If I had to pick one food that is my favorite AIP specific food, meaning that I didn’t eat it before following AIP, it would be the plantain. How I spent so much of my life not enjoying this starchy delight is beyond me. Plantains are a resistant starch, which means that they make great food for the good bacteria inhabiting your digestive system. It also means that they can help fill you up and add some healthy carbs to your diet if you are feeling hungry a lot or looking for some workout fuel.
It has been important to me since day one of following AIP to maintain an adequate level of healthy fats and carbs because I have never been in a position of needing to lose a lot of weight and I have always needed a little extra boost of energy for running after little ones and being on my feet a lot. Plantains are one of my favorite ways to do this. I love plantain chips as a snack and as you may have noticed from looking around at other AIP recipes, plantains make an awesome and versatile base for a lot of baking recipes as well.
However, this new recipe is an AIP friendly spin on a traditional South American dish called Canoas. The traditional dish used bell peppers, tomatoes and cheese, but this version is just as delicious, I promise. It is simple to make and will leave you feeling full, satisfied and healthy.
What is your favorite new “AIP- Specific” Food?
Stuffed Plantains (AIP, Paleo)
4 Ripe Plantains, peeled.
1 lb of Ground Beef
1 small onion, chopped finely
3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp oregano
1 tsp olive oil
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Take your peeled plantains and slice off a tiny amount of the plantain from the outside of the curve so that the plantain can sit without falling over. Then, slice down the inside of the curve without cutting all the way through the plantain. Scoop out about a tablespoon from the inside of the plantain so that the filling can be put in later. Brush the plantains with olive oil and bake on a lined baking sheet for about 20 minutes. While the plantains are baking, take a large skillet and brown your ground beef. After the ground beef has begun to brown add in your minced garlic and chopped onions and sauté. Stir in your spices and set aside until the plantains are ready, then spoon your filling into the plantain and bake again for another 5-8 minutes. Garnish with avocado and sprinkle with sea salt and serve.