Broccoli Po' Boys with Plantain Fries

The local Harris Teeters' cauliflower shipment didn't come in. When this happens, usually it means a recall is in the mix. Seeing as how I already got E Coli this year, I wasn't about to go searching for cauliflower anywhere nearby.


All the same, I was really excited to make vegan po' boys for Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Carnivale. Broccoli and cauliflower are basically the same right? There are scores of broccoli and cauliflower "wing" recipes online, so why should this be any different?


Well, I don't know what it was supposed to taste like, but this is the result I got - carbo loaded goodness. I think the plantain fries were a perfect side, and you gotta go with Abita on this holiest of days.



Po' Boy Recipe Inspired by by Cadry's Kitchen Cauliflower Recipe| Serves: 2 hefty sandwiches | Time: ~30 min.


Ingredients

½ head #broccoli broken into florets

French bread


Dry Mix

1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour or regular whole wheat

2 tbsp cup cornmeal

1/2 tbsp #Cajun seasoning

1 tsp nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Dash of black pepper


Wet Mix

2 tbsp unsweetened cashew milk

1 tbsp hot sauce


Spicy Mayo

¼ cup vegan mayo

1½ tsp hot sauce

½ tsp dijon mustard


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Set aside.


Combine the dry mix ingredients in a small mixing bowl and the wet ones in a separate bowl. Toss the broccoli florets in the wet mixture then transfer to the dry mixture and coat well.


Spread the florets on the sheet pan and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Cook until the broccoli is tender and is easily pierced with a fork.


While the broccoli roasts, mix the mayo ingredients together. Spread a thick layer of the spicy mayo on both sides of the bread, then layer with the cooked broccoli. Top with more hot sauce, lettuce and tomato.



Fries by Real Simple Good | Serves: 2 | Time: 15 min


Ingredients

1 large green #plantains

2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil

Salt to taste


Instructions

Start by scoring plantain peels lengthwise with a knife, and then remove the peels. Cut plantains in half, and then cut the halves in half again so you end up with four half cylinders. Slice them into thin strips like fries.


Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and once it is hot, add your coconut or avocado oil to the pan.


Place your plantain strips into the skillet, and season with salt. After a few minutes, flip the strips over and season with salt again. Add more oil if necessary as you go. You want the fries to get a little brown and crispy on both sides.


Once fries have reached desired level of crispy perfection, remove the fries from the heat and place them on a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil.


Serve immediately. I used the spicy mayo from the po' boy recipe to dip the fries in.


Plantains vs Potatoes: They're very similar in nutritional value. Though plantains have more carbs, they also have more of your daily fiber. It's also just fun to switch it up.

What I ate and drank today

96 oz of water

4 cups of decaf coffee

2 cornbread waffles

1 piece of vegan king cake from Sticky Fingers Bakery -- Yay Fat Tuesday!

Kale salad

1 diet coke

Broccoli po'boy

Plantain fries

Abita's Mardi Gras 2019 brews


Exercise

~ 4 miles of walking

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