These plantains were so good, I stuffed myself of them! Each girl made them 2 different ways that their families like to prepare them. Girl 1 used very very ripe plantains; the skin was completely black! She peeled them and boiled one and pan fried the other in a little bit of oil. They were both very sweet and had a little bit of a banana flavor. Girl 2 used very green plantains, which are much more firm and starchy. Her aunt made fried plantains (aka plantain chips) and another way of pan frying them. I actually liked the pan-fried one better and can definitely see myself using more plantains to cook with (maybe for the holidays?)
After all this tasting, you know I had to do some nutritional research, so here's what I found...
Although 3/4 of the recipes involved frying, it was in healthy oils and not a lot of it, but the nutrition facts I found are for 1 cup of sliced, plain cooked plantains
Overall, this is a pretty healthy food and would make a decent replacement for other starches. As with all starchy foods, though, it is important to not over do it.
And last, but certainly not least, I got a confirmation for my first product review on Luana ola!! I'm not going to spoil the surprise, but the company will be mailing some samples for me to review, so keep checking in to see when it comes!! I am so excited!