Jicama (pronounced HE-kuh-muh) is a root vegetable that is popular in Mexico. It tastes like a potato crossed with water chestnut and pear, and it is super low in calories (1 cup contains 46 calories and 6 whopping grams of fibre). According to The Nutrition Almanac by Gayla and John Kirschmann, it is high in beta-carotene, B complex, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium. Its sweet flavour comes from the fructo-oligosaccharide also known as inulin.
1 jicama, sliced into match sticks
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
pinch sea salt
Peel jicama and slice into large match sticks the size of French fries. Place in glass dish with a lid. Coat the jicama with lemon juice (this is an important step to do first). Sprinkle nutritional yeast, sea salt, and olive oil on top of jicama. Place lid on and shake dish well, until all jicama slices are coated.
Prep time: 10 min. Yield: 4-6 servings
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