Day 39: Coconut Yams

Pretty good!

Tonight I took advantage of a microwave bag of yams picked up at Trader Joe's last week. Cooking couldn't have been simpler: slit the bag, toss it in the microwave for eight minutes, mash the contents, then start doctoring.

The bag's doctor directions called for 4 tablespoons of maple syrup and 6 tablespoons of butter. OH MY! Of course it's good with that much sugar and fat!

My version is considerably lighter and certainly tastes like - surprise! - yam because its own flavor isn't masked by sugar and fat.

And my version would probably make your real doctor happier, too. Even so, Coconut Yams are higher in calories than I prefer for an every-day vegetable.

Yams do taste a bit like the sweet potatoes we're more used to. Their texture is different, starchier and heavier, though not unpleasantly so.

Active time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Makes 6 half-cup servings

20 ounces Trader Joe's diced yams in microwaveable bag
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 cup low-fat coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Cook yams according to package directions. Mash with a hand mixer, then add remaining ingredients and mash until smooth. Taste and add more salt and pepper.

As made, per serving: 170 Cal (32% from Fat, 0% from Protein, 67% from Carb); 0 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 5 g Sat Fat; 28 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 5 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 24 mg Sodium; 5 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 3 points

As specified on the package, per serving: 241 Cal (44% from Fat, 0% from Protein, 55% from Carb); 0 g Protein; 12 g Tot Fat; 7 g Sat Fat; 32 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 14 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 16 mg Sodium; 31 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 5 points

NOTE: Kitchen Parade has no relationship with Trader Joe's or any other food company. I''m just another home cook in a home kitchen passing on tips I think people might find useful.

Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.