Thursday, September 12, 2013
Roasted Jicama Chips (Oil-Free)
It's weird, but a few weeks ago was the first time I have ever found jicama in Toronto. I know it must be available all the time, but I could never find it. I swear, I have checked a million markets and grocery stores and never seen it.
So I was super excited when I found they had it at Fiesta Farms. Unfortunately, there was only one left and it was gigantic. Like I mean, crazy, ridiculously huge. I took up to the cashier and asked her to weigh it. It was almost 8 lbs and $14! I decided that was a little insane and left empty handed and very disappointed.
A few days later, I was in Loblaws and spied some. No wonder I never noticed them before, there was no signage and the few that were there were buried under some squash and root veggies. I grabbed 2 small ones and danced happily up to the cash to pay. Finally!
For the uninitiated, jicama is a Mexican turnip that can be eaten either raw or cooked. It is low in calories, but high in fibre, vitamins and minerals.
I have had jicama raw in salads, but have been wanting to try it roasted. So roast it I did! I made it as one of the side dishes I brought to my in-laws on Labour Day for my father-in-law's birthday dinner. It has a very mild flavour so you can really season it any way you want. I used my homemade creole seasoning. Absolutely delish, and a great accompaniment to our bbq dinner.
Roasted jicama chips
1 lb roasted jicama, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp creole seasoning (or whatever seasonings you prefer)
Toss sliced jicama with vinegar and seasoning. Arrange on a single layer on parchment-lined baking sheets. Roast at 350F for 25-30 minutes.
I have shared this recipe with this week's Wellness Weekend on Diet, Dessert & Dogs.