Malanga is usually known as Taro. It’s a root vegetable grown in the tropics because it loves warm climates. This vegetable has a ton of benefits for us. One cup of cooked Malanga contains multiple nutrients; magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins B and C, as well as potassium and protein. Moreover, you would use it as you would potatoes; mashed or in cubes and believe me, I would use Malanga instead of potatoes any time, since the flavor is amazing.
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Approximate Cost: $11.63 or $3.88 per serving
Difficulty Level: X Easy ____ Intermediate ____ Advanced
A. Ingredients Chicken Balls ($4.05)½ lb. Ground chicken 98% fat free ($4.99/lb. = $2.49)
1 ¼ tsp. Adobo (.20)
1 tbsp. Minced Dry Onion (.30)
1 tsp. Angie’s Basting oil (add 1 tsp. to ground chicken) (.40)
1 ½ tbsp. Panko (.30)
½ tsp. Paprika (.20)
1 egg (.16)
Ingredients Malanga ($3.44)½ lb. Malanga root (.89)
1 tsp. Adobo to boil the Malanga (.20)
7 tsps. Angie’s basting Oil (to brown the chicken balls & make garlic sauce) ($2.00)
5 cloves of chopped garlic (.35)
Ingredients Black Beans Salad ($1.69)1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (.99)
1 tbsp. salad olives (.20)
1 tsp. Angie’s Basting Oil (.40)
¼ tsp. Adobo (or to-taste) (.10)
1 tsp. lemon juice (O)
Ingredients to Garnish ($2.45)1 avocado ($1.25)
1 bunch of chopped scallions (.20)
Directions for the Chicken Balls and Garlic-EVOO Sauce
Add all the ingredients listed under A. and mix just until they all blend.
With a spoon, make 6 to 7 balls of the same size.
Brown in the oil. Remove from skillet, add the chopped garlic and Adobo to taste. Drizzle the oil over the malanga when serving.
Directions to Cook Malanga
Start by peeling the Malanga and cut into 2” chunks.
Add to a saucepan enough water, (about 3 cups) and Adobo to taste, bring to a boil.
Cook until tender, about 20 minutes, drain, add few tsp. of basting oil and puree it well.
Directions for the Black Beans Salad ($1.69)
Drained and rinse the can black beans, add them to a bowl.
Add the salad olives, Angie’s Basting Oil, lemon juice and Adobo (or to-taste). Mix well.
To serve, garnish with avocado and chopped scallions. Enjoy!
Angie’s Basting Oil: www.angieslifehacks.com/cuisine/the-flavor-series-recipe-2-angies-basting-olive-oil
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