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After medications failed to treat my autoimmune disease, I turned to nutrition to address my symptoms naturally. I want to empower your health with the same steps I used to heal with food.

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  1. I have a whole bunch of recipes for plantains that I eat all the time starting with tortilla de platanos machos for breakfast (basically a banana omelet), fufu (my husband used to call fufu, banana hash) for lunch, and my favorite tostones. I used to make
    plantanos al tentacion al horno but it doesn’t fit with how I’m eating these days.
    This is really good too Carne guisado con platanos. I grew up eating plantains, the green ones get treated like a starch and the ripe ones like a fruit.
    Have you ever had plantain soup? it’s really good too.

    • Thanks Theresa for the beef & plantain stew recipe, I’ll try that! Thanks Lauren too… I have been frying plantain slices which is nice but looking for more ideas as I’m more familiar with potatoes!

  2. Hi Lauren,
    I’m really looking forward to your way of doing the plantains. I’ve got to share though, that the way I’ve been making them is really quicker and super good too. You take the ripe plantain and fry it with a small amount of coconut oil, on medium-low heat for about 20-30 minutes (depending on how ripe the plantain is). That’s it! You can add your vanilla or cinnamon afterwards, but it’s not needed. Try it!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. You can also steam the plantains, am from a region in India where lots of plantains are grown and it can be added to meat instead of potatoes or eaten when they are ripe without baking or steaming.

  4. I am from DR and grew up eating plantains, green and yellow in so many ways. I love to make them in the morning for breakfast. Boiled and mashed like potatoes, with eggs and uncured bacon. When you eat green plantains you feel fuller and you digest the plantains slower. I bake them peeled with cinnamon and coconut or ghee in a dish wrap with parchment paper and dish covered.

    Sweet potatoes, green, purple, Japanese, not yams, we make it in different ways. Not only as a starch, but as a dessert.

  5. I love the idea of cooking them in the oven!! Sounds like less clean-up…then on the stove top. 🙂 My fav plantain recipe is definitely green plantain hashbrowns with onion powder! My 6 year old son says they taste like McDonald’s (I’ll have to take his word for it though!).

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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