Chili Yam Fries

I had an appointment to get my hair cut this evening FINALLY.  Is it just me, or is there a thin line between being happy with your hair and your hair looking like the coat of a baby wildebeest?  Same thing goes for cutting my nails–one day they are a fine, respectable length, and the next day they’re so long I feel like a neanderthal 😯

Hmmm.. hair and fingernails… not exactly the best segue to dinner, are they?  (PS – no clue that’s how you spell “segue” til I googled it)

After the hair appointment I headed to the grocery store.  A couple times a year, our local grocery store has a huge meat sale, and I kid you not, it is literally the talk of the town.  And I don’t mean just for the week of the sale, it’s a highlight throughout the year.  You can be at a cookout several months later, and the BBQ’er will proudly announce “got these here ribs at the meat sale (insert head nods here).  Buy one, get one free.  Can’t beat it.  Just can’t beat it.”

Case in point, check out the text I got from my friend Tim this evening:


At the grocery store, I picked up a random assortment of veggies and all the meat I could carry 🙂

It was already 7:30 by the time I got home, and I have a ton of work to get done tonight so dinner was a hodgepodge, albeit a tasty hodgepodge.

I picked up something new at the grocery store:

 Chili Garlic Sauce (found in the Asian food aisle).  I also picked up a yam.  I recalled seeing a recipe somewhere for chili yam fries so I figured I’d give that a shot tonight.

I scrubbed up the yam and chopped it into big bite size pieces, then tossed with:

  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • S&P

Into the bowl:

I sprayed down a cookie sheet, tossed the yams on topped, and cooked in a 415 degree oven for 25 minutes, stirring once.  The chili garlic sauce smelled SPICY.  I had a momentary flashback to my brief encounter with chipotles in adobo….  My face hurts just thinking about that!

Meanwhile, I sprayed down another cookie sheet and threw 6 halved brussels sprouts on it.  Then seasoned with S&P.  These also roasted at 415 degrees, but only for 17 minutes.

While all that was going on, I peaked in the fridge and found that I still had a grilled chicken breast from last week and some classico fire roasted tomato sauce that I had defrosted.  So, one thing lead to another, and here’s what I ended up with for dinner:

Two thumbs up on the chili yam fries bits:

 Roasted brussel sprouts rock my world:

More brussel sprouts for good measure:

Stats on the hodgepodge*:  325 calories, 40g carbs, 5g fat, 29g protein, 9g fiber

*hodgepodge consisted of 4 ounces chicken breast, 1/4 cup classico fire roasted tomato & garlic marinara, 1/2 of the chili yams, 6 roasted brussel sprouts

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  1. i totally feel like a wildebeest right now. it’s true. either that or a rat nest. i like wildebeest better bc it has the word wild in it. hehehehe.