I love this jacket potato recipe.  Combined with some roasted broccoli, it was a great change from the normal casserole or stir-fry.  I could not stand the idea of another run-of-the-mill dinner!


Lots of Flavor Jacket Potato


Ingredients (for one potato):


  • 1 medium to large russet potato
  • 1/2 cup of refried black beans
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance
  • 2 strips of Morning Star fake bacon
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Italian herbs – my mother in law left this tube of fresh herbs in my fridge, and it’s so handy!




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Wash and stab potato and bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until soft to the touch
  • Remove from oven and slice lengthwise.  Let stand and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out potato without tearing skin. 
  • Prepare bacon strips according to directions.  Use a knife to quickly chop.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine potato, herbs, butter, and bacons.  Use a potato masher.
  • Scoop back into potato skins, top with warmed refried beans, and serve.




And I also ate a big spoonful of almond butter.  Have you tried Justin’s Almond Butter with Maple Syrup?  Oh so good.


I call it a Jacket Potato because that’s what the Husband (a Brit) calls baked potatoes.  :)  Cute name, huh?


PS – Want to see a play by play of the Soul Crusher Boot Camp workout I did this earlier?  It’s up!



  • Cara March 6, 2011, 8:37 pm

    I’m right there with you on not wanting another run of the mill dinner. Those look great! I will have to try them out!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 6, 2011, 8:40 pm

    I love that you call baked potatoes jacket potatoes. So hilarious.

  • hippierunner March 6, 2011, 8:41 pm

    This reminds me of a dinner I had recently where the goal was to use up leftovers- resulted in a yummy mashed potato and pinto bean burrito!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 6, 2011, 8:46 pm

    This looks mighty tasty! My fiance despises refried beans though! I’ll just have to make it for myself. 🙂

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:39 am

      You could use any other type of bean!

      • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 7, 2011, 9:44 am

        He hates all beans! I’d love to switch out meat and replace with beans but I can hear him whining like a baby already lol

        • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:45 am

          How can you hate beans?!?!?!

          What about a fried egg?

        • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 7, 2011, 9:58 am

          haha I know, right!! I keep trying to get him to try it but he whines every time.

          Fried eggs would work. Poached would be yum too. Mmmm.

  • Kelly @meatlesswithaman.blogspot.com March 6, 2011, 8:54 pm

    These look YUMMY! I call something similar to these twice-baked potatoes. Love the black beans – great addition!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 6, 2011, 8:54 pm

    I have been seriously loving baked potatoes lately! I recently did a massive amount of hummus with sauteed mushrooms on one and dang, I did not want it to ever end! Yours sounds delicious!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 6, 2011, 8:57 pm

    I love this potato recipe because it looks simple and easy! plus, i could microwave the potato and sub out the bacon =D yay dorm cooking, lol

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 6, 2011, 8:57 pm

    Jacket Potato.. definitely haven’t heard that term before! I had roasted brussel sprouts as a part of my dinner, too! I seriously LOVE roasted brussel sprouts, aaaand they’re on sale this week! hollaaa

  • amber March 6, 2011, 9:05 pm

    YUM! This is why veggies are so cool. Vegetarianism allows people to be so much more creative and delicious 🙂

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 6, 2011, 9:05 pm

    I love your almond butter scoop for dessert!

    And Jacket Potatoes is such an adorable name.

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 6, 2011, 9:09 pm

    I am ADDICTED to Justin’s Maple Almond Butter – so decadent!!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within March 6, 2011, 9:15 pm

    These look so good and easy. I love the name so cute :D. I would eat almond butter if there was dirt on it haha I loooove almond butter. It took awhile for it to grow on me though.

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 6, 2011, 9:15 pm

    A scoop of nut butter is the perfect end to any night!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 6, 2011, 9:17 pm

    I love maple flavoured nut butters, but I can’t get the Justin’s stuff here (I don’t think they sell it in Canada). I am going to keep my eyes peeled for it when I am in NY in April.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:41 am

      Make it yourself!!! All you need is almonds, salt, maple syrup, and a food processor 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 6, 2011, 9:20 pm

    What a cute name!

    And I love the herbs-in-a-tube….that’s handy! 🙂

  • Ashley March 6, 2011, 9:21 pm

    That is adorable. I’m eating dark chocolate almond butter right now, so good. Those potatoes do lok really good, and it seems so quick and creative.

