It’s official: baked plantain chips are my new favorite snack. I’ve always been curious about the big, fat plantains I always see at the grocery store. They looked like bananas, but I knew they were different, and upon researching online, I quickly learned that unlike bananas, plantains (considered a safe starch) require cooking. Green plantains are starchy, not sweet at all, and can be fried or baked; yellow, ripe plantains are mildly sweet and are excellent when sauteed with butter or coconut oil and cinnamon.
So. These baked plantain chips. Wow. Delicious, mildly spicy, and very flavorful. Great with guacamole, just as great on their own. And so easy to make! The only difficult part in this recipe is slicing the plantain thinly enough to produce crisp chips – the thinner you can get them, the crispier they will be, but I can tell you from personal experience that even the too-thick slices are delicious. They’re not as crispy, but nevertheless they are very, very tasty. Click for the recipe
Green beans are roasted in a hot oven until just-tender, then seasoned with garlic, red pepper flakes and Parmesan. Click for the recipe
I’ve got nothing against using a store-bought tomato sauce, as long as it doesn’t contain added sugar, flavoring, preservatives, or the all-mysterious “spices.” If the list of ingredients is clean, I go ahead and use it – it’s a huge time saver, and I really enjoy Rao’s spicy tomato sauce.
Having said that, sometimes I like to make my own quick homemade tomato sauce. It’s ready in 10 minutes, it’s very flavorful, and you can use it in so many ways – the obvious are as pasta sauce or pizza sauce, but you can also use it as a base for shakshuka or for baked eggs; cook meatballs in it; or use it as a topping for bruschetta.
I use the Pomi brand of chopped tomatoes for this recipe. I like this brand because it’s BPA-free, has no added sugar or salt, and also because the Italian tomatoes are sweeter than American canned diced tomatoes. Click for the recipe
This delicious cheesy garlic bread is gluten free. I make it with almond flour, and add a little yeast to the dough, not to make the dough rise but for flavor. The slightly yeasty flavor makes this tender cheesy garlic bread very similar to yeast bread. Cheesy, garlicky and buttery, the only thing not to like about this cheesy garlic bread is that it’s calorie-dense (like all baked goods made with almond flour). However, it’s also very filling – a little goes a long way. Click for the recipe
This pizza-inspired broccoli casserole is a very reliable way to serve broccoli to picky children, but it’s also loved by adults. I love how easy it is to make – it’s ready in 20 minutes! Click for the recipe
A delicious bok choy recipe, that highlights the Chinese cabbage’s delicate flavor. Click for the recipe
Tasty cheese roll ups make a quick, easy snack – the perfect game day snack. They are easy to make, quick, low-carb and gluten-free, and are wonderful by themselves, or dipped into pizza sauce or guacamole. Click for the recipe