March 16, 2005

The Amazing Jicama!

I am on a million low carb lists and surf just as many blogs looking for new recipes and suggestions. I ran across one last night that I really liked. I try not to plagiarize too much but I felt i needed to pass this along to you. The article was about Jicama. In case you are not family with Jicama it is a legume which is grown for the large tuberous roots which can be eaten raw or cooked and are used as a source of starch in many Latin American countries. A one cup serving contains around 10 carbs but it also contains 5 grams of fibre which bring the net carbs to around 5 grams. It is a carb safe and excellent alternative to potatoes.

Here' how you can prepare it: Remove the peel including the fibrous flesh directly under the skin. Cut or slice and serve raw or use as a substitute for water chestnuts. Saute or stir fry -- it stays crisp when cooked. A one pound jicama yields about three cups chopped or three cups shredded flesh.

Microwave Instructions - Peel and cut one pound into " cubes or julienne strips. Place in 2-quart covered casserole with 1/4 cup water; microwave on high for 8-9 minutes. Stir once. Serve with honey, butter, salt and pepper, sweet and sour sauce, sour cream or yogurt dressing. Here's another suggestion, remove the peel including the fibrous flesh directly under the skin. Cut in thirds and slice thin. Fry in hot oil until crisp and salt (sea salt is great here)
while still hot.

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Sugar Free Low Carb Jicama, Celery and Smoked Turkey Salad
Serves: 4
Carbs Per Serving: 4.8 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tbs sour cream
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon rind; grated
1 tsp Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very very tiny dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 ea (6 oz) jicama; peeled, matchstick sized
10 oz smoked turkey breast; cubes
3 stalk celery; thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper; thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper; thinly sliced
10 romaine lettuce leaves
1/4 cup walnuts; coarsely chopped
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, lemon rind, and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend until smooth.
Mix in jicama, red and green bell pepper, turkey cubes, and celery. Toss gently to coat with dressing. Arrange lettuce leaves on 4 plates. Divide salad over lettuce; sprinkle with walnuts and optional cilantro.

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