Baked Spicy Jicama Fries – Better Than French Fries
What the mutha-love is JICAMA? Pronounced “HEE-kah-ma”. Apparently I have been blind to this vegetable. Here is few jicama facts I learned:
- Technically a legume, grows on vines
- Texture resembles potato, turnips and water chestnuts
- Low in calories and carbs
- Great for diabetic menus because it ranks low on the glycemic index
- Lots of fiber. Not just any fiber – jicama’s fiber is infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn’t metabolize in the body into sugar the way potatoes do.
- Promotes good bacteria in the gut
- Excellent source of vitamin C
- Healthy amounts of potassium
- Contains important vitamins like folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and thiamin, and the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
- When purchasing, choose one that is firm with no soft spots or splits.
- The skin is not edible so use a knife to cut away the skin and the tough fibrous outer layer.
Ok now that we know the A – Z ‘s of jicama we can get down to the most important piece of information – no-guilt fries and I can use my beloved ketchup!
I HEART KETCHUP SOOOO MUCH
Eating healthy can have it’s sacrifices but there ARE alternatives. Use jicama instead of potatoes and you have healthy french fries. And a reason to use that red sweet nectar called ketchup 🙂
You can use whatever spice suits your taste too. I love a seasoned fry with heat but you could try lime juice and paprika OR a little salt and pepper OR even try some cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and use organic maple syrup as your condiment for dipping. Just coat your “fries” in melted coconut oil first so that your flavoring sticks.
- 1 medium jicama, peeled and sliced into "fries"
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, pour melted coconut oil over the sliced jicama fries. With your hands, massage coconut oil into each fry.
- In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, cayenne, onion powder and paprika. Stir to combine.
- Toss spices over fries evenly.
- Place fries on baking sheet (line with parchment paper or use a non-stick mat).
- Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
- Get out your ketchup and eat fries!