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Are Jackfruit’s Health Benefits Enough To Justify Substituting It For Pork?

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Alternatives to meat are very in right now. One of them that’s gaining traction lately is jackfruit. But should you go for it? Here are the jackfruit health benefits to know about.

Maybe you’ve heard news about jackfruit lately as a viable, tasty and a quite similar alternative to meat. Pizza Hut has just announced that it’s replacing pulled pork with jackfruit on one of their pizzas. But are the jackfruit health benefits good enough for you to start using it? Let’s find out right now.

You might have seen some jackfruit around your grocery store. It’s pretty big, green, and it looks very similar to a sea urchin. People have been using jackfruit in recipes for pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, chili, and so on.

Jackfruit is part of the Moraceae plant family, which means that it’s related to figs, mulberry, and breadfruit. Its taste is mildly sweet and fruity. Where does it come from? It’s been used for centuries in countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and India, where it’s the absolute star in a lot of dishes. Chief among them are desserts and amazing breakfast meals.

Jackfruit Health Benefits - Is This Vegan Meat Worth It?
You can eat the pods and the seeds of the jackfruit, raw or cooked!

When you tear into a jackfruit, you can eat the flesh, which can also be described as fruit pods, but the seeds of the fruit are also edible. And the great news is that you can eat them both raw and cooked! How’s that for convenient?

The main jackfruit health benefits

I always tend to be skeptical when it comes to buzzed-about food items. I always want to know if they are as good as the marketing makes it seem. So I went into a deep dive of research. The results… Well, read them for yourself and see what I’ve found out.

Jackfruit is low in calories, but it also doesn’t have any fat and sodium. It has plenty of vitamin A and vitamin C, and a large load of potassium, which helps regulate your blood pressure. Add to that a healthy heap of magnesium, manganese, riboflavin, and copper and it all sounds pretty good, right?

Another perk? It’s also pretty rich in fiber, which keeps you satisfied long after you eat it. It doesn’t have as much protein like meat or fish, though – only 2 grams per serving as opposed to 6-7 in an ounce of meat or fish.

Jackfruit Health Benefits - Is This Vegan Meat Worth It?
If you are just starting out with jackfruit, try using it in a salad and go from there.

All of the antioxidants in jackfruit may help prevent inflammation but also lower it. They also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Vitamins A and C may help boost your immunity and protect the healthy glow of your skin.

The roots and extracts of jackfruit have been used in Indian and Sri Lankan medicine to treat ulcers, upset stomachs, and asthma. The scientific evidence on that is not enough, yet.

And if you have trouble sleeping, you might want to eat some jackfruit before bed, because the magnesium and iron in it help improve the quality of your nighttime rest.

What else should you know about jackfruit?

Jackfruit has the ability to absorb the flavors of the foods, herbs, and spices it’s cooked with, which makes it a great ingredient for vegetarian or vegan meals. But also, as opposed to almonds, for instance, jackfruit is actually a sustainable food, because it’s drought and pest resistant. One tree can produce about 200 fruits per year and some of them end up being as large as 100 pounds if you can believe it!

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Article by Raluca Cristian from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Pizza Hut’s New Vegan Pizza Is Loaded With JACKFRUIT

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With each New Year comes the resolution to eat slightly healthier, which likely means cutting back on pizza toppings like pepperoni, bacon, and double sausage.

For those looking to avoid meat, Pizza Hut locations in the United Kingdom have launched a new vegan pizza they’re calling Vegan Jack ‘N’ Ch**se. Customers will find this pie topped with a vegan non-dairy alternative to cheese, tomato sauce, BBQ jackfruit, sweet corn, red onions, peppers, and a finish of BBQ drizzle.

The pizza is the newest edition to Pizza Hut’s vegan pie line, joining their Vegan Veggie and Vegan Margherita.

This may not be merely a seasonal addition, however, as Pizza Hut UK says they’ll make the item a permanent fixture on their menu if 10,000 vegan pizzas are sold by the end of their Veganuary (January) promotion.

Really wish Pizza Hut offered this here in the United States as a vegan option as well. Well-seasoned jackfruit is a delicious alternative for meat.

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3 Vegan Taco Recipes That Actually Taste Like Meat

What’s your food New Year’s Resolution? For lots of us, it’s gonna be about eating healthier and potentially going plant-based. Giving up tacos while attempting this cleanse is no easy task, but this trio of vegan taco recipes should help you get going.

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These vegan taco recipes are recreations of some of the top taco meats out there, but made entirely out of plants. The three different flavors are as follows:

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Suadero Mentiroso, aka “The Lying Suadero,” made from mushrooms,

vegan taco recipes

Yaca Carnitas, a spin on carnitas that utilizes jackfruit,

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And Hola, Soy Al Pastor. You can probably tell what the “pastor” is made from based on the punny name.

