Carne de Panela – Vegan Beef Stew

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we both are passionate vegans. We try our best to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and reduce the amount of waste we produce. One of our favourite things to do is finding unusual ingredients to play with and make veganism fun! This is exactly what we did for this vegan beef stew!

“It would always end up in our bins”

We were pretty skeptical about this one. You might have never thought of cooking with it. Before we made this discovery, it would always end up in our bins. This special ingredient is… Banana peel!

It took us a little while to adventure and try it out because it just did not sound appetising! We were worried about the taste and the texture of the peels once cooked. But we decided to give it a go this week as we were left with plenty of skins from our banana smoothies.

“A recipe my grandma used to always make”

The first that came through my mind (Laura) was to make this Brazilian recipe that my grandma used to always make when I was little. In Brazil, we call it “Carne de Panela”, which translates to “Pot Meat”. I found out that there was a similar recipe in English called “Beef Stew”. So, I tried to adapt my grandma’s recipe to make it vegan. It turned out delicious, so without further ado, let’s get into the recipe!

Carne de Panela – Vegan “Beef” Stew

Ingredients (for 2 people)
A list of all the ingredients used to make this vegan beef stew
  • 4 banana peels
  • 1tbs of soya sauce
  • 1tsp of cumin
  • 1tsp of paprika
  • Olive oil
  • 1tsp of herbs (including thyme)
  • 1tsp of ginger powder
  • 1tsp of parsley
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 big carrot
  • 1 big potato
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 big onion
  • 1 cube of vegetable stock dissolved in 4 cups of water

Preparing the banana peel

First thing first, make sure to wash the bananas very well before you start. I started by peeling them and used a spoon to scrape the “white” soft bits off the inside.

Next, I shredded them into strings by using a fork – this is the most annoying and time-consuming part, especially if you make this recipe for a lot of people. Don’t worry, the skin tends to turn brown very quickly, but it is normal. After shredding them, cut the strands in half. The smell is going to be very strong when you do this, but don’t give up, I promise it will be worth it.

Then, the next thing to do is to make the marinade of spices, mixed with some soya sauce. Put the peels in a bowl and add 1tsp of cumin, 1tsp of paprika, and 2tbsp of soya sauce. Leave your peels with the spices for a few minutes, while you cut the other ingredients, so they absorb the flavours.

Preparing the stew

Onions are a big part of this dish. I first made sure to cut the onion in big stripes. Then, I peeled and cut the potato and the carrot in cubes. Finally, I cut the tomatoes in small cubes. I also dissolved 1 cube of vegetable stock in approximately 4 cups of boiling water.

Next, I put some olive oil in a pot at medium heat, and then I cooked the onion until they were lightly brown. This is important because the light brown in the pot will give your final sauce the brown colour.

Then, I added the tomatoes and the marinated banana peels. I cooked them until the tomatoes started to dissolve – this might take some time. It really started to look like meat.

Next, I added the carrots, the potatoes, and the vegetable stock and all the spices. I let it cook in medium heat until they were soft and the veggie stock turned into a delicious brown sauce.

You should be left with this delicious vegan beef(less) stew that no one will believe has banana peels in it. We like to eat it with rice on the side. Enjoy 😊

The list of ingredients is based off of a small portion (for two people), but feel free to add more of each ingredient, proportionally, in order to increase the portion size.

You can also try to make a banana peel vegan pulled pork sandwich here!

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