Vegan Taco Jackfruit

Vegan Taco Jackfruit

Okay! I’m sorry! It’s Tuesday again! What an unbelievable week I’ve had! You can never tell what each day can bring and I was certainly most unprepared for what happened this week! and… then my laptop wouldn’t turn on! 😦 So, as I said last week – I will “try” to post again this week and then get back to posting on Wednesdays! 🙂 That’s the plan – for now! 😛

Jackfruit! 😀 About 18 months ago I attended my first vegan festival and there was someone cooking a giant pan of what looked like meat!? I was told it was young green jackfruit – an originally Asian fruit which had a texture similar to meat and that could take on any flavour! I’ve since discovered it’s the National Fruit of my best friends home country – Bangladesh.

It was served over nachos and it was relatively nice – but a bit weird to be eating a fruit as a main meal! That said it intrigued me so I went hunting for it. My local Asian store sold them fresh for £25 (UK) each! WHAT!!! I could buy a whole weeks worth of vegetables for the whole family for that! Hmmm! Then a few months later I found it (much cheaper)in a tin, in water 😀 So I bought a tin and thought I’d try and make my own version of the dish I’d tried (with my own flavours 😛 ) And… a year and a bit later when there was nothing substantial to eat without effort and/or shopping, I discovered that same jackfruit tin at the back of the fridge! 😛 I MOST certainly won’t be leaving a tin untouched for that long again! Jackfruit is going to become a regular in the Life Diet Health kitchen 😀

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Jackfruit not only contains fibre, but also contains vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium. I decided to make a taco filling with my jackfruit and I was certainly not disappointed! This is delicious! If you’ve never tried jackfruit, I recommend you go and find some! 🙂

Taco Jackfruit (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: medium
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Gather

  • 1 tin of jackfruit in water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun spice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • coconut oil
  • 5 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 5 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 10 teaspoons water

Prepare

  1. Cut the hard centres from the jackfruit and shred the remaining fibres.
  2. Sprinkle over the paprika, Cajun, garlic, salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  3. Heat the oil and add the jackfruit. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Mix the liquid smoke with the maple and water. Pour over the jackfruit.
  5. Reduce the heat and allow to cook for 15 minutes. Check the liquid content regularly and add more of the smoke-maple-water if required.

Serve & Store

  • I served this is crispy taco shells 🙂
  • Serve with your favourite grain
  • Use the jackfruit to top a salad
  • Put it in a sandwich.
  • Pile onto nachos.
  • Maybe even stir it through pasta

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