Sweet Miso Yams

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2017/04/11 by nikkiledford

Do you ever find yourself eating or drinking something only to realize that 1. you don’t like it and 2. you are feeling compelled to finish it simply because you made it?

That was me 5 seconds ago. It’s the afternoon and I poured myself some iced coffee. Mind you, I try not to drink coffee in the afternoon because caffeine + anxiety problems = insomnia. However, I was thinking to myself that iced coffee sounded like a perfect weekend afternoon pick-me-up. I was thinking that I’m a mom, so why wouldn’t I need more and more coffee throughout the day. I was thinking that I made some homemade almond milk yesterday and I love using things when I make them (as opposed to store-bought). What I WASN’T thinking was, iced coffee sounds delicious.

Is that weird? I made iced coffee cause the idea of it sounded good. Not because I actually wanted to drink it.


It’s moments like those that remind me to slow down and actually THINK about what I want to eat, why I want to eat it, and when to stop when I’m no longer enjoying the experience.

For the record, you will need to do no such thing when you make these yams. This side dish will become the talk of the table and I DARE you to have leftovers.

Sweet Miso Yams

Sweet Miso Yams

2-3 large peeled Yams
1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. fine sea salt

1/4 c. white miso
1 Tbsp. coconut aminos
2 tsp honey
1 lemon or 1/2 orange, juiced
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
pinch of red chili pepper flakes (optional)

  1. preheat oven to 375
  2. chop peeled yams into inch cubes and toss with coconut oil and salt.
  3. lay flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment preferably) and bake for 30-40 mins
  4. while baking, whisk sauce ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside
  5. transfer cooked yams to the sauce bowl and toss until coated
  6. serve warm with a pinch of pepper flakes or sesame seeds

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INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!) ROUTINE// Who else is meal prepping today? It's a small step that has big impact on your health... body and mind. One less stress to consider in a week full of choices and obstacles. #paleomealprep #sandiegoprivatechef #sandiegopaleo

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