Plantain frittata is trending on social media right now. Thanks to Winnie of Zeeliciousfoods, the craze took over on So You Think You Can Cook, a Facebook group that promotes Nigerian food. The number of foodies that recreated this meal was alarming. I knew I had to make my version. This recipe is ridiculously simple and insanely delicious. After all those pictures of plantain frittata flooding my feed, I decided to make some for le hubs and the kids for lunch. Plantain and egg frittata could be eaten for breakfast as well. The original recipe calls for frying plantain but you can definitely bake your plantains as well to reduce calories. If you are counting carbohydrates, you could cheat a little bit by replacing half of your plantains with vegetables like bell peppers before mixture with eggs.
What is plantain?
In case you do not know what plantains are, plantains are cousins of banana. They are bigger and starchier and are grown in tropical regions like Colombia, Uganda and my homeland Cameroon. Their peel is green when unripe and yellow once ripe and could easily be mistaken for bananas.
Plantain & egg – A staple breakfast
Growing up, fried plantai and egg was a staple breakfast every Sunday. We owned a poultry of more than 1000 chicken so we had an abundance of eggs. Every Sunday, each child was entitled to an egg which you could fry, or boil and eat with pepper. Most often than not, we chose to fry eggs with plantains harvested from the farm down the house. I actually wonder why I didn’t think of making fried plantain and eggs the frittata way. Ha!. But before we make some, here’s why you should include more plantains in your diet.
Health benefits of plantain
Great source of energy: because of their high carb content, plantains are a solid source of energy. They also provide us
Regulates blood pressure: they also provide us with a high amount of Potassium which plays a major role in regulating blood pressure because it combats the effects of sodium. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you may want to add plantains to your diet so as to reach your daily potassium goals thus help your body remedy high blood pressure naturally.
Good for bowel movement: one cup of boiled plantains provides us with 25% of our daily fiber needs. Fiber helps to bulk up food thus aids digestion.
Immune system booster: It’s high Vitamin A content helps control immune responses and prevent illness.
Boosts brain function: as a result of the presence of vitamin B6 which generates several important neurotransmitters that carry information from one cell to another.
Nutritional facts: Raw versus Cooked Plantain
Though plantains are healthy and should definitely be included in your diet, it is important you take note that they high in carbohydrates. So if you are on a low-carb diet or are trying to lose weight, you want to limit your consumption of (fried) plantains until you reach your ideal weight. Here are the macros for plantain in comparison:
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How I made my plantain frittata
The original recipe calls for vegetable oil, some herbs and spices and deep-frying the plantain. I used my homemade coconut oil to fry the plantains to add that exotic touch to it, added melted butter to the beaten eggs and omitted the bell peppers. The result? Double Zeelicious. Was I able to convince you to make some fried plantain frittata? If so then please feed me with those wonderful comments of yours. Also, tag me at shape_up_african to get your food picture featured on my Instagram feed.
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- 2 large plantains, cut to desired shapes
- 8 eggs, whole
- Handful sausage, cubed (optional)
- 2 small tomatoes, cubed
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tsp. thyme, dried or fresh
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- 1 tsp. white pepper powder
- 2 tbsp. celery
- 1 habanero pepper, chopped (optional)
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. butter, melted
- Salt and beef bouillon cube to taste
- Heat coconut oil in a pan and fry plantains till golden brown. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix all other ingredients. Season with salt and beef bouillon to your taste.
- Reheat leftover coconut oil.
- Add egg mixture to the pan and let it cook st low heat. When egg mixture begin to harden, add fried plantains on top. Cover with a lid and cook under low heat until all the egg firms up.
- Serve with sliced avocado or a salad.
- You can use any other oil of choice and leave out butter. I added it because I love the smell and the taste it adds.
- Also to reduce calories, you can spray sliced plantains with oil, spread on a baking sheet and bake instead of deep-frying.
- This recipe is not recommended for you if you are on the strict phase of a low carb diet e-g (Keto, SUPA).