Arepitas de yuca—or yuca fritters—are one of my family’s favorite Dominican foods. We eat them as a side dish or a snack anytime of day. Yuca is a traditional go-to ingredient in my native D.R. It’s also called cassava because it’s the root of the cassava plant. Usually these are fried in vegetable oil and dipped in garlic oil, but you know me. As the Healthy & Delicioso editor here at Familia Kitchen, I like to flip traditional comidas and make them healthier so we can enjoy them without the extra guilt and pounds!
I love yuca for its taste and its healthy benefits. Compared to other root vegetables, yuca is low on the glycemic index scale. So here’s my food flip: I ditched the white flour, using whole wheat instead. I also added antioxidant-rich flax seeds and turmeric, which is an anti-inflammatory spice thanks to an active ingredient it has in it called curcumin. And I used coconut oil instead of vegetable.
I serve these at our Dominican family gatherings and everyone likes them as much as the traditional version they are used to, so I consider this food flip a success!