For the most part, I don't really miss meat. Every now and then I get a craving but it's usually short-lived and I love my veggies, bean, legumes and whole grains so much that I rarely feel like I'm missing out. My older daughter, however, has a much harder time. While she doesn't like the idea of an animal having to die for her meal, she loves meat. So I try my best to find alternatives for her.
I admit to occasionally buying soy- or seitan-based meat alternatives. We don't eat them often because they're still processed and seitan is gluten-based and I try to keep gluten to a minimum.
I was chatting with a cashier at Whole Foods Market about all this and she suggested jackfruit. As I'd never heard of it, I went home and did some research on it. As it turns out, this stuff has a similar texture to pulled pork or chicken and works well with barbeque sauce or seasoned for tacos.
I was definitely intrigued, so I picked some up on my next trip to Whole Foods Market and created these sandwiches. My daugher loved it as we all did. The only downside is that jackfruit has no protein;(
In an effort to up the nutritional content, I added some shredded sweet potato and then threw in a some cooked lentils for protein. Served on a whole grain bun (yes, a glutinous bun--but I did use sprouted grain buns which are easier for me to digest) with a side of roasted oven fries, this was a delicious and filling dinner.
I have a few recipes for homemade barbeque sauce that I'm still working on perfecting, so I did use an organic commercial barbeque sauce for this recipe. Use your favorite, whether homemade or bottled!