Category: Simple Eats

Homemade Jamaican Plantain Chips

Jamaicans love snacks. And fried foods. Banana chips, plantain chips, cassava (yuca) chips, cheese chips and more… we eat them as snacks, we eat them with breakfast, we eat them as a side with dinner.

The processed stuff, though they taste good, are not very healthy. They are typically made with inferior oils that invite our body to have an inflammatory response. And processed salt that likely has additives, including sugar! They may also contain unlisted ingredients such as sulfites, which is a major trigger for many allergy and asthma sufferers. Making your own at home is equally delicious (I’d say they taste better, even!) and much healthier! Find simple directions below.

Homemade Jamaican Plantain Chips

Homemade Jamaican Plantain Chips Recipe (Serves 1-2)

Ingredients
2 Green Plantains (it’s OK if they’ve just begun turning yellow)
Coconut oil
Himalayan Pink Salt

Directions
1. Heat about 1/8-1/4 inch coconut oil in a skillet to approximately 350 degrees.

2. Peel plantain by cutting off both ends, then making cut lengthwise that is deep enough to separate the peel without cutting into the plantain’s flesh. Use your hand to take off all the peel.

3. Lay plantain horizontally to your body and make 3-4 even vertical cuts.

4. Take one piece at a time and put circle side down, then cut 4-6 strips as evenly as you can. They should be about an 1/8 inch a piece. Continue on with the others.

5. Fry until first side is light golden brown, then flip so the other side can get brown and crispy as well. It shouldn’t take very long. Remove chips to a plate and add new uncooked ones to the pot until you’re done with the whole batch.

6. Dust with himalayan pink salt and enjoy!


Apple Mint Coconut Butter Bars

Apple Mint Coconut Butter Bars

Growing up in the country in Jamaica, we always started our day with some sort of herbal tea. Peppermint was always one of my favorites. To this day, mint reminds me of the early morning excitement we used to have before going to primary school! We also used this tea as an herbal remedy for things such as upset stomach/nausea. While this recipe does not feature fresh mint, it does have fresh Granny Smith apples and it tastes absolutely wonderful. In fact, I’m off to make another batch right now!

Apple Mint Coconut Butter Bars Recipe

Ingredients
4 heaping tablespoons coconut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp sweet raw honey
5-10 drops peppermint extract
5-10 drops almond extract
1 medium green apple, grated

Directions
1. Mix coconut butter, coconut oil, raw honey, peppermint and almond extracts together well.

2. Grate medium Granny Smith apple and mix in well.

3. Spread in a square baking dish or pie dish evenly and refrigerate for an hour or so.

4. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Let me know if you enjoyed this recipe by leaving a comment below!


Buttery Bok Choy Featuring Bell Peppers And Onions

Buttery Bok Choy featuring Bell Peppers and Onions

Bok choy is a very popular vegetable in China. It has a mild taste and easily complements many dishes. It is the member of the cabbage family with the highest concentration of beta carotene, and also provides us with good amounts of Vitamins C and K, folate, and several trace minerals such as molybdenum and manganese.

Health benefits aside, it is also one of my favorite greens. My son absolutely adores bok choy and loves this time of year. In Florida, this is when we can get this stuff locally. We were lucky to find a lady who sells homegrown bok choy and a few others things for practically pennies. This is good, because my little one tries to get away with eating bok choy all day when it’s in season. He will easily eat it as an entire meal, so I take advantage and add in other great foods such as onions, bell peppers, saturated fats, olive oil and sometimes grated raw liver. Most of those foods offer plenty of immune-boosting antioxidants which are soooo important in our increasingly toxic world.

Buttery Bok Choy Recipe (Serves 1-4)

Ingredients
1lb bok choy
1 medium onion
1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper
At least 4 tbsp butter
Olive oil to taste
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
1. Wash bok choy, onion and bell peppers. Then, chop ’em up.

2. In a reasonable sized skillet, put butter and onions and turn to med-low heat. Cook until onions are translucent and smell yummy.

3. Add bok choy, cook to desired tenderness, stirring every now and then. Add more butter if necessary/desired.

4. Add in bell peppers and cook an additional minute or so (longer if you prefer your bell peppers well cooked!).

5. Remove from heat, and add salt, pepper and olive oil to taste.

6. Enjoy!

Do you eat bok choy regularly? How do you usually cook it? Let me know by leaving a comment!