Cuban Black Beans and Rice with Caramelized Banana (Vegan, Gluten Free)

IMG_20160303_130728My Brazilian godmother helped to raise me on black-bean-and-rice dishes like feijoada completa, yet I can’t recall how exactly I found this one. The caramelized banana adds a creamy complexity to a dish that already shines in its simplicity. A more traditional version uses fried plantains, which complement the usual savory flavor palate. I personally have an incurable sweet tooth.

You can either top the dish with banana, or mix it all together. The only thing you can’t do is go wrong.

Cuban Black Beans and Rice with Caramelized Banana

Serves 2

1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup black beans
2 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 bay leaf
2 unripe bananas, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Sautee onion and garlic until onion is clear. Add brown rice and sautee until it browns.
  2. Add water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add black beans, bay leaf, salt and pepper to medium pot. Bring to simmer.
  4. Cover the bottom of a medium saucepan with coconut oil. Slice bananas width-wise and fry on both sides until brown. Transfer to a plate with paper towels for draining.
  5. Remove beans and rice from heat. Remove bay leaf from beans.
  6. Layer rice, beans and banana in a bowl. Serve hot.

Make this dish a complete meal by adding roasted veggies of your choice. I personally preferred the soft, starchy texture and flavor of cauliflower.

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, washed and cut
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Add a few dashes of nutritional yeast for a B vitamin boost

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. In large mixing bowl, toss all ingredients together
  3. Transfer to a baking dish lined with foil
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops of the cauliflower turn brown. Stir halfway through.
  5. Remove from oven and serve hot or save for leftovers.

One thought on “Cuban Black Beans and Rice with Caramelized Banana (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  1. Cauliflower is so versatile. I’ve been eating it practically every day, from cauliflower pizza crust and curried cauliflower to mashed “potatoes.” This looks like another tasty dish that I should add on the list. Thanks for sharing!!



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