Northside YMCA - CDC Turkey Basket Giveaway

Photos and Story by Clayton Evans
One of the Featured Dishes: Old Fashioned Candied Yams


- 6 medium yams, cooked and peeled
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 3 Tablespoons Smart Balance 50/50 Omega-3 Butter Blend

Place yams in a heavy pan
Mix sugar and water, bring to a boil and add Smart Balance; pour syrup over yams
Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Baste occasionally 20-25 minutes, or until syrup is at desired consistency.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with pecans.

What Will Work:

Sweet potatoes or yams?  They are technically different plant species, but either may be used in this recipe.
Don’t have Smart Balance?  Any butter, margarine or oil (even olive) can be substituted, but the goal is to achieve great flavor with little or no saturated fat, and no trans fats.
Similar recipes made with lots of sugar and butter or margarine may provide nearly 400 calories per serving.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories 250, Protein 2 g, Carbohydrates 41 g, Total Fat 10 g, Monounsaturated Fat 4.2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Saturated Fat 2.5 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sodium 100 mg
The Northside YMCA’s Community Development Center (CDC) kicked off their Thanksgiving Basket Handout on November 21st.  This event and many like it are put on by the CDC to support the families and communities of Metropolitan Milwaukee, while promoting the three pillars of the YMCA: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

                Through charitable donations and the CDC’s efforts 75 families were provided with all the necessities to make a complete and balanced Thanksgiving dinner.  The turkeys were donated by number 34 of the New Jersey Net’s, Devin Harris.  Harris, a native of Milwaukee, has reaped the many benefits the YMCA has to offer and has made an effort to give back.  Making the Thanksgiving meals complete all side dishes were supplied by Greater Galilee Church.   

               Aurora Sinai Medical Center also showed their support for their neighboring community.  Aurora has pledged to promote the benefits of healthy living. As a result Aurora’s Executive Head Chef Andy Butula and Carmel Bankier, a clinical dietician, were on site to showcase healthy alternatives to some Thanksgiving favorites.  Recipes and samples were provided to those present to show that healthy foods can be both delicious and nutritious.

                In the days following the event the CDC’s community outreach specialists Joel Peterson and Mahalia Kirk surprised a few local families with door to door delivery service.  Armed with several turkeys, Pick and Save gift cards, and heart full of cheer the pair made their way throughout the Lindsay Heights neighborhood.  Starting their rounds at Richardson Manor Apartments, a senior assisted living facility, they made a holiday meal a possibility for a handful of residents who may have otherwise been left without.  Working their way around the neighborhood the duo selected two homes at random and presented the residents with an unexpected gift.

                Through events such as this it is no wonder the CDC has managed to become one of Milwaukee’s most established community and economic development organizations since their establishment in 1992.    


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