I know, you weren't expecting this combination: glazed paleo banana carrots… Raj has finally snapped! Let me tell you a story. Years ago, during my first degree, a roommate and I were trying to figure out what we should have for breakfast. The kitchen was pretty empty that morning (…or “afternoon” may be more accurate). I joked that we should make banana omelettes. “Ew dude!” was the response. And even though I've never made them, ever since that day anytime I'm looking to come up with a unique food combination I always come back to my “banana challenge”.
I have made a few interesting banana dishes in the past and the funny thing is that when I Google them after they've often already been done. For example, I made banana mashed potatoes one time to go with pork chops. It was pretty good (though I would've actually preferred more banana in that one), and it turns out that there are quite a few sites with recipes for that dish.
Anyway, the other day I was again in a situation where I didn't have a lot of plant-based foods in the kitchen but found a bag of carrots that I knew I was going to slice up and cook. Desperate for something interesting I found that bananas and thought “Yes! It's been a while since I've done the ‘banana challenge'!” And I've been craving cooked bananas. Deep fried is what has really been on my mind, but this was a healthier version for sure. Also, it was SUPER EASY and FAST (happy Devi? BTW, I think the boys might really dig this).
Completely unrelated: I just watched “Scent of a Woman” on TV. Probably my favorite Al Pacino movie. He did an incredibly believable job of portraying a blind man. Al's a pretty amazing actor in general. If you haven't seen it, you must! Hoo-wah!
- 2 cups carrots (peeled and finely sliced)
- 2 bananas (peeled and halved length-wise and cross-wise)
- 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
- 5–6 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2–3 Tbsp ghee (substitute coconut oil for AIP*)
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 F.
- Melt ghee in a pot over medium heat.
- Add carrots and stir often enough to prevent carrots from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Cook until carrots are soft enough to pierce with a sharp knife.
- Stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, a sprinkle of salt, and 4-5 Tsp syrup and remove from heat.
- Place bananas on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and salt and drizzle with syrup.
- Cook in oven/toaster oven until warmed thru (around 10 minutes).
- Cut bananas into bite-sized pieces and gently mix with carrots.
*AIP – Autoimmune protocol
- Category: Side
- Cuisine: Vegetable