1 head broccoli, chopped into bitesize chunks (smaller florets can be left whole, larger ones roughly chopped) or 500g frozen broccoli florets
2 handfuls grated cheese (Cheddar or similar hard cheese is best)
Salt & pepper, to taste
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If you need a veg-packed comfort food cold-day easy dinner the whole family will love, try these broccoli-cheese stuffed baked potatoes. Made in the microwave using only 3 ingredients. Swap the broccoli for cauliflower for a cauli-cheese version.
First, “bake” the potatoes in the microwave by piercing all over with a sharp knife or fork and placing 2 in a microwaveable bowl before cooking on High for 5-10 mins or until the potatoes feel soft in the middle when pierced with a knife. Repeat with the next 2 if using.
(To get the skin crisper and make for a truly great baked potato, drizzle with a little oil and pinch of salt and place in a hot (200c/gas 6) oven or under the grill for 5 mins to crisp up.)
For the broccoli, either simmer for 5 mins in a pan of water on the hob, or pop in a microwaveable bowl with 3 tablespoons water and cover with a microwave-safe plate, then cook in your microwave for 4-5 mins until the broccoli is bright green and softened with just a little bite to it. (For frozen broccoli, just follow the instructions on the packet.)
Halve and fluff the potatoes with a fork, then top with the broccoli and grated cheese. Add a little salt & pepper to help bring out the flavours.
Note: for a comfort food treat, using a couple of tablespoons of hot cheese sauce over the broccoli instead of grated cheese makes for a delicious and decadent dinner.
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