This recipe for Fried Plantains and Beans comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn to prepare this meal with the "Cooking Priest," Father Leo Patalinghug!

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Fried Plantains

• 6 ripe green plantains
• Salt to taste
• 6 tablespoons FAIR TRADE olive oil

Peel plantains and cut into thin slices. Lightly salt both sides. Pour oil into pan and heat. Carefully place each plantain slice into oil and fry each side until golden. Drain on rack or paper towel.


• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons FAIR TRADE olive oil
• Two 16-ounce cans of black beans, drained
• 1 large tomato, chopped
• Paprika and chili pepper to taste

In a large pan, sauté onion in oil, then add beans, tomato, paprika and chili pepper. Cook over low heat until hot. Serve with plantains.


Calories 357 kcal
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrates 61 g
Dietary Fiber 9 g
Total Sugars 20 g
Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Phosphorus 55 mg
Potassium 704 mg
Sodium 473 mg

Note: Assumed only 2 tablespoons olive oil absorbed for frying plantains.

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