Plantains are having a moment right now, and this quick Coconut Plantains with Chimichurri recipe is a healthier take on traditional fried plantains (or tostones).
I love making these as a quick side dish to dip in guacamole, or an herb-heavy chimichurri sauce.
Notes When Cooking with Plantains
When plantains are green, they are not sweet – they are starchy. So this tastes more like a little potato wedge than a banana.
If you buy green plantains and wait too long to use them, they will ripen and turn yellow, at which point they will be sweet, more like a banana, and better used for dessert (like caramelized bananas).
Healthier Fried Plantains
Tostones or fried plantains are typically deep fried in vegetable oil – twice. This version calls for a quick pan-fry in unrefined coconut oil, instead.
For the Chimichurri sauce, I also substantially cut down the oil and increased the greens – for a bright and delicious dip that is healthier, too,
Try This Healthier Plantain Recipe
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