Recipes

[Lighter] Fried Plantains

Last week D and I watched Marley on Netflix – a Bob Marley documentary that came out last year. We both are big Bob fans, and watching the video had me really missing Jamaica. Mostly the food! So, I made some fried plantains as a side-dish with breakfast Sunday morning.

Fried Plantains with Lime and Sea Salt

I absolutely love fried plantains, and they’re really easy to make. But, since they’re *fried* they’re not exactly the healthiest snack. So, I endeavored to use a lot less oil in cooking these, to make them a bit healthier. I also used olive oil instead of vegetable oil to try to get some healthier fats in there.

On their own, plantains are quite nutritious. They are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, B6 and C. They are also low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Nice. Another good thing about them is that they’re usually pretty inexpensive at the grocery store!

You will need:

  • 3-4 Tblsp Olive Oil
  • 2 (or more) Plantains
  • 1 tsp (or more) Lime Juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt

Chopping Plantains

Directions:

Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium-high heat. Slice the plantains into about 1/2 inch thick slices. I like to slice them on a slight diagonal. When the olive oil has heated up, add the plantains. Cook on one side until they’re a bit golden. This should take less than one minute. Flip the plantain slices to brown on opposite side. Once they’ve finished, removed them from pan and onto a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle warm plantains with lime juice and sea (or coarse) salt, to taste. Serve warm.

Yummy Fried Plantains

Fried Plantains

Enjoy! (This is making me want to whip up another batch….)

kimberly

Recipes

Homemade Granola

I’ve always wanted to try making my own granola. I guess for some reason I always thought it would be a lot of work? It’s not. It’s so easy.  My friend Anna makes great granola and I thought of her while baking this. I found a basic recipe, made a few adjustments and came out with a yummy end result.

Homemade Granola

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)

Easy Granola

To Make:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Spread onto a greased or parchment paper lined jellyroll pan. Heat in oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown – check and stir every 5 or so minutes. When golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an air-tight container.

Easy Baked Granola

I kept it pretty simple, but there’s tons of stuff you could add to it: different nuts (peacans or almonds, maybe?), craisins, flax seeds, CHOCOLATE CHIPS?! After it comes out of the oven, of course.  I’m also thinking about using coconut oil instead of the canola oil, next time around might be good. And of course, I made this good-for-you-granola and immediately put it on some ice cream…

Granola on Ice Cream

But it’s also good on yogurt and fruit salad. :)

Granola on Yogurt

Let me know if you try it, what you put in it, or what you put it on!

kimberly