Month: April 2014

Potato-less French Fries

[Jain] Potato-less French Fries Yeah, you read that right—these are potato-less fries. Eating Jain doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fries! In fact, they taste identical, probably even better. Plantains make the best potato substitute for Jain recipes, even in dishes like Paav Bhaji! Simple and quick, this recipe makes a great kick-back snack. I do not deep fry them in order to keep these fries as healthy as possible. You might also try baking them! 3-4 Plantains (the short, fat kind work best) 1-2 tbsp organic coconut oil salt ketchup 1. Remove plantain from skin and slice into strips about 3 inches long, 1/2 inch wide. Finely slice out any seeds or tough white membrane. 2. Heat coconut oil in pan. Toss in plantain slices and shallow-pan fry them for 5-7 minutes.  Make sure you toss them to ensure all sides are browning evenly. 3. Sprinkle salt over the fries and toss again.  4. Serve with Jain-friendly ketchup! (I use the Maggi Tomato sauce)      

Coconut Curried Okra with Plantain Cutlets

Coconut Curried Okra Why eat okra? Okra, a.k.a lady finger/gumbo is high in Vit. C & K, folate, and fiber. The high dietary fiber content of okra supports colon health as a natural digestion aid. Okra also helps stabilize blood sugar, great for diabetes monitoring & prevention. High in folate, okra also can promote healthy pregnancy. Vitamin C rich food has been shown to help relieve respiratory issues like asthma and promote healthy skin. Ingredients: Makes 2 servings 2-3 cups chopped okra 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper  1/4 cup chopped cashew pieces juice from 1/2 lemon 1 tsp of each: salt, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, zaatar Dash of pav bhaji masala (optional) 1-2 tsp of each: red chili powder, dhania-jeera powder, turmeric powder 3-4 cloves 1/2 can coconut milk 1-2 tbsp coconut oil 1-2 bay leaves Directions: Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan. Add mustard seeds, bay leaves, cumin seeds, cashew pieces, and cloves to hot oil and let sizzle for a few minutes. Add chopped okra and toss. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat …