Coconut Encrusted Yams with Apples, Goat Cheese, Spinach and Honey Glaze SaladInspired by one of my favorite bloggers - Undressed Skeleton, my sister had sent me this recipe for cinnamon roasted butternut squash salad and I was immediately in love. I had done a hard bootcamp and one of the fellow boot campers asked me if I was blogging that night. I told her that I wasn't going to and I was going to whip up one of my many go to salads. When I got home though, my husband had bought me a purple yam and I was so happy that he knew how happy that would make me, but also I immediately knew that I needed to create a version of this recipe for dinner. So blogging began!
This salad did not require any dressing given how flavorful the yam ended up being. I would have loved WAY more spinach as I like lots of leafy greens but in this case, supplies were running low. I also would substitute pears for apples if (correct that, WHEN) I make this again.
This recipe made 2 salads with total calories of 300 each. The candied yams were approximately 177/cup.
Ingredients (for 2 servings):
Purple Yam or Regular Yam - 4 cups cubed
Blue Agave Syrup - 1 tbls
Unsweetened Coconut Shredded - 1 tbls
Spinach - 4 cups
Goat Cheese - 4 tbls
Apple - small/medium
Honey - 2 tbls
|I have started to use this a lot more in cooking|
|My first purple yam|
|Dice the yam into small squares. I did 2 inch cubes, next time I would do 1 inch cubes as the 2 inch cubes were almost too big in the salad. Add in the blue agave syrup, coconut, cinnamon and nutmeg.|
|Preheat the oven to 365'. Spread on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.|
|Take out of oven and flip, sprinkle with more nutmeg and cinnamon.|
|Bake for another 20-30 minutes. Mine took longer than I thought, which is another reason I might make 1 inch cubes next time. I then drizzled with the honey and broiled for 2-3 minutes. My kitchen smelt like heaven at this point.|
|Take out of the oven and let cool while you make the rest of the salad.|
|Place spinach on the plates. I wish I had WAY more spinach, but the bag was half empty after my green smoothie posting.|
|Add in goat cheese and diced apples.|
|Add the yams and enjoy.|
|Don't forget the husband friendly version. My husband had some beef tenderloin left over and he fried it up to serve with this salad.|
|My salad was more than enough for me. The yams are very filling!|
|Husband friendly version. Salad as I made it. On the side, he added his grilled steak and a ton of the leftover yams. He enjoyed the yams and it is a repeat recipe for sure!|