#sueinthekitch: Vegan Plantain Black Bean Hash

It’s been two years since I posted here and as I type, it feels so nostalgic!

After what feels like a lifetime later, I’m back — mostly because a few folks have been asking for recipes to meals I’ve been sharing on my Instagram, and this is the easiest place to share.

Yesterday, it was a plantain black bean hash. It was just perfect for a lazy-day brunch.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 1 slightly ripe plantain, chopped
  • 2 medium-sized yellow potatoes, cleaned and scrubbed
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • smoked paprika, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • cilantro for garnish

Here’s how to make it

Microwave two well-washed yellow potatoes until just done but not overdone. Chop, leaving skin on, and set aside.

Cover surface of frying pan with about an inch of olive oil and bring to medium heat. Add chopped plantains. Watch carefully and turn until all sides are golden brown. Remove plantain and drain on paper towels.

Add garlic, red onion, and bell pepper to frying pan and sauté until golden brown. Add chopped potatoes and add sea salt, smoked paprika, and black pepper to taste.

Add black beans and stir until well combined.

Add plantains to mixture.

Top with cilantro as desired and serve.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did. It was so filling, yummy, and just perfect for a blissfully relaxing holiday morning.

#sueinthekitch: Making my Fave Nando’s Meal at Home

nando's peri-peri butternut squash recipe

In case I’ve never said it, Nando’s Peri-Peri is one of my favorite fast-casual restaurants.

My “usual” is a veggie burger topped with a pineapple slice and halloumi, and a side of butternut squash and grilled corn. It is so delicious!

On Friday, I just had to have it. Thousands of miles away from D.C. and with no Nando’s in sight in Barbados, I headed to the kitchen to recreate it–with a twist.

I’m so delighted with how it turned out, I’m sharing the photos and tips for making it with you.

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Discovered: Best Healthy Recipes

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I’m not fat but I’m unfit. Mainly because after leading a meatless lifestyle for five years, my eating habits still left a lot to be desired.

Let’s blame it on late-night meals, a weakness for carbs and a sweet tooth (man, I love cupcakes!).

Recently, I created a new formula to curb my crazy eating: one dining-out day per week–if I must; fewer sugary treats; drinking more water; leading a more active lifestyle. Why? Because there’s nothing fabulous about feeling or looking unfit.

So I’ve committed to cooking more, which demands creativity in the kitchen. And let’s face it, I’m no Emeril or Martha Stewart.

Hence today’s post: five of the best sources and websites for healthy recipes I’ve discovered.

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