Diabetes week is here and to show our support, Love Your Gut has put together some healthy recipes using a star ingredient- sweet potato. Sweet potato is a great replacement for white potatoes; it has a lower glycaemic index (GI) meaning blood glucose levels rise more steadily leading to a slower rise in insulin after digestion. Sweet potatoes are also packed with fibre and other nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin A (beta carotene). For a great alternative to the typical white potato check out the below recipes:

Veggie sweet potato and cottage pie

Great as a midweek alternative to standard cottage pie.


  • 1 can of cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped10349614_637688159659955_1882076475_n
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 large sweet potato, peeled, chopped and boiled
  • 1 carton tomato passata
  • 1 tsp of dried rosemary
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds
  • Sea salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • of vegetable oil
  • Dash of milk (can use almond or soya)


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Fry chopped vegetables with onion, garlic and beans in oil over a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomato passata and continue simmering over a medium heat for a further 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  • Mash the cooked sweet potato together with the milk.
  • Place the vegetable mix into a lasagne dish and top with the mashed sweet potato, spreading it across evenly.
  • Top the sweet potato with the pumpkin seeds and bake for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!


Not so naughty nachos

Enjoy a favourite treat, minus the guilt, with this high fibre nacho dish!


For the sweet potato crisps:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped thinly
  • Pinch sea salt10932475_625429537585791_86531078_n
  • Tbsp of vegetable or coconut oil

For the guacamole:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of a lime
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • ½ medium spiced fresh chili pepper, finely chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt

For the topping:

  • One can of mixed beans, drained
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  •  1 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 onion
  • Sea salt for seasoning
  • Natural yoghurt for topping



  • Place the oil onto a medium sized baking tray and preheat in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Bake the sweet potatoes in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn them over and bake for a further 10 minutes or until they appear crispy.
  • Meanwhile prepare the guacamole by placing the avocado flesh into a food processor along with the lime juice, onion, coriander, chili and sea salt. Blend until you have a desired consistency. Tip– blend on a low setting for several seconds for a chunky guacamole.
  • Prepare the topping by frying the onion together with the can of mixed beans for 5 minutes over a medium heat.
  • Add the can of chopped tomatoes as well as the chili powder and cook for a further 5-10 minutes. Season with salt.
  • Place the sweet potato chips onto a large plate. Top with the mixed bean chili, followed by the guacamole.
  • Top with some natural yogurt and tuck in!


To find out more about Diabetes Week 2015, visit the Diabetes UK website.