Holiday time is a wonderful period of celebration, reunion, family, and—hopefully—gratitude. Unfortunately, it’s also the season of overeating. But there are a lot of really smart things you can do to minimize the damage, both to your health and your waistline. day time is a wonderful period of celebration, reunion, family, and—hop
One of them is making some really smart swap-outs, such as this incredible Orange Garnet Yam Pie, which contains no flour or white sugar (only 2 teaspoons of palm sugar or xylitol in the crust). Yet it’s still lightly sweet, aromatic, and satisfying. It can serve as a side dish or a dessert; it has a low glycemic load; and it’s gluten-, egg-, and dairy-free. Plus it’s brimming with fiber and antioxidants, and it even boasts a touch of protein thanks to the silken tofu.
If you’re going to eat dessert, this is the way to go. Sweet potatoes are delicious in a variety of settings, and they are by far the most nutritious of all potatoes. Most orange foods contain a lot of either vitamin A or carotenoids, and sweet potatoes have both. One medium yam has more than 21,000 IUs of immune-supporting vitamin A and more than 13,000 mcg of beta-carotene, plus almost 4 grams of fiber and more potassium than a banana. Not bad for the basis of a dessert!
Orange Garnet Yam Pie
Makes 8–12 slice
2 cups blanched almond flour
2 tsp. palm sugar or xylitol
1/4 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup almond oil or melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 medium garnet yams
½ 12.3-oz. box firm silken tofu, drained
Juice and zest of 1 naval orange
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. cloves
1 tsp. NuNaturals vanilla stevia
PER SERVING: 255 cal; 7g pro; 19g total fat (1g sat fat); 17g carb; 0mg chol; 123mg sod; 4g fiber; 6g sugars
Notes From Chef Jeannette
Despite their name, garnet yams are a type of sweet potato rather than true yams. They are more cylindrical in shape than traditional sweet potatoes, tapering to points on the ends, with smooth, pale orange skins and dark orange flesh. They need very little additional sweetness to transform them from a savory dish to a dessert. The orange juice and a touch of vanilla stevia in this recipe are perfect complements to the garnet’s natural flavor. They make a delicious simple baked potato, as well: Try them with butter and a little fresh lime juice or ume plum vinegar. Though you can find them year-round, their peak season is fall through winter.