Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Grilled Plantains

I'm pulling out my grill pan again tonight, but of course you can make this yummy side dish on an outdoor grill, as well. The plantains make a great compliment to a meal of rice and beans!

You'll need very soft ripe black plantains for this recipe, so be aware that you should probably buy them at the market a couple of weeks - yes weeks! - in advance. Supermarkets tend to sell plantains green, and they ripen much slower than bananas.

Once fully ripe, slice 3 plantains in half lengthwise, then cut each of those halves again, crosswise, so you have 12 pieces total.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons melted vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) with 1 teaspoon organic brown sugar and 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper; brush evenly over the cut sides of each plantain piece.

Grill the plantains, cut-sides up, on a grill pan or grill coated with cooking spray over medium heat for 7 minutes, then turn over and grill for 3 minutes more.

2 plantain sections plus 1 lime wedge makes a side serving of 180 calories. Eat these while they're still warm! The cooked plantain slides right off of the skin.

plantains $1.50
lime $0.50

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
  • Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html