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 Serves: As many people as you wish--one large or 2 small-to-medium potatoes per person

One large (or two small/medium) potato per person

Organic sour cream or cottage cheese (try Organic Valley, Horizon Organic or Alta-Dena)

1 pound firm tofu or veg sausage, diced (per two people)

2-4 kinds of assorted vegetables, chopped fine to medium (broccoli, zucchini, greens, carrots, onion/leek)
(amount to taste--I'd use one zucchini, 1/2 onion or leek, one large carrot, handful of kale and 1/2 cup broccoli per 2 people)

6 ounces grated mozzarella (Organic Valley, Horizon Organic, etc.) per two people

1-2 T olive or almond oil

Black pepper, garlic powder, and salt to taste

Other fresh herbs depending on variation (see below), chopped or whole leaf

1. Bake potatoes (or microwave). Set aside, but don't open yet. (If this part takes an hour, go read a book in the hammock!)
2. On medium heat in nonstick pan, sautée the tofu with vegetables in 1-2 T olive or almond oil and spices, until the soy product is browned and the veggies are somewhat softened, but still slightly crisp (unless you prefer soggy!)
3. Split open potatoes and mash (smash!) down to fill plate. Mash in sour cream to taste.
4. Cover potatoes with thin slices of cheese or thin layer of grated cheese.
4. Top with a few ladlefuls of hot veggie sauté mixture. Smash in if desired.

That's it! A warm, filling, flavorful meal awaits!

I favor dishes that can be varied every time, and this is no exception. Some ideas:
1. Substitute crumbled vegetarian Italian sausage instead of the tofu in your veggie sauté.
2. If you prefer neither tofu nor sausage, sautée veggies only and just use cheese(s) for your protein.
3. Use one kind of cheese--mozzarella or cheddar or jack--OR combine several for a taste sensation!
4. Use cottage cheese and/or parmesan as well, whether you're using the tofu/sausage or not. Mash the cottage cheese into potatoes first, then top with veggie or veggie/soy mixture.
5. Black beans, cheese, salsa, fresh tomatoes, corn, red cabbage, green onion and cilantro on a "smashed" potato is smashing as well--PotatOH! AcapulcOH! Colorful, too!
6. Likewise, your favorite pasta sauce, mozzarella and parmesan, and fresh whole-leaf basil makes a fast and fantastic PotatOH ItalianOH!
7. In summer I like to serve these quick and easy potato meals with a large fresh mixed-green salad on the side!

Note: Because it's healthier for the environment as well as for people, we use only organically produced cheeses (Organic Valley and Horizon are two national brands; check for your own local brands), organically grown produce, and packaged products with organically grown ingredients. See Food Brand Recommendations for brand suggestions.

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