Monday Menu ~ Baked Sweet Plantains

Have you ever thought about health benefits of eating plantains, one of many fruits which I believe are underestimated and overlooked in this nation? I hadn’t until recently… and I’ll be honest…. I’ve never tried plantains! Here’s a quick and delicious way to cook up plantains.

Baked Sweet Plantains

4 very ripe plantains (black in color)
1 cup (low-fat) milk
1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar
4 tablespoons margarine

DIRECTIONS:
Conventional Oven: Peel plantains, place them on a baking dish and pour the milk and sugar over them. Spread one tablespoon of margarine over the top of each plantain. Bake at 400 for about 1/2 hour.

Microwave: Cut off the ends of the unpeeled plantains and place them on a microwave-safe plate. Place a moist paper towel over them and microwave on high for about 8 minutes or until the skin opens up. Let cool and then peel. Place them in a microwave-safe baking dish and pour the milk and sugar over them. Spread one tablespoon of margarine over the top of each plantain. Microwave on high for about 12 minutes.

Baked Sweet Plantains

SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve as a side dish (like candied yams)

Looking for an easier way to eat plantains? Like maybe something quick and easy out of the bag? Check these out!

Turbana Platain Chips

You can pick these up in 6 delicious flavors and 2 sizes (1oz or 3 oz) in the Turbana online store.

Have you ever tried plantains? If so, how have you prepared them?

3 Responses to Monday Menu ~ Baked Sweet Plantains
  1. angie
    July 30, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    I’ve never made them, but I’d sure like to try them. :)

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    July 30, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    I’ve never tried them and I think it’s because that black outer peel just makes them look like they’re rotten. I’m sure they’re good, but I can’t get past that!

  3. Emmy
    August 1, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    I don’t think I have ever had a plantain. I know my husband likes them though. Those chips look like something that might be great to add to school lunches!

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