Yam Fries

 

Yam fries are currently my favorite side dish and snack.  I’ll usually make a double batch of these babies and use a portion to go with whatever I’m making for dinner that night and use the rest to snack on in the coming days.  They taste great served hot or cold straight out of the fridge! Really!

This recipe is a DG creation.

kitchen tunes: drop it like its hot/ snoop dog ft. pharrell

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium yams OR 2 large yams

1/4 C premium olive oil

1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg

cayenne pepper (to taste)

salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  • Wash yams and slice into fries
  • In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.  (Use more or less according to your personal preference).
  • Toss the yam fries into the olive oil mixture and coat evenly.
  • Transfer to a large cookie sheet in a single layer making sure that the skin side is up.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with salt upon removing from the oven.
  • ENJOY!

 

 

Spicy Asian BBQ Skewers

Ten years ago, I took up running. I’ll never forget my very first attempt. I told myself “I’ll start small”, and I did. I mapped out a route that was less than one mile in distance which would lead me straight to my sisters front door. It would be perfect! I would stop for water and visit for a few and then I would walk back home to cool down.

That very cold morning, I laced up my old pair of New Balance tennis shoes (which were absolutely not running shoes!), I put in my ear buds and pressed play on my iPod Nano (remember those?!). 

I didn’t bother to take the time to warm up, I just RAN. At pretty much a full sprinting pace!

We lived in a neighborhood where each morning the sidewalks hosted its regulars who went out for their morning strolls, runs, bike rides and what not. I was determined, that one day soon, I would be one of those regulars.

As the song “Cyclone” by Baby Bash pounded in my ears, my feet hit the pavement trying to keep up with the beat.
It took me approximately a half of a block to realize that…running ain’t easy!!! And I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing!!!

I continued to sprint and walk, sprint and walk, until I found myself on my sisters front lawn. I spent what seemed like ten full minutes coughing, or perhaps a more accurate description would be “barking” and dry heaving. After that, I laid on my sisters bed and cried real tears because my ears and teeth hurt sooo bad!

It’s for this very reason that the song “Cyclone” by Baby Bash will always be a favorite running song of mine. So when the song came on the other morning as my grandma was getting into my car, I did the opposite of what most good granddaughters would do, and I turned the volume UP! As we drove away from her house, I asked “do you like this song grandma?”. Her response was “I don’t know it, but I really like the beat!”.  I have one of the coolest grandmas ever! 

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 C low sodium soy sauce

1/3 C packed brown sugar

2 TBSP sesame oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 TSP chili garlic sauce

1/2 C thinly sliced scallions

1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cut each thigh into strips, 1 1/2 inces thick.
  • Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, garlic, and chili garlic sauce in a medium sized bowl.
  • Reserve 1/3 C of sauce and set aside.
  • Marinate the sliced chicken in the remaining sauce for at least one hour. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Thread the chicken onto wooden skewers, you may need to cut the skewers short enough so that they will lay flat on the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Pour the remaining marinate onto the skewers.  Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours.
  • Turn the skewers over and cook for another hour.
  • Remove skewers and place on a platter.  Discard the cooking liquid and spoon the reserve sauce ontop of the skewers.  Sprinkle with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.
  • ENJOY!

 

this recipe was prepared while listening to “cyclone” by baby bash