Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Weight Watchers Grilled Brown Sugar Baked Plantains with Spicy Sauce

Have you ever tried plantains?  Well, neither had I until I picked one up the other day and thought I really do need to try this strange banana looking fruit.  Here is some interesting information about plantains:
Plantains are from the same botanical family as bananas and appear almost identical. However, plantains are a starchy, low-sugar fruit and are used and consumed more like a potato than their sweeter cousin. The outer skin is very thick and difficult to peel when the fruit is unripe. Plantains are eaten around the world but are most popular in Latin America and West Africa, where they are a dietary staple.

They are super good for you as they are high in fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C.

Sweet Roasted Plantain with Spicy Sauce

  • 1 very ripe plantains
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil to brush
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


Preheat oven to 400F.

Peel the plantains.   Slice them into about 1/4 inch coins.  Lay them on a cookie sheet on parchment paper.  Brush first lemon juice on both sides.  Mix the olive oil and brown sugar in a bowl.  Brush the plantains with the mixture on one side.  Pop in the oven for 10 minutes and flip and brush with remaining olive oil mixture.  Roast for another 10 minutes or so until they start to brown at the edges.

Mix plain Greek yogurt with some sriracha sauce for your spicy dip

Did I like them?  YES!  They were even good the next day.  They are quite starchy almost like a potato.

Serves 2
Nutrition for one medium sized plantain:

Calories: 179
fat: 0 g
protein: 1 g
carbs: 48 g
fiber: 4 g
potassium: 20% RDA
vitamin C: 28% RDA
vitamin A: 28% RDA
vitamin B6: 18% RDA
Magnesium: 12% RDA
Folate: 12% RDA

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