Ok, I am a self-confessed foodie,,,and presumably you also know that fitness is high on my priority list. And I must confess, I do love a good workout.
You know that feeling of satisfaction when you leave the gym knowing you’ve just had an incredible workout? I relish that feeling…a lot. So it’s no surprise that I am sharing today one of my favourite foods I use to help my body recover from a hard workout and help rebuild those pounded muscles – plantain.
If you’re of African descent, then you already know that plantains are prolific in our diet. We love it in so many ways – On one conversation we were having on our FaceBook page, my fellow blogger and friend Biche from ChickAboutTown.com talks about how she prefers them steamed (P:S. if you ever need a guide when in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda or the environs, she’s the one you need!), and my childhood friend Mafie reminded me of Bolé (which is roasted or barbecued plantain – a popular street food in Nigeria, which is one of my many food weaknesses).
Going back to my post-workout meal idea, plantains are a great source of vitamins A and C, and importantly potassium, which are great for aiding muscle recovery. Plus ripe plantains, which I have used for this dish, are so sweet and flavourful that you really can’t go wrong with them. Great for kids and fussy eaters too! And not to mention, there’s more to life than mashed potato..
I have paired my plantain mash with sautéed spinach, which results in perfectly flavoured plantains from the garlic and caramelised onions, and sweet and spicy prawns. The spicy prawns give this dish the kick that African cuisine is known for. Now, pass the glass…I mean, the bottle of wine please!
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