  • Sana March 6, 2011, 9:22 pm

    So simple and filling! All your meals have simple and easy ingredients!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 6, 2011, 9:24 pm

    jacket potato, eh? that is so cute! We had spaghetti for dinner, yah! 🙂

  • Brittany March 6, 2011, 9:45 pm

    nut butter is always the answer. and perfect post meal treat! yum 🙂

  • JenRD March 6, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Ohhh, that almond butter is soooo good! They were giving out samples of it at Whole Foods a few weeks ago. I could not decide between that and the Justin’s chocolate PB, and the chocolate PB won for now, but next up is the maple almond butter. My go-to snack of the moment is a sliced banana drizzled with a big spoonful of choco PB. And a side of pickles (just kidding!)

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 6, 2011, 9:56 pm

    Mmmm… Now I’m thinking a baked potato would be great for lunch. Going to throw one in the oven now to bake while I continue studying! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal March 6, 2011, 9:56 pm

    That sounds delicious!
    And I saw you were going to the Domincan Republic in a couple months! My husband and I are headed there next week. We seriously LOVE it!! Such a great place to vaca 🙂

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:42 am

      Are you going to Punta Cana?

      • Paige @Running Around Normal March 7, 2011, 10:08 am

        Yep 🙂 We went 5 years ago (to the week!)too and it was awesome. If you have a chance to go on a country side (a ride through the country to see more than just the beaches) you should definitely do it. Was my favorite part.

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 6, 2011, 10:03 pm

    Sounds like a cool boot camp. Went to the blog you linked to but couldn’t comment (not able to add my info) so thought I would comment here. I would love to do a boot camp type workout one day.

    • Terrieha March 7, 2011, 8:19 pm

      Hey Angie-I will look into why my comments were not working! Thanks for checking it out!! You could always make modifications to Caitlin’s Boot Camp or I can design one tailored specifically for you!!

  • Camille March 6, 2011, 10:15 pm

    I love adorable British words for things 🙂

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 6, 2011, 10:17 pm

    My grandma is from England too and my mom wishes she was so thats what we’ve always called them in my house too!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 6, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I remember when I went to England back in high school and we went to a tea room in Bath where they had jacket potatoes. I had NO idea what it was and I got a chuckle from the waiter. 😉 Oh…. us Americans. 😉

  • Baking 'n' Books March 6, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Those Brits 😉

    I kept wondering what it was on top of the potato!!? But it’s the beans – right? 🙂

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:42 am


  • Molly @ the F-spot March 6, 2011, 10:23 pm

    I am in hard-core training for my first triathlon of the season on May 1. Today was my rest day, but I couldn’t sit still so I went to the gym. I did 45 minutes on the StairMaster and promptly came home to pronounce: The StairMaster is hard no matter how fit you are!

    It’s good for us to mix it up once in awhile!

    Also – my BFF’s name is Sarah (with the H) and our “thing” is to plan tropical vacations together. Enjoy!!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:42 am

      I love planning tropical vacations – even if I don’t go on 99% of them LOL

      Sarahs with an H rule

  • Natalie Carter @ nataliecartertalksfitness March 6, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I love nut butters! I make my jacket potatoes with sweet potatoes for a lower GI option. It has less of an impact on blood sugar levels.

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 6, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Nut butter is good ANY time of day/night. That’s a proven fact.

    Just read about your trip to the Dominican Republic. So excited for you!! Let the countdown begin!

  • Jen March 6, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I love the herbs in a tube; I usually buy the basil mix to make spinach pesto.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 6, 2011, 11:05 pm

    I love baked potatoes, they’re soooo good! HOw is the texture of the beans with the potato? It’s one I can’t picture and am afraid to try – beans + potatoes both have starchy textures to me and I’m afraid that I wouldnt’ like it!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:43 am

      Try it – you’ll like it! It’s super creamy.

  • Mary March 6, 2011, 11:09 pm

    I lived in London for a semester– but have been back in the US for nearly a year!!– and had totally forgotten that Brits called baked potatoes jacket potatoes. Thanks for the reminder– it brought up all sorts of good memories of plates and plates of jacket potatoes and fish and chips and mushy peas at my favorite pub 🙂

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 6, 2011, 11:23 pm

    Is the Morning Star bacon really bacon-like? The last time I tried non-beef bacon it was disappointing (note to self: don’t trust The Dr’s reviews…). I would LOVE to find a more “real” or at least tasty alternative.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:43 am

      Well I haven’t had pig bacon… ever… so I can’t really comment. But it had a bacony smell.

