Plantain Chips 3 Ways and of course more running stories!

Plantainchips1Hi folks!  How’s your day going?  Mine is just fine.  Rainy, humid and dreary but I like it anyway.  I’m getting ready to go on a girls trip!  That’s how this recipe was born.  I told you I’m on this Paleo challenge with my Crossfit peeps.  I’m taking it seriously.  Which means I can’t pull over to gas stations and buy peanut M&M’s.  Damn.  So, I made my own plantain chips.  They turned out really well!  They are super crunchy which means they need guacamole really.  I have here plain, feta and “cool ranch.”  They are going to be great for the road!  The best part is I bought the plantains at Aldi for $0.50 a piece.  Score!

So my girls trip??  My mom, sista and I are headed to Oklahoma City to watch some buddies run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and Half Marathon.  One particular is running her first marathon.  I’m going equipped with signs and cowbells to cheer them on.  My awesome cousin just happens to live near there so she is coming as well.  We are going to take on the town.  I’m not running so I get to stay up past 8:30 and even walk around as much as I want.  I know, crazy talk.  I have new outfits and everything.  Look at me go!  I’ll take lots of pictures.  I guarantee you though the very best pictures will be of my friends at mile 23.  Hehehe.  Blackmail.

My sista is also preparing for her first half marathon next weekend so we will get in some miles together.  I’m excited about that.  I’m definitely out of the little running funk I got in a couple of months ago.  I want to just run all of the time!   

Lisa is back!  I have the best buddies I tall ya!

Lisa is back! I have the best buddies I tall ya!

So back up to this morning.  Guess what?  Remember my friend with the broken leg?  Well, she came back for her first 5@5!  (That’s 5 miles at 5am.)  My little group is my family and having her gone is like missing one of those family members.  Especially her because she is even more passionate about running than I am I think.  I know that it killed her to be out!  It was wet, humid and hot but we didn’t even notice.  We were all happy. 

After the run we got to chat with some of the Boston team.  Man they are so cool.  We heard a few stories from the race but mostly they were encouraging us!  I am fully aware that my mental game holds me back a little.  I assume the worst in myself.  I got a pep talk from Coach and another team member about believing in our goals and training for them.  Hmmm, I get the feeling Coach is about to whip us into shape.  That’s ok.  Bring it!  GASP!  I just said that on the internet.

Well, folks I need to go prepare for my departure.  That means pack the offspring up and send them off, try on a bunch of new outfits, pretend like I’m cleaning the house, and most importantly get all of my road trip food together.  One the menu you ask? I’m pretending like you asked anyway. Plantain chips (duh), pistachios, almonds, oranges, roasted beets (I know, I know) and probably a couple of boiled eggs.  I’ve found out the hard way as long as I’m not hungry I can resist even the best food temptation.  We all know hangry mommy is a bad deal.

Have a great weekend and awesome luck to those running in OKC this weekend!

 

Plantain Chips 3 Ways - Plain, Feta and "Cool Ranch"
3 different ways to prepare crunchy, salty plantain chips.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 plantains peeled and sliced thin.
  2. 1.25 tsp. salt
  3. 2 tbsp. crumbled feta
  4. 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  6. 1/8 tsp. dill weed
  7. pinch of black pepper
  8. 3 tbsp. avocado oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Divide sliced plantains into three different zipper storage bags.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. of avocado oil into each bag and toss to coat evenly.
  5. For the Plain chips add 1 tsp. of salt and toss to coat.
  6. For the "Cool Ranch" chips add 1/4 tsp. salt and the garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  7. Lay all of the plantain chips out on the baking sheets evenly.
  8. For the Feta chips spoon some feta onto each chip.
  9. Bake for approximately 30 mins. Watch closely. Depending on the thickness and evenness you may need to remove some before others. Careful not to burn.
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