Tag: plantain

Mojo Chicken Caesar Salad with Plantain Croutons

Mojo Chicken Caesar Salad with Plantain Croutons

A simple chicken caesar salad made with mojo chicken breast, twice fried plantains as croutons, and a lightened up creamy caesar dressing!

In case you’re new here (hi!), you should know – I loooove Cuban food. Why? Because I’m Cuban! Well, I wasn’t born there but both of my parents are Cuban. That makes me Cuban, right?

Geez, I said that word 4 times. 

Being Cuban means you grow up eating a LOT of carbs.

It was a hard job but someone had to do it. ;)

There was always tostones as a side dish on the table and sometimes there was mojo chicken too. Actually, my mom would add mojo to EVERYTHING.

Even salmon.

Yikes.

But that’s neither here nor there. The bottom line is Cuban food is my life blood and I’m always trying to figure out ways to incorporate it into my daily life.

Today I turned elements of my Cuban roots into a salad!

Aside from making juicy mojo chicken breast, you make crispy twice fried plantains to use as croutons!

Um YES PLEASE. I’ll take tostones as croutons ANY DAY.

Oh wait and the lightened up Caesar dressing? HELLO. SO GOOD.

I’d been wanting to make a homemade Caesar dressing without funky ingredients (and without anchovies because…anchovies). I found this recipe online and it tastes pretty freaking close to the real thing!

So pumped for you guys to give this mojo chicken caesar salad a try.

BRB. Gonna go make this BOMB Mojo Chicken Caesar Salad with Tostone Croutons! #asassyspoonClick To Tweet

Read More

Black Bean & Plantain “Rice” Parmesan Risotto

Black Bean & Plantain “Rice” Parmesan Risotto

Not your typical parmesan risotto recipe. This creamy risotto is made with spiralized then riced green plantains instead of arborio rice, black beans, spices and Parmesan cheese!

Plantain “rice” sounds odd, right? You can’t buy it anywhere.

This is the type of rice you make!

Similar to cauliflower rice, where you add the cauliflower florets to a food processor and pulse until you get rice-size pieces. You do the same with a green plantain. Make sure to buy green unripe plantains. If they are ripe (dark in color) or yellow-ish/not bright green, they will be too soft and too sweet. You won’t be able to make rice. You can however make sweet plantains!

That’s a recipe for another day. ;)

Once you have a green plantain on hand, you can either spiralize it or dice it with a knife then throw it in the food processor. Personally, I adore spiralizing. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk endlessly about this spiralizer – it’s the one I use for all the recipes on this site.

For this recipe, the first thing I did was peel and spiralize the green plantains. I then tossed it in the food processor and pulsed until I got rice-size pieces.

The riced plantain will be a little sticky to touch and that’s ok. It will all come together beautifully once it’s on the hot skillet.

Not your typical parmesan risotto recipe. This creamy risotto is made with spiralized then riced green plantains, black beans, spices and Parmesan cheese!

BRB. Gonna make this Black Bean Plantain 'Rice' Parmesan Risotto! #asassyspoonClick To Tweet

Once you cook the plantain on the skillet with the chicken broth, it will become creamy and tender. If you notice that it does not have that creamy texture, add a tablespoon at a time of the chicken broth until you see that lavishly creamy consistency.

You get the flavor of the plantain, infused with the chicken stock and the spices and, the perfect finishing touch of black beans and cheese!

The cheese pulls look so legit.
Your friends, family, and guests will think you took hours to make this. It’s our secret. ;)

So if you’re in the mood to change things up or treat yourself to a delicious dinner, give this a try!

5 from 1 vote
Not your typical parmesan risotto recipe. This creamy risotto is made with spiralized then riced green plantains, black beans, spices and Parmesan cheese!
Print
Black Bean & Plantain "Rice" Parmesan Risotto
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Not your typical risotto recipe. This creamy risotto is made with spiralized then riced green plantains, black beans, spices and Parmesan cheese!

Servings: 2 servings
Author: Jamie Silva
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 green plantains (riced) spiralized or diced up then pulse in a food processor
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 can low sodium black beans 15 oz, drained, rinsed
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat up olive oil. Add garlic and onions. Cook for about 2 minutes then add in the plantain rice. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin.
  2. Cook the plantain rice for about 2 minutes. Add in the chicken broth and cook until reduced. The plantain "rice" should be creamy and tender. If not, add a tablespoon of chicken broth at a time until it reaches that creamy consistency.
  3. Add black beans towards the end and cook for 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, stir in cheese. Serve immediately with more cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Adapted from Inspiralized

If you’ve made this or any other recipe, tag me on Instagram with #asassyspoon or comment below. I’d love to hear from you! You can also ask me any questions about cooking this recipe via Instagram.

Get a FREE weekly meal planner printable plus my go-to meal prep tips by clicking here!

Thank you for being here! <3


This page may contain affiliate links. This means that if you click on one of the product links above and complete a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will never place a link nor make a recommendation on a product or service that I don’t love or use personally. Thank you for keeping A Sassy Spoon, sassy. ;)

Not your typical risotto recipe. This creamy risotto is made with spiralized then riced green plantains, black beans, spices and Parmesan cheese!