Jicama Home Fries are the perfect no potato option when you are looking for a nightshade-free breakfast. Once you sauté them long enough, they begin to take on the texture and taste of potatoes, and is a new way to introduce this water-based root vegetable to your kids and family.
Maybe it’s because it’s Candida month here on Fork & Beans or maybe it’s the denial of certain foods has got me thinking but regardless, I’ve been very reflective about what sort of invitation this Candida diagnosis has been on my life. Let me explain because I am sure that this sounds like an odd statement to make. It’s not about the food. It never usually is. Me crying at the fact that I cannot go out for Mexican food and enjoy a freaking basket of chips and salsa at this time isn’t about that. Once you dig a little deeper you find that there is always something else there. At first thought, the sound of going several months without sugar and alcohol and all the favorite goodies sounds frightening. “I just need to make it through this and then it will be all over.” If I deny myself the foods that got me into this hot mess for a little while I can recover and heal my gut and that will be that. Or so was my thinking a few months ago…
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The thing is I’ve realized that a certain time frame of eating an exact way isn’t difficult for me. Wait one second there. I have to reread that. Those are words I NEVER thought would come out of my mouth. Truth is, this year’s quest for health has proven to me that I can abstain from certain foods for as long as it takes. I can do that. YOU can do that. That, ironically, is the easy part. Tell me I need to eat rice and veggies only for the next month and I now know that I can. Now I don’t want to ever do that but I know I can. That isn’t the issue anymore. I used to think it was, but it’s not. So what is it, Cara? Quit your babbling and get to the point. The real issue at hand for me is the fact that my bad habits got me here and now I have to go through the very painful and uncomfortable time of undoing those bad habits and correcting them. Do you see the difference? At first look, they seem the same but when you dissect them, they are so different. Denial and Dealing are two different things. When I deny myself from something, I feel negatively when I want what I cannot have. I feel even worse when I actually indulge in said denied item. There is a lot of guilt, shaming, and a burden is now placed on myself. However when I deal with my situation it frees me from the negativity. It frees me from the negative feelings that keep me stuck. I might make a “mistake” but I no longer feel shame for it. There is no timeline anymore. There is no good or bad. There is no desperation. It’s just me, my bad habits, my uncomfortable feelings in dealing with them, and watching them change over time.
- 1 c. peeled jicama. diced into small cubes (approx. ½ jicama)
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ½ green bell pepper, diced
- ¼ red onion, minced
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- Place diced jicama and 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a heated non-stick skillet. Allow to saute for 1-2 minutes. Place 1 Tbsp. water and cover with a lid and allow to soften for 5-7 minutes over medium heat.
- Remove lid and add a little more oil. Place onions and bell peppers into skillet and saute for 5 minutes or until the jicama begins to lightly brown.
- Add seasonings and saute until browned to preference.
(Check out this video on how to make Jicama Home Fries. It’s VERY amateur so forgive me but it’s a start. Sometimes it’s more about taking that first step and just doing it, right?)
My invitation from Candida is for a season of self-excavation; to gently revisit old wounds that need a little more cleaning and patching and moving on (remember when I said that it’s never about the food?) There is no longer judgment in myself, anger over the fact that others can eat the things I cannot, or even anger at myself when I just can’t “get it together.” What’s left is gentleness, kindness, and compassion on myself. I learn to love me more because I’m flawed, weak, and at times cranky. I’m also learning to love Jicama Home Fries…
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I needed Candida at this time to remind me that it’s okay to go easy on myself and for that, I am so grateful that I cannot snack on tortilla chips at the moment…