Cassava, also known as tapioca, yucca and manioc is a tasty root vegetable. Extensively consumed in African, Asian, Caribbean and Latin American countries, cassava is similar to the potato in texture. You can use it to prepare a variety of vegetables, desserts and snacks. Cassava chips contain 40 per cent less fat than crisps, and are a healthy snack option. Purchase ready-to-eat cassava chips from African and other ethnic speciality stores. Enjoy cassava chips with several interesting accompaniments, or combine along with other foods as a side dish.
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Enhance the flavour of cassava chips with a variety of sauces and dips. Eat cassava chips with hot, sweet or sour sauces including chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, salsa, guacamole or creamy cheese dips.
Use dry spices and herbs to season cassava chips prior to eating. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of dry and ground chilli, pepper, garlic or onion over a bowl of plain cassava chips. Toss well and serve.
Combine cassava chips as a side dish with protein foods. Enjoy omelettes, fried fish, burgers and pizza with a bowl of cassava chips.
Use cassava chips as an hors d'oeuvre to accompany entrée foods such as sandwiches, canapés and stir-fried noodles.
Tips and warnings
- Cassava chips contain fewer calories than tortilla chips. You ingest 150 calories by consuming 23 cassava chips, and the same amount of calories by eating just 14 tortilla chips.
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