Spicy Black Bean and Lentil Chili with Cotija Guacamole + Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries.
So….these Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls with Fried Bananas…..YES!
I am on a huge “bowl” food kick right now. I think it’s all this healthy, fresh eating that I’m currently into at the moment. It seems that when it comes to healthy, fresh food it just works nicely in a bowl!
I don’t know, either that or I really just like making giant bowls of delicious food.
But umm, happy Wednesday!! I am so excited for today because I am back in the kitchen cooking. Yes! I spent Monday and Tuesday catching up on computer work (ugh) because I had people finishing up in my kitchen and photo room. They were finishing the final coat of paint and other miscellaneous things, which meant no cooking for me. I cannot even remember the last day I didn’t cook for practically the entire day. With Christmas and New Years, I’ve honestly been cooking for three weeks straight – and pretty much all of December too. My new kitchen surely got a good workout though, especially over Christmas.
Oh my gosh, I was tired, but believe it or not, I still hated sitting and staring at my computer screen all day long.
That is just so not my thing, but everyones gotta do it at some point…I guess. Bottom line is I am crazy exited to get back to cooking and photographing today. I guess I kind of love it…obviously.
Oh, and I also spent a decent portion of my Monday night pulling my brother’s friends giant trailer full of snowmobiles out of my driveway. Yup, I didn’t even know I had it in me, but apparently I am pretty good at getting people unstuck. Even if their trailer is the biggest I have ever seen and they don’t have snow tires (ahh..yes). Who doesn’t have snow tires up here (his friend IS from Michigan though)? And yes, I do have five brothers…wonder where the heck they were?
Ah ah hmmm…..the bar. Yes, I’m serious, or at least the older ones were. Brothers.
And back to these Cuban chicken and black bean quinoa bowls, because my rambling is making me tired.
Doesn’t this just look so pretty and delicious? I think so, especially the delicious part. So many good flavors, so many textures. Besides being a flavor freak, I am also a texture freak, so this is totally my kind of bowl.
Plus, hello! Cuban food. YUM!
Now I realize there are a fair amount of steps to this recipe. DO NOT let this scare you off. I will not lie, these bowls take a little time, but nothing is that hard and you make them to your liking. I of course would not recommend skimping on even one part of this meal, because I think everything in it is a must. The fried bananas? FOR SURE? The Mangos? WITHOUT A DOUBT. The quinoa? Well, rice would totally work awesome here too, but quinoa gives us protein and whole grains. The chicken? THE BEST.
And that pretty much sums up how I feel about this meal.
Meaning I clearly love it to death, which is why my caps lock has been on way too much throughout this post. Sorry, but how else am I supposed to show you my excitement. I mean you can’t actually see me, so caps lock it is. Don’t get annoyed, just know I really, really love this bowl.
And I am kind of mildly (or maybe wildly?) exited for you guys to make them too. I hope you love them as much as we all did!
Oh, but before I go – fried bananas done in a savory dish? Best. Thing. Ever.
Seriously, do not be freaked by them. They are delish!
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Thinking 2015 may be all about food in bowls? Bring it on!
This is delicious! Even my husband who is a little suspicious of quinoa loved it. The sauce and the salsa are outstanding and I envision incorporating them in other future meals. Yes, there are a lots of steps but each one is pretty simple.
Happy Monday!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT
I LOVED this recipe so much when you first published it! This was in my rotation for several years, but in the past few, we’ve started eating vegetarian in our household. Would the marinade work with cubed tofu which we can then sear/sauté? I would think that would work, but was hoping it wouldn’t make the tofu get weird, haha. Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe!!
Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe so often:) I am so glad it is always enjoyed! Sure, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with tofu! Hope you’re off to a great Monday! xxT
We made this tonight with tofu, and oh my goodness it’s just as delicious as I remember! Drained and pressed tofu, then cubes and marinated for a half hour. Sautéed just like the chicken and it turned out so well!! Thank you so much again, Tieghan!
Thanks for your comment! So glad to hear that this dish was a winner, thanks a lot for giving it a go! ?xTieghan
Made this dish along with yams cooked in Coconut milk with curry, cumin, & cilantro and a Coconut Limeade beverage as a prelude to watching VIVO on Netflix! This recipe is 5 Star Fabulous!!! And our family asked me to make this one again!
Also just a note, I dusted the banana slices with powered Gaujillio Chile – they carmelized beautifully. I also used a little achiote in making the quinoa. All the flavors blended so well! I wish we could post photos to show how well this turned out!!!
Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and I appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan
A finicky and labor intensive recipe that yields disappointing results. Too many conflicting flavors and not very Cuban in taste. Not to mention a recipe that was poorly laid out and not proofread. Plus all the jabber in the beginning was clearly meant to make you read all the ads.
So sorry this recipe was not enjoyed, please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan
In what world is this an acceptable comment on someone’s page? Your behavior is uncalled for and repellent. If you don’t like the recipe, you may want to recall that you aren’t the only person on this planet and everyone celebrates different flavors. Attempting to break someone’s livelihood down is abhorrent. You should be ashamed.
What kind of red peppers are you using?
Those are chili peppers. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Are they dried chili peppers?
This is quite a tasty little recipe! I wanted to save time so I only made the chicken, then served it with cilantro lime rice and seasoned black beans out of the can. The bananas were pretty good but I’m not sure they were worth the extra cleanup — just chopped mango and some avocado felt like enough. I ended up reducing the sauce and cooking the chicken in it a little longer to make it tender, but I saved out some of the sauce in its original form and just cooked it for a few minutes with vegan butter for my vegan daughter, and the sauce is much better with less cooking (as it says to do in the instructions here). Adding a tiny bit of brown sugar on top of the chicken when searing it gave it a nice caramel color and coating, though I’d leave out the honey in the marinade on the next go-around just so it’s not so sweet, plus add more peppers (it wasn’t spicy).
Next time I might grill the chicken and have the sauce on the side, like the sauce is meant to be served, to preserve its zesty flavor. It was bright and delicious and fresh, my favorite part of the dish. Everyone gobbled up all parts of this, not even one scrap of leftover for my lunch tomorrow. A keeper!
Thanks for making the recipe, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan
They are called plantains. They are not bananas!
Hi Evelyn! You could use plantains.. but I used bananas in this recipe. I hope you try it! xTieghan