Fried Plantain Chips

Holy bananas!

Lately, I’ve been looking for starchy foods that I can give the kids to snack on. Fruit has a lot of sugar, but there are only so many veggies that I can give them before they get bored. They’re tired of raw peppers, and carrots, and they don’t like sweet potatoes. (How does a child not enjoy something sweet, you ask? I have no idea.)

Enter: Plantain Bananas.

As I was wandering through the internet, foraging for recipes, I came upon fried plantains. (To be honest, I think I found it over at  Balanced Bites, but it had never occurred to me to try it.)

I checked out a few recipes and decided I needed to try it. I went to the store and bought 3 nasty-looking, yellow and black plantains. I also picked up a bunch of avocados.

Using my mandolin, a kitchen item that I’ve detested since the day I bought, I sliced the banans pretty thin. I’ve decided that if I only ever use the mandolin for plantain bananas, it will be (finally!) worth the investment. After carefully peeling 3 large plantains and slicing them with the mandolin, I was ready to fry them in some coconut oil.

I let the oil get really hot and cooked up the plantains in batches. I also used a non-stick skillet so they wouldn’t stick to the pan while they were cooking. Once they were golden brown, I turned them over so the other side got golden brown too. This is not something you can leave to cook though. You should stay with them because they cook up fast. (I only mention this because I sat down for a few minutes to look at a website and one batch got overcooked.)

Using a slotted spoon, I scooped them out of the pan and onto a plate with paper towel. I seasoned them with sea salt and they turned out perfectly. Crunchy on the outside, and tender on the inside. It’s the perfect snack to enjoy in place of store-bought chips, and at 31g of carbohydrates per 100g serving, the kids will get a good batch of needed carbs!

These can be enjoyed as is, or with avocado, guacamole, or if you can tolerate tomatoes, salsa.

Bon Apétit!




Time to Re-commit

Well, summer has been ridiculously busy. I am now 30, and though I thought for sure I my implode, I am still here.And  I fell off the paleo wagon, hard.

Obviously there are tons of feelings I’m struggling with, shame, embarrassment, etc. However, a friend of mine recently went paleo, and I’ve been following all the paleo blogs and I’m determined to start over again. I’m still losing some weight, but eating dirty definitely makes me feel dirty and it’s starting to show.

I’m currently laden with a monster yeast infection, I have a canker in the most OBNOXIOUS place in my mouth (right where my lower lip meets my gums), and my sleep schedule is out of control.

What better time to start eating healthy again than right now?

I’ve recently been following Balanced Bites, and for the love of all that is holy, how have I not seen this site before? This girl is magic. No jokes. She just came out with a book called Practical Paleo, and from the reviews, I knew it was a book that I need in my life. My friend got hers today (she was smart enough to pre-order it) and she was sending me texts with pictures from it and all I could think of was how I couldn’t wait for mine to come. She has a bunch of different 30-day meal plans for different conditions, including diabetes.

Starting right now, I commit. I commit to eating for my health. I commit to treating my body like the temple that it is, and I commit to loving and cherishing me by eating the best that I possibly can.

I commit to eating healthy to regulate my blood sugars, to help my thyroid, and for my overall health.

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I plan on posting frequently to keep myself accountable.

The hardest problem I’m having is after dinner, when I love to indulge in ice cream. I mean, at least it’s made with real cream (as the first ingredient)! However, it’s also loaded with peanut butter cups, and swirls of peanut butter. It’s seriously THE MOST delicious ice cream I’ve ever eaten. I go out of control and will eat half a container in one sitting. It leaves me feeling nauseous and overly sated.

If I can beat that monster, then I know I’ll be fine.

I hope you’ll stick around to follow the journey!

With that, I’ll leave you with the delicious dinner that I made tonight: balsamic glazed chicken drumsticks with sauteed mushrooms and garlic in coconut oil, and a delicious mixed greens salad with tomatoes and cucumbers.