Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#WCW What's Cookin' Wednesday; A Slender YOU Summer Slaw!

  • This week I want to challenge you to try something new, if you haven't already! It's a very versatile, low calorie root vegetable called Jicama (the J makes an H sound). They are a great source of dietary fiber, rich in Vitamin C, and contain important minerals like magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. 
    They are imported from Central American countries and you can find them at your grocery store, especially during spring and summer. Jicamas can be stored much like potatoes. They have a good shelf life and keep well in a cool, dry, dark place for about 2-4 weeks.
    Wash in cool running water and dry off. Peel off the thick skin with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Cut into cubes, slice into sticks or grate! 
    My family loves when i cut them into sticks and squeeze fresh lemon juice all over... a great grab and go snack!  
This recipe puts your knife skills to the test-or get out your mandoline! 
1 medium jicama peeled and julienned(cut into even, thin strips) 
2 red peppers, thinly sliced
2 apples, julienned
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
3/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
1 medium jalapeƱo pepper, thinly sliced(2 if you like it hotter!)
Juice of 2 whole limes
3 tbsp olive oil
pepper and salt to taste
mix everything in a bowl and refrigerate for at least half an hour to allow all the flavors to integrate.  This makes enough to take to a summer Bbq, or use as a side dish to a delicious piece of salmon or chicken, OR keep in your fridge at work for a great healthy snack during the week! 

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