Affordable, tasty recipes for the whole family – to sustain your energy and suitable for those with diabetes.

Tuna and bean hotpot

Serves 4

Ready in 1 hour

Carb key: about 30-40 g carbs per portion


Tuna is a healthy and affordable source of lean protein and this meal is perfect to enjoy in a bowl – to warm you up.


2 tbsp (30 ml) desiccated coconut

200 ml low-fat milk

1 tbsp (15 ml) olive or canola oil

2 onions, coarsely chopped

3 carrots, halved and sliced

3 baby marrows, halved and sliced

4 tsp (20 ml) curry powder or to taste

4 tsp (20 ml) ground cumin

2 tsp (10 ml) paprika

300 g butternut, peeled and cubed

1½ cups (375 ml) Rooibos tea or water

1 small red chilli, whole (optional)

1 x 410 g tin red kidney beans, drained

2 x 175 g tins tuna, with the liquid

½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt

lemon juice and black pepper to taste

handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Mix the coconut into the milk and allow to stand.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over a medium heat and fry onions, carrots and baby marrows for a few minutes.
  3. Add spices and butternut and fry until aromatic. Reduce the heat and stir in the tea or water with the chilli. Simmer with the lid for 20 minutes or until the veggies are just cooked.
  4. Add beans, tuna with the liquid, coconut with the milk and salt. Simmer for another 5 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Season with lemon juice and pepper. Stir in chopped coriander and garnish with more fresh leaves.

Serve in bowls with slices of avocado. This dish has enough carbs to fill you up, so it is not necessary to serve with more carbs. Enjoy with a green salad.


1. If preferred, add another 50-100 ml milk with the coconut for a saucier hot pot.

Nutritional information

Energy 1 402 kJ

Protein 24,7 g

Fat 7,5 g

Carbohydrates 31, 2 g

Salt 1,1 g

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