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Turn a sweet potato into a springtime meal in minutes

Looking for a quick and budget friendly meal? Try this easy, healthy dish - ready in minutes!

Recipe adapted from Live Lighter.  General healthy eating advice only.

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Quick Baked Sweet Potato

Cooking time: 12 minutes (10 minutes preparation time)

Serves 4


  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 300g pre-cooked chicken breast, sliced or shredded
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • Pepper – to taste


  1. Scrub skins on sweet potatoes.
  2. Use a fork to prick sweet potatoes at least 12 times each.
  3. Place sweet potatoes onto a plate under a microwave-safe cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes, turn over and cook a further 5 minutes until soft and hot in the centre.
  4. Remove from microwave once cooked. Place on a plate and cut potatoes in half lengthways with the skin side down.
  5. Sprinkle potato halves with cheese, then layer on chicken and tomatoes.
  6. Microwave for another 2 minutes if you prefer your filling to be warm.
  7. Top with torn basil leaves and black pepper before serving.


  • When cooking one sweet potato, start with 3 minutes each side in the microwave.
  • Top with other seasonal vegetables such as baby spinach leaves, capsicum, mushrooms or spring onions.
  • To add extra fibre, add canned vegetables such as canned corn kernels or beans as toppings.
  • Chilli flakes, dried herbs or mustard are alternative low-cost ways to add flavour.
  • If you have time, you can bake the sweet potato in the oven until the skin is crunchy outside and the centre is soft inside.
  • Don’t have a microwave? Try steaming the potato instead.

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