I can't win. I really can't. So my new Functional Fitness class is 100% good! The instructor is a young fitness educated professor (she even taught Pilates) and the class is seriously like a high school health class. (We learned how to take out pulse and did simple assessments like push-ups and weight circumference yesterday). I found the new building fine and even got there early. Yay! But now I'm sick. I haven't been sick in years. But my throat and chest are killing me. 🙁 When will it end?! This never ever happens to me. So I am hoping my normal drink of gallons of water and tea and use tons of spices remedy will kick it to the curb like it usually does when I feel something coming on. I just hope this doesn't progress to where I need to go to the doctor (we have to pay to be seen at the health center...). I guess my body is just so unaccustomed to so many people, the city, germs EVERYWHERE! (Even though I am my normal ultra-clean-safe self). Plus, the weather is crap, cloudy, chilly, and rainy 🙁 No good. Life is rough. Now...
Hold on! Don't put your grills away just yet! Who really says grilling ends after Labor Day? That's absurd and I have a recipe that needs to be shared and requires a grill. It I still had access to my wonderful gas grill right now, I would still be out there everyday. Alas, I sadly don't. Grilling was so much fun and I can't wait to get to do it again when I go home. Until then, I'll just let you do the grilling for me and gaze at the pictures of these delicious gems.
That's right, Grilled Plantains! Baking plantains was fun, but grilling is the new way to go. This way you can achieve the ultimate smokey taste. The flavor from the grill, plus that perfect smokey taste from my second favorite spice...smoked paprika!
What's sad though is I've only had one plantain in the last 3 weeks. The one sad plantain I brought down to college with me. I've seen plantains at the Safeway down the road from my campus, but they were all not up to plantain par. Hopefully they will get some good ones soon. Man how I miss my starchy smokey plantains :/ Grilled or not!
Not only have plantains been hard to come by, but good sweet potatoes have yet to be found. I had high hopes for Whole Foods and that they would have some killer sweet potato varieties, but no, there was non. Just the boring old original that just does not satisfy my potato needs :/
But I'll keep looking and crossing my fingers I will find these wonderful starchy creations of the Earth. Maybe one of these Farmer's Markets in the city will have some? Gotta check them out ASAP! Now plantains are in a field of their own, but aren't potatoes and squash a Fall thing? Shouldn't an overflowing abundance be blooming right about now or at least soon? At least my grocery in NJ had good varieties throughout most of the summer. I can't believe I am going to say this, but I do miss their produce :/
Ingredients: (for 1 plantain, serves 1)
+ 1 Light Green Plantain
+ ½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
+ ¼ Tsp Cumin
+ Peel and cut your plantain into thin slices.
+ Toss plantains with spices until evenly coated.
+ Lightly oil a piece of foil and spread your plantains out on it. Place the sheet on a grill over high heat.
+ Close the cover to the grill and cook for 6-7 minutes. Flip the plantains and cook for another 6-7 minutes, checking to make sure they don't burn.
Gosh, I really want a plantain right now. This week I will be on the lookout! I need to satisfy this craving! I did find some good parsnips to roast though. But they won't satisfy that plantain craving very much. So I guess this is my request from you. If you happen across some beautiful green plantains, please send them my way 😉 I will be forever grateful!
I wonder if I can grow a plantain tree...outside my dorm... However, I think the approaching winter season might now allow it to thrive to well. In my dreams I guess. I'll be counting plantains (and potatoes). But really, grill one last plantain for me and tell me how good it was before you put that grill away!
So tell me:
+ If you had to choose between a plantain and a sweet potato (of the Japanese/White/ or Purple variety), which would you choose? I'm going to abstain from choosing 100%. That's so hard! But I think maybe if I could have a perfect Stokes PSP right now, I would be pretty happy.
+ Are you still grilling or do you stop this "seasonal" activity when the cold weather comes? At least it isn't cold yet!
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