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twice baked potatoes with smoked tempeh crumbles

It’s been one of those weeks.

  • Lost + then found keys.  Luckily, because the dang car key is $150!  Thanks to Kelsey, they’re now found.  And yes, she permitted me to use this photo.

Photo 494

  • Toilet is leaking and is currently detached from our floor.  We have 1 toilet.  Plumber is getting a phone call at 8am.  We’re possibly going to have to renovate the bathroom + subfloor, and get it all planned 2 days before leaving for Ohio + PA. 
  • There were a few gifts I had bookmarked last week, but didn’t order until yesterday.  Of course the prices both went up by 30%.
  • Trying to shop at Michaels, 5 days before Christmas.  No further explanation needed. 
  • Specifying 2c of butter, instead of 1c for my cookie dough balls, and didn’t notice the error until after someone already made them.

Things could be much worse, but they could also be slightly better.

At least there’s dinner.

It’s kind of hard for me to believe, but I’ve never made twice baked potatoes.  Do you remember the twice baked potato freezer packs??  Gosh, I loved those.  The potato was always whipped up so fancy-like.  That, I could not replicate, but the taste exceeded my expectations.

After baking for an hour, I went at these spuds with a fork.  A spoon just wasn’t cutting it. 

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After mixing everything together with my immersion blender, the potatoes were headed back into the oven.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, it’s a handy little kitchen tool that only costs about $30.  You can use it to puree sauces, soups, cream potatoes, and so many more things.  I love mine!  Great holiday gift for the cook in your family!

So creamy.

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So cheesy. 

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Now what to top these with, to make a full on meal?

Smoked crumbled tempeh?

I think so!

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With a little steamed broccoli and a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.

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It’s like a potato boat.

Docked at my table.

Ready to devour.

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Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Tempeh Crumbles [serves 4-6]

  • 4 med-lg russet potatoes
  • 1/2-3/4c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2c 2% plain Greek yogurt [+ extra to top]
  • 2T butter
  • 1t oregano
  • 1t parsley
  • 3T green onion, diced [+2T for garnish]
  • 1.5t garlic, minced
  • 3/4t salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1/2c-3/4c cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Clean potatoes, dry + poke through to the middle with a fork, in a few different spots.
  3. Bake for 1 – 1 1/4hr, or until tender. 
  4. Remove, slice lengthwise and let cool for 10min.
  5. Scrape out the potato with a fork, into a large bowl, leaving about 1/4” of potato on all sides.
  6. Add 1/2c milk [to start], yogurt, butter, oregano, parsley, 3T green onion, garlic, salt + pepper.
  7. Cream together with an immersion blender, hand mixer, or potato masher until smooth.  Add more milk if needed. 
  8. Fill the potato halves to the top + bake for 20min on a large baking sheet.
  9. Start tempeh + broccoli once in the oven –> steam or boil broccoli for 6-10min, until desired tenderness is reached, then drain + toss with a small amount of salt + butter.
  10. Sprinkle on the cheese + broil the potatoes on the top rack, for 3-5min, watching closely so nothing burns.
  11. Top with tempeh, broccoli, green onion, Greek yogurt, or any other desired topping.

Smoked Tempeh Crumbles

  • 1 block tempeh
  • 1T tamari/soy sauce
  • 1T water
  • 1T sunflower oil
  • 1T apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2t garlic powder
  • 1/2t liquid smoke
  • black pepper
  1. Crumble tempeh into a bowl, add all ingredients, and mix until well combined.
  2. In a dry, pre-heated pan over med-high heat, add the tempeh spreading in a single layer.
  3. Cook for 1-2min, then stir and cook for another 2-4min, until golden brown.

tips/substitutions:  Use 1.5c washed + drained chickpeas instead of tempeh.  Use any type of unsweetened, unflavored milk.  Sub sour cream for Greek yogurt if desired.  Use any type of cheese to top the potatoes.  I used parmesan.

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So smooth. 

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So crispy.

Ah, childhood meals.

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And a little peak at 1 gift project that is complete!

I pinned this idea on Pinterest the other week and had to make it for Chris.


Pinned Image

While I love the big size of this painting, I decided to break mine up into 3 pieces.  I painted the words to our first song, from our wedding.

Swept Away – The Avett Brothers

I meant for it to not be completely readable.  I was going for a subtle look. 

All the words are there, including an “I love you Chris” at the end.  Man it’s been a long time since I’ve done anything in cursive!

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Now that I’m looking at the original version, I’m second guessing my decision for the small canvases!  Dangit!

Kenna was contemplating my decision as well.

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And so Dakota doesn’t feel left out…

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Here’s hoping Wednesday goes a little more smoothly.  Not sure how likely that is, when the first thing I have to do is call the plumber and possibly a contractor.  However, dinner will be cooking in the crock pot all day, so at least I can count on that!


