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Yams, Sweet Potatoes- Potato or PA-tah-to……….we will get to the difference on these roots in just a bit but first I have to share……

I have a teenaged boy who is literally eating me out of house and home. When I say eat, I mean this boy LIKES to eat! Last summer he challenged his dad to see who could eat the most tacos. Although he lost, let’s just say it wasn’t a landslide. He wakes up in the morning and is hungry enough for a 7-course meal. If he could cook steak and potatoes for breakfast, he would and sometimes does. Cereal for breakfast isn’t enough to satisfy his teenaged hunger. Just the other night, I fried chicken strips in my Air Fryer and made chicken wraps. The kid put away four wraps! The wraps were HUGE wraps too!  

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One of his favorite things to eat is sweet potatoes! He can eat several large ones in one sitting and still have room to eat more about an hour later. You’d think the boy has some meat on his bones but he doesn’t. I don’t know how he stays so skinny! Although the mom in me would rather him eat a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables, I am glad he likes a sweet potato that is a healthy carb and has some nutritional value. It could for sure be a lot worse, right?! 

In the past, I have talked about the many health benefits of sweet potatoes when I shared my recipe for Air Fryer Sweet Potato chips. Oh, my son will sit and eat every one of those, too. Shocker, right? Sweet potatoes are a tradition in our family on Thanksgiving. My son’s love for Thanksgiving revolves around two things – being thankful for what he has been blessed with and being thankful for food. The foods he enjoys are sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Did I tell you the kid can sit and eat an entire pie by himself?! 

Sweet potatoes and yams can be prepared in a variety of way. In this recipe I’m sharing, I decided to go with the traditional sweet potato with fluff on top. This is a side dish that will compliment a nicely seared steak, chicken, turkey, during the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holiday feast, as a meal by itself, or as a snack if you’re also raising a teenager. 

Now I know you may be thinking sweet potatoes? I thought this recipe was for Yams- well here is a good article that explains the difference. Most here in America get confused about which is which. True yams are hard to find here. So that is why my blurb and back story revolve around Sweet Potatoes. They are all in the root family, so so similar yet a bit different. I hope that helps! For your viewing pleasure and since we homeschool- you can also learn how to draw a yam. LOL 

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This recipe will guide you in preparing sweet potatoes in your Instant Pot. Find your Thanksgiving Meal Planner and add this to your menu. You will not be disappointed! 

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Ingredients

4 yams (pink or white)
¼ cup butter
1 cup mini marshmallows
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup walnuts (optional) 

 

Directions

1) The first thing you want to do is pour 1 cup water into the Instant Pot insert. Place a folding steaming basket to rest on the bottom. This is the steamer basket that I used- 

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Add the whole yam, and then lock the lid into place. Make sure the pressure valve is turned to sealing.

2) Next cook yams on high pressure using the manual setting for 16 minutes.
When done quick release the pressure and remove the yams using tongs.

Once you remove open the pot and remove the yams, place yams on a lined baking sheet.

3) Using a knife slit the yams down the center, then push the ends gently to open the yams.

Fill the yams with butter, brown sugar, mini marshmallows, and optional walnuts while the yams are still hot.

Broil for 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted. Let cool before serving.

 

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Easy Instant Yams

 

Ingredients

  • 4 yams (pink or white)
  • 1 /4cup butter
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 /4cup brown sugar
  • 1 /4cup walnuts (optional)

Instructions

1) Pour 1 cup water into the Instant Pot insert.
Place a folding steaming basket to rest on the bottom.
Add the whole yam, and then lock the lid into place.
Make sure the pressure valve is turned to sealing.

2) Cook yams on high pressure using the manual setting for 16 minutes.
When done quick release the pressure and remove the yams using tongs.
Place yams on a lined baking sheet.

3) Using a knife slit the yams down the center, then push the ends gently to open the yams.
Fill the yams with butter, brown sugar, mini marshmallows, and optional walnuts while the yams are still hot.
Broil for 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted. Let cool before serving.

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Recipe Notes

 

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