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This is the official start of my monthly recipe challenge. Where I will cook at least 1 recipe I have never cooked before a month. This month I already have two recipes planned. The first one is plantain chips.
Plantains are a member of the banana family, but they are nowhere near as sweet. Plantains are high in potassium, vitamin a, c, and are a good source of dietary fiber. They are native to the Caribbean and India, though are found if dishes from many different cultures. They can be grown year around. Unlike the banana they are usually be eaten cooked, because of their high starch content. They are usually baked, fried, or roasted and can be eaten at any stage of ripeness. The riper they are the sweeter they are.
Since I’m not the best cook I decide to start off with a simple recipe. It will take 30 minutes give or take to complete this recipe. You only need 3 ingredients, aluminum foil and a baking sheet. You only have to buy one plantain, so don’t worry if you think you won’t like it.
When I cooked mine I left them a little soft in the center. If you want them to be hard all the way through then you will need to cook them longer than 15 minutes. After the first 15 minutes be sure to check the plantain chips regularly, so they don’t burn. Also cook time will vary depending on how thick your slices are. I used a food slicer so mine were very thin.
- Olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Peal and slice the plantain(s) in to thin pieces (as thin as you can make them)
- Place the slices onto a pan, then brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake in oven for 15 min.
- Remove from oven and let them cool.
Later on this month I will be making cinnamon apple chips. Did you try this recipe? If so How did it turn out?
Are you learning how to cook? or looking for new recipes to try? Join me in my monthly recipe challenge.
One night at the beginning of 2014, my junior year in college, I was thinking about the past and future. I remember meals from my childhood that I absolutely loved and looked forward too. My moms homemade mac and cheese or her sweet potato pies on thanksgiving.
That got me thinking even more. What meals will my kids love for me to cook? Meals that I can make unlike anyone else. I’m not a horrible cook, but I’m not the best either. How can I get better at cooking? How can I learn new recipes without overwhelming myself?
That’s when I came up with my monthly recipe challenge. Every month I would cook a new recipe. One that I had never cooked before. No matter how hard, easy, or what culture it came from. If I could get the ingredients for it I would try it.
The first meal I cooked was home-made mac and cheese. It turned out really well. I learned to cook a steak. I also cooked a few Japanese meals: curry rice and dango. I planned on learning how to make melon pan (Japanese sweet bread) and homemade bread.
A few months into my challenge my situation changed. I was no longer able to experiment with food. Now, two years later, I’m able to start my challenge up again. Plus in a few months my son will be starting solids and I’m excited to try new foods with him.
As I had said up above every month I am challenging my self to cook at least one recipe that I have never cooked before. I think the only difference is I may do more than one recipe a month. In March I’ve decided make plantain chips. My grandma used to make these and I’d love to try it myself. I’ll also be making apple cinnamon chips. Both are pretty easy recipes.
If you choose to join me in my challenge you can choose your own recipes or follow the ones I make. If you join let me know I’d love to follow the recipes you choose. Also I’d love for some suggestions of food I should try to make. What do you think I should try? Comment down below.