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[Recipe] Prawns with Banana Peel Thoran.

A delicious healthy recipe commissioned from Sleekgeek Success Story turned Coach,  Sylvia Frank (read more about her here).

Carefully designed to fit in with the Sleekgeek Food List,  Healthy Meal Template, and  Portion Control Guide.


Recommended for: Lunch or dinner
Serves: 1 Women’s portion – double up ingredients for 1 Men’s portion (see full portion control guide here).


  • Quality Protein 
    • 12 smallish shrimp, deveined and lightly cooked
  • Vegetables
    • 1 cup thin green beans
    • 5 vine tomatoes
  • Smart Carb
    • Half a sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • Healthy Fat
    • 1 tsp sugar-free/salt-free nut butter
  • Herbs, Spices, Extras
    • Half a tsp turmeric
    • Half a tsp cumin seeds
    • Half a tsp curry (optional)
    • 1 clove crushed garlic
    • Salt
    • 2 banana peels

Ingredients are based off the Sleekgeek Food List, combined together using the Sleekgeek Healthy Meal Template, and portioned out with the Sleekgeek Portion Control Guide.


  • Frying pan
  • Small mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fork
  • Strainer
  • grinder/blender
  • Pots 
  • Small oven dish


  • Shred your banana peels with a fork to make spaghetti shape.
  • Boil the banana skin strips for about 10 minutes, strain.
  • At the same time boil your potato cubes in another small pot of water, strain when cooked through.
  • In a bowl add your turmeric, salt, curry, garlic and cumin seeds to the banana peels, mix well and leave to stand.
  • In a small bowl mix together the ground coconut and the peanut butter and set aside.
  • Bring a small pot of water to the boil, add half a tsp salt and simmer the green beans for 3 to 5 minutes, drain.
  • Lightly brush the vine tomatoes with olive oil and pop them in the oven to grill until soft and the skins burst open. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt and cracked black pepper.
  • In a frying pan melt the peanut butter/coconut mixture at medium heat, toss in the prawns and make sure to stir them all in the mix. Fry for just a few minutes, adding salt to taste. Remove the prawns from the pan and set aside to keep warm.
  • Add the banana peel mix to the frying pan and stir fry for just a minute or two on high heat, remove the mixture from the pan and keep warm. Add your cooked sweet potato and mix through.
  • Flash heat/dry fry the green beans through once more in their pot.


  • Position the green beans on the plate.
  • Spoon the banana peel thoran onto the plate.
  • Arrange the prawns and vine tomatoes as you please.
  • Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley

Point of interest: Banana peels are calorie free but add bulk and fibre to a dish as well as providing a really decent amount of potassium, electrolytes, magnesium, Vit B6 and B12.

Banana peels also contain tryptophan which increases serotonin levels therefore great for lifting the mood! They also contain lutein – a powerful antioxidant! And they are delicious when cooked as described above.

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