Saturday, October 1, 2011

80---Thai Yam & Snap Pea Salad

A yam is a potato's brighter, healthier brother. They are high in vitamin B6 and potassium, which are good protectors against cardiovascular disease. Yams are also high in FIBER, which keeps our GI systems running smoothly. They also have a lot of vitamin C-- bring on the antioxidant benefits!

As you know, I love yams. And Thai food. So naturally........

Thai Yam & Snap Pea Salad
Serves 6

2 lbs yams, cut into 1/2" cubes
2 cups sugar snap peas, stemmed and cut into 1/2" piece
1/2 cup sliced green onion or scallion
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Olive oil (in a spray)

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbsp sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, pressed and finely minced
2 Tbsp Thai chili garlic sauce
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place yam chunks in a large baking dish and spray lightly with olive oil. Toss to coat. Bake for ~20 minutes, until softened (but not mushy). Remove from oven and cool completely.

Place all dressing ingredients into a small food processor and mix until smooth.

Place cooled yams into a large bowl and add snap peas, onions, cilantro, and dressing. Toss gently to coat, then cover and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

Nutrition Info per ~1 cup: 173 calories, 1.5 g fat, 4 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber

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