All of these vegan taco recipes are crafted to taste pretty close to their original forms in terms of flavor and texture. You might even be convinced you broke your New Year’s Resolution a little early, who knows?

All of the recipes and ingredients for these vegano tacos can be found at Northgate Market. There’s a full holiday cookbook available that includes these recipes, but you can also find them all below.

Each of these recipes makes 10 tacos.

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Suadero Mentiroso

Ingredients
10 Northgate corn tortillas
12 oz oyster mushrooms
Juice from 2 limes
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp salt
1/4 cup oil
2 onions, chopped
1 bunch cilantro

Step 1
Wash and dry the oyster mushrooms before pulling them apart. Place the pulled mushrooms into a bowl, and add lime juice, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Mix everything together to fully combine.

Step 2
Add oil in a skillet and set to a medium heat. Add your chopped onions, and saute until golden. Place in the marinated mushrooms, and cook for 10 minutes until the mushrooms go golden brown.

Step 3
Assemble the tacos by warming the tortillas and loading each up with the mushroom filling to your liking. Garnish with cilantro, onions, and your favorite salsa.

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Yaca Carnitas

Ingredients
10 Northgate tortillas
2 20 oz cans of jackfruit in water
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 oil
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
2 onions, chopped

Step 1
Drain the canned jackfruit before shredding with your fingers or forks. Squeeze all the water out of the shredded jackfruit using a towel or cheesecloth.

Step 2
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the jackfruit, cumin, paprika, and garlic. Cook until the jackfruit is browned and slightly crispy around the edges.

Step 3
Warm the tortillas and add a large spoonful of cooked jackfruit to the center of each. Top with cilantro, onions, and your favorite salsa.

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Hola, Soy Al Pastor

Ingredients
10 guajillo chiles
4 7 oz cans chipotle chiles
1 tbsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 onion
1 8 oz bag soy meat
½ cup chopped pineapple chunks
1/4 cup oil
10 Northgate tortillas

Step 1
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add the soy meat and turn off the heat immediately. Let soak for 5-10 minutes before draining the water.

Step 2
Remove stems and seeds from the guajillo chiles by cutting in half. Place in a pot, and boil for 10 minutes. Once cooked, pour into a blender with the chipotle chiles, garlic salt, oregano, black pepper, and onions.

Step 3
Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Place in your soy meat and fry for 15 mins or until browned. Add the pineapple chunks, and cook for another 15 mins. Pour in the adobo sauce before cooking for a final 5 minutes.

Step 4
Assemble the tacos by warming the tortillas and adding a large spoonful of the cooked soy al pastor to the center of each. Serve with cilantro, onions, and your favorite salsa.


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7 Crazy Foods To Eat At The 2017 LA County Fair

Each year as summer comes to a close, the Los Angeles County Fair begins as a way to bookend a long, hot summer. From the hundreds of vendors, to the delicious-looking and beautifully fried foods, and the variety of exciting exhibits, there’s always has something new people can’t wait to experience. 

Here are seven must-try items from the 2017 LA County Fair.  

1. Chicken Charlie’s: Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwich

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It’s safe to say Chicken Charlie’s is an innovator when it comes to creating amazing fair foods that are just as delicious as they are memorable. This year, Charlie’s is giving us a reason to celebrate dessert with two never-before-seen items.  

Charlie’s Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwich is a colorful creation of sugar, sweetness and creaminess. Picture one large scoop of vanilla ice cream, sandwiched between two cotton candy patties and rolled in Fruity Pebbles Cereal.  

2. Chicken Charlie’s: Funnel Cake Burrito  

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Another sweet creation from the mind of Charlie is the popular Funnel Cake Burrito. Starting with a funnel cake and a giant tortilla, this burrito is topped with cinnamon apples, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. Then, this sweet and savory behemoth is wrapped up burrito-style and ready for consumption!

3. Afters Ice Cream: Strawberry Funnel Cake & Mango Sorbet Milky Buns

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Afters Ice Cream has quickly become an LA and OC favorite for milk buns and exotic ice cream flavors. With that said, Afters will be showing off its skills with Strawberry Funnel Cake And Mango Sorbet Milky Buns during this year’s festivities. Make sure you swing by!

4. Pink’s Hot Dogs: The Enchilada Dog

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Introducing, Pink’s Enchilada Hot Dog. It’s a foot-long hot dog topped with cilantro, onions and cheese. But, in order to make this true enchilada-style, the hot dog is wrapped in a tortilla with a bit of enchilada sauce. If you love hot dogs and Mexican food, stop by Pink’s for this 2017 LA County Fair exclusive.  

