Plantain Bowl with Black Beans and Loaded Guacamole

Plantain Bowl

with Black Beans and Loaded Guacamole

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These sweet yellow plantains are a take on a traditional Cuban dish, platanos maduros. The natural sugars in the plantain will caramelize and crisp up quickly so keep an eye on them. Loaded guacamole is the finishing touch, and the pomegranate seeds add a bright, unexpected note.

Quick and Easy Nut-Free High-Protein Gluten-Free Beans/Legumes Leafy Greens Fruit Side Dish Salad Dinner Mexican
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SERVINGS
2
PREP & COOK TIME
25 min
CALORIES
770
FAT
30g
CARBOHYDRATES
131g
PROTEIN
31g

MAIN INGREDIENTS

  1. 4 oz Lacinato kale
  2. 1 can black beans
  3. 1 plantain
  4. 1 red onion
  5. Fresh cilantro
  6. 1 avocado
  7. 1 lime
  8. ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  9. 1 oz pomegranate seeds
  10. 1 tbsp + 1 tsp vegetable oil*
  11. Salt and pepper*
  12. *Not included

TOOLS

  • Large nonstick skillet

INSTRUCTIONS

1
Prep the vegetables
Rinse and dry the produce. Destem the Lacinato kale by holding the stems in one hand and using the other to pull the leaves off the stems. Roughly chop the kale. Drain and rinse the black beans. Peel the plantain and slice into half inch thick pieces on the diagonal.
2
Prep the guacamole
Peel and dice the red onion. Chop the cilantro leaves and tender stems. Halve the avocado, scoop the flesh into a medium bowl and mash with a fork.
3
Load it up
Add the cilantro, juice from the lime, as much of the diced red onion as you’d like, and 1/8 tsp salt, to the bowl with the avocado. Mix well, mashing together with a fork, to make a chunky guacamole. Gently fold in the pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds.
4
Fry the plantain
Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced plantains and cook until browned on one side, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, sprinkle with salt, and cook until browned on the other side, another 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer plantains to a plate and cover to keep warm.
5
Kale and beans
Return the skillet to medium-high heat with 1 tsp vegetable oil. Add the kale and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the kale is bright green and just wilted, about 2 minutes, then add the black beans. Reduce heat to low and cook until hot, about 3 to 5 minutes.
6
Plate and serve
Divide the black beans and kale between large bowls. Top with loaded guacamole and crispy plantains.