Snack time!

Sometimes only something crunchy, with dip, will do and it is something that’s missing when you drop the crisps and crackers on a Paleo diet. These oven baked, spicy plantain definitely hit the spot with a few beers and a marathon Breaking Bad session (cleared most of Season 3 already!).

No deep frying or mess, just a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and 20-25 mins of your oven’s time. Sprinkle with spices of your choice – I like a mix with cumin and chilli:


For those interested in such things, plantain are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Like bananas, they are a good source of potassium, and vitamins A & C. I did use a tablespoon of melted coconut oil, so that needs to be taken into account too, but we’re still way off the supermarket version’s salt and calorie count. Plus, this bowl full came from just one plantain @ about 90p – you do the math ๐Ÿ™‚

Jerk chicken, plantains and mango salsa

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Updated 27/04/2014 just spotted that I uploaded the pics here but didn’t get round to adding the text. Oops.

So, what we have here isย a tasty little number made of chicken thighs dusted with homemade jerk seasoning, char-grilled until nicely blackened. The plantains were sliced about half-inch thick before being fried in a little coconut oil. The salsa was a mixture of fresh mango, orange pepper, spring onions and green chillies.Jerk chicken, plantain and mango salsa

A spritz of fresh lime juice on the chicken just before serving – deeelish ๐Ÿ™‚