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All Hail the Mighty Plantain

October 2, 2013

Can we talk about plantains? Plantains are awesome. Not only are they a fantastic source of Vitamin A and C as well as potassium, they are also incredibly versatile . They are great for savory dishes as a replacement for potatoes when they’re green and starchy. They get sweeter as they ripen and turn yellow (and then black) and are good for deserts, chips, shakes etc.

In honour of one of my favourite foods, I bring you three ways to eat them. Main course, desert and snack. Enjoy!

This “recipe” is kind of a riff on Shepherd’s Pie. Use it as a base and experiment! Personally, I’m contemplating putting plantain on the bottom layer as well as the top next time…

1/2 pound ground meat of choice (I use extra lean turkey)
2 plantains (just starting to turn from green to yellow)
Favourite salsa
Chilis/red pepper flakes/heat of choice
Garlic powder

Peel the plantains, cut into chunks and boil until soft. Mash with some salt, garlic and heat of choice (red pepper flakes FTW!). Set aside.

Brown your ground meat, drain the fat and add a bunch of salsa and some more heat of choice and whatever other seasonings you may desire. Let it simmer for ten minutes or so just to combine the flavours.

Pour ground meat into an oven safe dish then spread plantains on top. Pop into the oven and bake at around 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Feel free to grate some cheese on top and broil at the end.

There is a lot you can do here including just adding plantains into pies or crumbles (apple/plantain is a delicious combo). However, for something quick and easy, try my go-to: slice some ripe plantains and mix with berries.  Add a quarter of a cup of cottage cheese on top and drizzle with honey.  Satisfies the sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank.

Pick a plantain that is yellow with a hint of green. Slice, toss with a dash of olive oil and spices of choice (try garlic or chili powder or sprinkle with parmesan cheese). Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes, turning half way through and watching carefully so they don’t burn. BOOM! Plantain chips. The best thing you will ever snack on.

Now go eat plantains and be one of the happy people.

From → Nutrition, Recipes

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