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My First Yucca Root

The other day at Reading Terminal Market I picked up a few things I had never tried before. One of those things was the yucca root. I didn’t know what I was going to make with it and it doesn’t look like something too appetizing but I wanted to try something new. 

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This little guy has a lot of health benefits – it is packed with nutrients, including fiber, vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese. It has also been known to help with inflammation,  aid digestion, prevent harmful bacteria in the intestines from absorbing into the blood, reduce muscle spasms, and improve blood circulation. One website even said he helps promote shiny, healthy hair! Woohoo!

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I took a twitter vote as to what to make with my yucca and the results were unanimous – Yucca Fries!

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In order to make the fries, I had to peel down the yucca root. 

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The outside layer reminds me of tree bark!

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A naked yucca. The little guy looks cold, doesn’t it?

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Then it was time so slice and dice!

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I chopped it up into fry looking slices. 

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Then it was onto a baking sheet they went.

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But not before I drizzled them with a little spicy peanut goodness.

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I baked them in the oven at 400* for about 40 minutes, or until they were crispy to my satisfaction.

And….VOILA! We have yucca fries!

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These things were amazing. They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The spicy peanut twist gave them a little kick and made them even more awesome! 

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These might be my new favorite fry! My sweet potato fries have been my favorite for some time, now, but there is a few fry in town!

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Have you ever had yucca fries?

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Does anyone else have any other yucca recipes for me next time I buy it? I want to make more fun things with the yucca root!

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My First Yucca Root

The other day at Reading Terminal Market I picked up a few things I had never tried before. One of those things was the yucca root. I didn’t know what I was going to make with it and it doesn’t look like something too appetizing but I wanted to try something new. 

DSC_0450 DSC_0451 

This little guy has a lot of health benefits – it is packed with nutrients, including fiber, vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese. It has also been known to help with inflammation,  aid digestion, prevent harmful bacteria in the intestines from absorbing into the blood, reduce muscle spasms, and improve blood circulation. One website even said he helps promote shiny, healthy hair! Woohoo!

DSC_0453 

I took a twitter vote as to what to make with my yucca and the results were unanimous – Yucca Fries!

DSC_0472

In order to make the fries, I had to peel down the yucca root. 

DSC_0473

The outside layer reminds me of tree bark!

DSC_0474 DSC_0475

A naked yucca. The little guy looks cold, doesn’t it?

DSC_0476 

Then it was time so slice and dice!

DSC_0478  DSC_0479

I chopped it up into fry looking slices. 

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Then it was onto a baking sheet they went.

DSC_0486  DSC_0487

But not before I drizzled them with a little spicy peanut goodness.

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I baked them in the oven at 400* for about 40 minutes, or until they were crispy to my satisfaction.

And….VOILA! We have yucca fries!

DSC_0498

These things were amazing. They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The spicy peanut twist gave them a little kick and made them even more awesome! 

DSC_0500 

These might be my new favorite fry! My sweet potato fries have been my favorite for some time, now, but there is a few fry in town!

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Have you ever had yucca fries?

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Does anyone else have any other yucca recipes for me next time I buy it? I want to make more fun things with the yucca root!

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Chex Mix Giveaway

The winner of last week’s Macaroni Grill giveaway is: Nicole-Lynn at Seaside Smitten. Email me your information and your prize will be on its way!

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This week’s MyBlogSpark giveaway is brought to you by Chex.

 

Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Chocolate Chex, and Cinnamon Chex have been reformulated to be gluten free and offer a great tasting, crunchy morning breakfast option.

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Up for grabs is a a Chex gluten-free cereal prize pack that includes a VIP coupon for a free box of Chex cereal, a microwavable bowl, a Chex gluten-free recipe card and measuring spoons and cups.

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Here is a closer look at the fun gadgets – measuring spoons

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Measuring cup – great for mixing up seasonings

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And this massive microwaveable bowl with comes with awesome snap locks which will keep its contents crazy fresh.

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All together now.

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Jackson sized everything up for you! 

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Interested in winning this little prize pack? Leave a comment below! Giveaway ends Thursday!

I’ll be back tonight with another fun dinner meal!

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Emotional Running

Since my first marathon is a little more than a week away I figured I would post this morning about a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately – Emotional Running.

I am currently in taper mode and mentally trying to psych myself up for my fast approaching 26.2 mile run. Every day it becomes more and more real that I will step over the start line in Chicago and attempt to run a marathon, my first marathon.

That scares me and excites me in so many ways at the same time!

Running a marathon has always been something I have wanted to do. I had been a goal of mine, a bucket list item for me, but there was no real timeline for when it would happen. I always thought it would be cool to say I ran a marathon – To call myself a marathoner, but the reality of signing up for all the training held me back.

It’s a scary thought and a big commitment.

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But now, here we are with race day right around the corner. I have put in the long run work – I ran my first few steps past half marathon distance and reached 14 miles in July. Then I hit 16 miles in Chicago on Lake Michigan with some awesome blogger buddies, followed by 18 miles in Philadelphia with some friends. 

I then had an unexpected run and ran 20 miles for the first time ever. Watching the 20 pop up on my Garmin was a crazy feeling. Then I went for 21.5 miles a few weeks later and here we are now.

All that seems so long ago now.

It has been a crazy summer and just looking back at all the miles I have run and the time and effort I have put into it gets me very emotional about running Chicago. I am proud of myself for what I have been working towards and am excited about what’s to come.   Maybe it just all this running or the taper madness is making me crazy but I think about myself running the marathon and it gets me all teary eyed and I get a bit weepy.

Maybe its my nerves!? Maybe I am just a wierdo?!

I am very blessed because I am going to be travelling to Chicago with an awesome support system. Fiancé is coming with me as are both my parents, my brother and fiancé’s parents. Everyone is coming to cheer me on and watch me cross that finish line. Having my family with me for this special time means a lot to me.

Even typing that gets me all teary eyed!

Anyone else have this issue for their first marathon?

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Does anyone out there in the blog world have any words of wisdom for emotional running? Anyone else get emotional from while training for a big race?

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