Vegan Jackfruit Carnitas
Two years ago I went to a Franklin Road Runners picnic and I wanted to bring a unique dish. I had never tried jackfruit before and I thought it seemed interesting so I whipped up some Korean BBQ jackfruit tacos and the group all really liked them. They didn't even know they were vegan! Since they were such a hit I have made them several times since then. I had been wanting to try different versions and thought carnitas would be a great one to cook. I am hosting a cooking demo at the Williamson County Health Department and I thought these would be great to test out on new tasters! While jackfruit makes for a great meat replacement due to its texture and how easily it absorbs the flavors you add to it, it unfortunately doesn't have the protein. I added in the beans to help with that and also served it with my White Bean Guacamole to make the meal more filling. If you want to add more veggies into your life or try out new recipes, you have to give this one a go! This makes for a cheap, easy and delicious Taco Tuesday :) You can order a bunch of the jackfruit boxes from Amazon or purchase them from Sprouts (I'm sure it is available in other stores but I haven't checked). The best part is that this is a fun, unique, healthy, delicious budget meal! To feed a family of 4 with 2 tacos each PLUS the guacamole and chips - it falls under a total of $10 (and that even includes buying all of the spices which you might already have)!
Prep/Total Time: 20 minutes
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I am a food loving, activity seeking health coach who resides in Franklin, TN with my husband and two sweet dogs (Lola & Penny).
I believe everyone should eat balanced and not cut food groups if you don't medically need to. All foods can fit in a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I have to avoid gluten and also limit myself with dairy, so my goal is to provide healthy, gluten-free/dairy-free recipes so EVERYONE can enjoy all foods, even if you do have to cut out certain food groups. My recipes are encouraged for everyone to eat, not just for those with sensitivities/allergies! Most of my recipes can be easily converted by using real dairy and whole-wheat in place of my allergy-free substitutes.
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