Fried Plantains

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Fried plantains are one of my favorite foods to snack on!  The key is to buy a couple of plantains and let them sit until they turn black and look like they’re basically inedible.  At that point, check them to see how soft/firm they are.  You’ll want them to be a sort of medium firmness–not hard but not too mushy.  They are addicting!

Fried Plantains

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 plantains (1 feeds about 2 people)
  • canola oil (try other oils for a slightly different taste)

Directions:

Heat oil in pan over medium heat.  Peel plantain by cutting in half, slicing off other end, and making a slit down the length of the skin.  Peel skin off of fruit.  Slice plantain into coins.  Once oil is heated, place sliced plantain in hot oil to fry.  Flip and fry other side once bottom is golden-dark brown, depending on your preference.  Once fried on both sides, remove to paper towel-lined plate to cool slightly.  Enjoy!

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Apple Chips

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This is a super-easy snack that you can make with your kids.  My 10-year-old helped me with the recipe and we both enjoyed how simple it was.  I was expecting the apples to turn out crispier, like the apple chips you get at the store, but these were more like the dehydrated apples you get in a bag in the baking section.  No matter–we enjoyed them and gobbled them right up!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cut into very thin slices
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Arrange apple slices in single layer on parchment paper.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 1 1/2 hours, or until lightly browned.  Remove from parchment and let cool.  (Or eat them right away!)

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Coconut Date Rolls

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There is a grocery store about 30 minutes away that specializes in health foods.  They carry coconut date rolls in their bulk food section, but they are crazy expensive.  I decided to try my hand at making them and save some money, to boot.  They were very easy to make and ended up tasting delicious!  Next time I will try making them with fewer almonds because the coconut had a hard time sticking.  They were still really good, though.  For anyone who has a sweet tooth, these are very satisfying.  I enjoyed snacking on these instead of a candy bar or other sweet treat.

The recipe can be found at Food.com.  Guess what?  It only uses three ingredients!

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Try it out today–you’ll love it!

Road Trip Trail Mix

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Back in December we took our long road trip to Virginia.  A couple of days before we left, my husband whipped up this super-easy trail mix for us to snack on along the way.  I will confess here and now that we had some leftover for our trip home, though by that time it was not quite so fresh.  But hey–a butterscotch chip is a butterscotch chip.  Am I right?  😉

The way we decided what to include in it was quite easy–I went to the store and threw stuff in the cart that looked appealing.  I didn’t really throw stuff in there.  You’ll get kicked out of the store for pulling that kind of prank.  Fast forward to my husband dumping ingredients into a large bowl and mixing it with a wooden spoon.  Then it went into a zip-top bag to await our departure.  What could be easier?

Here are some items you might want to include (I’ll asterisk the ingredients we used):

  • Craisins*
  • Honey Nut Chex*
  • Butterscotch chips*
  • Almonds*
  • Peanuts*
  • Chocolate chips
  • Oyster crackers
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Raisins
  • Cashews
  • Banana chips
  • Dried pineapple chunks
  • Yogurt raisins
  • Cheerios

What do you like to put in your trail mix?  What road trips have you taken?