Recipe: Plantain and Black Bean Croquettes

In an exercise with my training group a few months ago, we were asked to tell “our story” to a partner. My story is a great one, a heroic adventure filled with the formulaic trials, tribulations and triumphs we all come to expect from a good tale. I’ve chosen to frame my experiences in a positive light, one that focuses on the learning and growth that has occurred as a result of them.

And while all of us likely have a story (the how we got from A to point B story) that we tell to the people that we meet that is more or less is consistent, what about the stories that play themselves out below the surface? The ones that shade how we continue to perceive our reality and shape/create our experiences beyond the overarching linear trajectory we might relay to a stranger? These are the little sub-stories that confirm our beliefs by continuing to create our reality in accordance with them. We have a story in each of the various areas of our life, be it relationships, money, health, etc. This type of story tells itself, through the patterns that we keep repeating in our life.

So what are your subscripts, the stories within your story? A good place to start is to assess what is and isn’t working in your life, and then take each of the items that aren’t working, and tell the background story of that area — either through journaling or to a trusted friend. And then, try and re-frame that story. Don’t forget that we are more than what we’ve been through, and as someone reminded me last night, our stories are only a one-person take on our life. How would someone else tell that same story from the outside? We are the authors of our own lives, and it’s never too late to do a re-write.

Sometimes a picture says a thousand words! One of the things I love about food blogs are the decadent, beautiful photos of food! I haven’t quite incorporated this into my own blog yet (save for that one sad attempt at a photo I took months ago), but I’m working on developing the skillz to inspire! That said, one of my favourite sites for eye candy (or vegan food as the case may be) is Two Blue Lemons. I’ve been on a huge plaintain kick lately, and when I saw this recipe, I couldn’t resist. I combined this with Dreena’s Smoky Avocado sauce in Eat, Drink and Be Vegan and WOWWWIE! It’s an amazing combination of flavours; you’ve got to try these.

Plantain and Black Bean Croquettes

Serves 6

1 can black beans
1 plantain (medium ripeness – yellow skin with black speckles)
1/2 c. red onion
1/4 c. cilantro
2 cloves garlic
Juice from half a lime
1/4 t. cumin
1/4 t. cayenne pepper (I used chili powder instead)
Salt & pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well-combined. Use your hands to form patties with about 1/4 c. of the mixture. Either pan-fry over medium low heat until dark brown and crispy (I used coconut oil for this) or bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.


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