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Dinner for One: Vegan Latin Bowl

Servings: 1 bowl

Ingredients

Warm Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 3 to matillos husks removed and tops trimmed
  • 1/4 yellow onion diced
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 serrano pepper membrane and seeds removed
  • Handful cilantro
  • Pinch of salt

Spanish Brown Rice:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 3/4 vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • Pinch salt

Rest of the bowl:

  • 1/2 brown plantain sliced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt
  • Two leaves of swiss chard stems trimmed and discarded
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Scoop of black beans warmed

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a cast iron skillet. Place the tomatillos trimmed side down. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until slightly sizzling and lightly golden brown. Transfer to the jar of a food processor, along with yellow onion, juice from 1 lime, serrano pepper, handful of cilantro and a few pinches of salt. Blend until pureed and set aside.
  • To a small pot, heat a few teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Place the garlic atop and cook until fragrant, an additional minute. Pour in the rice, vegetable stock, tomato paste, cumin and salt; mix until completely combined. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the liquid is dissolved and the rice is completely cooked.
  • In the cast iron you used to roast the tomatillos (we're about minimal clean-up in these parts), heat a few teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the slices of plantain, a pinch of salt and cook on both sides for about 1-2 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Remove and set aside. Add the swiss chard, red wine vinegar and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, until wilted.
  • To assemble the bowl, add the rice to the bottom of a bowl, top with the slices of plantains, wilted swiss chard, scoop of black beans, few slices of radishes and a spoonful of tomatillo salsa.