What if there was a way to eat more plant-based foods while reducing the amount of food waste in your kitchen? You’re Lucky: Low-Waste Chef Max La Manna has a plethora of recipes that achieve just that. Includes a vegan BLT recipe that swaps bacon for bananas.
“BLT” usually stands for bacon, lettuce, and tomato. And while that sounds delicious, it’s not the most planet-friendly option, as pork is one of the worst meats for the environment. However, exchanging in plant foods is good for both your health and the planet, as these options have a much smaller carbon footprint compared to products of animal origin.
However, with La Manna’s plant-based twist on the traditional sandwich recipe, you don’t have to worry about your carbon footprint. Instead of using bacon, his recipe calls for a surprising ingredient: fried banana peels.
Max La Manna’s Banana Peel BLT
In a recent episode of good togetherLa Manna told Brightly the secret behind his vegan BLT recipe.
“You can bake banana peels,” he says. “I would marinate the banana peel overnight, then bake it on a baking sheet until nice and crispy and make a BLT-‘B’ which stands for the banana peel.”
Here’s how to make a vegan BLT step by step.
Vegan BLT recipe
Banana Peel Bacon Ingredients:
Leftover banana peel
1 tbsp coconut aminos
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp bell pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
Toppings of your choice
1. Instead of throwing your banana peels in the trash, use up every last bit. To mimic the flavor of bacon, coat the skins with a mixture of maple syrup, garlic powder, paprika, and your other spices. Then bake them in the oven or air fryer. Check out our step-by-step guide to making banana peel bacon.
2. Once your banana peel bacon is done, add it to a sandwich with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and your choice of toppings.
3. Enjoy your delicious vegan BLT!
Other ways to use banana peels
But wait, there’s more. La Manna says there are several ways to cook with banana peels. He tells us you can to blend banana peels – and use the finished product to make your favorite breakfast recipes!
“First I would warm it up in a bowl with some water and some spices, kind of like marinating,” explains La Manna. “And then I would blend it so that it pulverizes and becomes very soft and almost liquid with other ingredients like vegetable milk. It looks like a smoothie afterwards. You can’t say it’s banana peel, but you can taste the taste of banana. Then I use that liquid to make cakes, banana bread, pancakes, muffins – everything.”
Plus, you can even use banana peels to make pulled “pork”. According to La Manna, all you need to do is fry the skins in a skillet, add spices and barbecue sauce, then add it to a bun for a pulled “pork” sandwich.
All in all, La Manna taught us that we can also be low-waste, plant-based cooks. It just takes a little creativity and a willingness to try new things. And the best part? We’re saving the planet, one delicious recipe at a time.
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