Organic Jackfruit: Health Benefits And BBQ Veggie Bake Recipe
If you enjoy BBQ, this is a great way to have that delicious BBQ flavor and enjoy all the goodness of vegetables. This recipe is really tasty, and for sure I will make this recipe again. Full of the goodness of yellow summer squash and zucchini that are abundant in the markets right now and inexpensive, this recipe is great for the meat lovers in your crowd. They will love it!
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BBQ Veggie Bake Recipe
- 5 to 10 oz. packages of organic BBQ-flavored jackfruit; This is green jackfruit that has been cooked in BBQ sauce and can be found at your local health food store. You can also make your own version!
- 3 medium organic yellow squash, chopped
- 3 medium organic zucchini, chopped
- 1 large organic yellow onion
- 2 12 oz. pack of organic protein, either organic soy protein as tofu or pea-based protein
- 5 cups cooked organic brown rice
- 4 cups cooked organic black beans
- 2 10 oz. bottles of organic low-sodium BBQ sauce
- 18 cloves organic garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons organic garlic powder
- 1 organic tomato, sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté the onions and garlic in a little bit of water until translucent.
- In a 9×16-inch deep baking pan place a layer of yellow squash and zucchini and the cooked onions and garlic. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
- Mash up the veggie protein with salt, pepper, and some of the garlic powder and place that over the squash.
- Add a layer of BBQ-flavored jackfruit and then, a layer of brown rice.
- Add the black beans and pour BBQ sauce to your liking. Place a few slices of tomato on top as a garnish.
- Place in a 400-degree oven for 75 minutes or until things start to get a little brown on top.
- Remove from the oven, let cool, slice and serve.
This particular recipe serves 16 people, but you can always cut it in half or in 1/4, depending on your household.
Health Benefits of Organic Jackfruit
Jackfruit is another great fruit from India, Asia, and South America that has a beautiful sugary flavor. Jackfruit grows from the trunk of the tree. One large fruit can weigh up to 20 pounds of lush orange-yellow fruit segments, each one with a large seed. Often called “vegetarian meat”, jackfruit seeds can be roasted like chestnuts. The fruit can also be made into flour used in making and other dishes. The unripe meat can be cut into chunks and put in soups, stews, and curries. It can also be made into chips, for a healthier version of potato chips.
The fruit, seeds, leaves, and roots all have amazing health benefits. Athletes can get energy from eating jackfruit because of its simple sugars, like glucose, that turn into fuel right away. For a boost in the immune system and to prevent macular degeneration and heart disease, jackfruit’s vitamins A, C, lutein, xanthin, and beta-carotene can do the trick. Jack Fruit works wonders for preventing cancer because of its isoflavones, lignans, and saponins, combined with free radicals.
Trace minerals that are important for thyroid health and powering your enzymatic reactions can be found in this fruit too. Additionally, it contains iron for red blood cell and hemoglobin production; potassium for lower blood pressure and maintaining fluid balance; B vitamins for mood enhancement; zinc, magnesium, and manganese for vitality. This lush fruit is also filled with fiber for the production of proper microflora in the gut and keeping your colon clean and healthy. It’s also known for curing and preventing gastric ulcers.
Consuming jackfruit has been known to aid in treating osteoporosis and diabetes, as it works as a good antibacterial and antiviral agent. Additionally, as it is low in calories, sodium and fat, it makes a great addition to your weight loss journey. Jackfruit tea, made from the roots, helps those with asthma as boosts respiratory capabilities.
The jackfruit is one of the best tasting healthy foods out there, so don’t miss out and try some of it today.
Stay healthy, and eat organic. Enjoy this recipe!
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