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Mushroom-Stuffed Potatoes
4 large baking potatoes
1/4 cup organic dairy, soy, or rice cream cheese
1 tablespoon light olive oil
1 large onion -- chopped
8 ounces white or cremini mushrooms -- sliced
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste

Bake or microwave the potatoes until done but still firm. When cool enough to handle, cut each in half lengthwise. Scoop out the inside of each potato half, leaving a sturdy shell, about 1/4-inch thick all around.

Transfer the scooped-out potato to a mixing bowl and mash it coarsely. Stir in the cream cheese.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until golden. Add the mushrooms, cover, and cook until they are done to your liking, stirring occasionally.

Combine the mushroom mixture, liquid and all, with the mashed potato in the mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir well to combine.

Stuff the mixture back into the potato shells. Heat as needed in the microwave or in a preheated 400-degree oven, and serve.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Comments: A small amount of light cream cheese gives these stuffed potatoes a rich flavor. Serve them with a big tossed salad with chickpeas or black-eyed peas, and some steamed green beans or asparagus.


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