Tuna Apple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
These tuna apple stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect easy, healthy, and delicious dinner recipe. They are also dairy and gluten free, paleo and AIP.
I am so excited to share these tuna apple stuffed sweet potatoes with you. A variation of this dish used to be my favorite go-to meal when I was studying biology in Stockholm. Of course, the version they offered at the cafeteria used regular potatoes and most likely sour-cream, etc. I used to almost eat this every day and was obsessed with it. So I decided to recreate it and OMG! It is soooo delicious. I cannot wait for you to try it. It is also really easy and quite fast to whip up and therefore makes for the perfect quick healthy and delicious dinner recipe.
Health-promoting Ingredients in the Tuna Apple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes:
- Sweet potatoes: rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Coconut yogurt: probiotics for gut health
- Tuna: Omega 3 fatty acids and great protein source
- Lemon, apples, onions, and herbs: Vitamins and phytochemicals
How to Source the Best Ingredients
- Coconut yogurt: If you use coconut yogurt the brand you choose is crucial to this dip tasting either fantastic or ok. Cocojune is my absolute favorite brand, Anitas and Coyo are great as well. Choose the plain/natural variety. Check the ingredients listed in the back and stick to the general rule of thumb: The fewer ingredients the better. The best coconut yogurt brands will only have coconut, water, and probiotic cultures, sometimes tapioca or cassava. This is an example of some of the names that can be listed as probiotic cultures B. bifidum, B. lactis, L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, L. rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermophilus. Don’t be scared by these complicated names, those are great for you. If you live in NYC check out Farm to People. I get most of my stuff from there.
- Tuna: When getting seafood try to opt for wild-caught. When getting wild-caught fish the problem of overfishing and by-catch is important to consider. For more information take a look at the seafood watch for the most sustainable sources. Skipjack tuna, caught by hand-operated pole and lines, is one of the best options at the moment. But again check the app to monitor changes and check for your region. Different types of tuna have different amounts of mercury. Skipjack has one of the lowest amounts. If you prefer albacore, for example, I would limit the consumption to a maximum of once a week. You can find more information on mercury and fish here.
- Sweet potatoes: They come in a wide variety and I encourage you to play around with different kinds. If you don’t like them too sweet opt for white sweet potatoes as they are the least sweet. Sweet potatoes differ in size. Some of them are gigantic. So for this recipe, I try to go for the smaller ones, that way they cook faster and are the perfect portion for one person.
- If potatoes are not a problem for you, you could also use regular potatoes for this dish.
- If dairy is not a problem for you, you can use regular yogurt. When looking for a regular yogurt opt for full-fat from grass-fed cows.
- As always feel free to adjust the recipe to your personal preference by using more or less onion and apple, adding other veggies like shredded beets to the mix and/or your favorite spice blend.
- Although the apple tastes fantastic in this dish you can substitute it with celery to add that crunch if you cannot eat apples.
- You can switch up the protein source by using wild-caught canned salmon or sardines instead of tuna. Especially if mercury is a concern for you these varieties are great to mix it up.
My husband and I use all of the tuna dip for just the two of us but depending on how much stuffing you use you might be able to use it for more than 2 people. Or even better have leftovers for the next day to either enjoy another round of stuffed sweet potatoes or simply as a dip with sliced vegetables.
More Sweet Potato Recipes
- Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini
- Sweet Potato Gnocchi
- Aloo Gobi
- Steak with Sautéed Asparagus and Sweet Potato Wedges
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
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Tuna Apple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
For the baked sweet potatoes
- 2 small sweet potatoes
- coconut oil (to grease the baking sheet)
For the tuna stuffing
- 1 cup tuna 6 oz. can (packed in olive oil or water)
- 1 cup coconut yogurt (avoid additives - see note below)
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 apple (or 1/2 an apple)
- himalayan pink salt
- pepper (omit on AIP)
- Parsley or Cilantro (as garnish)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the sweet potatoes and poke a few holes with a fork on each side.
- Grease the part of the baking sheet with some coconut oil where you are going to put the sweet potatoes. Place the sweet potatoes on there and bake for about 30-40 minutes or until fork-tender. Baking time will vary depending on the size of the sweet potatoes and how soft you prefer them.
- After half of the cooking time start preparing the stuffing. If the tuna you are using is packed in olive oil, pour most of it in a jar and save it for your next tuna salad. If it is packed in water discard the water.
- In a medium bowl mix together coconut yogurt, tuna, and the juice of half a lemon. Stir until smooth.
- Finely mince onion and chop apples into small pieces. Add them to the tuna mix and stir. Depending on how many apple pieces you would like in your dip, either add 1/4 or 1/2 an apple. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
- Once the sweet potatoes are done slice them open and season the inside with salt and pepper. Stuff the inside with the tuna dip. Add chopped parsley or cilantro as a garnish and enjoy.
- Different brands of coconut yogurt vary tremendously in their taste and consistency. Watch out for additives and other unnecessary ingredients. My favorite brand at the moment is Cocojune followed by Anita's and Coyo. For more info scroll up and check out the section in this post where I talk more about the ingredients.
- When getting wild-caught fish the problem of overfishing and by-catch is important to consider. For more information take a look at the seafood watch for the most sustainable sources. Albacore tuna, caught by hand-operated pole and lines, is one of the best options at the moment. But again check the app to monitor changes and check for your region.