My mother grew up in an era when women were establishing themselves. They no longer defined themselves as homemakers and caregivers. In fact, it distressed them to be called so! As a result, my mother avoided any duty that lumped her into those roles, including cooking. I didn’t witness a woman’s love of cooking till I was in my teens but by then my mother’s attitude had been instilled.
As I got older and moved out on my own, I realized I was at a great disadvantage. I didn’t know how to shop for food and I didn’t know how to cook. Thankfully, ,I had wonderful friends who would did it for me! Even my first candlelight dinner with my son’s father was cooked by a friend. All I did was place it on the plates.
As I’ve grown, I’ve learned how much I truly missed. The thrill of making a home cooked meal is intoxicating! The joy of seeing a loved ones eyes light up as they bite into a morsel you created can not be replaced by a store brought meal. As my little one told me just this week, “It’s the love you put in it that makes it special.” He’s right. That love can’t be brought but it can be learned. I am a testament to that!
So today, I bring you a versatile side dish that can be made in the blink of an eye. Although normally fried, I bake it. It can be used as a side for pasta dishes, seafood, chicken and salads. It can also be eaten alone as a snack while watching a movie or spending time with friends. It goes perfectly with milk or with a bottle of sweet wine.
It is also chock full of Vitamin A, C, B6 and folate. Don’t believe me? Check out this article!
Till next week, eat hearty, eat healthy and eat well!
Baked Plantain Chips
- 2 Green Plantains
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
1. Cut the ends of the plantain off, as shown below.
2. Slice the plantain in the center, as shown below.
3. Peel the plantain skin off, as shown below. Remove all the skin and toss.
4. Slice the plaintain into thin slices, as shown below.
5. Spray PAM onto a baking tray. Arrange sliced plantains in the tray, making sure they are not stacked on top of one another. Spray PAM on top of the plantain and season to taste.
6. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on one side. Turn and bake for another 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy you like the plantain.
7. Remove, place on a platter and enjoy!
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