Nov 1, 2016

Try Roast Yams with Walnuts & Spiced Honey for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of tradition and classic dishes.

We all enjoy the steadfast turkey, cranberry sauce, string bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Add a new favorite to your Thanksgiving table with this sweet, hearty, and healthy dish. Yams are a good source of vitamins including Vitamin B which reduces the risk of heart disease and Potassium which helps control blood pressure. Walnuts are considered by researchers to be the number one nut for heart health owing to their high levels of antioxidants. Manuka Honey is a natural antibacterial and can soothe inflammation. This recipe serves about six people, so feel free to adjust depending on who’s coming to dinner!

4 yams, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts (raw, unsalted)
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
4 tablespoons of Manuka Honey  
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 370 degrees.
2. As it warms, spread the walnuts on a tray and put in the oven for 5 minutes so they are lightly toasted.
3. Put the yams on a roasting tray and drizzle the oil and 2 tablespoons of the honey over the top.
4. Season with the cayenne, cinnamon, salt and pepper before roasting for 25 to 30 minutes.
5. In a small sauce pan, over low heat, melt the butter and the other 2 tablespoons of honey.
6. Transfer the cooked yams to a serving dish, sprinkle with the walnuts, and drizzle the honey mixture over the top.