I'm sure many of you have noticed it's officially mango season as they are now occupying one corner of your grocery store produce section. With summer almost here, mango salsa is a sweet and refreshing addition to any meal. I have been obsessed with making mango salsa for the past several weeks as it pairs with just about any meal. We use it to top our fish, chicken, pulled pork or any salad. It also makes for a great dip along with home-made guacamole and plantain chips. And that brings me to my next obsession.... plantain chips.
I've only recently discovered plantain chips and they are my new love. As someone who is trying to eat real food and avoid processed chips and other unhealthy snacks, home-made plantain chips are my go-to snack or side dish.
Plantains are a member of the banana family and are grown in tropical climates. However, unlike a sweet banana, plantains are starchy and lower in sugar than their sweet counterparts. They are also generally larger than bananas and have a thick green skin.
Plantain Chip Ingredients:
- 1 large plantain
- 1 purple onion
- Several cloves of garlic (the more the merrier :))
- Coconut Oil
Since I prefer to control what goes into my food as much as possible, I choose to make these plantain chips from scratch at home. Often times, chips are cooked in unhealthy oils. Why does that matter? I talked about that here in one of my previous blogs. (Just remember that fats form the membranes of every cell in your body. You don't want those membranes to be made from factory-made fats). Plantain chips are quick to make and are much better served warm. As mentioned in previous posts I LOVE onion and garlic and since they are both nutritional powerhouses I sneak them into just about any meal I make. In the pic below you can see how I cook my plantains. I start with heating coconut oil in a hot cast-iron pan, then add my onion (I like to cut the onion into long strips) and garlic (I leave my garlic in large chunks or whole cloves as I love cooked garlic) along with thin slices of plantain. I cook until the plantains are crispy.
Mango Salsa Ingredients:
- 2 mangoes
- 1 purple onion
- 1 jalapeno (optional if you don't like spicy foods)
- 1 head of cilantro
- Green bell pepper (optional, but adds a little more flavor)
- 1 Lime
Mangos can be tricky to cut off of their large core so I make checkered cuts into them cutting all the way down to that core. See the pic below.
I then stand the mango up on its end and slice down vertically which leaves you with perfectly cubed chunks of mango. To finish the salsa I add in diced jalapeño, diced red onion, diced green bell pepper and finely chopped cilantro. I then add the juice of one lime and mix.
Hope I've inspired you to try new things and spice up your summer with clean, healthy foods. Buen provecho!!!