Doubling back Jack

Two weeks ago I spoke of purchasing and utilizing my very first jackfruit and shared my ceviche recipe, and now I would like to share my “pulled pork” recipe. In the end, the particular BBQ sauce will make all the difference and found the one pictured to be a tad too vinegary, but there are others to choose from.
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The jackfruit tree begins to produce fruit after four years and will produce it for up to 100 years. An average tree grows up to forty feet tall and will produce four to eight thousand pounds of fruit per year. The fruit will vary in weight from twenty to eighty pounds each and sometimes exceed two hundred pounds.
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Low in calories and high in fiber Jackfruit is rich in vitamins C, Riboflavin, A, B6, and others. Its mineral content is robust as well high in Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium with smaller amounts of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Selenium.

The seeds are very nutritious and edible too. I boiled mine in salted water for twenty minutes and then allowed them to cool to peel them. If you pan or oven roast them, it will harden the shell and make them easier to peel than just boiling them. They were very much like potatoes, and I highly recommend them!
Wow these cooked seeds are amazingly tasty!

I made the slaw using avocado rather than mayo for a myriad of reasons and also added salt and pepper, not in the picture. Any slaw recipe will work and helps to balance the richness and bold BBQ flavor of the jackfruit.

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Once deseeded I sliced the pods into strips and sautéed with seasoning and broth to slowly cook and soften the flesh of the fruit. After over an hour I added the BBQ sauce and simmered it for thirty more minutes and then placed with the slaw on toasted buns and it was tasty!
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Jackfruit love
Another recipe where no animal need be exploited to make great food. I did freeze some of the pods and will likely smoke them and try them with a different BBQ sauce or better yet make my own.
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Do You Know Jack?

What began as a curiosity after trying bbq jackfruit at a place on the square in Denton has turned into a realization that this IS the next big thing in food. I spoke on it briefly in my last blog as it makes an amazing meat replacement.

The jackfruit tree begins to produce fruit after four years and will produce it for up to 100 years. An average tree grows up to forty feet tall and will produce four to eight thousand pounds of fruit per year. The fruit will vary in weight from twenty to eighty pounds each and sometimes exceed two hundred pounds.
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Low in calories and high in fiber Jackfruit is rich in vitamins C, Riboflavin, A, B6, and others. Its mineral content is robust as well high in Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium with smaller amounts of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Selenium.

I have previously only purchased it in a can from the Asian market. Yesterday I went hunting for a fresh one and was rewarded with one just under twenty pounds. The coloring was as I learned correct for a ripe one. However, it was firmer than expected and inside it was much dryer also, so possibly not quite as ripe as I thought.

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

If you ever feel the need to strengthen your hands buy one like I did. It took a bit longer than anticipated just to make it halfway through the fruit; I will get the other half later. The object is to separate the pods from the fibrous parts and then cull the seed from each pod.
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The seeds are very nutritious and edible too. I will be boiling mine tomorrow for twenty minutes and then eaten as a cross between a potato and chestnut. Once out of the water and slightly cooled peel the skin that remains, if any, that protected it while in its pod. Season and nom.

Oh and before you start this adventure know that this fruit secretes a natural latex so oil your knife and hands to ease on cleanup. My large knife suffered a coating of it, and I ran hot water over it to soften the latex and used dry paper towels to remove it.

www-nutritionaltruths-com-35 In addition to what you see in the pic, I added diced artichokes and salt and pepper. Also only used one jalapeno, one-third of the onion, half the cilantro and four tablespoons of the rice vinegar. Again there are more recipes online for jackfruit ceviche and most anything else with jackfruit than you can imagine.

I Made a ceviche for dinner tonight and will top it with avocado before serving. Tomorrow night it is pulled jackfruit BBQ style and the rest I may freeze for later. There are hundreds of recipes online, and if you’re looking for a no processed meat substitute that is full of fiber and nutrition this would be a great one!

Hope you will give jackfruit a chance one day as it can be bought in cans or premade BBQ, carnitas, etc. in the refrigerated section of your healthful grocery store.

Jackfruit Ceviche!

Jackfruit Ceviche!

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Best Squash Soup Ever!

Sometimes things deserve to be re-blogged, and this very tasty recipe is one of them! With fall upon us and daylight savings coming to a close, pumpkins and squash are everywhere. A heavy fall crop, winter squash offers many variables, and I wanted to make sure you know how amazing it is not only in taste but also for your body.

Squashes history dates back over 10,000 years from an area between Guatemala and Mexico as a food source though originally it was just the seeds that were consumed as the flesh was thin and bitter. Christopher Columbus took them back to Europe where they began to cultivate them.

A couple of the greatest things about consuming winter squash is that it is full of antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory food. Full of vitamins A, C, B6, Manganese, copper, potassium, B2, folate, K, Omega 3 fats, magnesium, and B3.

In addition to being a nutritional friend to our bodies winter squash also helps regulate blood sugar and insulin in addition to being an amazing source of fiber.

This is one of my favorite recipes that can be modified to fit your taste buds by just changing seasonings and it is such a hearty vegan recipe that you have to try it! Have an amazing weekend, share if you like, eat some squash soon and Be Well!

