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Oct. 6, 2015

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Cooked plantains have more vitamin A than raw bananas. Vitamin A is important for bone growth and vision!


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Grilled Plantains

Grilled Plantains

While technically a fruit, plantains are often treated as potatoes in cooking. Plantains can be used at any stage of ripeness. They contain folate, a nutrient that plays an important role in cancer prevention.


4 plantains (green, yellow, or speckled)


Preheat oven to 350 F or grill to medium-high heat.

Cut the ends off the plantains, and cut each plantain sharply on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces. Bake or grill the plantains for about 10 minutes until the skins are charred and the insides are soft. Serve the plantains in the skins.

Grilled Plantains are best when eaten fresh from the grill. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftovers will keep for up to 2 days.

Per serving: Calories: 278; Fat: 0.4 g; Saturated Fat: 0.2 g; Calories from Fat: 1.4%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 1.9 g; Carbohydrates: 74.8 g; Sugar: 13.4 g; Fiber: 5.5 g; Sodium: 12 mg; Calcium: 5 mg; Iron: 1.4 mg; Vitamin C: 26.2 mg; Beta-Carotene: 886 mcg; Vitamin E: 0.3 mg

Source: The Survivor’s Handbook: Eating Right for Cancer Survival by Neal D. Barnard, M.D. and Jennifer Reilly, R.D.

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs. 

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Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Learn more here >>

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