Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Athlete Friendly Fries!!!! 4 grams net carbs!!!!

I recently picked up Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield. What a treasure!! Though I'm not Paleo per se, my current diet with all it's food sensitivities lends itself to paleo recipes. This one caught my eye, and to be honest, is the reason I bought the book - then I ended up dog-earing about 30 recipes, lol. I am a french-fry fiend. I just love them, from McD's to In-n-Out, to Sweet Potato to anything resembling a fry. I'm an equal opportunity fry lover. Granted, they're not often on my plate - more of a 'treat', and with the low carb status of my prep diet right now, they're an increasingly rare treat. These, however, will be the star of more than a few carb days! ;-) Just look at those beauties! Wooohoo!!!  This athlete friendly recipe takes about 45 minutes (less if you're more coordinated cutting the jicama than I am, lol), and makes 4-6 servings.

Seasoned Jicama Fries
from Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods: 100+ Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes  by Julie & Charles Mayfield, pg 176

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pound jicama, peeled and cut into medium-sized fries

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Heat coconut oil in an heat-proof glass bowl in the microwave or in oven.
3. Combine pepper, salt, chipotle powder, onion powder, and paprika in a small bowl or shaker.
4. Toss jicama fries in warm coconut oil to coat, and sprinkle on seasonings as you go.
5. Place a cooling rack on a sheet pan and spread fries on it evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and serve at once.

Nutrition Facts:  Amount per serving:
Total Calories: 75, 152mg Sodium, 10g Carbs, 6g Fiber, 4g Fat, 1g Protein. Net carbs: 4 grams.

Tip... serve with mashed avocado, hot sauce, or other athlete-friendly dipping sauce. Currently my favorite is Daiya Onion & Chive Spread mixed with shredded cucumber and garlic powder.