When I was pregnant with my daughter I never had morning sickness or any weird cravings except for IHOP (For anyone unfamiliar with IHOP it’s a restaurant whose name stands for International House Of Pancakes).  I could have eaten there everyday!  My daughter just turned 4 this week and it got me thinking about good ‘ole IHOP.  My favorite part of an IHOP meal are the hashbrowns - YUM!  Although a potato is technically a clean food I wanted to see if I could come up with a fun alternative.  Enter in Jicama, the unknown root vegetable.  Jicama is a type of root vegetable that resembles a turnip and works great in a hashbrown.  You can also use a Yucca Root if you can’t find Jicama.  No matter which you use, both make a delicious hashbrown!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Jicama or Yucca Root vegetable
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Start by peeling your jicama the same way you would an apple - use a knife or vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin.

    Grated jicama

  2. Use a hand grater or cheese grater to shred the jicama.
  3. Heat a large sized skillet on medium heat.  Add oil, onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. (Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat.  You don’t want to cook out all the oil - you’ll need it to brown the jicama.  If you do use up the oil add a bit more to the pan before you add the jicama.)

    Sauted onions and garlic

  4. Add the jicama to the pan and cover for 10-15 minutes.  Flip the hashbrowns half way through cooking.

    Add jicama to the pan

  5. Serve hot and ENJOY!

Nutritional Info:

Makes 2 serving.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 311, Cal. from Fat: 65.5, Total Fat: 8g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 57.5g, Fiber: 18.5g, Sugars: 10g, Protein: 8g, Sodium: 19mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

The jicama will absorb the flavors of the onions and garlic.  If you are not a fan of those flavors then simply heat the pan, add the olive oil and jicama and season with your favorite herbs, cover and cook as above.

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