As we continue to explore the rich and diverse culinary culture of the Caribbean from a #MeatFree perspective, I’ve retooled the original version of this classic Caribbean recipe to be fully vegetarian and vegan. You’ll notice subtle differences from the traditional way of doing this dish, as explained in the video down below.
1 1/2 lb baby banana (chiquito)
1/2 medium onion (sliced)
1 1/2 tablespoon butter
4-6 cloves garlic (diced)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)
1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
5 Grape tomatoes (cut in 1/2)
Notes! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. To make this fully vegan, replace the butter with olive or coconut oil. I encourage you to watch the video below as I explain a few other things in there, not covered here. I used grape tomatoes in the dish but you can use a regular medium tomato diced.
Heat the butter on a medium flame in a sauce pan (I used a non-stick pan), then add the onion, garlic, bell peppers and black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then turn the heat down to med/low and add the garlic.
About 4 minutes after adding the garlic, turn the heat back up to medium and add the peeled baby bananas (we say chiquito fig) to the pan, along with the tomato. Stir well to coat the bananas with everything. Add the salt and cover the pan. Feel free to add thyme and chopped scallions if you wish.
Turn the heat to medium/low and cook until the bananas are tender and have taken on some color. In my case it took about 10 minutes from the time I added them to the pan. Remember to stir well every 3-4 minutes.
This is a full meal on it’s own (2 people) or you can have it as a side to your other fav dishes. In the classic version salted Cod is added to the vegetables and the Chiquito bananas are pre-boiled before being added to the pan and refried.