Among the most interesting uses we can give to bananas, surely one of them is cooking its skin to make an appealable substitute for meat. Yes, it sounds weird, but while most of us lovers of this sweet and energetic fruit throw away its peel, others, especially in India, have found a way to take advantage of and enjoy every part of it. Banana skins contain high amounts of vitamin B12 and B6 (which aids the body’s ability to convert food into energy), as well as magnesium and potassium (which helps in development of cells, organs and tissues).
The process of creating something whose appearance and consistency are pretty close to pulled pork is quite easy too, and the infinite ways to season it to our tastes make it a great choice for healthy and nutritious plant based dishes.
Ingredients (for 6-8 fajitas)
5 green bananas
6-8 whole wheat tortillas
2 garlic cloves
½ yellow pepper
½ red pepper
½ green pepper
150ml chopped, peeled and seedless tomatoes
100ml fried tomato sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
- In a big pot boil water and let the bananas cook for 40 minutes.
- In the meantime, chop the garlic and slice the onion and the pepper.
- In a large frying pan, warm up the olive oil and add and sauté the vegetables at medium-low heat.
- In a small bowl, mix all the spices.
- Once the bananas are cooked, separate the skin from the pulp and, using a fork, cut them in stripes. Put the banana “pulled pork” stripes in a medium bowl, fill it with water and add the vinegar. Let sit for 10 minute; this will remove any remaining taste of banana.
- Wash off and drain the banana peel stripes and add them to the vegetables in the pan.
- Add the tomato and the spices and stir well until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Wrap the tortillas in a kitchen cloth and warm them up in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Add the fajita mix into your tortilla and enjoy!