My Plant-Based Week
My Plant-Based Week

BBQ Pulled "Pork" Sandwiches

 

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!

BBQ Pulled "Pork" Sandwiches

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Prep/Cook Time: 25 minutes
 
 
1 Tbs coconut oil
1 large onion, finely diced
3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
2 10.6 ounce packages jackfruit, drained
1/2 cup cooked lentils
1 bottle BBQ sauce
 
1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion starts to become translucent. Add the shredded sweet potato and garlic. Cook an additional 5-7 minutes until sweet potato begins to soften. Add the poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and jackfruit. Using a fork or spatula, pull the jack fruit into shreds to resemble pulled pork. It's fine if some larger chucks remain.
2. Cook the mixture for about 5-7 additional minutes, then add the BBQ sauce and cook until heated through. Serve on whole grain sandwich rolls immediately or move to a slow-cooker to keep warm.
 
 
 
 

Hi! I'm Milissa and my passion is affordable plant-based eating. Here is where I share my family's favorite recipes and show you how you can eat healthfully on any budget!

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