; turn them over and broil for 1 minute more on the other side. Turn them cut side up, spread some of the salsa on top of each strip, and top with some of the cheese. Broil the skins just until the cheese is melted.

Note: For a more filling and less crispy potato skin, don't scoop out as much of the potato.

Nutritional Analysis per serving: 161 calories; 31% calories from fat; 6 grams of fat; 49 milligrams of sodium

Source: Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking by Joan Lunden and Laura Morton - See more at: http://joanlunden.com/joans_recipes_potato_skins.html#sthash.cf0sIvFS.dpuf

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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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