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Jackfruit-Cranberry Salad

Before WFPB/Vegan eating, I would make a Chicken-Cranberry Salad quite often. This is my WFPB Vegan version that is just as good.

The key to the jackfruit, is to rinse it really well and then roast it in the oven.

  • 2 cans of jackfruit, brined, rinsed, drained, shredded
  • All-Purpose Seasoning + more for seasoning
  • 1/2 c cranberries, dried
  • 1/2 c pecans, toasted, chopped
  • 1/4 c dried onion, minced
  • 2 tsp spice brown mustard
  • Vegan mayonnaise or Cashew Sour Cream
  • 1/2 c celery, diced (optional)
  • Himalayan salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Spread the shredded jackfruit onto the the prepared baking sheet. Generously sprinkle the All-Purpose Seasoning on the shredded jackfruit.

Roast jackfruit for 20 minutes; stirring the jackfruit after to minutes. Remove jackfruit from oven and transfer to a large bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl of jackfruit and stir. Add as much vegan mayonnaise or Cashew Sour Cream as you need to achieve the desired creaminess. Taste for seasoning.

Chill Jackfruit-Cranberry Salad for at least an hour to let the flavors meld together.

Note: I have served this in lettuce cups, on gluten-free bread, in a salad with assorted greens. There are so many ways to serve this wonderful bite.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Baked Spanish Rice Casserole

This is a great dish to bring to a cookout or to a gathering. I have been thinking of making this for a few weeks. Most of the preparation is hands off and it only requires one pot. Now, how easy it that?

  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 10 oz. diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 tbsp garlic clove(s), minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 c vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 c brown rice, long grain
  • 1 15 oz. black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 14 oz. jackfruit in brine, drained, rinsed, shredded
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 c corn kernels
  • 1 c green peas
  • 1 lime zested, juiced
  • 1/4 c + more for garnish fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Cashew Sour Cream, garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine onion, tomatoes, garlic and tomato paste into a food processor. Blend ingredients until it turns into a sauce.

Add tomato sauce, vegetable broth, Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, and bay leaves into a large dutch oven and stir. Cook sauce until it begins to simmer.

Add brown rice, black beans, nutritional yeast and jackfruit to the sauce and stir thoroughly. Cover dutch oven with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes. No Peeking. If you peek, you will let out the steam. The steam is what helps the rice to cook perfectly. So there is no peeking for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes check the rice for doneness. If rice is not done add some more vegetable broth or water and cover rice and cook a little bit longer.

When rice is done fluff with fork. Stir in corn, peas, lime and half of the cilantro.

Garnish with remaining cilantro, avocado and Cashew Sour Cream.

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Creamy Farfalle with Jackfruit Peas & Mushrooms

I had some jackfruit and mushrooms leftover from making JB’s Jackfruit Hand Pies and decided to veganize one of my favorite dishes I use to order when we went out for Italian.

The restaurant version would have chicken and Alfredo sauce. I veganized it with jackfruit for the chicken and I used my Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce for the Alfredo. It was a hit.

Cook farfalle according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot you cooked the farfalle in, add the Jackfruit and Mushroom mixture, mushrooms, peas and generous amount of All-Purpose Seasoning.

Sauté the veggies until the mushrooms have softened a little, about 5 minutes. Add the farfalle, Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce and vegetable broth to thin the sauce as needed.

Stir all the ingredients together until completely mixed.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings, depending on serving size.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Mexican Jackfruit with Zucchini, Corn & Black Beans

I came across a recipe that sounded good, but needed some adjustments to meet my lifestyle. This is what I came up with, and under 30 minutes.

  • 1 can Jackfruit in brine, drained, rinsed
  • 3 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, divided 1 tbsp/2tbsp
  • 2 c onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c corn kernels, frozen, defrosted
  • 1 1/2 c zucchini, diced
  • 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 c tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c cilantro, garnish
  • avocado, garnish

In a large dutch oven add jackfruit and 1 tbsp of Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Work seasoning into jackfruit.. Cook jackfruit over medium heat.

A onion to jackfruit mixture and cook until the onion softens, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, and remaining Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Stir the ingredients until they are well coated with the seasoning.

Add corn and zucchini to dutch oven. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and avocado.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Jackfruit Curry

Before my Vegan/WFPB days I used to make this curry with chicken or shrimp. The sauce is amazing and not too spicy. We always loved it. I have not made it since and decided it was time to see what I could do with it using other ingredients.

I thought jackfruit is like a blank canvas. It will absorb all those wonderful flavors of cumin, coriander and garam masala. It is a nice alternative to tofu or chickpeas and is flavor packed. Give it a try. I promise, it will be worth the adventure.

  • 1 c vegetable broth, plus more sauteeing
  • 1/2 tsp of each: mustard seed, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala
  • 1/4 onion, fine dice
  • 14 oz. can young jackfruit, rinsed, drain, broken into pieces
  • 2 – 14.5 oz.cans tomatoes, diced
  • 3/4 c coconut cream
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 lime, garnish
  • 1 recipe Garlic & Cilantro Brown Rice

Rinse and drain young jackfruit. Break jackfruit into small pieces or shred. Set aside.

In a large skillet add mustard seeds. Stirring continuously,cook mustard seeds over medium heat until they become fragrant and begin to pop. Add cumin, coriander and garam masala and continue to stir.

