Last week I bought a vegetable I’d never cooked with before: yuca. It’s the root of the cassava shrub and is often confused with yucca, which is actually just a decorative plant and not something most people eat. I learned that in its powdered form, yuca is tapioca! Yuca is similar to a white potato and reminded me a lot of plantains with its high-starch content. It even tasted a bit sweet to me.
Since I’d never cooked with yuca before, I reached out on Facebook and received a few suggestions. Check out the recipe below that I based off of these! My overall impression? I’d definitely give yuca a go again, especially at only $.99/lb!
Related: How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Baked Yuca Fries
- 1 yuca root (400g): $.88
- 2 TBS cooking fat (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, butter) (28g): $.20
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (2g): $ practically nada
- Salt and pepper, to taste: $ basically zilch
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Cut off ends of yuca and peel the brown skin away with a potato peeler.
- Cut yuca into matchstick sized fries.
- Toss with olive oil, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Spread across a sheet pan, making sure your fries don’t overlap.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown (and slightly crispy).
Calories: 222 | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Carbs: 38g | Full Nutrition Facts
Curious where I get my prices from? Even though I may have found an ingredient cheaper, to keep things simple, I’ve calculated all costs based on my Budget Grocery Price List, my list of maximum prices I’ll pay for any groceries.