Summer = fresh and cool cuisine. At least for me… So as you will see most of what I created lately has been juices, smoothies and salads. Well nothing beats the heat like these healthy meals and snacks!
Jicama is a mexican root vegetable considered by many as a SUPERFOOD. Why? 1 cup of raw jicama has around 50 calories and almost zero fat. It’s also a great source of vitamin C (immune booster), fiber, potassium and even some folate (important for all women of reproductive age to prevent birth defects in unplanned pregnancies). It similar to a unripe pear in terms of consistency but a bit crunchier. It’s virtually tasteless yet it absorbs well any kind of seasonings/flavors. It serves as the perfect substitute for croutons since its packed with nutrition and lacks the calorie count found in nuts, bread pieces or bacon bits! It works well in all kinds of salads and vegetable stir fries. One piece of jicama root can be quite big but do not be afraid to buy it – store the remaining amount in a sealed plastic bag for better preservation. Many people chop it up into small pieces and add to fruits salads, some eat it as “carrot sticks” with yogurt or hummus… There are many possibilities. Eating healthy means trying new foods so you never become bored – that’s my opinion at least!!
As always feel free to serve this with a side of lean protein. This salad goes great with shrimp, tuna, chicken or lean beef strips. I create my plates meatless because it creates a wider range of possibilities for the readers. I also believe you should try to incorporate meatless meals into your lifestyle since only this type of diet has been proven to reverse atherosclerosis and lower your risk of heart disease (this is the #1 cause of death in the US today). People who eat a carnivorous diet, high in cholesterol and fat also have a higher risk of developing colon cancer. On the other hand – having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps free radicals from forming which are the main culprits responsible for aging and cancer development. You are what you eat. Remember that! A lot of meat lovers have started to change their habits by introducing “Meatless Mondays” into their week. Never heard of this? It’s become a movement to promote health and help the planet. Google it! There are tons of fun recipes, some healthier that other but start with that!
4 cups leefy greens / mesclun salad
1/2 raw jicama root, ~ 1 cup julienne cut
1 medium avocado
2-3 mandarine oranges
2 tbsp sliced almonds
HONEY GINGER DRESSING:
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp honey or organic maple syrup
1 tbsp mandarine or orange juice
1 tbsp raw minced ginger
1/8 tsp of salt & pepper
1. Cut the jicama in half; store one half and peel the other half. Cut into julienne strips. Cut the avocado into small cubes or thin slices. Layer the greens, followed by jicama pieces, avocado and finally mandarine pieces. Top off with sliced almonds.
2. Whisk well all the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Toss well. Let sit for up to 10 minutes so the dressing becomes properly absorbed.
Serving Size: 2 to 4
…. Have you tried Jicama yet? This was my first time. From my experience I will only use it in salads for now…Tried boiling it for almost an hour and it didn’t change consistency like other root vegetables such as sweet potato. Oh well, some things are better eaten raw.