One day at the grocery store I passed by the “GOYA” section and just could not pass up a package of maduros which are also called “platanos” or “sweet plantains”. Instantly I was inspired to create a delicious, wholesome meal that took me back to the vibrant island of Puerto Rico.
I hope you enjoy!
Spanish Rice + Beans with Sweet Plantains and Cilantro-Lime Cashew Crema
RICE + BEANS
- 2 cups uncooked brown rice, rinsed
- 2 cups water
- 1 (14.5-16 oz.) can diced tomato
- 1 (15.5 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup yellow, red or green bell pepper, diced
- 1/4-1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- SERVE WITH: Maduros or sweet plantains from Goya (optional)
CILANTRO-LIME CASHEW CREMA
- 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 2 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- juice of one lime
- 1/2 hass avocado
- If making the cashew crema to pair with the rice, soak the cashews first since they take an hour (30 min if you have a really high-speed blender such as a Vitamix). Add raw cashews to a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak for 1 hour. Drain and rinse.
- While the cashews are soaking, add all rice+bean ingredients to a pot, rice cooker, or instant pot. Mix well.
- Rice cooker: Cover and set it to cook on the “Brown Rice” setting which takes about 30 minutes.
- Instant Pot: Cover and set it to cook on the “Pressure Cook” and set for 22 minutes. Allow 10 minutes after cooking is complete to allow for natural pressure release.
- Stovetop: Add all of the ingredients into a large pot. Mix thoroughly and then bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cover. Cook on low until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid, which is about 25-30 minutes.
- Add all of the cashew crema ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until a smooth sauce forms. Add small amounts of water if it is too thick for your blender or to achieve a thinner consistency.
- Once done, allow the rice to cool. Add salt or pepper if needed.
- Serve with Goya Maduros (sweet plantains).
- Garnish with lime or cilantro.