So I know summer may be coming to an end, but at least in London it’s still incredibly hot. Actually, it’s only gotten incredibly hot recently so we’re a bit late to this whole summer party in general, and the only way to celebrate is with a super colourful black bean and plantain bowl – and maybe a side of tequila and prosecco watermelon cocktails just for good measure.
Back to this plantain bowl though. It has just got so much going for it.
Creamy guacamole, spiced up black beans, and crispy sweet + salty plantains all come together to make this one of those comforting and colourful dishes that you would love to eat on repeat for a few weeks straight. It’s also pretty simple to make, but makes you feel like you’ve thrown together a meal worthy of endless Instagram posts.
I’m just going to take a second here and profess my love for plantains.
They’re like bananas, but larger and more dense. They have that sweet quality with a savoury finish to them, which makes them completely addictive and moorish. If you haven’t tried them yet, prepare to fall in love and get addicted. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Make your guacamole by scooping out the flesh from your avocado into a bowl and mashing with a fork until clumpy. Stir in the remaining ingredients, taste, and adjust the lime juice, salt and pepper to your taste.
Next make your beans by adding all the ingredients into a pan and cooking over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through and slightly creamy.
For the plantain, heat your coconut oil in a frying pan until hot. Add your plantain rounds and cook for until lightly golden. Remove to a kitchen paper lined plate or tray, lightly press down with a fork or spoon, then return to the pan and cook for a further 3-4 on each side, until golden brown and crispy. Note - you might have to do this in batches, depending on the size of your pan.
Return to the paper-lined tray so it drains up any extra oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
To serve, add your beans, guacamole and plantain into a bowl and serve with brown rice and massaged kale.
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Hi, I'm Teffy, a qualified Nutritionist and avid foodie. This blog is all about inspiring a balanced life through delicious and wholesome foods, with not a diet in sight. Healthy eating shouldn't be hard and stressful, it should be easy and fun - Working with my clients they are constantly amazed that yes, food can taste great AND be good for you!