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Are you looking for a new delicious, plant-based recipe? Plantains, which look like bananas but are typically cooked when eaten, are packed full of vitamins like; Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and have plenty of fiber. Check out this list of 15 recipes featuring plantain, and you might just have a new favorite fruit!
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1. Plantain Sweet Potato Tacos With Guacamole
These Plantain Sweet Potato Tacos With Guacamole by Erin Druga are exactly as they sound – stuffed with plantains, sweet potatoes, and black beans and topped with a simple guacamole. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and an excellent lunch or dinner option!
2. Caramelized Plantains With Coconut Cream
These Caramelized Plantains With Coconut Cream by Anna Bannister are the perfect side dish or appetizer for a summer meal. The outsides get crunchy, the insides stay tender, and they’re the perfect balance of savory and sweet. The delicious coconut cream and flakes will transport you straight to Puerto Rico.
3. Creamy Plantain Stew
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This Creamy Plantain Stew by Ana Queiroz is so satisfying and comforting, you’ll be coming back for seconds in no time. Infused with creamy and delicious ingredients like coconut milk and coriander, you can’t go wrong with this simple, but effective recipe.
4. Spicy Plantains With Rice and Beans
The flavors in Caribbean food pack a real punch and always taste so fresh. Scotch bonnets are key to these Spicy Plantains With Rice and Beans by Harriet Porterfield but if you can’t find them, just use the hottest chili you can get your hands on. Scotch bonnet peppers are an excellent source of phytochemicals and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), iron, vitamin B, carotenoids, niacin, riboflavin, dietary fiber, flavonoids, and magnesium. They also contain capsaicin, which is not only a powerful pain killer, but is also said to reduce the build-up of excess fat.
5. High-Protein Sweet Plantains and Stewed Black Bean Bowl
This High-Protein Sweet Plantains and Stewed Black Bean Bowl by Elsie Kruz is hearty, spicy, and oh so delicious. This is a great comfort dish, and pan-frying the plantains just makes it extra special.
6. Spicy Coconut Plantain Soy Bean Curry
Adding plantains to this dish might seem odd, but they actually complete the recipe in a tasty way. These Spicy Coconut Plantain Soy Bean Curry by Heavenly Vegan Dals and Curries, Rakhee Yadav are wrapped in coconut flour and then deep-fried. This dish is scrumptious, spicy, and highly addictive—another soul-satisfying vegan dish.
7. Fried Plantains in Tomato Gravy
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Green plantains are frequently used as the main ingredient in African dishes. These Fried Plantains in Tomato Gravy by Rini Desai combine the sweet starchiness of the vegetable pairs well with the indulgent tomato gravy. The sauce is seasoned using the African spice berbere, which can be found in African grocery stores or online. This recipe tastes great by itself, but, if you want to make it even more filling, serve it with basmati rice.
8. Baked Plantain Chips
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These Baked Plantain Chips by Tina Dawson have all the salty goodness of regular chips but with far fewer calories. They go perfect with sauces and dips or you can snack on them plain. You’re going to be happy either way.
9. Baked Plantain Fritters
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Serve these Baked Plantain Fritters by Amy Height with a little sweet basil ponzu dipping sauce on the side for a savory treat, or have them plain as an energy-boosting, sugar-free snack. These are also awesome post-workout to refuel without tipping the blood sugar scale into crazy-land. They’re also just really decadent while being entirely guilt-free. Everyone wins!
10. Quinoa Plantain Pancakes
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These Quinoa Plantain Pancakes by Mitra Shirmohammadi are super easy to prepare. Just one blender needed and with three key ingredients, plus some optional spices and rising agents! These pancakes are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, super fluffy, and delicious!
11. Vegetable Curry With Plantains
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Not only is this Vegetable Curry With Plantains by Florian Nouh full of healthy nutrients from the plantains and veggies, but it also contains good fats from the coconut milk. Give this vegetable curry with plantains a try and find out what it means to have a new favorite curry recipe.
12. Fried Plantain French Toast Sandwich
Meet the perfect brunchtime meal. In this Fried Plantain French Toast Sandwich by Larice Feuerstein, ripe plantains are sliced and fried until the edges are sweet and caramelized and sandwiched between two slices of coconut milk French toast. The toast is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with notes of warm nutmeg and cinnamon. Serve this French toast sandwich with a drizzle of maple syrup and a side of savory hash browns.
13. Plantain Dumpling Soup
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Love plantains and stew? Then you’re sure to love this Plantain Dumpling Soup by Tomi Makanjuola. It turned out fantastic and my taste-buds were grateful for it. The flavors are perfectly balanced – a bit of heat from fiery green chiles, sweetness from the plantains, a delicate aroma from fresh lemongrass…Need I go on?
14. Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers
Take your taste buds on a trip with these Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers by Alison Edmund. These gluten-free burgers made from brown rice, mashed ripe plantain, pecans, and beans will put you on island time in only 30 minutes.
15. Plantain Brownies
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Plantains may be a bit unusual in a brownie recipe, but they actually make a perfect base for oil-free baking. They add moisture just like bananas and help bind the brownies together, but don’t affect the flavor the way bananas do. The plantains need to be very ripe—squishy, mushy, almost-black ripe. They can take weeks to ripen, but your patience will be rewarded in the form of these tasty chocolate Plantain Brownies by Natalie Thomas that have a light texture and are delicious to nibble warm from the oven or perfect under a scoop of frosty, non-dairy ice cream.
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- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
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- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
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