Jackfruit Is the Newest Superfood You Need in Your Kitchen
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Jackfruit Is the Newest Superfood You Need in Your Kitchen

If you’re not familiar with the vegan staple jackfruit, now is the time to get acquainted. The giant fruit (as in, up to 100 pounds!) is on the verge of blowing up on Pinterest this year because of its remarkable meat-like texture. For your next meatless Monday BBQ (or, you know, any night), try filling your vegetarian tacos to the brim with the stuff and you’ll soon understand the obsession. Keep reading to check out 20 ways that you can incorporate jackfruit into all your veggie meals and beyond.

1. Vegan Buffalo Jackfruit Spinach Dip: This jackfruit version is so similar to traditional buffalo chicken dip that even non-vegans might start dipping the wrong one. (via Vegan Yack Attack)

2. Simple BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches: If you’ve been missing summer barbecue since going vegan, you’re going to *flip* for this sandwich. Sure, you can dress up tempeh and tofu with BBQ sauce, but that’s nothing compared to the pulled pork texture this brings to the table. (via Minimalist Baker)

3. Jackfruit Fried Chicken: Jackfruit can be used straight from the fruit or canned. If you find it difficult to find fresh, this recipe for fried “chicken” utilizes the canned variety that can be ordered online. (via One Green Planet)

4. Vegan Nachos With Barbecue Jackfruit: Now that your life has forever been changed by BBQ jackfruit, use that knowledge to spread the love on your nachos. Dollop vegan cheese, avocados and tomatoes on top and get to scoop away. (via Dora’s Daily Dish)

5. Vegan Jackfruit “Tuna” Melt Sandwich: Okay, so we know that jackfruit mimics the feel of meat, but how can you achieve the very specific taste of tuna in vegan form? Two words: kelp granules. (via Keepin’ It Kind)

6. Grilled BBQ Jackfruit Pizza With Hemp Seed Cheddar: Vegan pizza is *so* much more than roasted veggies and marinara. Use hemp seeds to create creamy cheddar that accents the BBQ jackfruit and top with cilantro and red onion for a kick. (via Blissful Basil)

7. Jackfruit Carnitas: Browning jackfruit with spices and a hint of maple syrup makes a pretty convincing carnitas alternative. From there, you can use it however you like, but tacos with pico and guacamole are a pretty good choice. (via Clean Green Simple)

8. Vegan Jackfruit “Crab” Cakes: Adding Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice and chives to jackfruit makes it taste surprisingly like a crab cake. Form the mix into small patties for appetizers or larger ones to serve as the main course. (via Veganosity)

9. Pulled Jackfruit Chili: Sure, your recipe for vegan three bean chili is amazing. But, why not beef it up with jackfruit? Whip up a pan of cornbread to sop up the juices — you won’t be sorry. (via Keepin’ It Kind)

10. Easy Jackfruit Curry: Vegan takeout will no longer be a frustrating mystery to you. This jackfruit curry is simple, flavorful and even better with buttery naan bread. (via Vegan Richa)

11. Jackfruit Fajitas With Avocado Cilantro Cream: These fajitas may not have the sizzle of their meaty counterparts, but the flavor is *on point.* Top with avocado cream and serve with a margarita to take this Tex-Mex to the next level. (via Connoisseurus Veg)

12. Jacked-Up Vegan Ribs: Don’t just sit on the sidelines while your friends scarf their baby back ribs. This seitan and jackfruit duo is the perfect combo for making realistic vegan ribs. Slather with your go-to BBQ sauce and get your wet wipes ready. (via Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen)

13. Jackfruit Vietnamese Summer Rolls With Hoisin Peanut Sauce: Vegan or not, you seriously *have* to try these. The jackfruit absorbs all of the flavors of the hoisin and the peanut sauce would be good even on a shoe. (via Keepin’ It Kind)

14. Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit Caribbean Black Bean Mango Wraps: This isn’t just your average wrap. When you sit down with this sweet and spicy concoction at the lunch table, your co-workers are going to be V jealous. (via Vegan Richa)

15. Mu Shu Jackfruit Lettuce Wraps: The traditional Chinese dish gets an untraditional twist with the help of canned jackfruit. Pile in the biggest lettuce cup you can find and proceed to scarf with abandon. (via Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen)

16. Jackfruit Philly Cheesecake: Even the picky cheesesteak aficionados of Philly wouldn’t turn their noses up to this sandwich. Make your own vegan cheese sauce and you can even have one whiz wit’. (via Fettle Vegan)

17. Vegan Jackfruit Pot Pie: It’s TRUE that pot pie is the king of comfort food. Don’t tell Mom, but this vegan version *might* just be better than hers. (via Soy Division)

18. Baked Jackfruit and Mushroom Mini Vegan Spring Rolls: Inside these spring rolls you’ll find the usual suspects: carrots, onions and sprouts. What’s different is the added jackfruit and mushrooms that are there to soak up all of the wonderful Asian flavors. (via Euphoric Vegan)

19. Teriyaki Jackfruit Sushi Bowl: Sushi at home is sometimes more trouble than it’s worth. Change that by making these teriyaki jackfruit bowls that are full of all of your favorite sushi flavors (lookin’ at you, pickled ginger). (via Elephantastic Vegan)

20. Vegan Jackfruit and Mushroom Gyros With Tzatziki: While these are lacking the typical texture of gyro meat, the flavor is spot on. The vegan tzatziki and warm naan bread don’t hurt either. (via I Love Vegan)

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