Raw jicama fries spiced with lime and chili creates a delicious appetizer with a bright fresh flavor. It’s a fun food to serve alone or with any type of dip. Jicama has a naturally sweet, nutty flavor and fresh crunchy texture.
Jicama is a round root vegetable with thin brown skin that many people aren’t familiar with. It comes from Central America and is available year-round. You can find it in most supermarkets and Latin American markets. It can be chopped into cubes, sticks, or slivers, and its mild taste makes it a perfect complement to a variety of flavors.
I finally had to get rid of my old mandoline. I had it for 30 years. It was a great relationship but it was time for me to move on and get a shiny, new, sharp one. I chose the PL8 Professional Mandoline because it’s stainless steel and has no loose blades. It’s easy to change the settings. Now that I have my new mandoline I was inspired to make these raw jicama fries.
It’s a very simple recipe you can make in 5 minutes. Peel the jicama and cut into ‘fries’ with a mandoline or by hand and put into a bowl.
Sprinkle the jicama with chili powder, cumin, paprika, Celtic sea salt, olive oil and lime juice. The natural sweetness of the vegetable balances the salty spiciness of the seasoning beautifully. Then I finish it off with a bit of cilantro for a fresh citrusy flavor.
The greatest thing about jicama is it contains a prebiotic fiber that is highly beneficial to your body. This type of prebiotic fiber is called inulin. It feeds the good bacteria that live inside your intestines enabling them to grow big and strong. Inulin supports weight control and metabolic functions, balances hormones naturally and improves digestion. Research suggests that inulin also has anti-carcinogenic and anticancer properties.
Jicama is a great vegetable to help maintain your natural weight.
Even though it’s a root vegetable it’s low in starch, sugar and carbs compared to other vegetables like potatoes, beets and rutabaga. It’s a great vegetable to help you lose weight because it’s high fiber content and low glycemic level keeps your blood sugar stable and makes you feel full.
Fiber has some really great benefits, experts agree on:
- Scrubbing the gut of excess mucus and toxins
- Attaching to toxin-carrying bile and escorting it to the toilet
- Providing food for the good bugs that proliferate in the intestines
Eating jicama also benefits your body by boosting your immune system. It helps balance the growth of good-to-bad bacteria living in your microbiome. Since over 75% of your immune system is in your gut, maintaining a good balance of bacteria there is very beneficial to your immune system.
Jicama is low in calories and high in water. It contains many important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, potassium and magnesium.
Give these raw lime and chili spiced jicama fries a try. Your family and guests will say “wow this is good, what is it?”
They’ll be supporting good digestion with healthy prebiotics in the most delicious way.
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Raw jicama fries spiced with lime & chili creates a delicious appetizer with a bright fresh flavor. It’s a fun food to serve alone or with any type of dip.
- 1 small jicama thickly sliced into julienne strips with a mandolin or by hand (2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt, more to taste
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- Coarse sea salt
- Peel jicama and slice into julienne size pieces the size of thin fries. Use a mandoline or by hand.
- Place in bowl and sprinkle olive oil, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt and lime juice.
- Mix thoroughly to ensure all the slices are coated.
- Mix in the chopped cilantro.
- Serve immediately sprinkled with coarse sea salt or store in the refrigerator for 1 day.
- Eat alone or dip into guacamole, hummus or salsa.
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- Category: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Raw
Keywords: jicama, raw food