If you are looking for healthy food to keep you fueled for longer look no further than these Haitian breakfast recipes.
Preparing a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be lengthy. These Haitian breakfast recipes are easy and are a go to when in a rush. So instead of gracing your dining table with the same meals every morning, why not unleash your cooking skills and give your loved one a taste of Haiti. Make sure to make enough because they may beg for more.
And below is a lowdown:
1. Plantain Porridge (Labouyi Bannann)
Plantain porridge is one of the most loved dishes in Haiti, which is enjoyed for breakfast or dinner. Unlike any other regular porridge that is prepared with flour, for Labouyi, only plantains are used. However, you can also use flour with cornmeal.
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Taking Labouyi for breakfast keeps you energized for longer. The porridge is known for its sweet and creamy. Every sip keeps you glued to your bowl.
2 green plantains
½ cup of coconut milk
1 star anise
1 tbsp butter
1tsp vanilla extract
4 ½ cups of water
1 cup of boiled milk
- Wash and peel your plantains while leaving some skin for additional nutrients. Cut the plantains into sizeable chunks
- Add a cup of water in a blender and transfer the plantains. Blend them into a thick puree
- Add two cups of water, coconut milk, cinnamon, and, milk, in a cooking pot and bring it to a boil
- Add your plantain puree and stir for four minutes until the mixture thickens. Add salt, vanilla extract and sugar and keep stirring for 12 minutes
- Reduce the heat and cook the porridge for 15 minutes. Taste to ensure the plantain is fully cooked and you have a creamy texture
- Enjoy with Haitian bread
2. Fwa Bef Ak Zonyon (Beef Liver and Onions)
Beef liver is one of the healthiest foods you can enjoy any time of the day. The organ is a nutritional powerhouse which has high levels of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and other essential nutrients. Vitamin B12 helps breakdown food to energy and keeps your body energized for long. So adding beef liver to your breakfast diet will help you conquer the day with confidence.
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However, you need to be vigilant when preparing your liver to avoid messing up with the recipe. The secret to a tasty beef liver is starting high then finish low.
1 pound beef liver (cubed)
2tbsp tomato sauce
¼ cup of cooking oil
2tbsp white vinegar
2 large onions (chopped)
2 lime (juiced)
3tbsp of Epis (Haitian seasoning base)
1. Put your liver in a large bowl and add your lime juice. Mix thoroughly using your fingers, and set aside. Put water in a cooking pot and bring it to a boil
2. Pour the boiling water over the liver to give it a quick blanch
3. Drain the water and marinate with Epis for 10-15 minutes. Sauté your liver on a large saucepan until golden brown
4. Add onions, salt, and tomato paste and stir for two minutes, add water half a cup and cook for about five minutes
5. Reduce the heat and cook it for 5 minutes then serve with a hard-boiled egg and plantains
3. Ze Ak Bannann (Haitian Eggs And Plantains)
Ze ak Bannann is a sweet, spicy combination of eggs and plantains which makes a great pick to kick start your day. The combination is rich in carbs and proteins to keep your body fueled for longer. When you wake up late or in a rush, this recipe comes in handy.
3 semi-ripe plantains
2tbsp olive oil
3 tomatoes (diced)
1 tsp black pepper
2 green pepper (diced)
1 tbsp scotch bonnet pepper (diced)
1 tsp Adobo seasoning
1. In a cooking pot, boil three cups of water and add salt. Cut the small ends of your plantain and slice it in half then add to the boiling water. Simmer for about 10 minutes
2. In a large bowl, add salt, Adobo, pepper, and beat your eggs and whisk to ensure they are properly mixed
3. Sauté your onions, tomatoes, peppers, scotch bonnet pepper for about five minutes
4. Add the eggs and scramble for another five minutes. Drain your plantains and remove the peel. Place them on a platter and serve with your eggs
4. Mais Moulin ak Zepina (Cornmeal and Spinach)
Mais Moulin ak Zepina is one of the versatile dishes which can be enjoyed along with other foods to give it a nutritional boost. The delicacy is usually served along with avocados for breakfast. You can also add a protein boost by accompanying it with eggs or fish.
When perfectly prepared, Mais Moulin ak Zepina gives your taste buds an orgasm.
1 bunch of fresh spinach (chopped)
2 cups cornmeal (coarse)
1 diced tomato
1tbsp tomato sauce
1 diced onion
1 Maggie chicken Bouillon cube
1tsp all-purpose seasoning
1. Sauté your onions and tomatoes in a saucepan. Add salt and Maggie cube and stir for two minutes
2. Add spinach and stir for a minute. Add water and tomato paste, and stir to mix. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil.
3. Add your cornmeal and stir for about five minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes while frequently stirring to avoid clumping.
4. Add water if need be. Serve while hot with sliced Avocados
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