Chicken and Basil Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes


While I have some pockets of free time since classes ended, Mr. Prevention has been on my case about getting up-to-date with all of my “preventative wellness” exams. I would say this is because he cares, but it’s because his insurance plan incentivizes regular “preventative maintenance”. I’m not opposed to this, obviously, but the little things add up and the little things + major life changes = stress. Besides, who wants to go to the dentist?

So yesterday I went in for “the works” – blood work, prescription refill (if I run out of my Imitrex – it won’t be good), well woman, etc. My doctor said, “You just had blood work done in November and everything was excellent…why are we doing it again?”


“My husband’s insurance is requiring it…and, my LDL (bad cholesterol) was a bit high.” I said.

“Your LDL was 110, that’s great!” she remarked.

I stared at her for a moment and said, “I’d really like for it to be 100 or less.”

She stared back. “Your LDL is fine, it should be less than 130…and your triglycerides were excellent!” she exclaimed.

I agree with her about the tri’s, but the LDL, we will have to agree to disagree. What can I say? I like cheese, and I will be curious to see if my triglycerides have remained low, my HDL has remained high (it was in the 70′s!), and my LDL has come down a bit.

My doctor didn’t let it slide that I had gained 3 lbs, however. This is 100% due to my recent visit up to Seattle. Other than my hike that left me waddling for DAYS, I basically sampled all that there was to sample in Seattle and did nothing other than walk. Time to get busy on getting those pounds OFF!


Coincidentally, I chose this light meal from my assigned blog, Sunny Side Up in San Diego, one of my favorite blogs written by one of my favorite people. It was recipe swap time again — Blogger’s Choice, and this recipe from Jessica immediately caught my eye. There is something about stuffed potatoes that simply never gets old and her spin with basil and chicken was clearly a creative rendition I needed to try out.

When I met Jessica at FoodBuzz Festival last fall in San Fran, I recall she and I having very similar palates…and personalities. No wonder I love her so :) She’s blonde and is from Ohio…all the more reason we were bound to be buds. She’s living in China right now with her hubby who is there for work. The fact that she can pull off these types of dishes is seriously impressive. When we lived in Italy, it was hard to make “All American”-style food, but…she’s pulling it off all the way from China.

We loved these chicken and basil-stuffed potatoes, and loved even more their calorie count. These are extremely filling and 1/2 of a potato with a side salad or vegetable is plenty to suffice a light, delicious meal….a meal that will help me shed my Seattle sins!


Today is my last day of work in Ohio and in dialysis. I am split down the middle with emotions- half thrilled for the move and some time off before starting my new job in MI, but half sad to be leaving more great patients and co-workers.

I had a most enjoyable afternoon with my students yesterday. They are wonderful cooks and our picnic + hike was wonderful. It was truly one of the nicest things anyone has done for me…so thanks, diet tech students! xo!



  1. 3lbs? Should she really be getting on your case for such a trivial amount of weight gain?

  2. Mmm Ilove twice baked potatoes! Looks delish!

    As for the LDL, I’m up and down about the repercussions of high LDL. I found this blog post yesterday: and from reading other pieces on the very topic (for about a year now), I really believe that it’s less about cholesterol and more about quality food choices made every day; the imbalance of omega 3; omega 6, trans fats, too many processed food-like products, etc. I dunno. What are your thoughts on this?

    Where are you moving in MI? Sorry I’ve been MIA on your blog for awhile!!

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Hey girl! I’ve been MIA, as well…life is BUSY! I agree with you, it’s just the concept I think. If my TG’s were high or my HDL low, I’d be much more concerned. I know high LDL runs in my family, but I’m 26 and active! Bah-humbug :)

      We are moving to St. Joseph, MI right by the lake. Very excited :) Popping over to see how you are since I have a free moment…since it’s my last day of work and all ;)

  3. These must be great since two “nesties” posted them in one week. They sound delicious. My husband liked your White BBQ Chicken Potatoes, so maybe I’ll try these on him next. I love when he starts liking food from healthier blogs!

  4. It sounds like the appt went well overall. I think as long as you’re eating well like 90/10 then that’s about all you can do. You know what to balance and how you can improve so I have no doubt you’ll do/are doing everything you can.

    Now on to these taters…holy yum! I make something similar based off of BB Kings “Porktato” but something tells me theirs isn’t very waist friendly. ;)

  5. Stuffed potatoes are soooo comforting! :) Mmmmm!

    I just wanted to stop in and let you know (just in case you didn’t get my tweet this morning) that you were mentioned in today’s High Five Friday! :)

  6. I’ve never thought to add chicken to a twice baked potato – love it! When my SIL gets back from her vacation, these will definitely be on the menu. :D

    Happy last day at work! I know its bitter sweet.

  7. Shoot, 3 lbs? You’re so active I just can’t believe she would be that concerned about it. :)

    Your potatoes look great! I’m so glad you liked them! And what is it about burnt parchment paper that I love so much? It gives such a warm the feeling to photos. Love!

  8. These look excellent – might add it to the rotation and throw some in the freezer!

  9. I love the sound of this recipe!!!
    This post also reminds me I should get blood work. Although mine was good last year, it has been a while.

  10. These look fantastic!

  11. Oh good golly, I MUST make these soon!

  12. Yummers…I’m totally going to make these. I think I’ll make the taters on the grill though. I too have been backsliding on watching my eating. It isn’t even the weekend and I’ve already made excuses for myself on why it was totally okay to treat myself to full fat coffee ice cream(non organic to boot)with toffee bits and half a piece of red velvet cake in one day. I know better. One treat would have been acceptable. Both? I probably consumed half of my calories AND I skipped the gym in lieu of driving with hubby. Not good. I need to get back on the wagon.

    I also get the doctor thing. It seems every time I go to the doctors for one thing I leave with a diagnostic test result for somewhere else that tells me my body is in rebellion. It’s depressing to go for one test only to be told they have no idea why you have symtoms because your tests there are fine but by the way while we were looking THESE tests came back abnormal so we’ll need you to come back. Blech.

  13. I avoid the dentist at all costs. But that does mean I try to take excellent care of my teeth on my own.

  14. I love turning baked potatoes into a full meal by adding some meat! These look great. I can’t believe your doctor made a comment about 3 pounds – that seems crazy to me since weights fluctuate a bit.

  15. We also loved these. I love that it’s a complete meal with a salad or some veggies on the side.

    Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps.

  16. Not only does it look delicious, but very elegant, also. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Melissa says:

    These are delicious! Even my picky 3 year old loved them, yea!

  18. Nicole, these were fabulous! I made them sans cheese for myself, and they were even fantastic. Of course, my boyfriend loved the cheesey ones, too. As always, thanks for sharing :)


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