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5 Easy but Interesting Ways to cook with Plantains

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If you are a huge fan of bananas as I am, it’s imperative that you look into cooking with plantains.  While meals with plantains are often found in many local latin american dishes, it’s origins can be traced to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.   A bit tougher and harder to peel than our traditional bananas, plantains are often cooked or roasted before eating and accompanies many savory dishes in a delicious and balanced way.

Not only are plantains versatile in cooking but are also packed with nutrition and health-boosting compounds.  A regular sized plantain has about 150 calories and boasts large amounts of immune-enhancing vitamin A and C as well as the important mineral of potassium which helps regulate our blood pressure.  Finally, Plantains have an abundant amount of vitamin B6 which optimizes our brain health and helps makes certain mood-stabilizing hormones like norepinephrine, serotonin as well as melatonin to regulate our circadian rhythm.  And don’t forget it’s full of fiber as well.

I received my weekly Purple Carrot box of pre-portioned ingredients and recipes for the week and was excited to see a beautiful plantain to make alongside a beans, rice and guacamole dish.  It got my creative juices going about what else I could make with plantains that week.   Here are 5 ways to cook with plantains that I think are absolutely scrumptious.

Please tell me your additional ideas below in the comments section!

 

Mashed Potato and Plantain

Step 1 – Slice raw plantain into 1/2 inch rounds and roast on a baking sheet, tossed in 1/2 tablespoon olive or coconut oil plus salt and pepper and roast at 425 degrees for 15 minutes (flipping and tossing halfway through).

Step 2 – Make your mashed potatoes as you normally would.  Check out this recipe for an idea.

Step 3 – When plantains are done, dice them into small pieces or cubes and add to the mashed potatoes.

Step 4 – Add to any main meal.

 

Plantain Smoothie

Follow Step 1 from previous recipe.

Step 2 – Use my Smoothies Demystified worksheet to create your customized smoothie base.   (Click here to grab the smoothie worksheet)

Step 3 – Add plantains and blend!

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Plantain, Cheese and Mushroom Omelette

Follow Step 1 from previous recipes

Step 2 – Beat 4 eggs in a bowl with 1/4 cup milk and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Step 3 – Add eggs to a medium hot skillet coated with butter or oil.

Step 4 – Add 1 ounce of cubed fontina cheese, sliced mushrooms and diced roasted plantains.

Step 5 – Cook for 2 minutes and fold one side over in the skillet – slide into a plate or platter.

 

Plantain bread

Step 1 – After purchasing a bunch of plantains, allow them to ripen in a paper bag for 6-8 days.

Step 2 – Remove when the peels are mostly black.

Step 3 – Go grab your favorite banana bread recipe – How about this one?  Or perhaps a vegan banana bread?

Step 4 – Replace the bananas for plantains and add a fun latin spice like star anise, all spice or Mexican cinnamon.

 

PB&P Sandwich

Follow Step 1 from previous recipes

Step 2 – Whip out your favorite bread.  (I like Ezekial bread) and toast 2 pieces.

Step 3 – Spread on your favorite nut butter and favorite jam or jelly.

Step 4 – Add roasted sliced plantains.

Step 5 – rub your tummy and say “yum.”

 

Over to you.  What are some non-traditional ways you’ve cooked with plantains?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

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