Friday, March 21, 2014
I am craving a huge plate of nacho chips smothered with nacho cheese sauce and sour cream. Since that is not possible right now, I thought I could take the Spicy Plantain Chips I made as a base, top with Chili, and cut up avocado. I went into this meal negatively thinking, "No way is this going to make this craving go away" and I was blown away! This is such an awesome combination. No leftovers!
I had never purchased a plantain before, but I guess there's no time like the present! For some reason today I have been craving something crispy and crunchy, but since I can't eat chips, I decided to try to bake some "chips." Here's what I came up with:
- One plaintain
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Dash of cumin
- Dash of paprika
- Dash of garlic powder
- Dash of chili powder
- Double dash of cayenne pepper
- Double dash of salt
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Cut up plantain into slices (mine were about 1/2 cm)
- Add everything into a medium bowl and mix with hands
- Put parchment paper on baking sheet
- Place "chips" onto sheet
- Bake for 10 minutes and flip
- Bake for another 10 minutes, or until browned
The chili I made (recipe here) made a TON of it, so I'm trying to get creative with how to eat it. Poured into scooped out zucchini was so good as it added a really fresh crunch.
- Take as many zucchinis as you want to eat, clean, cut in half, and scoop out seeds
- If chili is not hot, heat up
- Pour chili into the "boats"
Salmon is one of my favorite things. Of course I'd rather eat it on a New York City everything bagel with cream cheese, onion, and tomato, when you're doing the Whole30 challenge you have to get creative! It was so good in eggs because it was already super salty and I didn't need any toppings. Loved it!
- 3 eggs
- About 3 slices of lox (maybe 1/4 c.?)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet
- Whisk together eggs and torn up pieces of salmon
- When oil is hot, cook eggs and salmon until done
Experimenting in the kitchen... I was thinking about Dr. Seuss and his green eggs and ham, and I wondered how his eggs are green (deep thoughts today). I've been eating endless amounts of eggs and avocado, so I figured why not blend them together? When I did that, the consistency was super thick, almost like Homemade Mayo. So I poured them into my Ramekins and baked it. It looked super weird, like a green brain, but I liked it!
- Half avocado
- Three eggs
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Blend avocado and eggs until well blended
- Spray cooking spray/butter/ghee on Ramekins
- Pour mixture into Ramekins (I made three)
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until top of egg mixture starts to brown
I saw this idea on Instagram and immediately thought, "Why didn't I think of that?!" This was SO GOOD. I ate the entire thing and could have eaten 4 more servings. Great alternative when you're craving something super starchy.
- Sweet potato
- Clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Peel the sweet potato and put in your spiralizer to make "noodles"
- Put "noodles" in food processor and pulse until you have rice sized chunks
- Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat
- When hot, add garlic and sweet potato "rice"
- Cook until your liking (I made mine pretty brown and crispy)
Broiled Caramelized Sugar Grapefruit is one of my favorite snacks. I love grapefruit plain, but that brings it to a whole new level. I wondered what would happen if I did the same thing with an orange. I'm not eating sugar right now, so I couldn't top it with anything, so I decided just to lay slices on a sheet (reminded me of Chocolate and Sea Salt Cuties), broil them, and see what happens. It's so hard to describe how it tasted. Like a warm orange, but with a sort of char. I really liked it!
- Set oven to broiler
- Peel orange and divide into slices
- Place slices under broiler for about 5 minutes, rotating every few minutes
- Let cool before eating!