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- We've seen your messages, I've heard your cries. Y'all are desperate for some low-budget-friendly meals. So today I'm taking you with me to the grocery to show you a very creative solution that has come through for me when my wallet has seen very dusty days. So the mission is to create a comforting stuffed potato with all the fixins. First thing I need to grab are the tubers. You can have this several times a week just by switching it up with a Russet potato or a sweet potato. I love potatoes so much. Every time I look at one I think, yeah. That's mash. Get it? Now you may be thinking, Jen, duh, potatoes are affordable, but toppings are expensive. Well, think again. Remember that creative solution I told you about earlier? I'm gonna introduce you to my good friend the salad bar. Instead of buying individual packages of your favorite toppings, just hit the salad bar, pick up little bits here and there, and you're set. Success! I gotta run when I hit the salad bar. I feel like they're gonna figure out that I hacked into the system. I don't know which system, it don't matter. Just run, , run. Let's get to cooking! In the microwave. I know, crazy. Now, baking potatoes in the microwave isn't a brand new technique, but if you've never done it before and you're feeling hesitant, hear me out. This is an awesome solution if you're in a dorm room or you're renting a small room or studio and you don't have an oven, because in just minutes, you can have a nice hot potato ready to get stuffed. Like an infomercial. Call now and you'll receive two corny Jens. First, just wash a potato really well, and then take a fork and poke holes all over the potato. That way, while it's cooking, the steam has somewhere to escape, and it doesn't explode on you. Be gentle, but also use this time to let out some frustration. Maybe you got a bad grade on your exam. Maybe you're, on Instagram you see your friends are out eating some really awesome bougie food and you're here making a microwave potato. Well, guess what? The struggle is real. You know what else is real? Creativity. You the winner here. You're the one that's going to grow and make art out of potato. Then place it on a microwave-safe plate, pop it in the microwave for five minutes, and then flip it over and microwave for another four to five minutes until it's nice and soft and cooked all the way through. This is the time to get creative and work with what you've got. So I'm gonna show you a few different variations on toppings, starting with some broccoli and cheese, which is my favorite topping on a potato. You don't have a stove, no worries. You can just chop up the broccoli and cook it up in the microwave. The broccoli is in little bits now, you could place it in a microwave-safe bowl, top it with a little bit of water. Excuse me, potato. Kinda like a steamed broccoli now. That's a nice potato, it's super soft. Nice and hot, just gonna cut a slit so you can see the inside, oooh. Now's the time you want to go in, very carefully, it's hot. Go in and fluff up the inside with a fork. Hot hot hot! You know how, like, chefs have asbestos fingers so they can't really feel much? I don't. I have I just can't fingers. While the potato's still hot, this is the time you want to add your cheese, if you have any, 'cause it'll get a little melty. Got some cheddar for ya. Now for the broccoli. Season it up however you'd like. You can add salt and pepper on the potato before you add anything. And then you have a delicious, quick meal, right there. I got a second potato here. Again slit it open, fluff it up. And this time gonna add some of that ranch dressing I got at the salad bar. This is a true magic wonder, y'all. Some of this awesome roasted corn medley. And I just chopped up the onion and pepperoni I got. Boom, there you have it. Lunch, dinner, but wait, there's more. You do the same thing with a sweet potato. Poke it with a fork, then microwave it for five minutes on both sides. Same fluffy action happens here. Oooh yeah. Fill it up with some pecans, pop of cinnamon, and some maple syrup. But this is great because all these ingredients don't need refrigeration, you can just have them in your room. And you can have a nice breakfast or a little snack. The struggle is real, so I hope you give this a try. I'll see you next time, bye. Mmmmm. Being cheap never tasted so good.