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Progress on goals: new recipes

January 23rd, 2017 at 07:04 pm

Yesterday and today we tried new recipes. Yesterday it was something called "Roasted & Toasted Things" from my favorite cookbook author. I'd always been a bit intrigued by the name but had never gotten around to trying it.

It was pretty good: oven roasted veggies (mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and I subbed in zucchini instead of eggplant), toasted almonds (recipe called for pine nuts but they're SO expensive), white beans and wild rice blend.

I wouldn't go out of my way to make it a bunch, but if I was in the mood for something tasty yet super healthy and nourishing, I'd make it again.

Tonight it was BBQ jackfruit and pickled onions from the Veggie Sri Racha Lover's Cookbook. Really good, if a bit spicy for the kids. We had it on buns with sliced avocado and wedge fries. I loved the pickled onions. NT says he prefers jackfruit simmered in sauce, vs. baked as this recipe called for.

So that's 6 recipes tried, 44 to go. No other progress to report; the bathroom is getting there slowly but surely, but it'll be a while before it's done.

8 Responses to “Progress on goals: new recipes”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Where do you get your jackfruit?

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    We get canned green jackfruit from an Asian grocery store.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Interesting recipes, ceejay. I'm with ya on the pine nuts. My DH still laughs whenever he sees them, reminding me of a time I made him detour in New Mexico because someone was selling them SO cheap at a roadside market.

  4. fern Says:

    Sounds like a pretty good meal to me....so now i have to ask...what the heck is a jackfruit? Pinenuts...yeah...i usually pass them by.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    From Wikipedia: "The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), also known as jack tree, jakfruit, or sometimes simply jack or jak,[7] is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry and breadfruit family (Moraceae). It is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia and is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of the Western Ghats in the Indian subcontinent."

    Asian grocery stores sell it canned. The ripe fruit is sweet and I think can be used in dessert; the green fruit has sort of a neutral/mild flavor and can be used in basically any savory dish. What we usually do is break it up with a fork and simmer it in a sauce, and it's sort of similar to pulled pork. We like it in tacos or BBQ sandwiches. I've also followed a recipe where you food-process it and combine with tofu and seaweed to make faux fishcakes.

    It's gotten a fair amount of attention in the Western world lately; here's one random collection of recipes but you can find many others. (I put spaces in the hyperlink so it would post here.) http:// www .shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-jackfruit-recipes-will-make-you-wonder-why-youve-been-missing-out

  6. fern Says:

    Interesting...I will have to look for it. Variety is the spice of life. Smile

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Ceejay. I'll have to see if we have one here.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    I'm with you on the pine nuts...I substitute something else if I can.

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