One of the greatest challenges for me has been how to eat well economically. If asked to put a label to it (ugh), I play vegan. As much as I enjoy it, there is the issue of cost. A lot of vegan “alternatives” or vegan recipes are elaborate and pricey. In addition, there is the question of portability. How can I take this lifestyle with me to work or around the city, especially since I walk everywhere, and how can I match it with the activities of the day?
Recent cooking conversations with one of my best friends have helped me explore “recipes” that are simple, delicious and satisfying. So, as part of the clothes free kitchen endeavors, I will offer up some of the things I discover that are inexpensive, simple and satisfying. I will also share some health benefits / information I find about these foods, because this is also an important learning process for me.
Today, I share something very, very simple: fried plantain. The recipe is quite simple, and the cook time short: about 5 minutes
- 1 ripe plantain
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- honey (optional)
Place coconut oil in a skillet and heat on medium. Note: don’t cook the plantain on high heat … they will burn before you can blink! Seriously.
Once the oil is warm, place the plantain in the skillet. Watch for the bottom edges to begin to brown, then flip them over with a spatula. When that side is a nice brown, take the plantain out of the skillet and onto some paper towels to remove excess oil. Move to a plate and enjoy! Sometimes I like to add a little touch of honey to the fried plantain, but they are wonderful without it, too.
Some Nutrients & Benefits
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Good carbohydrate resource
Nutrients source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/plantains.html