“But you’re on a diet and you eat fruit?”
“You can eat any kind of fruit?”
“Oh, no! Banana, coconut and avocados are way out of line!!!”
“Grapes are a sugar bomb!”
“Oranges can be a high in calories as a glass of coca-cola.”
Fruits are a very important part of a balanced diet and that’s the trick: balance. Equilibrium is everything, right? Any food, in excess, can be bad (and getting thin or fat is the least of your problems), weather we’re talking about cupcakes, lettuce os the yummy juicy fruits.
Yes, I ate fruits during my diet and I keep eating them now that I’m no longer dieting. I’m the crazy banana chick. I love coconut. I snack a few of grapes almost every day. I go crazy with the berries here in Europe. In natura, baked, crushed, you name it. They are my sugary pleasure in life. I like them so much, that I have so much fun experimenting with them, even in savoury dishes. Pears, strawberries and pomegranate on salads. Apples on my pumpkin soup. Avocado on my pesto sauce. Banana with the grilled cheese. Sky is the limit.
Knowing of my love for fruits and my craziness over bananas, a few weeks ago, my mom sent me a recipe of a plantain ceviche that she saw on the Brazilian website of Vogue (if you speak Portuguese you can see the original recipe here). I, being a lucky girl, had a ripe plantain just laying around the house so I felt the urge to adapt the recipe to my taste and share it with you.
I do “ceviche” in quotation marks because I think ceviche has to have fish, but I was ok with almost calling it like that because the main part of the Peruvian dish is the citric marinade that will, in a way, cook the fish. Here, the marinade will get rid of the strong taste of uncooked plantains. And, even if I’m not a vegan nor vegetarian, I love when I can find a nice tasty recipe that suits all lifestyles.
Well, let’s get down to business.
1/3 red onion
Juice of one Sicilian lemon
1/2 tea spoon of pepperoni flakes
1/4 cup of parsley
Salt to tase
I swear I could just write chopp and mix for it’s basically it, but, for the sake of this blog existence, I’ll be more specific.
- Dice the plantain. You can do it as big (or small) as you wish, but I cut it in half and then each half in two and made my dices from that shared half of the fruit
- Chop the onions finely
- In a bowl mix the plantain and the onions and season it with the salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix it all together and leave the marinade work its magic for about 10 minutes.
- Before serving add the chopped parsley for it to keep it’s freshness, and it’s more than ready!
It’s so fresh, tasty, colorful and nutritious. I doubt you’re not ready to give the fruits a chance.