Bowl of the Week

I need to channel the tropics this week because I’m totally over this colder than usual April. Is it colder than usual? I feel like it is. Maybe I’m just not fully re-acclimated to Boston yet. Regardless of the reason, I need some sunny spring/summer inspiration to get me through this end of winter slump we I seem to be stuck in.

I’m switching things up again this week and having my breakfast be more carb heavy and my lunch more fat heavy (last week I did the opposite) to see how I feel. As soon as I decided that I was going to have carb-ier breakfasts this week, I immediately knew I wanted plantains of some sort. They’re one of my favorite foods of all time. Alaena and Sarah have this fun recipe for plantain rice in their cookbook that I love. Plantains are already reminiscent of warm destinations, but their riced version takes them to a whoooole ‘nother level. They temporarily transport me to somewhere in the Caribbean.

Riced plantains + red onion + coconut oil + cilantro + lime juice + garlic. That’s a winning combo if I ever read one. Throw on some ground pork and you’ve got yourself a luau worthy dish! Oh… and did I forget the avocado? No tropical feelin’ pork/plantain bowl is complete without it. And the kale, well, there’s no thematic reason for that- I just try and eat a serving of dark, leafy greens every single day! Beyonce knows.518139cf7f318962b4179024bf9028df

Here’s what’s in my bowl:

  • Homemade pork sausage
  • Plantain rice with red onion, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice (recipe from the Healing Kitchen cookbook)
  • Defrosted frozen kale
  • Sliced avocado

For my homemade breakfast sausage, I usually just do 2 lb. of ground meat and make 18 sausage patties out of that. That’s enough for six days. I season the meat with a blend of dried thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and S&P.

The plantain rice is best made with the shredder attachment on a food processor. It will finely rice the plantains for you and then the rest of the cooking is easy. I saute the plantain rice in coconut oil with some red onion and garlic. Once its all cooked, I turn off the heat and stir in the cilantro, lime juice, and salt.20160410_131009-01.jpeg20160410_131231-01.jpeg20160410_132928-01.jpeg20160410_133657-01.jpegAnd avocado just brings it alllll together.20160411_104846-01.jpegSide note: unlike professional, full time food bloggers, I don’t have time to stage amazing shoots of my food. What you see here on the blog is literally what I’m eating in that moment. That bowl of breakfast? I ate it two minutes after finishing taking pictures of it. So long as I’m a blogger for funsies, my pictures are never going to be high quality, beauty shots (sorry!). BUT they will be real! At least you’re seeing what you’re getting, right?20160411_105422-01.jpegEaten while catching up on the most recent episode of GIRLS. Shosh cracked me up in the beginning when she freaked out on that guy. Hannah is insufferable. I hate the tension between Adam and Jessa. And Marnie… I’d feel bad for her if she didn’t walk into the entire mess of a situation she’s in.

Don’t like what’s in my bowl?

  • Don’t have a food processor to make plantain rice? You can either chop up the plantains really teeny tiny by hand or change up the cooking method and slice the plantains and sauté them in some coconut oil instead. Plantains are delicious any way you cook them!
  • Can’t do pork? Make homemade breakfast sausage patties out of whatever ground meat tickles your fancy- same goes for the spices you use. I like for mine to be herby and bold flavored so I use plenty of thyme, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder. Don’t forget salt and pepper!
  • No frozen kale? Add in some fresh sautéed or steamed greens! You could even do leftover roasted veggies. Roasted broccoli would be great in this bowl.
  • Avocado all gross when you cut into it? Up the portion size on your plantain rice to make up for the calorie deficit or if you’re craving fat, dress your greens with a little  vinaigrette featuring olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Need something sweet? Add in a 1/2 cup of chopped pineapple- I feel like that would be awesome in this bowl.

20160411_104857-01.jpegApril showers better bring May flowers and sunshine… or I’ll just keep eating plantain rice and pretend I’m on a beach somewhere.

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