Garlic-Rubbed Tostones with Cilantro Chimichurri
Before I began the autoimmune protocol
I’m not even sure I had ever heard of plantains, let alone ever tried one. Now they are a staple of my diet. First it was just Plantain Chips but, now that I’ve tried frying my own green plantains, I have another new favorite meatless meal for Fridays!
- 2 green plantains
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 large clove garlic, sliced in half
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Slice each plantain peel lengthwise from tip to tip without cutting into the fruit. Remove the peel by peeling it back with your fingers. Slice the plantain crosswise, on the diagonal, into 1 1/2-inch-wide pieces.
Heat the coconut oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Working in two batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, fry the plantains until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. The centers will not be cooked through. Remove the plantains to a large cutting board with a slotted spoon.
Smash the plantains by pressing them with the flat bottom of a heavy glass to create 1/3-inch-thick tostones.
Return the tostones to the skillet and fry for 1 minute per side until crispy and golden. Transfer to a serving dish.
Rub the tostones with the sliced garlic clove. Sprinkle with the salt and serve immediately with Cilantro Chimichurri, if desired.
- 2 cups packed fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 cup chopped unpeeled zucchini
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor (I use my Vitamix) and blend until finely chopped. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil and continue processing until well combined.
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.