easy Chiquita Banana Vegetarian Casserole Recipe


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easy Chiquita Banana Vegetarian Casserole Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8



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A lovely combination of sweet and savory, this vegetarian main dish is easy to make and one that kids will love as well. This is a great recipe for ripe bananas.


  • 1/4   cup butter
  • 6   ripe Chiquita Bananas
  • 1   Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1   cup finely diced White onions
  • 2   (12-oz.) pkg. Meatless grounds (soy ground beef substitute)
  • 1   (6-oz.) can Tomato paste
  • 1   Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1   tsp. Salt
  • 1/2   tsp. Pepper
  • 2   cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  •   Optional toppings: avocado, lime, cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce

Instructions for:

easy Chiquita Banana Vegetarian Casserole Recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 9 × 13-inch baking dish. In a large frying pan, melt butter and mash bananas, and cook for 10 minutes. Spread into prepared baking dish. In the same frying pan, add olive oil and fry onions until lightly brown. Add meatless grounds and tomato paste. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes. Layer sauce on top of bananas in baking dish. Add a layer of shredded cheddar cheese on top. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 5 minutes more. Serve with avocado, lime, hot sauce, cilantro, & sour cream. — Recipe idea and photo courtesy of Cynthia Wylie for the Ultimate Chiquita Banana Recipe Contest.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories 440; Total Fat 21 g (Sat 11 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1 g, Mono 5.5 g); Cholesterol 45 mg; Sodium 1160 mg; Potassium 590 mg; Total Carbohydrates 39 g; Dietary Fiber 9 g; Total Sugars 17 g; Protein 28 g. Percent Daily Value: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin B6 20%; Vitamin C 25%; Vitamin D 0%; Calcium 30%; Iron 25%.

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Recipe Comments

  • June 16, 2012
    I loved this recipe. I exchanged the vegetable protein with frozen cheese ravioli. Huge family hit. Will make again.
  • June 1, 2012
    2 gourmets
    Yuk! The bananas would be better exchanged for some lasagna noodles or plantains (perhaps Chiquita also distributes plantains?).
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