By Ryn Gargulinski

Yams make for a glorious and very healthy alternative to the boring old baked potato and are filling enough to stand on their own for a light lunch. You can make your yam dish even easier when you simply pop it in the microwave.

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Yams are easy to cook in the microwave.

Step 1

Leave the yam in its skin but wash it, scraping off any dirt with a stiff brush.

Step 2

Pierce the skin of yam in several places using a small knife or fork.

Step 3

Wrap the damp yam loosely in a wet paper towel or two, insuring it's fully covered.

Step 4

Place the wrapped yam on a microwave-safe plate and zap away. Use 5 minutes on high power as a starting point for medium-sized yams. The time will vary based on your yam's size and your microwave's power.

Step 5

Test for readiness by poking a fork into the yam. It should be soft but not too mushy. If it is not done, cook an additional 30 seconds, then check again. Repeat if needed.