06 Aug 7 Tropical Grab-&-Go Meal Ideas to Switch Up Your Basic Bowls
Staying home does not have to equal staying stagnant with flavors. With consumer habits changing drastically over the last few months, and more and more people seeking out prepared meals, institutional meal providers are looking for ways to make their grab-&-go meals stand out from the crowd. So we’ve put together some of our favorite meals featuring a variety of pre-cooked, ready-to-heat and serve, tropical food products. Get inspired and get creative with this grab-&-go meals!
Ripe Plantain Slices With Shrimp, Avocados, Rice & Beans
Ahhh, the ripe plantain. We had to start off with this fruit as it naturally sweet, low in sodium, gluten-free and holds extremely well in prepared meals due to its texture. Traditionally, plantains have to be peeled and chopped before cooking, but Big Banana® Ripe Plantain Slices come pre-sliced and peeled, saving you a timely, messy preparation. Top them on a rice bowl like the one above in the form of slices, or try them in other cuts such as tidbits and rounds.
Thai Noodles with Plantain Tidbits
Tropical Shrimp Salad with Ripe Plantain Rounds + Yuca Croutons
The green plantain, or toston, is an excellent way to switch up a grab-&-go burger or sandwich. Traditionally served on bread, these meals can easily transform your customers to a tropical paradise simply by swapping out the bun for this gluten-free alternative. Check out this mouth-watering burger served on Tio Jorge® Traditional Tostones.
California Toston Burger with Bacon & Avocado
Yuca, or cassava, is one of the world’s most versatile root vegetables. Similar to its cousin, the potato, it is perfect as a side dish for meals to go. Not to mention, it’s hard to resist eating them in the car on the way home (especially if they’re Tio Jorge® Yuca Fries)!
Angus Burger With Ripe Plantains, Guava BBQ, Avocado & A Mango Salsa
Spicy Chicken Pinwheels Lunchbox With Yuca Fries
In case you’re looking to give your customers more of a crunchy side dish, these Tio Jorge® Plantain Strips are the solution. Dip them in your signature salsas and cremas and let the tropical flavors of the green plantain do the rest.
Plantain Strips with Aji Amarillo Sauce, Salsa & Cilantro Crema
These are just a small handful of applications for these tropical food products. To get some further inspiration, check out how Mama Choa is using some of these products as ingredient solutions for their prepared meals.
Available year-round, and with a long shelf-life, MIC Food products are cost-effective and save you time in the kitchen, so you can spend more time plating beautiful and delicious grab-&-go meals for your customers.
Ready to try Big Banana® by MIC Food? Contact our sales team and request samples today! Or Ask Our Chef about how you can incorporate plantains and yuca into your menu!