Just in time for Fall!
Something about the smell of cinnamon and baked apples cooking in the oven during the Fall season brings back such wonderful memories from my favorite season!
Have you ever tried jicama? They are a white fibrous root vegetable native to Mexico, but you can find them in all of the grocery stores here. In my opinion, it is a cross between both a potato and an apple. Delicious eaten raw or cooked! Especially thrown into salads! They are wonderful substitutes for apples because they are subtly sweet, crisp and crunchy. The only difference you may notice is that they don't get really soft like apples when baking, but they still taste pretty darn good.
I peeled and cubed the jicama in very small pieces (like how you would cube potatoes for hash browns) ,but you can also slice them really thin like apple slices. You want to make the pieces small or thin so they cook easier and faster.
Add some cinnamon, apple pie spice and stevia along with the melted butter. If you do not have apple pie spice, it is okay. You can always double up on the cinnamon or add more cinnamon with a touch of nutmeg and allspice.
Get it all the pieces of jicama evenly coated with the spices and butter.
Spread the pieces over a foil lined baking pan.
Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then uncover and bake for 15 more minutes.
I made three 1 cup servings, but you could always have only 1/2 a cup as 1 Green and have other veggies as your other Green so that this could be your little dessert with dinner. Or you could have 1 1/2 cups of this treat but watch your condiments when using the toppings. I hope you enjoy it as much as me!
Baked Cinnamon Jicama (Apples)
3 cups jicama peeled and cubed or you could slice them thin (6 Greens)
3 tbsp light Land O' Lakes Butter with Canola Oil, melted (3 Healthy Fats)
1/4 tsp apple pie spice (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (1/2 Condiment)
3 packets stevia in the raw (3 Condiments)
1 tbsp Walden Farms caramel syrup (1/2 Condiment)
2 tbsp Fat Free Reddi Whip (1 Condiment)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with non-stick foil.
Mix jicama with melted butter in a medium sized bowl. Add cinnamon, apple pie spice, and stevia stirring until combined. Pour on to foil lined pan. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.
The jicama will not get completely soft when baking. Expect to have a slight crisp center when eating and a slightly sweetened taste. Enjoy!
3 (1 cup) servings with 2 Greens (still need 1 more Green such as 1/2 cup broccoli or 1 cup lettuce), 1.8 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat per serving