Mini Plantain Boats (Canoas)

What’s on a boat? Why, food of course.

This recipe is totally flexible. Usually with this recipe, the canoas are completed with a little sizzle in the oven. However, I skipped that step. I didn’t need this step since I am go with a vegan plate (no cheese!)

I used Lightlife Smart Ground Original Crumbles. It’s vegan and so super delicious! After experimenting with different ground beef alternatives, this seems to be the one I like best.  You can cook the crumbles just on its own, or you can cook it with seasonings.

When I cook the Crumbles, I don’t have a straight-forward recipe. I just add whatever tickles my tongue that day. Remember, cooking isn’t a exactly a science, it’s an art. Play around with your cooking and find out what you like.


What You’ll Need:

  • Sweet plantain
  • Lightlife Smart Ground Original Crumbles
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped green bell pepper
  • Minced garlic
  • Frozen corn (cook as instructed)
  • Olives (cut in half)
  • 1 packet of sazon
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chili powder

The Crumbles

  1. For the crumbles, I set my pan over medium heat. Add some olive oil and cook the garlic, onions, and pepper until soft.
  2. Add the crumbles, tomato sauce, sazon, chili powder, and whatever other seasonings you want.
  3. Cook for about 10-12 minutes. Taste to check if the crumbles are completely cooked.

The Boats (Plantains)

  1. I used one plantain and cut them into quarters.
  2. In a large pot, heat vegetable oil until hot.
  3. Add the plantains and cook until browned on each side.
  4. Set aside plantains on a paper towel to cool and drain.

Assembling The Pieces Of Art

  1. Allow your plantains to cool for about 15 minutes. Once cooled, make a slit down the inside of the curve.
  2. Scoop up your crumbles, corn, and olives and place them in the plantains.


Tip: If you don’t like olives, learn to love them. They taste amazing with plantains, balancing out the sweet with the savory. But if you don’t love them, that’s okay. I guess we can still be friends. 😉

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