Reader Comments (44)

Omg I feel your pain on the leaky toilet - we have water damage issues in our place right now too! At least you had this yummy meal to console you :) I love my immersion blender too - don't know what I'd do without it. And those potato skins look fantastic, can't wait to try them! Hope the rest of your week goes better!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnjali @ The Picky Eater

Oh no! I hope the twice baked potatoes make everything at least feel better! I'm jealous of immersion blenders..totally need to track one down. I love the art pieces that you made -- what a fantastic gift!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

Sorry you had rough days! Hopefully today will be better.

Aaaand I want to eat at least 5 of those potatoes. How did you know potatoes are my favorite food?

The canvases turned out great, they look nice on the wall all lined up. I always thought with twice baked potatoes you took out the middle and made mashed potatoes with butter and cream then put them back in? Shows how much I know! But this method looks wonderful... I've been on a pretty big white and red potato kick lately I will defintely be trying this out!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

Those potatoes look so perfect. Anything potato is good with me :)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

these potatoes look so great! i recently made your twice baked sweet potatoes (with sharp white cheddar and mushrooms) and they were awesome. these might have to be next!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara @my less serious life

Potato canoe. No paddling necessary. Yum!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Your canvases are awesome.

And so are those taters.

Happy Chanukah, too!

Today's going to be MUCH better!! I can feel it!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

Mmmmmm twice baked potatoes!!! Love Chris's Christmas present...such a great idea :) good luck with getting the house in order before you leave!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

ugh, i feel your pain. our shower was leaking a month ago (it had been leaking for a long time, before we ever moved into the house) and our bathroom is a disaster zone right now. it had been leaking behind the drywall and under the tiles, rotting the subfloor. not fun.

I love the canvas idea! That's one of my favorite songs - The Avetts are the best :)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Sounds similar! Not fun at all...especially THIS week! Seriously??? Yay for Avett love!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

oh man - we've all had those days! no fun, but you'll get past it! :)

i love love love that idea for the canvases! i want to do it now too. i love the idea of doing a song, but we have two songs and i don't know how i'd pick between them!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah (sarah learns)

Thanks!! There will be a few other things, but I wanted to get that one hung!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I really hope so...

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Averie!! And to your family as well!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaa...true. Now come fix our bathroom.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Mmmm, I love that combo!!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is how I made these! :) I baked them, then scraped out the middle and creamed it into mashed potatoes with a few ingredients, filled them back up, then baked again.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Chelsey...I'm nervous to start making these phone calls!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Lauren!! I hope you get an immersion blender soon!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ugh...such a hassle and what a terrible week to discover it. Ohhh well. :)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The paintings are SO fun! I don't really like russet potatoes but you might have changed my mind! :)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

Really?? I have never met a potato I didn't like! ;)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love that idea of the canvas painting! I'm not sure I could write out entire sentences in actual cursive anymore. I always do a mixture when writing. If you're still second guessing the size, you could always move the 3 canvases over to one side a little and put 2 bigger pictures next to it to kind of fill up the wall more. Maybe wedding pictures since it would be the same theme? Just a thought..I think it looks great regardless.

I think you could just do 1 line of 1 song and 1 line from another...all the words don't have to be up there, but mixing the 2 might be kind of fun!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Fabulous idea!! Thanks!! :)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You can typically get a duplicate key from Ace Hardware for half the price from the dealer...

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharles

I am semi-obsessed with my immersion blender. It's like a little culinary boat motor of wonder. I can't wait to make these potatoes with the tempeh bacon I have in the fridge! Perfect.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRedhead in the Kitchen

DInner is planned. Thank YOU!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I hope your day is already going better. :) I pinned that same art piece (if it's Elise's) & plan to make a large version for Dave for our anniversary in March.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllie Finch

Gorgeous painting trio! Absolutely love it.

I always have to attack my baked potatoes with a fork! It's the best for getting it all out of the skin. I haven't had twice baked potatoes in forever - now I want them! I love baked potatoes though, I have those all the time.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

OH NO on the toilet!!
The potato boats look like heaven, so creamy and cheesy. Yes, please!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen@FoodFamilyFitness

Those taters look awesome! My husband (and me too, but him more) is obsessed with twice baked potatoes. I like the tempeh as an option instead of bacon, plus it makes for a full meal.

Hope your day gets better :)

What an ADORABLE idea for a present...I'm sure he'll love it!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ SimpleEats

I think your art work looks amazing!!! Gotta love Pintrest!!!

Yes!! Definitely a full meal. mmm, I need to make more! Seems like guys always love potatoes.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Allie!!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good to know!!! Thanks!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

oh my god, this sounds like a killer recipe... definitely have to try it !

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremilie

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January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMenu Plan Monday – Janua

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January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMenu Plan Monday – Janua

These potatoes look AMAZING! I love how you put broccoli all over it and those smoked tempeh crumbles sound so good. I must make this! Love the artwork. :) Very neat gift.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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