My Sweet plantain and black bean bowl, its vegan ,hearty, spicy and oh so delicious. Part of me says I should feel guilty for pan frying, part of me says it’s the best way to treat plantains this ripe. Part of me doesn’t really care because it’s worth every bite!
In case you haven’t noticed I love beans! Black, pinto , kidney , navy you name it. I always have a bag of dried beans of some sort ready to be boiled for future use. Already discussed my many reasons for cooking my own beans at home. There are weekends where I dedicate a part of my day to cooking beans . I call it my bean prep time. And no it’s not time consuming at all, it’s probably the least time consuming thing I do.
All I do is wash, transfer into my crockpot, add water, salt and cook on high for about 5 hours. After beans are cooked, i strain with a collander and rinse under cold water. Next I pack 3 cups each in a zip lock bag and freeze for future use. I need not say how much more satisfying and tasty these are. Adequately salted and cooked to perfection for use in stews, soups , salads and amazing bowls like this simple black beans and sweet plantain bowl.
Cooking with fresh herbs, chopped or blended is something I do with almost every dish I make. Leeks, spring onions, ginger , garlic and onions are five of my most used ingredients. With them being fresh, cooking time after adding the herbs should be short enough to retain the flavors.
This stewed beans is super easy to make and goes great with sweet fried plantains. Boiling the plantains is obviously a healthier version but there is something about fried plantains. Something that makes me ignore and totally forget the guilt. I tell myself the plantains were too ripe to boil, they will turn to mush! I can hear it already, if plantains are too ripe they soak up too much oil when frying. That’s true, but there are a few tricks around this. Granted it soaks up a little more oil than unripe plantains, technique also matters. These plantains were pan fried with oil just covering the surface of the pan. The oil was hot enough for a quick fry. Adding your plantains when the oil is not hot enough is a recipe for disaster. The Plantains were sliced thin so they cook in no time.