Alzheimer’s sucks! Just throwing that out there. I’m sure anyone else who has walked this walk, knows exactly what I mean. Alzheimer’s = losing your loved one, but they are still here. It’s looking into your mother’s eyes and knowing she has no idea who you are. No recollection whatsoever. Imagine a disease that could make a mother forget her own child, or husband. I can think of nothing worse. In honor of this struggle faced by so many, I’ve decided this year to do a fundraiser give back for my birthday to support Alzheimer’s research and care. It is my hope that someday soon they find a cure before another daughter, son, husband, wife or friend has to watch as their loved one fades away. Ronald Reagan had it right when it called it the long, painful goodbye. Please consider donating to this cause, any amount you can by clicking the link below.
My why for this blog and healthy living has always been about preventing my children from living this nightmare we are living. If changing my eating habits gives me a better shot at avoiding this disease, then I’m in. I’ve been experimenting with food lately and keeping an open mind about trying new foods. Anyone who knew me as a kid, or knows me now, knows I’m not the most open to eating vegetables or new foods. I’m a comfort food girl all the way – meat and potatoes. But, my mom and grandmother were too, so if I want a different outcome I’ll have to step outside my comfort zone.
Today, I experimented with a new fruit I’d never even heard of until a few months ago. I sent a recipe to my vegetarian brother for his cooking pleasure. I asked about the fruit, but could never find it near me. This week I found it at a local Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a shot myself. Jackfruit is said to have the consistency of meat and take on the flavor of whatever you cook it in. I’d never heard of it but was certainly surprised by the texture of this fruit. It definitely has the look and texture of meat and if I hadn’t cooked it myself I would not have known it was not pulled pork. I served it to my husband and told him it was pulled pork and he loved it and had no idea. Of course, the BBQ sauce is what it’s all about and I’m not going to say that’s entirely healthy, but I tried to buy a healthier version. Next time I will definitely make it myself to cut down on sugar.
Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich
- 2 cans of young green jackfruit in water
- 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- Saute onion in unsalted butter or olive oil for 4 minutes
- Remove Jackfruit from can, drain and rinse. Pat dry.
- Place Jackfruit on cutting board and shred with two forks.
- Add to pan with onion and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and saute all 1 minute longer.
- Add 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce to pan and stir.
- Add salt & pepper to taste (I added no salt)
- Stir to combine and cover to simmer for 45 minutes
- As it cooks continue to shred the Jackfruit as it softens.
I served mine with homemade coleslaw. I plated it on one half an English Muffin, but you can go ahead and serve on whole wheat sandwich rolls. Here’s the recipe for my coleslaw –
Dang, that was so good! I could probably eat another, but packed it up for lunch tomorrow. If you try it, please let me know how you liked it. Tangy, spicy, crunchy – can’t you just taste it.
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