Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Try some Jicama fries!

Ever heard of jicama? Pronounced "hih-ka-ma", not only is this food fun to say, but it is super nutritious for you too!  What exactly is jicama?

Jicama is a root vegetable that is part of the legume family.  Grown primarily in Mexico, this veggie's texture is like a turnip but tastes crunchy like a water chestnut.  They can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to a month and then refrigerated when cut.  It is a very versatile vegetable, great for salads, slaws, soup, or can substitute for fries.

What is so healthy about jicama?  This root vegetable is low in calories but high in nutrients.  In addition, it is high in fiber that is uniquely infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn't metabolize in the human body.  This inulin serves as a prebiotic, promoting good bacteria growth.  Jicama is also high in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and is loaded with potassium and other trace minerals.  It is great for diabetics due to its low glycemic index.

When I tried jicama for the first time a couple years ago, I wasn't crazy about it, but I like it more and more each time I have it and prepare it differently.  It's a great alternative to potatoes and other starches.  The recipe I tried below is pretty simple and tasty too!  I hope you enjoy it and enjoy the nutritional benefits of jicama!
Jicama fries 
1 medium jicama
2 tbsp olive oil, melted
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
1/4 teaspoon himalaya sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cup bone broth
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Peel jicama and cut into fries.  Boil bone broth in medium saucepan or pot on medium and cook jicama for 15 minutes to make jicama less crunchy.  Drain broth and add jicama fries to casserole dish with olive oil and toss well. Season with garlic, paprika, black pepper and sea salt.  Bake for 50 minutes or until crispy, turning halfway.  Can enjoy with any condiment! 

Blessings,

Lindsay



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