  • Kira March 6, 2011, 11:33 pm

    That looks so good! I’m on a no carb diet right now leaving for the beach in one week!

  • Khushboo March 6, 2011, 11:55 pm

    I lived in London for 8 years so I also refer to them as jacket potatoes. So yum when topped with mushrooms, baked beans, and cottage cheese or grated cheddar!

  • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks March 7, 2011, 12:04 am

    Sounds like a yummy meal! What other British words does your husband frequently use? My mom and her family are Scottish, so my grandparents especially still use words that are very Scottish specific!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:44 am

      Hmmm he’s pretty Americanized so there’s not too many funny British words left. 🙁

  • Mandiee March 7, 2011, 1:21 am

    Great recipe! I practically lived off jacket potatoes and salad when I was in England. My host family was even nice enough to get me sweet potatoes as a treat and buy the baked beans that were labeled vegetarian (&they were in tomato sauce rather than molasses—yum!)

    Have a lovely day!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 7, 2011, 2:53 am

    How I love Brit words, accents, culture, everything! And I think I could eat Mex. beans everyday! 😛

  • Carin March 7, 2011, 3:05 am

    Glad to see you embracing your Britishness-by-marriage and call them jacket potatoes! What with that and the shepherd’s pie, you’re really doing well. Suggestions for next English food introductions: (1) toad in the hole (2) Yorkshire pudding (3) bubble and squeak! Out of interest, do your Hub and MIL refer to your casseroles (like Quinoa Crunch and Santa Fe) as bakes? Casseroles in UK parlance are always sloppy and in sauce/gravy, like stews.

    You’ll probably meet loads of Brits on your hols – the Dominican Republic is a popular honeymoon destination.

  • Kara March 7, 2011, 6:52 am

    I can’t do the Morning Star bacon, it reminds me too much of the dog’s Beggin’ Strips 🙂 But I could sub in real bacon, which makes everything better!

  • megan @ blackberries for jam March 7, 2011, 7:14 am

    Justin’s maple almond butter is my FAVORITE! I can’t find it anymore though, so I will just have to gaze at your lovely picture. Fantastic potato idea too!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 7, 2011, 7:46 am

    I haven’t had a baked Russet potato in ages because all I ever crave are sweet potatoes! 😛 I love how simple and delicious this dinner is though!

  • Marieke March 7, 2011, 7:50 am

    In Scotland we call it a baked tatti 🙂

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:45 am

      Hahah I love the sound of a Baked Tatti!

  • Kacy March 7, 2011, 10:44 am

    Looks delicious. I am a potato fiend lately. I eat them alll the time, but always looking for new preparations.

  • Alice March 7, 2011, 11:34 am

    Now does your husband call a zucchini a courgette? We call them courgettes in England! 😛

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 11:36 am

      hahah no! I have never heard that.

      • Marieke March 7, 2011, 11:40 am

        yeah, and eggplant is aubergine 🙂

  • Amber K March 7, 2011, 12:30 pm

    I never have the patience for baked potatoes, but the more recipes I see like this the more it makes me crave them!

  • Angela March 7, 2011, 2:11 pm

    After reading these comments I now understand why people in the US didn’t understand me. The strange words and the northern English accent probably don’t translate well!

    If you have a microwave stick the potatoes in for 3 – 4 mins before going into the oven. It pretty much halves the cooking time. I do it that was during the week as there’s no way I can wait an hour after work for dinner!

  • Terrieha March 7, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Such a creative dinner!! Love Justin’s maple nut butter….keep telling myself I am going to make my own almond butter, but I never do. I think I could save a fortune if I did!!

  • Rosi March 8, 2011, 10:30 pm

    Those taters sound deelish! Also, love Justin’s nut butters. I tried the protein plate at sbux and it has the honey peanut butter one. I saw the maple almond one at the store and knew it would be a love for a lifetime 😉 they’re sooooo good!

  • Eliza March 9, 2011, 1:02 am

    where is your tube of herbs made?
    I am in Australia and we have the same thing, I just looked at it and it says Made in Australia, so would be interesting to see where yours was made!

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 8:54 am

      Ooo I will have to check this out!

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