Plantains are my new best friend. Have you ever tried them? They're the huge green banana looking things. When ripe, they are black. I found some at the Colony West Kroger this weekend.
Last night at a dinner party a friend said, "When we were in Costa Rica, we ate them at every meal." I've eaten plantains as chips and even fried my own but I didn't know the extent to their versatility.
I am learning they are quite adaptible, especially if you are trying to eat grain-free.
Today I tried a couple new (to me) recipes from The Paleo Mom. I highly recommend her blog if you haven't checked it out. She earned a PhD but now stays at home and can explain the science behind food. She just released a cookbook. Here's a video where she explains a bit about plantains -- how to choose and cut them, etc.
I made her nut-free, coconut-free paleo (grain-free) muffins. They were really good and not grainy like some gluten-free recipes. Many times with gluten-free treats you have to buy lots of random ingredients. In this recipe, the most random ingredient was a plantain. And if you can't find plantains, you can use a green banana (or so it says in the comments.) The recipe recommends 3-5 T of dry sugar. I used 5 T of sucanat and they were plenty sweet with the additional 2+ cups of blueberries. Next time I make these muffins I will use even less sugar.
**Haven't tried it yet but just saw this recipe for Simple Paleo Tortillas...will try soon.
Tonight I also made The Paleo Mom's grain-free Swedish Meatballs. I used way more fresh herbs because the recipe as written seemed a bit bland. The meatballs we will eat tomorrow night.
My kitchen looked like a bomb had gone off when I was finished. The fridge is stocked with good food.
Any new recipes you're making I need to try?
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