The spices should become fragrant. When they are fragrant add onions and jackfruit, working spices into both the onions and jackfruit. Add vegetable as needed for sauteeing.

Cook until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, creamed coconut and vegetable broth. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until sauce has slightly thickened.

Finish the sauce with a squeeze of lime.

Serve over Garlic & Cilantro Brown Rice. Eat. Enjoy.

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O’Brien Refried Bean Quesadillas -Transformation Meal

Transformation Meal? What is that? A transformation meal is taking ingredients from another meal and making into something completely different. This is one of my favorite ways to cook.

I have brought to you different ways to do this before. For instance, I started with my Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip. Then I used the Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip to put on a baked potato for a lunch the next day. I still had some leftover and used as a filling for my Spinach Artichoke Lasagna. Finally used the remaining for an appetizer and made Roasted Baby Potatoes topped with Spinach Artichoke Dip. Lots of different meal ideas from one main starting dish. That is a tranformation meal.

Yesterday I made Refried Bean Tostadas. I have plenty of refried beans leftover so today I am going to make O’Brien Refried Bean Quesadillas.

  • 2 Food For Life – Brown Rice Tortillas
  • 1/2 c Refried Beans (from Refried Bean Tostadas), warmed
  • 2 tbsp chili-lime jackfruit
  • 3/4 c O’brien potatoes, frozen
  • vegetable broth, as needed to cook potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • salsa, favorite, garnish

In a large skillet add potatoes and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until potatoes have browned.. Transfer potatoes to a bowl and set aside.

Layer refried bean mixture, jackfruit and potatoes on a tortilla. Like making a sandwich place the remaining tortilla on the top.

Using the skillet that you browned the potatoes in, cook quesadilla to a golden brown. Turn quesadilla over to brown the other side. Transfer to a cutting board and cut with a pizza cutter.

Garnish with your favorite salsa.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: I like to use O’Brien potatoes because they have peppers and onions already in the mix. The potatoes add a great texture to the quesadilla.

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Refried Bean Tostadas

These tostadas are quick and simple to make. They would also be great for appetizers or an after-school snack. I served ours with a sliced fresh peach for lunch. You can make them as simple or elaborate as you want. There really are not any rules for these. Let your imagination go wild.

  • 1 16 oz. can of fat free refried beans
  • 1/2 c salsa, favorite (I like Newman’s)
  • Corn tostada shells
  • 1/2 c chili-lime jackfruit, shredded
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 5 tomatoes, cherry, quartered

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sauce pan add refried beans and salsa. Stir beans and salsa until well combined. Cook over medium heat, until bean mixture is heated thoroughly. Set aside.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place tostada shells onto mat.

Spread bean mixture onto tostada shells. Layer jackfruit on top of the bean mixture. Scatter a few pieces of tomato on the top of the beans and jackfruit.

Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and top with chopped avocado.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Jackfruit Enchiladas

I promised to bring you this recipe in another post. The filling in these enchiladas came from the jackfruit tacos with a slight modification. If you have not noticed I like to make multiple meals from a base of another meal. I guess you could call it batch cooking, big cooking, whatever you want to call it it makes your life a whole lot easier. A good word for it is transformation cooking.

Transformation cooking lets you make multiple meals with just a few tweaks to make it different enough that you do not feel like you are eating the same thing over and over.  You are stretching your $$$ by not having to by lots of ingredients. This works really well when you keep your pantry stocked with basics (when they come on sale).Now it is time to transform those tacos into enchiladas.

Combine jackfruit taco filling with 1/2 of the vegan cheese shreds and stir.

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Pour in a shallow dish half of the tomato sauce and half the Smokey Southwestern Seasoning and stir.

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Dip corn tortilla into enchilada sauce.

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Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of the jackfruit filling into the tortilla and roll it into a tube. Place into a rectangular baking dish. Repeat.

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Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkles Smokey Southwestern Seasoning over sauce.

Sprinkle remaining vegan cheese shreds over enchiladas.

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Bake until hot a bubbly, about 20-25 minutes.

Note: I assembled this the right after we ate our tacos and was doing clean up. I covered with plastic wrap and put it into the refrigerator for the next evening to bake. By taking 10 minutes extra during the clean up time you save a whole lot more the next night. Serve with a side salad and you have your next meal in 30  minutes or less.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Jackfruit Tacos

We tried Jackfruit for the first time about a week ago and I forgot to document with pictures and the recipe. I am making them again today so I can give you all the details.

Funny saying by my husband, “This fake meat tastes good.” That made me laugh. Jackfruit is starting to become one of my favorite vegan items. It is so versatile. I bumped up the nutritional value and flavor with some add-ins. Also, another plus is that it was an under 30 minute meal.

Make this into a taco bar, and let everyone make their own tacos. They can even help with the slicing and dicing.

Note: I had some filling leftovers, so I decided to make some enchiladas for another time. The recipe will follow soon in another post.

  • Jackfruit – Tex Mex flavor
  • 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 c corn kernels, frozen
  • 1 c salsa, favorite brand (we like Newman’s)
  • 1 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • Vegan Cheese Shreds
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes (I used cherry, quartered)
  • Corn taco shells
  • avocado, garnish
  • lime, garnish
  • cilantro, garnish

In a large dutch oven over medium heat add: jackfruit, beans, corn, salsa and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning.

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Cook until jackfruit mixture is heated thoroughly.

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Cook shells according to package directions.

Assemble tacos.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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