Vegetarian Pulled Pork & Tangy Kale Salad

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This find is the result of some pretty random searching on Google one day.  It started off with trying to find a suitable vegetarian substitute for a pork dish Hector wanted to try, and then it got pretty crazy when we stumbled across this recipe on Blissful Basil.

It’s not texturized vegetable protein.  It’s not soy.  It’s not wheat gluten.

In fact, it’s not even a meaningful source of protein. You’ll never guess what goes into this sandwich.

We’ll give you more details about this fruit in a second, in the meantime enjoy this delicious photo, please don’t lick the screen, people might be watching.

Vegetarian Pulled Pork

Jackfruit.  That’s right, this vegetarian sandwich is made out of a green, spiky tropical fruit that looks like this:

 Jackfruit wholeAnd apparently jackfruit can grow to 80lb, making it the largest tree fruit in the world!  That’s a lot of sandwiches.

Naturally, jackfruit is a good source of carbohydrates, particularly sugars, but it also provides some vitamin C  and has only 95 calories per serving.

Used widely in many Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines, green jackfruit fruit has become popular with vegetarians as a meat substitute because of its meatlike texture.

Growing up as a vegetarian and never having enjoyed the taste of red meat, I’ve never eaten a real pulled pork sandwich so I can’t comment on its authenticity, but the texture is definitely pull-apart stringy and the BBQ adds to the meaty taste of the fruit.  

The tricky part of this recipe is finding young green jackfruit in water (it won’t really work with ripened jackfruit, so make sure you buy the green one).  We tracked it down in Toronto at the T&T Supermarket in Cherry Beach, and bought two cans, just in case.

Vegetarian Pulled Pork

Of course the best way to eat a sandwich of any kind is on freshly baked bread, with a salad on the side.  The recipe for  vegetarian pulled pork can be found on Blissful Basil, but you’ll have to wait for the bread recipe!

A tangy grapefruit and feta salad was the perfect compliment.  Two happy cooks in this kitchen!

Tangy Grapefruit Feta Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Slice the grapefruit in half, peeling and chopping one half and squeezing the juice from the other.
  2. Mix the grapefruit juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, then toss with the kale. Gently massage the kale leaves so they soften, then add the grapefruit pieces and let sit 5 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with feta cheese and pine nuts.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 248 Fat: 15g Saturated fat: 4g Unsaturated fat: 10g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 25g Sugar: 10g Sodium: 330mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 8g Cholesterol: 17mg

 


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Kim is a triathlete training to qualify for the Ironman World Championships, and spends most of her free time baking, eating Hector’s food or training in the most challenging conditions she can find – usually up hills or on the hottest days of the year. But she insists that Hector’s the crazy one!

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