Jicama – a crunchy “go to” snack that’s healthy and low cal!
Ace Jicama sticks with lime zest and a hint of chili
Jill Flint Smith www.jillsreallifekitchen. com
We make this at least once a week. These crunchy sticks are a great go to snack. They keep their crunch and stay tasty for up to 5 days in the fridge. A Jicama is actually a Mexican potato that is crunchy and juicy. The consistency is between an apple and a potato. It has a unique slightly sweet taste that you really can’t resist. You can eat it raw, or cook it like you would a potato. I first discovered this odd looking veggie when I was looking for an alternative to a substitute for a potato. Little did I know how good it is raw. These Jicama sticks with lime zest and a hint of chili are a total crowd pleaser. Great cut or sliced and served on crudite platters and served with dips. One cup of Jicama only has 46 calories and has a whopping 6 grams of fiber. It is also a good source of potassium and packs a good punch of Vitamin C.
I large lime, zested and juiced
I teaspoon chili powder
I large Jicama
Rinse the Jicama and peel. Start at the top and take a small slice off. Now turn over and slice a small piece off from the bottom. Proceed to peel in downward strokes. The peel will come off fairly easy this way. Now slice in to 1/2 inch slices and then in to 1/2 inch sticks.
In a large bowl add your zest, lime juice, and chili powder.
Add Jicama sticks and toss well. Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled. Serve.
Serving Ideas: It is great with the baba ghanoush and the garlic red pepper humus.
Yield: 6 cups
Nutritionals: Per Serving. 46 Calories, trace Fat (3.4% calories from fat), ig Protein, hg Carbohydrate, 6g Dietary Fiber, 0mg Cholesterol, 9mg sodium.
Jill Flint Smith
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