I love Cuban food. The flavor combination of the savory and sweet, with the mixture of garlic, black beans, and maduros (fried ripe plantains) is perfection.
This is what I was thinking about when I set out to make a black bean burger. The plantains add a touch of sweetness to an, otherwise, savory mash. Fried in a bit of olive oil, they even take on a very "burger" look. Combined with my Citrus Cabbage Salad and a few wedges of avocado, dinner was a hit.
Energetically, the protein in beans supports grounding the lower chakras while the carbohydrates inherent in them trickle in energy to support the solar plexus. For this reason, they have a balancing effect in the body. Plantains add to this balancing by providing enhanced nourishment to the solar plexus chakra.