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Healthy Jackfruit Recipes – Vegan Pulled Pork, Curry & Tortilla Soup!? – Mind Over Munch

Hi, Johnny Meat! I can see that you’re hungry. Me hungry. Me need MEAT! Mmm. Delicious meat! Yes, it truly is… “meat.” Hey Munchies! Welcome if you’re new! I’m Alyssia, and today I am STOKED because I have been
wanting to do a jackfruit video for like a YEAR, but I’ve been so intimidated by it. It’s hard to find the whole fruit, it hasn’t
always been easily accessible, and is still sort of just emerging as a health
food, but when I saw Trader Joe’s now offers CANNED
jackfruit, I was like, okay, yes, I can do this. This makes life easier. FYI: This video was NOT sponsored, I am just
a Trader Joe’s freak. So, if you don’t know, jackfruit is the
largest tree-borne fruit in the world, one fruit can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds and the seeds inside are SUPER nutrient dense, AND the fruit is really high in fiber. It’s native to south and southeast Asia
and is tough to find in the US. Sometimes in bigger cities like New York you
can find it, and it’s popping up more a bit now but,
overall, it’s not just lying around conveniently
for people to find. On top of that, it’s not super convenient
to prepare because you’ve got this HUGE dinosaur-looking
fruit that you’ve got to manage. WHICH is why I’m so excited for these cans
of jackfruit. The REALLY cool thing about jackfruit is that
when it’s cooked, the texture really resembles meat, so if you’re plant based or trying to incorporate
more recipes without meat, this is a great way to do that and still get
the meat “taste.” I don’t actually love the taste of the jackfruit
plain, it has NO sugar at all, even natural sugars, so it’s pretty tangy,
and I think it is better cooked than raw. So today I’m sharing 3 jackfruit recipes, and I think you’ll be pleased to see how
simple they are. Let’s get to it! First we’ve got BBQ Jackfruit Sliders! I recommend draining and rinsing the jackfruit
to start for most recipes since they are generally stored in brine, and for this one I’m shredding it into smaller
pieces to give it that “pulled” texture that I love in barbecue. Then I’m adding olive oil to a pan and sautéing
some onion and garlic until tender and fragrant. I’ll add my jackfruit, broth, low-sugar
bbq sauce— and I do have a recipe for that in my UnJunk
Your Foods eBook if you want to check that out but you could use anything here— and then we will just stir, reduce the heat
to medium low and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, lower
and slower offers more flavor. Stir that occasionally as it cooks. So beautiful! It actually looks like meat! I’m also making an avocado slaw for my sliders. I mash avocado in a bowl, and then add some
shredded cabbage and carrots, thinly sliced red onion, lime juice, a bit
of maple syrup, and salt and pep. Then I just assemble my BBQ jackfruit and
slaw on my slider buns and I’m good to go! These are adorable, but MOST importantly they
are tasty! Jackfruit itself is a tad sweet but also tangy, and it lends itself really well to the barbecue
flavors of this recipe. Worth a whirl! Next up I’ve got a slow cooker recipe because
I know you guys can’t get enough of those, and why would you? They make life easy because we just add everything
to the slow cooker. For my Jackfruit curry, I add jackfruit, onion,
red bell pepper, tomato paste, coconut oil, or you could use grass-fed butter
if you don’t need this to be plant-based, ginger paste, minced garlic, garam masala, curry powder, cumin, salt and pep, and coconut milk. I mix that up, place on the lid, and let it cook low and
slow—4 to 6 hours. When it’s done, it’s so tender and tasty. You could of course use any protein for these
recipes, including this one, but isn’t it neat that a FRUIT yielded the final product? Amazing! The slow cooker just makes finding flavor
so much easier, AND it’s so tender, it just falls apart just like slow and low
cooked meat. If you’re enjoying these recipes and tips
and want more, subscribe and hit the bell so you can be notified
of new videos each week! The last one I’ve got for you is a Tortilla
Soup. I’m adding olive oil to a saucepan with
onion and garlic. Once tender, I add jalapeno until fragrant. Then I can add tomato purée, lime juice,
chili powder, paprika, cumin, and oregano and cook until
bubbly. Then I add broth and my jackfruit, which is
cut similarly to the first recipe, so it will resemble pulled meat. Season to taste. I bring that to a boil, turn the heat down
to low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Now a tortilla soup wouldn’t be complete
without tortilla strips, so I’m making my own! I’ve made tortilla chips loads of times,
and this is the same process. I cut my corn tortillas into small strips
that are about 1/4 of an inch wide, add them to a baking rack, spray them down
with cooking spray, and season with salt and pepper. I bake those until crispy, and they’re perfect
for my soup! To assemble, I add some my tortilla strips
to a bowl, ladle in my jackfruit soup, and garnish with avocado and extra tortillas strips! Now, if you don’t need this to be plant-based,
you could add some cotija cheese or sour cream, it’s SO delicious! A great recipe to have on hand as we approach
fall, too— I LOVE soup on cold days! I hope you all enjoyed these recipes and learning
about jackfruit! If you have any favorite jackfruit recipes
or preparations, please feel free to share them in the comments, and if you found this video useful I hope
you’ll share it! Thank you so much for your support! If you want to check out my UnJunk your Foods
eBook or any of my other eBooks, you can use the code “JACKFRUIT” at checkout for 10% off and ebook or package of your choice,
this week only. I’ll see you next week! And remember, it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch.

