plantain fritas and a temporary goodbye

June 15, 2011
Who doesn't love plantains? And who doesn't love french fries?  The answer should be no one.  At least no one who still has all their marbles.
Plantains are amazing in my book because they happen to be yummy (duh) and super cheap! I'm able to get 4/$1 at my local produce market.  Even better, they're healthy!  Plantains are naturally high in fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C.  They actually have more potassium than bananas, which surprised the heck out of me.
Conversely, when you order plantains at a restaurant, they're usually fried and super greasy and are most likely served with creamy sauces which is not-so-healthy.  So since I've been craving french fries lately, I decided to make a healthy french fry of sorts using this starchy fruit.   I simply covered the slices with a bit of oil, cornmeal and spices and served with this ketchup.
When I put these little plantain fries in my mouth, I'm pretty sure I saw the light of heaven.

And p.s. If I could go back in time, I would have cut these "fries" in strips rather that coin-shaped slices.  Forgive me.  I'm a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.

Plantain Fritas
vegan, gluten-free
1 plantain, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
dash of garlic powder
dash of cumin
2 tablespoons coconut oil

  1. Peel and slice plantain into a small bowl.  
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil and pour over plantain slices.  Stir to make sure all slices are evenly coated.
  3. Separately, mix together corn meal with spices.  Add dry ingredients to the plantains and shake bowl until all well-coated.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Place slices on pan and let brown on each side (approximately 4 minutes per side.)
  5. Serve hot (with ketchup) and enjoy! 

And now I must bid you farewell for a moment as I make my cross-country move.

I'll be packing up the life I've made for myself for the past five years here on the East Coast and making my way back to Texas.  I'm anxious.  I'm scared.  I'm excited.  I can't wait to set up shop in Austin!  Therefore, I'll be taking a short hiatus to prepare, move and settle.  I'll see you in Texas!