When it comes to the world of french fries, the paleo lifestyle offers many delicious alternatives to the standard McDonald's fry. I'm not discounting the tastiness of a fry from [insert your favorite fast food restaurant here], I'm just saying that putting that in your body is like swallowing a gasoline soaked pine cone...there's no way you can eat it and think "yes...this is aiding my health."
Don't get me wrong...I'm definitely not denying the occasional reach-across-the-table-to-steal-a-few-of-my-friend's-fries move, but when it comes to achieving optimal health AND getting a fry fix on - opt for something like homemade sweet potato fries or these jicama fries! You can toss them in a healthy oil, salt them, and crisp them up right in your oven (let's be clear, vegetable oil is deceivingly titled...it's not the same thing as getting your daily dose of spinach). Satisfying an otherwise guilty craving with a guilt-free, healthy alternative is a win in my book.
- 1 jicama
- 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- Sea salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Peel all the skin off your jicama and slice off the top and bottom (where the root/stem-like "residue" is).
- Slice the peeled jicama into fries. I like to slice mine thinly as they tend to get crispier that way.
- Toss the "fries" in your oil, add salt and throw in the oven for 25 minutes or until they are slightly golden in color - representing that of a "standard" fry.
Servings: 3-4 (as a side item).