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Baked Potato Bar
with broccoli / lentils / cheese / olives / tomatoes

Active: 40 min Total: 50 min
Baked potatoes make for a fun dinner and take under an hour to make! While the potatoes are cooking, prep your toppings bar so everyone can customize their fluffy potatoes to their liking.
Smarts: We’ve included options to "bake" the potatoes in the slow cooker, microwave, and oven so you can use whichever method you prefer.


Baked Potato Bar:
  • Potatoes, medium russet - 4
  • Foil - for cooking (if cooking in oven or slow cooker)
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Cheese, cheddar - 4 oz , grated
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/2 , diced
  • Broccoli - 8 oz , chopped
  • Chives - 1 Tbsp , chopped
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 4 , diced
  • Olives, black and sliced (2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Lentils, pre-cooked - 2 cups (look for canned or vacuum-packed)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Sour cream - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Salsa - 1/4 cup
  • Butter (opt) - for serving


  1. Potatoes - Wash and scrub potatoes. Pierce several times with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. If cooking potatoes in the slow cooker: Rub potatoes on all sides with some oil and season on the outside with some salt. Wrap each potato individually in foil. Place the potatoes in the bowl of a slow cooker, cover and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 4 to 5 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Spice mix - Combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, and coriander. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cheese / Onions / Broccoli - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Broccoli (if not roasted ahead for Tuesday night) - Place broccoli into a microwave-safe container, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave until tender, ~2 minutes. If using frozen, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  6. Chives / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  7. Olives - Drain and rinse.
  8. Lentils - If using canned lentils, drain and rinse.

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  1. If cooking potatoes in the oven: Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Rub potatoes on all sides with some oil and season on the outside with some salt. Wrap each potato individually in foil. Bake in the oven until very tender, 45 to 60 minutes.
  2. If cooking potatoes in the microwave (video): Place in a baking dish and pour 2 Tbsp / 30 mL of water in the dish. Cover with a damp paper towel and cook in microwave until tender, 10 to 12 minutes, turning once in the middle.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and then lentils and spice mix and saute until spices are fragrant and lentils are warm, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Set out toppings - lentils, cheese, onions, broccoli, chives, tomatoes, olives, sour cream, and salsa.
  5. Slice potatoes in half and add butter to each half if you’d like. Have everyone top their potatoes and enjoy!



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