This #SabrosoSaturday we bring you a sweet and savory treat all in one. I think this is the quickest entrée you can make using a microwave, a ripe sweet plantain, butter, and soy crumbles. You can make the canoa in the oven but it will take a little longer. Canoa in Spanish means canoe. The first time someone suggested I make my partner this dish, I had never eaten or even heard of a canoa before.
For those who don’t know what a canoa is, it is a sweet plantain split down the middle and filled with protein. Since this is VegLatino, I used Worthington Loma Linda Vege-Burger products as the filler. The good thing about this product is that you don’t have to drain any fat since it is not meat. You can use this in lasagna, tacos, or even stuffed cabbage. You can make this as a sweet dish but I prefer to make it with a tomatoe-based filler. All of my recipes are for two people because for the time being there are only two of us who eat. I have yet to make a canoa for JuanGa or Daniela, our two-month old daughter.
2 Ripe Plantains
1 small onion
½ green pepper
½ head of garlic finely diced
1 tomatoe chopped
Half spoon of capers
1/2 can of Vege-Burger (soy product)
¼ tsp of Salt
Pinch of Oregano
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 8oz can of Tomatoe Sauce
1 cup of water
Soy or Regular shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions for Microwave Cooking
In a sauté pan heat the olive oil on medium. Finely dice the garlic. Chop the onion, tomatoe, and green pepper. Add the capers. Sauté the vegetables and add the Vege- Burger; break it up with your cooking spoon. Add the salt, pepper, and oregano. Add the tomatoe sauce, water, and simmer all the ingredients. Taste for seasoning and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Take the two plantains and cut the tips. Leave the skin on and cut the plantain from end to end with out splitting the plantain into two separate halves. Place in a microwave safe dish for five minutes. Start to cook the plantains and depending on how ripe the plantains are you will see how quickly the plantains will start to open.
At the two-minute mark stop the microwave and take them out of the microwave. Be careful because they will be hot. Use the butter to coat the inside of the plantain. Separate the skin a little to coat the outside of the plantain with the rest of the butter. Put the plantains back into the microwave and watch for the plantains to get softer and split completely. Take them out of the microwave and carefully remove the skins. Add the soy filling down the middle and top with the shredded cheese.
Total cooking time is about 25 minutes.
Photo Credit by Evil Jess