Simple n’ Clean Cheap Eats – Plantains

“Simple n’ Clean Cheap Eats” is a series I am starting to share how you can eat well, simply, cleanly, and, cheaply.

I would like to start off by stating I do not care for cooking. I do not make meals that involve an oven, only a stove top. I am primarily vegetation (I’ll have meat if I’m craving it), but I’m totally content with eating loads of frozen veggies, fruits, and eggs. This all stems from me making quality things as simple as possible in my life. Not everyone is like this, I understand that. This post may be a good snack idea, rather than a meal, like I would make it.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with plantains. At my local grocery store, they are only 66 cents per plantain. Plantains are a starchier, not-as-sweet banana that you cook. They are green when they are unripe, which is best for frying and yellow with black when they are ripe, which is best for boiling and grilling. To prepare them, all you can do is boil them for 11 minutes, let them cool and, then, voila! You’ve got some foods. A friend of mine suggested serving them with a bit of sour cream. If you add that, the plantains ends up tasting more like mashed potatoes.

Health benefits of plantains obtained from tonsoffacts.com:

-Plantains contain high levels of vitamin C, (helps to keep your immune system stimulated and producing white blood cells)
-Plantains contain high levels of dietary fiber, (helps to optimize digestion and improves the nutrient uptake efficiency and balancing the bacterial levels in the gut)
– Plantains are packed with magnesium, (increases release of tryptophan and serotonin in the body, which can help people relax and sleep)
-Plantains are high in iron, (essential for the production of red blood cells)
-Plantains are packed with vitamin A, (improves eye health)

Here is how I prepare plantains:

1. Rinse off the plantain and dry
2. Cut into slices with the skin on and put them into a pot with already boiling water
3. Set the timer to 13 minutes
4. After 13 minutes, set plantains on a plate to cool and set a timer for 3 minutes
5. Once cooled, cut off skin and enjoy

Cost of Simple n’ Clean Cheap Eat:

2 plantains – $1.32
Green Valley Organic sour cream – $3.99
Total cost: $5.31+taxes

I plan to do more of these posts as a series to give people, like me, who would rather not spend time cooking, easy-to-make and nutritious things to eat. Let me know what you think and please feel free to share any positive suggestions or comments with me!

-Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**

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