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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