WTF is a “chayote”? Well, it’s a squash that originates from Central America. And apparently, it’s something we should eat.
Chayote looks like a cross between a pear, a pale green pepper, and a brussels sprout on steroids.
What does it taste like? NOT like chicken. LOL. The taste has been compared to cucumber. Oh, and one can enjoy chayote raw or cooked.
Plus, chayote is good for you:
25 calories per cup
1 gram of protein
5.9 grams of carbs
And, it’s loaded with calcium, magnesium, folate, and vitamin C.
In case you want to give it a try…
Chayote Squash Side Dish
1 TBSP olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 chayote squash, cut into ½-inch strips
½ tsp salt
Ground black pepper to taste
½ tsp white sugar
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 TBSP red wine vinegar
Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add garlic, squash, salt, pepper, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Stir together and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add vinegar to the squash mixture and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, until the squash is slightly wilted, but still firm and crunchy. Taste, and add more salt or sugar if needed.