I am OBSESSED with plantains. That is even slightly understated. They are fantastic for so many reasons including, being a decent source of fibre, niacin, potassium, and vitamins A & C. They make an excellent replacement for white potatoes and also work fantastic in baking. Plantains are also low on the glycemic index, which means that they won't create a crazy spike in blood glucose (Yay for stable blood sugar!). All that, and they taste friggin amazing and they are as Paleo as it gets. Oh hells yes! Okay, let's get into this!
Tostones may be the easier, and most delicious, thing to make! Believe me, they will be present at every friggin dinner party from now on! They only require three ingredients!
Green Plantains (think 1 plantain for every two people if serving as a side dish)
Oil (use a high temp oil for this, I used avocado oil)
1. Peel your plantains. It's easiest to cut off the ends and then carefully slice down the peel of the plantain. You can grab onto the peel from this slit and tear that sucker off!
2. Cut the plantain into 1" pieces.
3. Heat oil, over medium heat, in a cast iron skillet.
4. Add in plantains and cook until slightly golden and soft (low-medium heat).
5. Remove from pan and place on paper towel-lined plate to drain off excess oil.
6. Allow to cool for 10(ish) minutes, until cool enough to handle.
7. Using a flat-bottomed glass, smash each piece of plantain until it's pretty flat.
8. Add more oil to the skillet, if needed, and heat over medium heat.
9. Place flattened plantains in skillet and cook until golden brown.
10. Once again, place on paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt to season.
11. Use a chips, slider buns, whatever toots your horn!
1 lb ground chicken
1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning
1/2 onion, finely diced
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup paleo ketchup
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 cup bone broth
1. Brown ground chicken over medium heat (add oil if necessary!)
2. Add onion and pepper and saute until onions are translucent.
3. Stir in taco seasoning, ketchup, mustard, and bone broth.
4. Simmer over low until liquid is evaporated.
5. Serve with avocado, fresh lime juice, and munch it down with the delicious tostones!!
This whole recipe serves two people! Feel free to double or triple to feed your brood!