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Plantains and Overnight Oats


I have only a few more days in NYC with Sandy before I head back to the West Coast to Visit San Francisco for a week and then Hawaii, and I’ve been sick with a cold. Sandy has been busy getting back into the groove of work after unexpectedly being away for a week, stuck in Vegas because of the snowstorm that cancelled our Monday flight.

In between sending some job applications out, writing on here, fiddling with youtube, and taking Olive out for walks, I’ve been trying to find one thing to cook each night to ensure my honey has something delicious and healthy to come home to, with enough cooked for him to bring leftovers for lunch the next day.

Ripe plantains ready to be fried up

I’ve got two ripe plantains sitting on the shelf that I was able to buy in a bunch for a $1 at Mr. Lime’s produce in Park Slope – such a deal! Sandy had boiled up a bunch for us while we were in Vegas – boiled instead of fried mostly because I think he wanted to be able to share these with me on my non-oil diet. He said he didn’t really love them cooked this way, preferred them fried, but that the boiled version reminded him of the breakfasts of Ecuador where people present you with a large bowl of boiled plantains in the morning. I happened to take one bite and made a face at how not yummy the boiled version was compared to the fried version, but then I went back for second and thirds, and before I knew it I had eaten 3 large boiled plantains.

A Bowl of Boiled Plantains

Fortunately plantains fit a Raw Till 4 Diet, and they pack a dietary punch.

  • Boost one’s immune system
  • Are potassium rich
  • Help with digestion 
  • Vitamins C, A, B6
  • Magnesium, Iron
  • And they provide 25 percent of one’s calorie intake for about 70 million people (many in Africa)

Was going to use this recipe of black beans and plantains from Happy Herbivores, to cook up with white rice for dinner tonight, but wait… wtf. Bananas is in the recipe?! What is that?!

This black bean and plantains recipe involves bananas. WHY?

However, I like how the black beans are cooked in this recipe, so I guess I’ll stick with that part and use this fried plantain recipe.

Expect results later today. In addition, to covering his lunch and dinner, I’ve got breakfast covered too:

Overnight Oats 

Dates and Oats.


  •  3/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk – enough to cover the oats and dates
  • 6 Dates – diced into small pieces
  • 8 Strawberries – diced into pieces
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Nuts (optional)

Old fashioned oats are a great, healthy, delicious start to your day.

  1. The night before, mix these together in a mason jar (pretty) or tupper (what we have available at this petsit).
  2. Seal and place in fridge.
  3. Take out the next morning and enjoy!