Autumn Hugs Hearty Squash Soup
• One large to medium butternut squash
• One acorn squash
• Two tablespoons coconut oil
• One white onion finely diced
• One teaspoon real salt
• One teaspoon white pepper
• One teaspoon ground nutmeg
• One teaspoon onion powder
• One teaspoon grounds ginger/garlic paste
• Seeds of 8 green and 4 black cardamom-ground
• 4 cups (1 large box) vegetable stock
• 2 cups soaked cashews (4 hours min)
• 2 cups of coconut water or water

Cut squashes in half, clean out seeds, brush flesh with coconut oil and sprinkle salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place face down on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 60 minutes at 350. In a high-speed blender puree the soaked cashews and coconut water for several minutes, set aside. In a stock pot place remainder of coconut oil and onion, cook 5-7 minutes till translucent, then toss in other spices and ground cardamoms and allow to sizzle for up to a minute and then add vegetable stock.

Add cashew mix and scoop out and add the flesh of both squashes. Once complete use an immersion blender to break things down as smooth as you like it, but not completely. This recipe delivers a thick and hearty soup and unless you’re dead set on a perfectly smooth soup try it with the small chunks left in it. Once heated through ladle into bowls or mugs and top with freshly toasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy. This pot of soup serves several and if given an extra day for flavors to marry, all the better!
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Mock Buffalo Chicken Salad

Every now and again I find an item I like so much I decide to make it myself because either it is not easy to acquire due to distance or it is more costly than it should be. Whole foods mock buffalo chicken salad is one such item, and I would like to show you how you can easily make it at home knowing everything that is in it and spending less money.

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The base of the salad comes from the folks at Beyond Meat and in this recipe, I use their Southwest strips and though they are a soy product it is non-GMO and also contains pea protein. In addition to the mock chicken, it contains carrots, celery, either vegenaise or mayo, hot sauce, garlic, onion and smoked chipotle powder.

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The “chicken” needs to be shredded in a food processor to the size above using the S blade. Once completed empty it and then install the adjustable slicing blade to use on the carrots and the celery. Once complete add it all to the bowl along with the mayo/vegenaise, hot sauce, and seasonings.

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In this recipe, I have not added amounts of anything other than a photo of how much celery and carrots I use with two containers of the southwest style strips. I almost always use the entire bottle of hot sauce and If you need exact measurements try one teaspoon each of the garlic, onion, and smoky chipotle flavors until it suits your taste buds.

The bonus of using a mock meat is no worries about food safety like with raw flesh, and nothing had to die for you to eat it. If you don’t have a food processor, and you have the time you could certainly cut everything up into small pieces and have at it.

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This Buffalo mock chicken salad goes great on lettuces or spinach, with crackers, on bread or in a lavash wrap as pictured above with spinach. I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy your weekend! Please share as you like, subscribe and Be Well!

To know winter squash is to love winter squash

Few things come to mind faster than a pumpkin when it comes to thoughts of fall. A heavy fall crop, winter squash offers many variables and wanted to make sure you know how amazing it is for the body.

Its history dates back over 10,000 years from an area between Guatemala and Mexico as a food source though originally it was just the seeds that were eaten as the flesh was thin and bitter. Christopher Columbus took them back to Europe where they began to be cultivated.

A couple of the greatest things about consuming winter squash is that it is full of antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory food of which we can never eat enough of. Full of vitamins A, C, B6, Manganese, copper, potassium, B2, folate, K, Omega 3 fats, magnesium, and B3.

In addition to being a nutritional friend to our bodies winter squash also helps regulate blood sugar and insulin in addition to being an amazing source of fiber.

Not prone to sharing recipes, I have to include this one as it is one of my favorites and is such a hearty vegan recipe that you have to try it! Feel free to make flavor variations that suit your taste. Have an amazing weekend, share if you like, eat some squash soon and Be Well!

Brett’s Autumn Hugs Hearty Squash Soup
• One large to medium butternut squash
• One acorn squash
• Two tablespoons coconut oil
• One white onion finely diced
• One teaspoon real salt
• One teaspoon white pepper
• One teaspoon ground nutmeg
• One teaspoon onion powder
• One teaspoon grounds ginger/garlic paste
• Seeds of 8 green and four black cardamom-ground
• 4 cups (1 large box) vegetable stock
• 2 cups soaked cashews (4 hours min)
• 2 cups of coconut water or water

Cut squashes in half, clean out seeds, brush flesh with coconut oil and sprinkle salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place face down on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 60 minutes at 350. In a high-speed blender puree the soaked cashews and coconut water for several minutes, set aside. In a stock pot place remainder of coconut oil and onion, cook 5-7 minutes till translucent, then toss in other spices and ground cardamoms and allow to sizzle for up to a minute.

Add cashew mix and then add the flesh of both squashes. Once complete use an immersion blender to break things down as smooth as you like it, but not completely. This recipe delivers a thick and hearty soup and unless you’re dead set on a perfectly smooth soup try it with the small chunks in it. Top with freshly toasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy. This pot of soup serves several and if given an extra day for flavors to marry, all the better!

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