I remember the first time I had a plantain. It was about 7 years ago, we were vacationing in Boca Raton. We were staying at this fantastic resort and had a cabana for the day complete with a crib for Lily she was around 9 months at the time. I don’t know what it is about being out in the sun and swimming that makes me want to eat everything in sight but it does. I decided to order a plate of guacamole, yuca, and plantains. The thing is at the time I thought I didn’t like guacamole, and I had never tried yuca or plantains, but at that moment it all looked great! I devoured it and I was in love. Now it is rare that a day goes by that I do not eat an avocado and almost every week I make plantains.
They are so easy to make and are delicious. You can make them sweet or savory. Most of the time I go with savory, although they are fantastic either way. I love to have them when I make rice, black beans, and guacamole. Don’t forget the hot sauce. That is a perfect meal to me!
- 1 plantain
- 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 415 ºF. Peel the plantain, then cut the plantain in half and then cut each half into fourths. Put the plantains in a bowl then pour the coconut oil over them. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Toss them all together. Put the plantains on a baking sheet (I line mine with foil to make cleaning up easier). Bake them for 23 minutes, turning them halfway through. Enjoy!
- Plantains are great by themselves as a side dish or with salsa or guacamole.