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Friday, July 31, 2015

Banana Casserole for One

This one’s going to sound a little odd, but you really have to give it a try. The banana adds subtle sweetness, and it’s a great complement to the Worcestershire Sauce and the cumin. I haven’t been to the Caribbean, but it reminds me of it anyway. In fact, I think I can hear tin drums being played…

½ TBLSP vegan butter
1 small ripe banana
Slosh of olive oil
¼ white onion, finely diced
3 ounces meatless grounds (soy ground beef substitute)
1 TBLSP vegan Worcestershire Sauce (my recipe is at the bottom of my Unbacon recipe)
Pinch of ground cumin
Shake or two of salt
A few grinds of pepper
3 TBLSP shredded faux cheese, cheddar or mozzarella flavored
Optional toppings: avocado, lime, cilantro, vegan sour cream, hot sauce

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a single-serving-sized baking dish.
  1. In a skillet or frying pan, melt the butter and mash the banana. Cook it for about 5 minutes. There should be some browned bits, but most of it should be ooey gooey. Spread the resulting mash in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  2. Using the same pan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions until they’re slightly brown.
  3. Add the meatless grounds and season with Worcestershire, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the meatless grounds on top of the banana layer. Then sprinkle the faux cheese on top of that layer.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for 5 minutes more.

Serve with the toppings of your choice.


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