Thursday, May 16, 2013

Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Tostones

Grilled Chicken with a Mango Salsa
I will go into the Tostones in a second.

Here's what you need:
Seasoned chicken, ready to grill (go with a subtle/salty flavor)
2 Ripe Mangos (or peaches)
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/4 cup finely diced white onion
2 tbsp chopped jarred jalapeno
2 tbsp cilantro leaves
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 salt

Grill chicken. (Sorry I'm not more specific but my hubby did the chicken)
Salsa is simple: assemble!
Serve immediately on top of chicken and enjoy!
Calores: 196, 19 g Carbs, 7 g fat, 28 g Protein, 4 g Fiber

Tostones are a hispanic side dish (I guess like fries to Americans) that are amazing and come from plantains.
There are many ways to cook a plantain and this is one of the more popular way of cooking them.
There are 3 stages of a plantains life. 
Green: great for salty/garlic-y dishes.
Yellow: Great for a bit sweeter dish, like Amarillo.
Black: Great for making desserts.
For Tostones I wait til the plantain turns a pinch yellow to have a little sweetness added but most make Tostones with a green plantain.

What you need:
Green Plantains
Frying pan
Plantain squisher... I don't know what it's called. Or you can use a plate and the bottom of a cup, or 2 plates.

First, chop off the ends of the plantain and make a slit along the inner plantain. Peel away the... peel.
If you are having trouble peeling:
My grandma taught me this move. Place your plantain in a sink full of hot water and let sit for a minute or two and then peel it. It should come right off!
Chop up your plantain into 3-4 pieces and place in a pan of hot oil. 

Cook for a minute and flip

Flip all the way around

Using your 2 plates or your squisher-er...


Place back into hot oil.
Let cook each side for a minute or two until golden.

Place on a napkin to soak up excess oil.
Sprinkle salt and garlic on them.

My family like eating these with a 'dip' 
Mix together vinegar, oil, salt and garlic. 
It's a strong flavor, but it goes great with these tostones!

Tostones aren't the best for low calorie meal, but they are an every once in a while treat.
For 3 pieces:
170 Calories, 37 g Carbs, 2 g Fat, 1 g Protein, 9 g Fiber