Plantain Fun Food

I wanted to finish up the two new awesome fruits that are favorites of mine now.. So I started with an idea for the plantains..

But let me start with how easy it is to peel a plantain, doing it the right way vs the way I tried with the grill mishap.. Snip off the ends and cut thru the peel lengthwise, avoiding digging into the fruit inside.. then slip your thumb between the slit near one end, keep going and the peel will separate from the fruit in one piece..

Cut about 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal..

Put 1 tsp of organic EVOO in the baking pan and add each piece in the oil on both sides, until all have a light coating.. Add more oil sparingly if you need to..

Pour a little balsamic vinegar in a bowl or in your palm, I did, and dot each piece of plantain..

Put in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15 mins..

Take pan from oven and flip n squish each piece.. Put pan back in oven for 15 minutes or until plantains are golden brown..

While the plantains were baking, I remembered seeing a lot of tostones recipes having a dip with them.. Then the dragon fruit came to mind.. So I looked up to see if there was a dragon fruit dip and there’s some but not suitable for what I wanted.. I did come away from that with knowledge that pineapple and mangos go well with dragon fruit.. Which is also known as pitaya, but dragon fruit sounds better to me ๐Ÿ˜„

I flipped the plantains and started on a dip experiment ๐Ÿค“

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 single serve pineapple (drink or drain juice)

1 dragon fruit cut in half lengthwise with the fruit scooped out and chopped.. Keep the skins looking pretty and trim the leaves on each til each skin sits level like a bowl..

Mix pineapple, dragon fruit and cottage cheese together.. Fill up the dragon fruit shells with the fruity dip, ย serve plantains and dip on a plate and a spoon and enjoy with someone special..

This is loaded with sugar mostly from the pineapple and plantains.. Curiously, the dragon fruit doesn’t add sugar.. ย Despite the high sugar content of this dessert, when I calculated the recipe on a recipe calculator, the rating result came back as an A- because of the high vitamins and minerals of, C and A, iron, potassium..low fat, low sodium and high in fiber !

The balsamic vinegar was wonderful on the plantains too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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13 thoughts on “Plantain Fun Food

      1. It’ll be when I’m back in the States – I don’t think they have ever seen anything as exotic as a Plantain nor a Dragon Fruit here. Actually I KNOW they havent!!!!

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      2. Well then, perhaps after you’ve slayed a dragon with medallions of plantains here, you could bring back the days of dragons to France ๐Ÿ˜‰ And grow them..

        Then again, if the wall paneling villagers of Cantel have never seen a dragon fruit before, when the first fruits appear on the tree, that would be a good time to be wary of a large stake erected with wood piled around it, especially in the center of town ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š The colors in the dragon fruit peels really show off and make that picture.. If you haven’t tried one, I hope you do, it adds a nice variety to a fruity dessert ๐Ÿ‘

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Waste not, want not.. And I happened to be thirsty for sweet tropical at the time..
      Thanks for commenting on the presentation, food has always tasted better to me, the more appealing it looks.. Guess the visual gears up my tastebuds ๐Ÿ˜
      Some things just don’t look pretty but taste great..
      Driving a truck can really put the brakes on healthy food and some meals served at truckstops look like a wreck from the kitchen..
      Add in the news of ppl spitting in food and mixing in gross things, were all good reasons to take the kitchen on the road.. Making my meals visually drool worthy is a challenge I enjoy.. Don’t always succeed but I have my wow moments ๐Ÿ˜„

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