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Vegetable Variety

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?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

13 responses »

  1. Wow I have never even heard of this kind of veggie, very interesting to learn something new though 🙂 I am pretty sure I could live on sweet potatoes!

  2. Never heard of that before! Looks quite interesting.. it reminds me of radishes which I don’t particularly like because they are quite bitter tasting. What is the flavor like of these?

  3. I am definitely not an adventurous eater; I need to work on that!

  4. WOW – it reminds me of jicama lookswise?! I’m pretty adventurous veggie wise and will eat most anything they put in my veg box. HOWEVER, i have a kind of thing against humungous root vegetables, just cos they are so hard to manage – you are brilliantly positive about the challenge! xox

    • It totally looks like jicama! I have only had jicama in a salad so I think I may need to feature it one week!

      Peeling it with a vegetable peeler made it much easier to handle! I would be interested to see what boiling it would have done to the taste!

  5. I am a phaze eater too…. I always eat the same foods. Always.. Then I move on to something else. Then again, my super small town has exactly ZERO variety. I’m lucky if there are two kinds of apples to choose from!
    I have a feeling I’m going to learn a whole lot during your weekly venture into something new!

    • I am glad that you are a phase eater, as well! It is kind of ridiculous how often I eat foods that I love!

      Knowing about your lack of produce options makes me MUCH more appreciative of the bounty around me! I love having lots of options!

  6. Yum! It looks wonderful!

    You are too creative! I’m so impressed!

    I guess it is true: It’s what’s on the inside (with a bit of spice on the outside) that counts! :o)

  7. i’ve never hear of that before! now i want to try it 🙂

  8. Never seen it before! That was one of the good things for us about getting a CSA box- it forced us to try vegetables that we would have never bought from the grocery store.

  9. This is such a good idea! I’m trying to be more adventurous too and last weekend I tried a turnip….and I loved it! Need to try more 🙂


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