Twice Baked Jalapeno Potatoes
Thanks to Maty’s Healthy Products for sponsoring this post to combat holiday heartburn, naturally.
I know some people swear the holidays come with heartburn. Extravagant entrees and decadent desserts piggybacked on busy schedules, stretched finances and unwelcome encounters can be a recipe for misery. Doesn’t sound like something I want to deal with during the “most wonderful time of the year!”.
One of my friends says she counts on heartburn every time her mother-in-law shows up with her “always requested” recipes. Umm, could the side of MIL’s unsolicited advice cause the heartburn?
Yup. Stress can be a trigger.
There’s a valve between the esophagus and stomach—the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When it doesn’t tighten as it should, stomach acid and food splash back up into the esophagus—ugh—heartburn.
Heartburn can take the ho-ho right out of Thanksgiving and Christmas so watch out for the common culprits:
- Too much food in the stomach
- Too much pressure on the stomach (pregnancy, constipation, obesity, tight-fitting clothing)
- Certain foods relax the LES including citrus fruits, garlic, onions, tomatoes, coffee, alcohol, caffeinated products, peppermint, chocolate (oh no!)
- Smoking also relaxes the LES and stimulates stomach acid
- Meals high in fats and oils
- Some medications
- Lack of sleep
What do you do to cut your chances of a heartburn holiday (outside of locking the door when your stressor shows up)? Here’s my take:
- Watch what you eat and try not to over-indulge
- Make time for exercise (a great stress reducer)
- Get enough sleep
- Purposefully laugh (watch a comedian or funny movie, read jokes)
- Learn to say “no” to what isn’t in your best interest
- Make time for whatever rejuvenates you (massage, anyone?)
- Maty’s All-Natural Acid Indigestion Relief — you can find it at Target and Rite Aid.
Ever try Maty’s? It’s doctor (and Mom) recommended because it combines safe, whole-food ingredients (honey, ginger, sea salt, cloves, turmeric, citrus/ascorbic acid, apple cider vinegar) that help promote healthy acid levels in the digestive tract, which enhances your body’s natural healing power.
You get fast, drug-free relief for occasional heartburn/acid indigestion. Like the flare-ups you might encounter over the holidays.
And having a nice mother-in-law makes a difference, too! Mine is a wonderful cook and I’m thankful she shares her good recipes.
I do not dare duplicate some of her dishes. I don’t have her touch and they just won’t be the same.
But I do dare make her twice-baked potatoes—my husband’s favorite that I count on him overeating at holiday meals. Three spicy, covered in cheese and bacon potatoes? Hello Maty’s. Good-bye heartburn.
These are delicious and bet you won’t get heartburn if you only eat a normal-sized helping!
- 3 large Idaho potatoes
- ¼ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ cup milk
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar
- 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
- dried chives
- coarse sea, or kosher, salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- olive oil
- Clean each potato and rub with 1 tablespoon of oil. Generously sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. (I usually do about a teaspoon of each on each potato.)
- Wrap in foil and bake at 425 for 45 minutes to one hour.
- When cooked all the way through, remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Slice each potato lengthwise and scoop out the inside and place in a medium size bowl, leaving about a ¼ inch border around the skin.
- To the scooped potatoes, add sour cream, milk, and melted butter. With a mixer, mix on medium until potatoes are creamy. Stir in jalapenos, half the cheese and half the bacon.
- Scoop the potato filling back into the potato skins and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and brown. Sprinkle with bacon and chives.
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