Because eating well doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
Becoming a vegetarian or vegan is one of the best things you can do for the planet but what if (like quite a few of us at Global Cool Headquarters) you’re not ready to ditch meat completely? Never fear, you can still do your bit for the planet (and make yourself healthier and richer) by incorporating Meat Free Mondays into your life.
Meat Free Mondays will bring you the crème de la crème of vegetarian recipes to encourage you to ditch meat just one night a week. And this meal of Plantain Chips, Cashews and Dried Cranberries in Coconut, Chilli and Cinnamon by Deena Kakaya is totally delish for either lunch or dinner…
one large green plantain
4 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
¼ tablespoon ground cinnamon
3-4 tablespoons desiccated coconut
a generous handful of dried cranberries
200 g cashew nuts
oil for frying plantain chips
Heat the oil in a deep pan and in the meantime, take the green skin off the plantain and cut the plantain into 1 cm thick circles with a knife of mandolin.
Fry the chips until they are crisp and deepened in colour. You will feel that they are tougher and crisp when you move them with a slotted spoon.
Remove the chips onto a kitchen paper and leave them to cool.
In a non stick pan, toast the cashew nuts until they are lightly golden before adding the cinnamon and the plantain chips. Mix well.
Stir in the chilli flakes, mix again. Then add the agave nectar and the desiccated coconut. Thoroughly mix it all together to make sure the spices and coconut are evenly distributed.
Toss in the dried cranberries and mix again.
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…
Image: Meat Free Mondays.