Baked Potato Bowl Recipe

Being Kind & Baked Potato Bowl

Hebrews 13:16 (easy)

Remember to be kind to other people. Share with them the things that you have. God is happy with sacrifices like that.

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Awhile back, I bought a self-exploration journal, Start Where You Are. It got buried away from our last move, and in the midst of this next move, I found it. Yesterday, I was doing a little packing while waiting for my coffee to kick in, and that’s when I stumbled across the journal. I didn’t think much of it, except that I wanted to find time to open it up again and start journaling again soon.

Not long after, I sat down to read the Bible and focus on my daily prayer time, but I kept feeling like I needed to go get the journal. I had this unshakeable feeling that I was going to open it up and find something that would speak to me. So I grabbed it, and I opened it up to the next journal prompt to be completed. Here’s what it said: “Write down one kind thing that you did for someone else in the past 24 hours.”

Crickets. I racked my brain and I couldn’t think of a single thing. I wasn’t unkind to anyone (that I know of… husbands don’t count. Kidding. Kind of) but I couldn’t recall a single kind thing I had done for anyone in the last day. I finally had to throw in the towel and admit it when I started trying to convince myself that feeding the dogs was an act of kindness.

I don’t plan to be kind to people. Frankly, I didn’t think I had to. I assumed it would come naturally, but the truth is that it doesn’t. I’m human, and being selfish – that comes really naturally. Getting angry? Easily one of my most used emotions. But being kind? Not so much.

But just because it doesn’t come naturally doesn’t mean it’s not something God’s asked me to do. And in order to do that, I have to be intentional with being kind; make a plan to be kind. When I first started eating healthy, it didn’t come naturally or easily. So I made a plan, and I followed it. Even though I felt like eating fast food and ice cream every day, I followed what was on the plan instead.

I wasn’t used to eating healthy, and creating a plan helped me. Now, it comes pretty naturally to grab a banana instead of a chocolate bar. But it took time. And the fact that I had to train myself to do the right thing through repetition, planning, and practice does not change the outcome of my actions; positive results. Being kind is sort of the same thing. It doesn’t always come easily or organically; we’re humans. But with a little planning ahead, we can practice the type of kindness that God asks of us.

Write

Now it’s your turn: Write down one kind thing that you did for someone else in the past 24 hours. If you’re having trouble coming up with something, remember that God has you reading this very sentence for a reason, and now’s your chance to make your plan of kindness going forward.

Pray

For a heart that’s filled with the desire to be kind and a plan that leads you to action even when it isn’t.

Baked Potato Bowl

8 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

43 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Baked Potato Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 1 russet potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1 strip bacon
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon parsley
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lay the potato on it's side and cut off 1/3 of the potato longways
  3. Microwave the potato for 5 minutes
  4. In the meantime, cook the bacon on the stovetop and crumble into pieces
  5. Using a spoon, scoop out some of the inside of the potato
  6. Drop the crumbled bacon into the hollowed out potato
  7. Crack the egg into the potato, being careful not to break the yoke
  8. Sprinkle with parsley, salt, and pepper
  9. Place the potato in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes
  10. Sprinkle cheese on the potato and return to oven for an additional 5 minutes
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Nutrition information is calculated using 1 strip of Hormel Black Label Lower Sodium Bacon and 1 medium russet potato.

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