Faith, One; Yucca, Zero.

Good evening! I hope you had a fah-buh-lous day!

Mine certainly ended on an interesting note. I got caught up in a battle of wills with my dinner!

My plan was to waltz into the kitchen, crank up the heat on the black beans I’d soaked last night, shimmy a yucca into slices and broil with some garlic butter. Bing, bang, boom, consume.


The beans were easy enough. I threw in some onion, garlic, and pepper and adjusted the burner.

The yucca, apparently, had other plans that did not involve being my dinner.

That, right there, was as far as the knife was going to go. I huffed, I puffed, I threatened to blow it’s house down…but then it reminded me that it had already been ripped unceremoniously from said house.Β  Of course, my kitchen is entirely devoid of a potato peeler, so my next option was a cleaver. I wielded that sucker like a chef at the Bates Motel…to no avail.

Oh, it was on.

It was on like donkey kong. (This phrase ALWAYS makes me think of the Manning brothers’ Oreo showdown commercial. Have I mentioned that I fracking love Peyton? Some people get crushes on actors…I get crushes on quarterbacks. Major props to the folks in the marketing department at Oreo, because if anyone could get me to consume those chalk-stuffed cardboard wafers of death, it would be this man. If he asked me nicely. Or covered himself in them. But I digress.)

I was standing there, making the same expression as my man Peyton, staring down the damn root like it was Tom Brady. Sonofagun was going down.

And finally, five minutes and lots of ungraceful sawing maneuvers later…


It was fairly smooth sailing from here, thankfully. I boiled the yucca chunks until they began to split at the center, slivered them into wedges, and baked with a sprinkling of garlic powder and salt.

The end result was rather tasty!

I used to work across the street from a Cuban restaurant that made the BEST garlic baked yucca…No joke, I stopped in after work 3-4x a week for it! You know you have an addiction when the workers have it ready for you when you get off in the evenings! Mine wasn’t nearly as good as theirs, but it certainly wasn’t shabby!

Should fuel me up nicely for the Power Vinyasa Yoga I have planned for the evening! I think tomorrow may be the day I ease back into running; the swelling in my ankle has finally gone down, and it’s not miserable to put pressure on. We shall see how that goes!

Have a great night!


27 Comments on “Faith, One; Yucca, Zero.”

  1. kaztronomic says:

    Hah! Your wit had me laughing out loud. xD

    (Don’t worry, I have my own football crushes; I used to have it bad for Chester Taylor before he deflected, and Troy Polamalu makes my heart flutter more than a little bit. Plus, if it ever came down to me and Adrian Peterson, my fella would so choose AP and I’d be left in the cold. :D)

    Congrats on conquering the yucca! I’ve never tried it, but you have me curious now.

  2. Kelly says:

    LOVE PEYTON! LOVE!!! The best part…everyone thinks my husband and him look alike! Awesome!!! πŸ™‚

  3. I have never, in all my natural born days, eaten a yucca. Is it similar to a potato? Crazy.. but it actually looks insanely delicious to me πŸ˜›

    ❀ Tat

    • Faith says:

      It’s very similar to a potato, but with a bit more texture, and a slightly more earthy flavor. I’m not going to lie, it’s not much of anything plain, but a swipe of smart balance, some garlic powder, and some salt and it’s to die for!

  4. I have always wondered about that vegetable!! It looks good!

  5. hmm…I think I prefer Tom over Peyton – but neither are so shabby πŸ˜‰
    The dinner looks amazing! I’ve never had Yucca before – I was under the impression it was a sweet vegetable type … food. lol. Will need to try it sometime! Hopefully it’s not as difficult to peel as yours, though.

  6. That yuca looks just like the stuff at the Cuban restaurants! Yum!

    As for me, my man is Jason Taylor. Regardless of what team he’s on. Me-ow!

  7. Neenie says:

    I never knew you could eat yukka! looks interesting – i’ve certainly never seen it for sale in Scotland, will keep my eyes peeled though!

  8. spoonfulofsugarfree says:

    Oh that looks good! I have never tried yucca before, but now I have to! WHat does it taste like?

  9. carascravings says:

    My husbands previous boss was Cuban and he would always invite us over for grilled pork tenderloin, blacks beans and yucca mash. Delish

  10. i’ve never eated or made yucca! but now I want to…. put garlic on anything and i’m sold!

    I’ve had similar experiences with coconut…. but I won my battle too.

  11. i meant “eaten” up there. i’m not illiterate i swear.

  12. greensandjeans says:

    Sometimes the best foods are the ones that take forever to prepare. I mean, it better be worth all that work, right?

  13. Sarah says:

    Lol, I love Peyton! I’ve never had yucca either. Actually, I’ve never eaten much cuban food at all. Need to add that to my list!

  14. I have never made yucca but I know I have had it. I’ll have to give it a try! I will be afraid of it no more!

  15. Kristie says:

    I was going to say that I was about to rush out and get myself a yucca to try for the first time but I’m not sure if I want to risk chopping a hand off for one. You should hear me grunt and curse just trying to cut through a squash. That yucca sounds dangerous.

    And I think I need to start watching football.

  16. Kittie says:

    Yum! Yucca! I ate it last night too. hehe.

  17. Jenn says:

    You win my respect. Yucca. How adventurous!

  18. while i love yucca it is just too difficult/time consuming to peal that beast. yours looks delicious though πŸ™‚ always taste the best when roasted!

  19. Tina says:

    Haha! I’m picturing you attacking that yucca. I probably would have given up long before that. Glad it turned out rather well.

  20. I’ve never tried yucca before but it looks good!

    I’m a new reader. Feel free to check out my blog too The Nutritionist Reviews!
    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  21. Krista says:

    I have never tried yucca. It looks rather tasty all baked up, though!

  22. kbwood says:

    haha i have terrible luck with yucca! yours looks great tho!

  23. Hmm, now I think I know what to do with a Yucca! Thanks for showcasing it πŸ˜‰ Is it in the family/flavor of root vegetables?

    • Faith says:

      It’s closest to a potato for sure – very starchy, chewy texture (although more textured than a potato), and really neutral in flavor. Try it!

  24. ohh I would never have thought to boil yucca! I always have a super hard time cutting it too. The potato peeler works on the outside, but the insides are so stringy and tough!

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