In our part of Texas, there are a lot of cultural influences on the types of food made in restaurants here (and at home by many). Some of my favorite restaurants are those with a Latin influence. And since I first tried it, I’ve long been a fan of plantains, the banana’s larger cousin. So I wanted to try making them myself for this month’s Eating the Alphabet Healthy Recipe Challenge. Savory twice fried plantain tostones are an easy and quick way to enjoy these as an alternative to potatoes. I made ours with a creamy cilantro dipping sauce too.
The plantain is a starchy, low-sugar cousin to the banana that, when cooked up, maintains a somewhat firmer texture than cooked bananas.Good source of potassium, Vitamins A, B6 & C and many other vitamins. For more tips, recipes and other ideas for plantains, check out this site. You can find plantains near the bananas in many supermarkets. The green ones are for savory recipes like this one, the yellow ones are good for grilling and the brown skinned ripe plantains are great sautéed and served over ice cream (which I want to try next!) I hope you’ll give this simple fruit a try! Have you ever tried plantains?
For all the details about the Eating The Alphabet Healthy Recipe Challenge, check out my post from earlier this year (or if you are a blogger and want to join in, there is a sign-up form to complete).
Don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter P, Q or R?
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