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So, to Yamaroata bakes. This is something that has been on the list to try since the January fit fam drive started. For some reason, it never got done. It came to me when I cheated with KFC chicken in January and I actually felt sick. My body is the kind that loooooves clean eating. Trust me, I know. I sleep better, my skin glows, I am full of energy, and when I dirty up my diet, my stomach is the first thing to revolt. After eating it I felt really really sick, all the fat and flour, ugh!!! So, I sadly said to myself, looks like KFC and I may have to part ways, but I loooove the crunchy skin, crying fat tears. Lol. It reminded me of Yamarita fries, so I googled how to make healthy crispy chicken, and saw recipes with Oats. OMG!!!! No freaking way!!!!! That’s it. I am going to use oats and bake it too. Foodie Honour, I swear, I loved this. It was sooooo crunchy, in fact, almost too crunchy, and you know how white and double cooked Yamarita fries is like when you break into it. Same thing, no difference, and no deep frying. I must confess, I was very naughty in February, and it looks like the weight I lost wants to creep back in, and I am getting tired and irritable again, my body is saying alirghty missy, time to go back to clean eating, still my Nigerian food, but none of that using style to eat out again.
Welcome to a new world, welcome to a new term, welcome to Fitfam Yamarita fries now to be christened, Yamaroata Bakes. Leggo!!!!
- Yam batons
- Eggs - you can also choose to use just the egg whites
- Dry Pepper - cayenne pepper
- Seasoning cubes - optional
- Cooking spray - optional
- Cut your yam into rectangular strips and boil in salted water for about 5 minutes. Timing will depend on how much you are boiling. What you want to achieve is an almost cooked yam. If you over cook, the yam will get soggy. You still want it firm. As soon as a fork goes through with just a little resistance, take it off the heat and drain immediately. If you leave it in hot water, it will just continue cooking. Once drained, lay it out on a plate, and leave to cool.
- Beat your eggs, and season with salt, dry pepper and seasoning cubes. Pour oats unto an empty plate
- Dip your yam batons into the eggs. You need to let the yam cool down a little, because if you dip hot yam into the eggs, it will start to cook the eggs.
- After dipping into the eggs, then place on the plate with the oats and roll around until the oats have coated the yam. I must tell you, this isn't as fast as with flour, just roll until you can cover the yam as best as you can
- Lay on an oven tray, and you can decide to give them a squirt or two of cooking spray, or brush lightly with oil.
- This helps to make them brown and pretty, you can decide not to. Bake in an oven at 220 (UK oven), or until browned. If you use too high an oven setting, the oats will burn, and you don't want that.
- These are so good, like you won't believe. Visually, spot on, crunch, spot on, taste, spot on, calories, waaaaaay less than using flour.
To make it an even fantastic healthy dish, I serve it with my 10mins tops, deconstructed Efo Riro. Recipe HERE