Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"England has three sauces and three hundred and sixty religions, whereas France has three religions and three hundred and sixty sauces."
-Talleyrand, French Diplomat

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Gnocchi makes such a fantastic meal. The light pillows of potato are the perfect vehicle for almost any sauce. I love this version with yams because it is slightly sweet at the same time. Itís great for you too having 7 grams of fiber. Itís a great one to get the kids involved in making because itís so much fun to roll out the gnocchi.

Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Sweet potatoes are not yams. What is marketed in the U.S. as a sweet potato is usually a potato with a pale skin and creamy yellow flesh. These are closely related to russet potatoes and are drier and not very sweet.

What is usually sold as a yam in the U.S. is actually the darker skinned sweet potato. The thick orange skin is tough and fibrous and the flesh is moist and also has a rich orange color.

1 cup yams: 177 calories; 0g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 13mg sodium; 42g carbohydrate; 6g fiber; 1g sugars; 2g protein; 4% RDA Vitamin A; 43% RDA Vitamin C; 3% RDA Calcium; 4% RDA Iron; 4mcg Vitamin K


Yam Gnocchi

Servings = 2 | Serving size =10 gnocchi

Cooking Time = 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2.

Leftovers are fair at best. I have kept the gnocchi refrigerated overnight but they are not as good as when fresh.


Serve with Roasted Beets or Parmesan Squash. or Green Beans in Walnut Vinaigrette

10 ounces yams
4 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
4 quarts water

Place a steamer basket in a large sauce pan. Add about 1 1/2 cups water and set the pan over high heat. Steam the cubed yams until very tender (about 20 minutes). Remove the steamer basket and allow the yams to cool until they are no more than warm to the touch.

Force all of the steamed yams through a potato ricer into a large mixing bowl. (If you donít have a potato ricer, the yams must be chopped until there are no lumps. Do not over mash them or the gnocchi will be pasty.)

Add 3 tablespoons of the all purpose flour to the yams with the egg, salt, nutmeg and black pepper. Mix together using a fork. The mixture will take on a crumbly consistency. Add the 2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour and blend well.

Knead the dough gently until all the flour is blended in. Stop kneading when the flour is incorporated.

After the dough is smooth, cut it into 2 equal pieces. Place one tablespoon of all purpose flour on a cutting board and roll each piece of dough into a rope about as big around as your thumb.

Cut the ropes in 1/2 inch pieces (about ten per roll), and then roll the dumpling over the tines of a fork to shape the ridges of the gnocchi.

Boil at least 4 quarts of water and add the gnocchi no more than 2 servings at a time (20 gnocchi).

As they float to the top of the water, they are done. Remove them and add to prepared sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 10 gnocchi

Servings = 2


Amount Per Serving

Calories 288 Calories from Fat 27
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 5%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 339mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
    Dietary Fiber 7g 29%
    Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 41%
Calcium 4% Iron 13%
Vitamin K 4 mcg Potassium 1245 mg
Magnesium 47 mg