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Black Beans and Plantain Power Bowl

Colorful, flavorful, and nourishing
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4



    Saucy Cuban-Style Beans

    • ¼ cup avocado oil
    • 1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 2 16-ounce cans black beans, drained
    • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 2 Tbsp cumin
    • 2 Tsp oregano, Mexican preferred
    • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed, or minced
    • 2 Tsp kosher salt
    • 1 Tsp fresh ground black pepper
    • 2 to 3 dried bay leaves
    • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
    • Juice and zest of two limes (about ⅓ cup juice)
    • Juice and zest of one lemon (about ¼ cup juice)
    • Juice and zest of one large orange (about ½ cup juice)
    • 1 Tsp brown sugar, maple syrup, agave syrup
    • ½ bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

    Sweet Plantains

    • 2 large soft plantains with dark peels, also known as maduros
    • 1 cup avocado oil
    • 1 Tsp kosher or sea salt

    Sauteed Corn

    • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
    • 1 cup frozen corn kernals or 2 cobs of corn, removed from cob with a sharp long knife
    • 1 Tsp smoked paprika
    • ½ Tsp salt

    Brown Rice

    • 1 cup uncooked Brown rice
    • 3 cups vegetable stock or water plus 1 Tsp kosher salt


    • 1 cup steamed or roasted broccoli
    • 4 fried or jammy eggs
    • ½ red onion, peeled and finely diced
    • 1 red, yellow and/or orange bell pepper cut into ¼-inch pieces
    • 1 fresh jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed and cut into ¼-inch pieces
    • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds, optional
    • ½ bunch cilantro



      Saucy Cuban-Style Beans

      • In a Dutch oven or a large pot, add the oil and heat the pot over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. Add the onions, cook and stir until light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
      • In a Dutch oven or a large pot, add the oil and heat the pot over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. Add the onions, cook and stir until light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
      • Add the bay leaves, stock, citrus juices, brown sugar, and cilantro; stir well. Allow to cook covered for approximately 15 to 18 minutes until completely heated through and the vegetables are soft.
      • Remove the cover. Liquid should slightly cover beans. If there is too much liquid, raise the heat and bring to a gentle boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook for an additional 8 to 12 minutes uncovered or until the liquid has reduced. 

      Sauteed Corn

      • While the beans are cooking, prepare a sheet pan with sides and line with parchment paper. Add the oil, corn kernals, salt, smoked paprika, if using, and toss. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes until the edges of the corn have browned. Set aside until read to assemble.

      Brown Rice

      • While the beans are cooking, rinse the rice and strain. Add rice to a pot with the stock or water and stir. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the rice from heat, fluff with a fork, and set aside.

      Sweet Plantains

      • Prepare a sheet pan or paper plates with paper towels for draining.
      • In a deep-sided pan, add the avocado oil and heat the pan over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers and the oil bubbles a bit on the edges.
      • While the oil is heating, cut or peel the skin off the plantains and cut into ¼ to ½ inch discs. The larger pieces will need a bit more cooking time.
      • Add the plantain slices, one at a time, in a single layer without crowding the pan. The oil should be covering the plantain slices at all times. Using heat resistant tongs, turn each piece, allowing Use heat resistant tongs to turn each piece; each side should have a nutty brown color and a soft interior. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes total.
      • Remove the pieces onto the prepared paper towel pan and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of salt. Continue this process until the plantains are all fried.


      • In an individual serving bowl, add about ½ of the cooked rice at the bottom. Add corn, beans, broccoli, eggs, onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, pumpkin seeds, if using. Top with cilantro. Just before serving, add slices of fried plantain to the bowl.