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.
www-nutritionaltruths-com-32

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.
www-nutritionaltruths-com-33

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.

Slaw recipe
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!
www-nutritionaltruths-com-39

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.
now-i-can-look-at-you-in-peace-i-dont-eat-you-any-more-%e2%80%95-franz-kafka-1
Thanks for dropping in today share as you may and Be Well!

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.
www-nutritionaltruths-com-32

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.
www-nutritionaltruths-com-33

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!

Have an amazing weekend, kindly share this as you will and be Well!

Beautiful Beneficial Brussels Sprouts

The French brought them to Louisiana in the 18th century and the 1920’s they began to cultivate them in California and by the 1940’s their growth and Americas acceptance of them grew. Today the majority (80%) of their cultivation is for the frozen food market with harvest taking place between December and June.

I recently purchased my first whole stalk of the year at Trader Joe’s last week, and they were amazing. As a child, I could not stand them, and as I have aged, they have become more and more appealing and sit at the top of my faves list along with broccoli and cauliflower.

These I only purchase fresh and that leaves me without them for part of the year and that’s OK but when the stores don’t have them I am disappointed. They can put off an odor while roasting so be prepared to turn on the vent-a-hood.

www-nutritionaltruths-com-21

Full of vitamin C and K along with B vitamins, essential minerals, and dietary fiber they are an excellent addition to any plate or diet. Part of the brassicas family like broccoli they contain sulforaphane which has anti-cancer properties and is another example of food that loves you back.

A nice Brussels sprout slaw can be made from them raw and delivers the most possible nutrition along with enzymes. Steaming, stir-frying or roasting are the preferred methods of cooking them.

www-nutritionaltruths-com-22

As you can see by my photos roasted with a bit of oil and seasoning is my favorite. Once hot from the oven one may add a duck sauce or honey to a bowl with a bit of garlic chili paste, balsamic vinegar, or Sriracha to toss them in and served warm ensure there will be no leftovers.

Be sure and slice the larger ones in half or quarters so they cook more evenly. Roasted using only a bit of salt and pepper is fine too it just depends on what you and yours enjoy most.

Food that loves you back!

Food that loves you back!

Have an amazing weekend before Thanksgiving; try cooking a fresh batch of Brussels sprouts soon, share as you care to and Be Well!

Straying from meaty meals

This once very full-time carnivore has been fading meat out of my diet for years and for various reasons. Wanted to share my experience without the intention of telling anyone what they should do. However, I do hope you find something in it that serves you well, welcome.

For most of my life, I had consumed every manner of cow, pig, chicken, turkey or deer at every meal for over 40 years. I grew up in a culture like many of us where meat was the center of the meal all else were sides. “We are the top of the food chain, and besides we get all our protein from meat.” was the mantra.

My initial decline started twenty years ago when I dropped frog legs and Cornish hens forever from my plate since they still looked too much like what they were. With meat mostly coming in the form of clean packages I was able to avoid giving thought to its origins.

Fast forward to a few years ago and I had graduated to Meatless Mondays that started out as a single meatless meal once a week, and eventually, it became an all day thing. Add to this reading the China Study and watching Forks over knives and other like-minded documentaries and my thought process around meat and all food began to shift.

Two years ago after I reviewed Earthlings by Mr. Phoenix, I realized the conditions the critters live and die in were often very unpleasant, and it rattled my growing sensitivities. But I continued to consume chicken, turkey, pig, and cow only now every time I consumed them, I thought of them. I could not shake the growing awareness of these animals lives.

A year ago we got our first puppy, and my heart just expanded with feelings of love and appreciation for a dog. I begin to notice after a couple of months that Paisley’s rear legs are angled just like pigs, and I never notice that before on dogs

Seven months ago a trip to the zoo brought me to the point where I realized I could no longer eat cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, deer or goats. I have felt great about it, and those earlier conflicts are now gone.

Learning to compartmentalize animals seems a cultural thing. These animals over here on the right we love and care for, and we have laws to protect them from abuse or any harm whatsoever, but these on the other side, we shall eat them.

I have friends who have been vegetarian for decades, and I used to make fun of them, sorry about that. I no longer limit my beliefs around animals and food etc. and trusting the process seems to be where I now reside.

Again, eat as you wish and there is much more to cover over the coming weeks around plant-based, Pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan diets. Glad you dropped in, enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

_think-occasionally-of-the-suffering-of-which-you-spare-yourself-the-sight-_-ralbert-schweitzer

Vitamins and You in the New Year

Welcome to 2016 may you achieve all the outcomes you desire in this new year! Many folks have set their intentions on changes they wish in the new year and I am no exception. Twelve hours in and so far so good:) Enjoy this first day of 2016!

Flintstones vitamins came out when I was a kiddo and I recall taking one now and again but not on a regular basis. I heard no talk of vitamins really other than oranges and orange juice provided vitamin C. Although I had no idea what Vitamin C was good for I assumed it was something we needed.

Today properly prescribed and taken prescription medications kill well over 80.000 people each year or 219 people per day. Think those numbers are high? Merck killed off over 55,000 with some thinking that number could easily be closer to half a million people with VIOXX before they decided to pull it from the marketplace.

Vitamins on the other hand have never been attributed to deaths, ever. And yet the media, bought and paid for by its largest advertiser, big pharma, will allow garbage pieces like “vitamins cause cancer” etc. to be used without substantiation.
From curing cancer, MS, arthritis, to resolving Mental health issues including depression and schizophrenia in a matter of days, Mega dose vitamin therapy has been around, studied, and utilized for ages.

In 1750 it was discovered that limes/citrus would thwart scurvy but the medical establishment refused to acknowledge that fact for 50 more years allowing 100,000 plus more British sailors to perish before implementing it in their diet at sea.

I would like to share with you a movie all about vitamins and their role in our wellness and as a healing mechanism. Dr. Andrew Saul is considered the leader in orthomolecular medicine or taking of supplements to improve health and he is the leader in this film.

Also he does not sell anything, including supplements, so you can be assured is intent is only our increased knowledge leading to wellness. Over twenty medical professionals are in this film with half being MD’s, the list is located here:https://thatvitaminmovie.com/experts/

He has a brand new movie out and it is FREE for the next two weeks. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie and learn the truths about vitamins roles in our wellness and healing. All you need do is share a first name and email address. https://thatvitaminmovie.com/ Watch and Be Well-Happy New Year!

ee