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Budget, Fish, Potatoes

Jim’s Sweet Potato with Tuna & Salad

Sometimes I see a recipe and think “Yeah, but what to put with it?” and then I see a suggested accompaniment and all of a sudden I’m thinking “Why haven’t these been combined into one?”

The two recipes in question today are for Tuna Sweet Potato Jackets and a Tomato, Cucumber & Coriander salad. They’re both on the BBC GoodFood website, just click the titles to see the originals.

What I’ve produced here is a very hearty and exceedingly cheap meal.

Serves 2



  • 185g can of tuna in spring water
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 small red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup of chopped coriander

Method of Preparation:

  1. Scrub the potatoes and prick them all over with a fork
  2. On a microwaveable plate and heat on high in the microwave for 18 – 20 mins or until soft
  3. Prepare your salad by chopping the tomato, red onion and cucumber into similar sized pieces and mixing together with the chilli and coriander
  4. Drain and then flake the tuna into a bowl with a fork
  5. When the potatoes are cooked chop them in half lengthways and place the 2 halves of each on your serving plates, flat side up
  6. Layer it all on, I suggest tuna, followed by salad, followed by yoghurt and served with a couple of wedges of the lime

That’s it, takes about 25 minutes. Our potatoes were over 400g each and neither Wife nor I managed to finish it but we’re not big eaters – I’ve got a couple of mates that would have polished it off. I’ll be looking for potatoes around the 300g mark next time.


The combination of flavours is lovely; sweet tasting potato, sharpness of the onion, heat from the chilli, cooling in the yoghurt and cucumber and then the twist of lime over the top is just delicious with the fresh tomato taste ever present in the background. Must have cost about £4 in total too – result!

I’m always looking for good, tasty and healthy budget meals so let me know your favourites


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