Happy Monday friends!
Well tonight’s dinner continued on with the Mexican theme from the Cinco de Mayo party (did you catch the recap yet?!)…
P.S. Let’s just say that this week will be ‘Cinco de Mayo week’ in our house thanks to some of the leftovers I have crafted into new recipe ideas 🙂
First up on the menu: Plaintains
Ever had ’em?
These puppies have been ripening on our counter for a few weeks now and were finally ready to eat this week! If you didn’t know, plaintains go through different ripening stages from green to yellow to black and the taste continues to sweeten through each phase (black being sweetest).
I stumbled across this recipe for baked plaintains. With flavors of cumin, chile powder and fresh cilantro you know that this was something that totally caught my eye!
I used 2 tblsp veg oil, about 1 tsp cumin & chile powder plus about 1 tblsp chopped fresh cilantro.
Before 20 minutes in a 350F oven
Topped with mango salsa & sour cream, obviously we all know that’s one of my fave flava combos!
Last but not least were some gorgeous local, natural chicken breasts I got from Ellwood Thompsons.
I marinated them (about 30 minutes) in a combo of these flavors:
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tblsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tblsp chile powder
- 1 chipotle chili in adobo
- juice of 1.5 limes
- black pepper to taste
- 1 tblsp EVOO (unpictured)
- 1 tblsp water
Then cooked them stove top over medium until done.
Let’s take a look at those plaintains all finished, shall we?
That’s it, I officially am declaring plaintains to be one of my new favorite foods!!!!
Make this, and make it now. So freaking outta control good these were, salty/spicy/sweet all together in one lil’ bite… my mouth was in heaven 😀
The chicken marinade was fabulous as well, I will definitely use this combo of flavors again.
Rounded out with the sweetest & most delicious sweet potato ever (’cause it was local? I’m a believer), this dinner was not only seriously fanatastic but also the perfect way to use up items we already had on hand!
Alright and I’m off… tonight is our fave TV night by far and it has been made even better with a new Real Housewives of New Jersey!
I’ll take it 😉
Have a lovely Monday friends.