15 Minute Dinner Recipe: Plantain Veggie Pottage

A very busy weekday? Need something speedy and easy to rustle up in less than half an hour for the night? I sure feel you. Some days can get so loaded that putting dinner together could be an obvious dilemma. Like always, I’ve got your back - here’s something delightful for you!

Plantain Porridge is quite a famous Nigerian cuisine, an incredible delicacy that's enjoyed by many. Today's quick dinner recipe is almost similar but with a twist – rather than use green leafy vegetables, I'm using assorted veggies. So I'm calling it Plantain Veggie Pottage.

When considering quick fixes, what comes most handy are those things in your freezer/pantry. My daughter’s inseparable bond with plantains makes them a regular grocery at home. Veggies, on the other hand, are readily available and versatile. That’s why I love to always have them around in the fridge. For me, they’re that extra touch to quick fixes; that extra something that takes a meal from bland to wholesomely appetising.

Unripe plantains are considered most nutritious and primarily used for porridges. However, ripe or unripe, any can be utilised for this recipe.

 Plantain Veggie Pottage Recipe

Plantain Veggie Pottage

Ingredients:

  • 4 Fingers Plantain
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 3 diced Carrots
  • 2 fresh Green peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup Cabbage, sliced
  • 1 Tbsps. Tomato Puree
  • 1 Tbsps. Ground chilli pepper
  • Chicken/Beef Stock (if available)
  • 2 Tbsps. any choice of healthy cooking oil
  • Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

Wash and peel the plantain. Cut into desired sizes.

If using chicken stock, pour the desired quantity into the pot on medium heat. Alternatively, you could pour a cup or two of water into the pot.

Place sliced plantain and a pinch of salt into the pot and bring to boil for 5 minutes. While the plantain cooks, chop veggies and set aside.

Add chilli pepper, onions, tomato puree, oil and seasoning into the pot of plantains. Stir and taste for salt. When plantains are almost tender, add in the chopped veggies (now is the best time to toss in some of that animal protein you've got stored away in the freezer. Boiled, fried or grilled, add them in). Stir thoroughly to combine and leave to simmer on low heat for about 3minutes.

You just got yourself a yummy pot of plantain veggie pottage! Total cooking time? Approximately 15minutes and your dinner is ready to be served.