Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin) If you didn’t know, I just had a recently revalation that Brussels Sprouts can actually be incredibly tasty with this awesome Sweet and Sour Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe. Today, I bring this incredibly gooey “Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake […]
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Creamy Cashew Hummus (Keto & Paleo Friendly) I think the hardest part about being on a keto diet is not missing out on breads or sweets or even fruit because there are substitutes for those, or you can just have them in small quantities. But […]
Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas
So as my previous post explains, I am doing (Paleo) Whole 30 for a month, so I think it’s safe to say I’m long overdue for a food post. Plantain tortillas are absolutely incredible, two to three tacos should fill you right up! FYI technically, these aren’t technically Whole 30 friendly, but are 100% Paleo. The reason why I say they are technically not Whole 30 approved, is because in this guide of Whole 30, they don’t really want you to make copycat recipes: so technically no paleo-friendly dupes. However, we didn’t realize that these plantain tortillas are in fact, a dupe. Anyways, call it what you want but these are so delicious!
Have any of you tried plantain? It’s just a very starchy banana basically. The tortilla is a bit sweeter than your average corn tortilla, but it’s super delicious and the texture is near perfect. The tortillas are slightly sweet because of the plantain, but very malleable like a normal corn tortilla. Let me know what you guys think of this recipe! More on the way.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 green plantains
- 1 c of fresh pineapple diced
- 1 avocado
- 1 tomato
- 2 limes, 1 juiced
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper
To begin, we need to season the chicken: take 1/2 tsp cayenne, and other seasonings and mix together, then coat chicken breasts and place in a large zip-lock bag. Add half the lime juice, and let marinate for 2-4 hours, but if possible, overnight is even better. Once done marinating, grill the chicken over medium heat.
Cut plantains into 4 pieces. Keep the skin on and boil for 20-30 mins or until the plantains are completely soft, and the skin can be easily removed.
Note: It’s very important that the plantains are very green. Yellow, ripe plantains will not do. The reason is we need the plantains to be firm, otherwise they will be too soft and the consistency of the “dough” will be way too runny and essentially unusable.
Next add plantains and a healthy pinch of salt (like 1/2-1 tsp salt) to a food processor and blend until smooth and a dough forms.
Divide into 6 balls, and flatten into tortillas. For this step, I highly recommend you use a tortilla press. The reason is because you want the tortillas to be very thin and even, otherwise they won’t cook correctly. If you aren’t in the tortilla press buying business these days, try to place the balls in between two pieces of parchment paper, and flatten manually, your best bet would be using a flat plate, or maybe two cutting boards on top of one another.
Then, place on a flat top griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat, and cook the plantain tortillas until they are browned, and cooked through. This should take approximately two to three mins per side, but this will vary depending on thickness.
Dice avocado and tomato, and mix with the rest of the lime juice, and add salt and preferably crushed pepper to taste. Finally, add the remaining cayenne pepper to the pineapple and warm in a cast iron skillet or pan for a couple of minutes. Portion out and enjoy!
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Asian-Inspired Pork and Kimchi Stew This Asian-Inspired Pork and Kimchi Stew great and light! The Tonkotsu pork broth base encompasses all the tasty notes of ginger, and pork. All you have to do is add a little bit of pork meat, kimchi, and shiitake to […]
It’s really happening. After this long journey, I sit here in my bed, getting ready to take a shower; I can’t believe this moment is finally happening. You would think I would be flooded with emotions and excitement, but in a sense, I’m almost numb. I’m not going to lie, some of it is because I have thoughts running through the back of my mind that just keep reminding me “why?”. “Why did you let things get so out of hand that you have to have a surgical intervention? Why couldn’t you just get a hold of this while you still had a chance?”.
This journey has already been so emotional, an awakening of sorts. I have reflected on past experiences in my life to better understand why I got here in the first place. Why did I let myself gain an extra 150 lbs? Why did I stop caring? Will I ever let myself get to this point again? Am I going to fail this surgery? What makes this any different than all my other failed attempts.
Even though it sounds like I’m riddled with disappointment in, I’m not. I could be, but what’s the use in that? I’m just so thankful for the oppprtunity to get to start over. I really try to live with the mentality that I don’t have many regrets in life because all you can really do from the past is learn, but if I had one regret, it would be how I let myself go deep into this state of morbid obesity.
Honestly, I have not been obese in my adult life. Being so vastly overweight has been a huge part of my identity: It’s helped me become invisible. I have missed out on so many opportunities in my life because of my weight. I didn’t want to go out because of my size, as if staying home inside (and eating) was a better alternative.
Yesterday, I had to do a 24-hour fast, and I’m not going to lie, it was hard for me. I have never done anything like that before, I have never been 24-hours without food. It was almost emotional, I kept thinking how I will not be able to indulge anymore, how my lifestyle is actually really going to change. I can’t just casually give into my impulses anymore, it’s time to grow up and take care of myself.
But you know what? I’m ready.
I truly am ready to embark on this next journey of my life. The only thing that can stop me now is myself, and while this is by no means going to be a quick fix, I’m going to have an incredible tool in my body to aid me along the way. I can finally define myself through my personality, not my weight. I can finally live life how I want to, and not have to worry about how uncomfortable I’m going to feel going out at such a large size. I can soon do the physical activities I once loved.
I’m finally going to start living life, and not this shell of a life I’ve been living. I’m finally ready to give up my identity as the fat chick, and I’m ready to live my life to the fullest. I’m ready to have a healthy mind and body.