7/18 Yucca Chips and Fresh Corn Salsa

Yesterday, on day two of the 15 day Re-boot Juice Fast, I made the closest thing I could find that could replicate a tortilla chip. In twenty four hours I went from brand new and excited juice faster to,” Oh my god if I don’t dip something into something and eat it, I am going to freak out.”  In this part of the fast, we are still doing both eating and juicing of only fruits and vegetables.  It is the second five day period when we will be juicing only, followed by  the last five days of eating fruits and veggies with juicing.  For more details, see an earlier post, sharing about the Fast.

This first recipe is from the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Re-boot your life site and the other recipe I created to celebrate the extraordinary,  fresh corn on the cob we are seeing in abundance right now.  Together, they made an exciting snack.

Yucca roots are so strange and surly looking. Until now, I had never prepared one. I thought the outer skin looked like it may never come off. I wasn’t sure it would until Sandy found the most amazing tip on Ehow.com for how to peel a Yucca.  Alas, we need never be intimidated by Yucca again.

Yucca Chips by Re-Boot your life


1 large yucca root (Mine was relatively long and the diameter of an average plantain)
1 tsp coconut oil (They used Olive Oil)
salt and pepper to taste

Make it Happen:

~Put Yucca in the microwave for two minutes to loosen the skin. Carefully make a verticle slit all the way down the Yucca with a pairing knife and peel away skin. With a peeler, carefully remove any excess brown skin until you are at the all white insides.

~Using a Mandolin or knife, cut Yucca into very thin chips.

~Toss a handful at a time in a large bowl with 1/4 tsp coconut oil and salt and pepper to taste. Lay chips on your baking sheet .

~Repeat until you have used 1 tsp oil total and all of your chips are on your baking sheet.

~Bake in a 350 degree oven until the edges are brown and chips are crispy. Serve immediately with Fresh Corn Salsa, recipe below.

Fresh Corn Salsa

by S. Duquet


Kernels from 3 cobs of raw corn

1 Poblano pepper finely diced ( I tasted mine while I was chopping to make sure it wasn’t too hot for raw salsa)

1/3 C fresh lime juice

1 C orange pepper (feel free to use red or yellow)

1 tsp agave

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp cayenne powder

Make It Happen:

Put all ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly, cover and allow to chill.

You may store left over chips in an airtight container. Mine became very crispy the next day…bordering on hard, but I enjoyed them anyway.  They are the best consumed the same day you make them, but they will keep.

Notes From The Juicer Day Three

The first two days have been fantastic. I have concocted some phenomenal juices and Sandy and I both have created a few tasty recipes for all fruit and veg dishes. I have embraced my herbal tea mornings, hummus free evenings and questions from curious coworkers. I have been enjoying myself and have felt optimistic and successful working up to the full on juice fast.

That was until six o’clock this morning when the juicer broke. The on/off switch literally broke off the machine in my hand rendering the machine in full boar juicing  mode even though it broke in the off position. It was like a Stephen King movie where the appliances go mad and continue to run even though they are technically off and broken. Sandy was able to do her MacGyver magic on it and she believes that we will be able to squeeze some juice out of it tomorrow. I’ll let you know. In the meantime, we are in the market for a new juicer. Have a delicious day.

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  1. mik Says:

    hey, i found your blog recently via the Living Stones Farm facebook site. Thank you for sharing your vegan experiences. At the risk of sounding corny, it is inspiring to hear from others on this journey!

    As for the juicer, do you have any recommendations, since you’re in the market for a new one? I’ve read so much positive feedback about the vitamix for juicing and making smoothies out of whole foods, including root veggies. Of course, there is a premium, like 2,500 juicer, that is completely out of the question in my case.

    I’d love to get your opinion on juicers and/or blenders.
    Thank you!

  2. Sherry Says:

    Welcome to the conversation. I am so glad you found Exploits. Our Living Stones CSA share is the highlight of every week. Organically grown produce that has been nurtured and loved is such a gift.

    I have not yet gotten a new juicer but all of my research is leading me straight toward the Omega line of juicers. They are able to juice all greens including wheatgrass while producing the greatest yield and maintaining the essential nutrients in what you are juicing. Because the juicer works at such low RPM’s, the nutrients are not compromised or killed by the heat from the machine, which can happen with a centrifugal juicer.

    I would absolutely love a VitaMix for making smoothies and soups. I have never seen kale blended into a smoothie like that until I had it from a VitaMix. However, it cannot juice vegetables and according to HappyJuicer.com, “A juicer will separate the juice from the fibres. This separation is fundamental to the juicing process and its associated health benefits. The separation of juice from fibre means that the body does not have to divert large amounts of energy to the process of digesting the juice, as there are no fibres to breakdown. It also means that the body can easily absorb the nutrients present in the juice extracted by the juicer as they have all been released from the fibres and are freely available.”

    As soon as I have a new juicer I will tell you all about it. The good, bad and the juicy.

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