Yam is one of the staple Nigerian foods that cut across many cultures and has versatile ways of cooking it. You can boil or fry yam, roast or bake it, pound or mash it, as well as grate it too.
Yam pottage, fried yam (mostly called yamarita) or boiled yam with stew are some of the ways yam is easily enjoyed.
Children can get bored of yam quickly and here are 4 other ways to make this yummy tuber into some kid-friendly recipes that they can as well take in their lunchbox as a school snack/meal.
Yam & Corn Fritters – Mashed, yam, corn and cheese makes this a yummy yam snack or breakfast for the kids.
Yam Pancake – This is very easy to make and will make a good breakfast with pap for the kids.
Yam Cookies – Children can be attracted by some simple creativity. Rather than leaving those boiled yams looking big and plain in their face, use a cookie cutter and make different shapes out of them. You can also cut into chips and serve with mackerel egg stew.
Yam Croquette – Before you say we are wasting yam by cutting yam into cookies, this yam croquettes can be made with the crumbs and bits that are left from cutting out those cookies above. Save them up and make this lovely finger food that even your toddler will enjoy.
Crispy Yam Bites – Somewhat like yamarita but made crispier with cornmeal and cut into bite sizes that makes it easier for kids to pop into their mouth.
Do you have yam at home? Get it out and whip up some of these for the kids.