5. Cowboy Kettle Corn: Unicorn Nitro Candy Pop

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This isn’t your average kettle corn – it’s Unicorn Nitro Pop from Cowboy Kettle Corn, and it’s dipped in liquid nitrogen. In addition to being delicious, this treat is definitely something to capture on Instagram. Each mouthful of this frozen treat produces a cloud of icy vapor that will keep you entertained for hours.    

6. Plant Food For People: Vegan Jackfruit Nachos

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It wouldn’t be the LA County Fair without nachos, but you’ve probably never had these nachos before. PFFP, or Plant Food For People, serves an all-vegan, gourmet menu that includes these very popular vegan jackfruit nachos that are potato-based, and topped with jackfruit, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

7. Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen: Bug Tasting Bar

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If there’s one thing you try at the 2017 LA County Fair, make sure you check out Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen and Bug Tasting Bar. Offering an assortment of freeze-dried and chocolate-covered bugs, this is definitely one of the most unique culinary attractions the LA County Fair has seen, and apparently they actually taste pretty good!  

The Fair is open from Friday, September 1st to Sunday, September 24th this year. We hope to see you there!

Photos by Peter Pham


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5 Awesome New Foods To Try At The LA County Fair

It’s time for the LA County Fair once again. Our entire Foodbeast crew got a sneak peek at some of the newest offerings from this year’s veritable fried food expo, held at the Pomona Fairgrounds.

We’ve got returning favorites like bacon-wrapped fried chicken, deep-fried pizza, deep fried avocado bombs, funnels cakes, and many other dishes that took the shallow plunge into a pool of searing oil.

Check out our Facebook live stream to get an up-close look at fair foods the little devil on your shoulder would shy away from.

Deep-fried Hot Sauce

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This is Frank’s RedHot Sauce mixed with some batter, balled, and deep-fried. The hot sphere of solidified sauce is served with a spicy ranch and a jalapeño pepper. With its incredible kick, we see it as a fiery hush puppy. If you’re not a fan of buffalo-style heat, however, this is definitely not for you.

Found at Chicken Charlie’s.

Bacon S’mores on a stick

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Imagine the best s’mores you’ve ever made during a childhood campout. Got it? OK, now let’s deep fry it and throw some bacon crumbs on that bad boy. Now, to actually see that dream come to life, hit up Chicken Charlie’s and feast on his newest dessert that takes marshmallows and fries them up in a corn dog batter. The sweet entry is then topped with chocolate drizzle and chopped bacon to stake its claim as the most intense item at this year’s fair.

Found at Chicken Charlie’s.

Chicken-in-Waffle

Chicken-In-Waffle

We LOVE anything that has to do with fried chicken and waffles, though it can be tough getting both components onto your fork. The best part of this year’s Chicken-in-Waffles is that the iconic dish is everything’s fused together in one majestic, hand-held treat.

Found at Chicken Charlie’s.

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Belly Corn Dogs

Bacon-Pork-Belly-Corn-Dog

Pork belly fans’ already-clogged hearts will skip a dangerous beat with this one. The culprit here is a piece of pork belly that’s wrapped in bacon, coated in batter, and deep-fried like a corn dog. This fatty tour de force inspired many heated bacon discussions.

Found at Biggy’s.

Jackfruit Vegan Tacos

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We were shocked to find that our favorite dish at the fair this year was actually something vegan! These shredded, seasoned jackfruit tacos are topped with a vegan chipotle mayonnaise and coleslaw. Completely plant-based and indistinguishable from its porky counterpart, these tacos just might win over some carnivorous fans.

Found at Plant Food For People.

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The Best Food At The LA Fair Is Actually A Vegan Taco

For a food lover, going to the fair can be a blast. Everything’s either deep-fried or wrapped in bacon. However, eating all that fried stuff really takes a toll on your body. That’s why we were delighted to discover the best tasting thing at this year’s LA County Fair was, in fact, a vegan dish.

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This year, a booth called Plant Food For People shocked us with one of their dishes: a carnitas-style taco made with shredded jackfruit. It was arguably the tastiest dish there.

We tried a bite and honestly could not tell the difference between the taco and its porky counterpart. The shredded jackfruit are specially seasoned and thrown on the grill. Afterwards, the jackfruit is dressed up with a vegan Chipotle mayonnaise and coleslaw.

After ingesting a ton of fried foods on premises, this was a welcome surprise.

Owners Jeremy and Genise Castaneda said that they plan on opening a stand in Venice sometime in the near future. For now, you can find them slanging these delectable vegan jackfruit tacos at this year’s LA County Fair.

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Vitamin Water: B-Relaxed (Guava-Jackfruit)

“Modern life got you all geeked up? With our flying cars, robot butlers, and moving sidewalks, it’s hard to catch a few stress-free moments. Thankfully, b-relaxed is packed with theanine to help you relax and deal with all the technochaos out there. Just watch out for those elevator rides with claustrophobic samurai. Some things never change.” (Thx Vitaminwater)