Today I would like to begin a new blog series that I hope to do on a weekly basis. I am a phase eater. I go through phases with food where that is all I want to eat 24/7. Every single morning I drink a banana cinnamon smoothie. My favorite lunch is Kale chips, hard-boiled eggs, and apples with almond butter. Dinner usually has a bit more variety but I have been eating a lot of chilis and vegetable soup lately. Now this is all well and good, but I have decided I need some variety!
The market I go to every week has an amazing amount of produce, many of which I have never heard of. Today I am featuring the MANGARA.
Has anyone out there heard of this South American tuber? I did a little research and all I could find was that it was grown by indigenous people from Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil.
It is clearly a SUPER ugly vegetable, but my mom always taught me it is what is on the inside that counts! I started peeling it and a milky white interior was revealed.
Upon chopping it, there were numerous purple squiggles. It seems to be very similar to cassava or taro. The purple specks inside seem akin to taro which Hawaiians use to make poi. I tried poi when I was at a Luau on Oahu and I did not like it. It seemed like purple, tasteless wall- paper paste.
With this in mind, I decided I needed to add some serious spice. I did not know whether to bake, boil, or roast. I decided that roasting makes everything better so I marinated half in cooking spray with cinnamon:
The other half was marinated in cooking spray with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning (Thank you Aunt Pat for intoducing me to this miracle spice mix!).
I let them marinate for 2 hours and went running. When I got home, I pre-heated the oven to 400 degrees and cooked it for about 45 minutes.
It tastes super interesting! I think I love it! The outside gets super crunchy, but the inside stays super soft. I ate the savory Mangara pieces with ketchup.
I ate the cinnamon Mangara bits with a drizzle of honey!
I would say this vegetable experiment turned out quite well. I would give Mangara 8/10 stars!
Do you have a lot of variety in your diet? What is your favorite vegetable? Any new favorites?