Jackfruit is a bit trendy at the moment. It’s actually something I first tried during my fieldwork in Indonesia years ago and until recently it was really hard to get over here so I’m thrilled it’s now a bit more readily available. It’s touted as a great meat alternative – and it certainly is, but it’s worth mentioning that it’s not a great protein alternative, but rather provides a great option in terms of texture and taste (when you use the right sauces etc with it). In terms of protein it’s fairly low but that doesn’t stop it being a great option.
I personally love the texture and flavour of it and if you’re trying to watch your calories it’s a great way to reduce calories without sacrificing flavour or mouth feel! This serves 3-4 and comes in at only 89 calories per portion!
In this recipe I’m using it in place of tuna – obviously you could do the same thing with tuna itself if you wanted! I also used what veg I had in my fridge – if you had them then some olives would be a great addition (I was out!).
Jackfruit is available in most supermarkets and comes conveniently prepared in cans of water.
You will need:
1 can of jackfruit
1 large onion
Handful of cherry tomatoes
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1/4 tsp Mixed herbs
Chilli powder to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne powder (to taste)
Pinch of celery salt
Pinch of garlic salt (if you have it – or use a garlic clove or omit)
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of balsamic vinegar
Small pinch of sugar to bring out the tomato flavour
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop the onion, pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes. Add the onion to a pan with a little oil and sauté until soft. Add the pepper and mushroom and continue to sauté.
Drain the jackfruit and add to the pan (you can slice it up a bit and use your fingers to separate some of the fibres if you have large pieces). As it starts to soften and brown just break up larger pieces.
Add the cherry tomatoes and cook through.
Add the chopped tomatoes and herbs and spices and then allow to simmer for 10 mins.
Serve on your pasta of choice!
Enjoy 🙂 xx