Saturday, February 9, 2013

I'm Good, I Yam!

Do you know how awesome sweet potatoes are? They are a great source of vitamin D, iron, magnesium, potassium, beta carotene, and have collagen, which keeps your skin healthy and smooth. Not to mention, they are called "sweet" potatoes for a good reason... they are tasty! They don't need to be candied or marshmallow topped to be delicious - in fact, if you are on a no sugar diet, these things are candy. 

I cook mine according to my good friend Betty C's recipe: place them in boiling, salted water and boil for 30 minutes or until they are easily pierced by a fork. Then, you can just peel the skins right off of them with your fingers. Unlike me, you should probably wait a while, otherwise they are seriously 'hot potatoes'...

Mash them with a fork, and add butter if you wish. They are most excellent when they are hot, but I have eaten them cold, and they are good that way too. I don't understand why people don't make their own baby food out of cooked veggies more often... why not make fresh, preservative-free food for your little one? Spare them the disgusting spinach apple beef with noodle mess-in-a-jar & give them warm yammy yumminess. :)

FYI, Americans use "yam" interchangeably with sweet potato, however, true yams are white, tasteless, and rarely seen in the US. But, as with many words, we have taken it and made it our own... just be prepared for the politically correct people in your life to give you a lecture on the true meaning of dioscorea rotundata.

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