Fried Plantian & Coconut Rice
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Inspired by a delicious meal I had at one of my local food carts, I decided to attempt to make fried plantain. I can say I was also inspired by trying to eat gluten free and coming up with more exciting meal so I don't miss my goldfish snacks too much. It's something I have been thinking about for quite awhile as I have some symptoms that may indicate I have a sensitivity. The only way to test, from my understanding, is to go gluten free for awhile and see if you feel better. For quite awhile I have been making almost all of my dinners gluten-free but the rest of the day hasn't been so easy! I am on day 9 or 10 and I have the worst brain fog and strange headaches. I was hoping this meant I actually NEED pasta (and lots of it in my diet) but according to my online research these "withdrawal" symptoms actually mean you probably/definitely are sensitive to gluten and that when you do have an intolerance the extra gluten (or something or other) binds to your brain receptors like an opiate - boiling it all down to a likeness of opiate withdrawal. Humph. (I would imagine based on my writing it will be clear I am not a doctor and to not take anything I say as medical advice, but I'll make an extra note here in case. I clearly state none of this as real knowledge or advice).
So onto the plantain!
What you need:
1 cup rice of choice (I used basmati)
Canned Coconut Milk (use instead of water, so however much your rice of choice would call for water)
a bit of jalapeño
1 anaheim pepper
1 can of black beans
Start your rice. Make it like you would anytime just replace the water with coconut milk. Cut your plantains in about 1/2 inch discs. Add a layer of coconut oil to pan on medium/high heat. Sautee your veggies for the beans in a small pot, add beans and let simmer until everything else is ready. Start salsa: cut all the ingredients into little cubes, squeeze lime over salsa and mix. Set aside. Begin to fry your plantains, cook them on each side until golden brown. Enjoy and serve with sangria if you have a good recipe for that - actually if you have a good recipe for sangria, let me know! OH, and obviously I also served mine with grilled shrimp, yum!