Randall Smitham



  1. BetterU2day Posted on August 19, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Love it! I just started a weight loss journey. My goal is to start playing with a lot of different vegetarian recipes. I consider myself somewhat of a flexitarian right now, but would like to go all the way. The documentary "What the Health" really woke me up to alot of things.

  2. A. R. Posted on August 19, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Hi you mentioned it tastes like meat, but what do you think it resembles more? Beef,chicken or fish? Also jackfruit has a potent strong unpleasant smell. How does the canned Traders Joe's version pan out?

  3. OhNo Antonio Posted on August 19, 2017 at 1:47 am

    More vegan recipes pls!

  4. Mariela Barzallo Posted on August 19, 2017 at 3:27 am

    I wonder if you could get a similar texture and flavour with another ingredient, maybe some kind of mushroom?

  5. Breanna Murphy Posted on August 19, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I love making pulled 'pork' and mushroom bao buns! Absolutely to die for! Great video!

  6. Sandri Gómez Posted on August 19, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I hope I could get jackfruit in Spain😢❤

  7. Janet Miller Posted on August 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I have a can that I got from Trader Joes. I can now put it to use-thanks!

  8. Silvia Rp Posted on August 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

    In Indonesia we called it "nangka" , a common dish and fruit here, you can easily find it on the traditional market….

  9. Josh Olivera Posted on August 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Intros are always gold. 😂❤

  10. donna cole Posted on August 19, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you for adding vegan stuff.We really appreciate you!

  11. ngakan putu h. purwanta Posted on August 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Ripe jack fruit is so good, they're sweet and smells good

  12. 277surfergirl Posted on August 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Ha ha! You have the best intros. Keep the good work! 🤗

  13. EllaSama Posted on August 19, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Keeping up with Johnny Meat, totally would watch that show.

  14. Priya Rajappan Posted on August 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    It's one of my favorite fruits. We eat ripe jackfruit here. Very sweet and tasty

  15. Charlotte Greaser Posted on August 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Do your ebooks include nutritional information (Type one diabetic here, so I have to count my carbohydrates)? p.s. been a fan for years love what you do and love what i learn from your videos

  16. j pitt Posted on August 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    You can often find it in Asian markets. I see them there a lot.

  17. Kelly Maglio Posted on August 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I tried the tortilla soup and I enjoyed it. The Jackfruit from TJ does not have any protein so I added black beans for protein and fiber. It was good. I also added a bay leaf while simmering for flavor. Good recipe!

  18. Anna Zilar Posted on August 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Hey!!! I know I don't comment very often but i was wondering if you could do another cheap easy Trader Joe's meal prep! Or at least do them more often. Love this new video! Thank you, you're awesome!

  19. Tiffe Fermaint Posted on August 21, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for more vegan vids!

  20. Tracy Reynolds Posted on August 21, 2017 at 1:54 am

    The only what I eat in a day videos I like are yours? Make more! ha ha

  21. Harbert ian Posted on August 21, 2017 at 2:27 am

    We actually have a jackfruit tree besude our house

  22. Conch Posted on August 21, 2017 at 6:52 am

    You do eat jackfruit uncooked. I LOVE IT TOO MUCH. Just gotta make sure it comes fresh (Open the fruit yourself) and ripe. You'll know it's ripe when the fruit is starting to have a sweet scent when it's not opened. The fruit will look yellow instead of a pale fleshy color.
    Yellow=ripe and sweet, good to eat fresh or cooked and mixed in other desserts (turon, halo halo)
    Pale fleshy= unripe, good for cooking

  23. DazzleWang Posted on August 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hi! I like to cook some special meal for my dogs that I can eat too. Would you have any suggestions?

  24. AdoptedPetsRule Posted on August 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I stumbled on your channel and for this past month or so I have binge watched Every. Single. Episode. I am now completely caught up and very sad because now I have to wait like everyone else. I can't tell you enough how much I absolutely adore you and your team and how your love/passion for fitness and food has inspired me. Those "dislikes" on your videos really confuse me and I hope you don't let those trolls get to you for even a millisecond. Can't thank you enough for your energy and commitment. It's a beautiful thing!

  25. Elizabeth Jackson Posted on August 21, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    This is amazing. I've made jackfruit for dinner three times this summer and I'm obsessed! Want to try your tortilla soup soon.

  26. Simone Simões Posted on August 21, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I'm from Brazil and jackfruit is natural in trees for us, is very juice and sweet, never did saw in can.

  27. 1024specialkay Posted on August 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    trader joes has it?? Omg, need to look for it now

  28. fiona Posted on August 22, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    your intros are so creative and funny 😂

  29. Nada Ashraf Posted on August 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    i can't tell you how much your channel had helped me thank you so much Luv u

  30. Aya Mizuiryo Posted on August 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Recently, I've been wanting to try mochi, but I've only seen recipes with SO MUCH added sugar. Perhaps you could make a video on how to make it healthier? 🙂

  31. soylntgrnzppl Posted on August 23, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you so much! I've been really intimidated by jackfruit, so I'm so happy to have these handy recipes in my pocket now 🙂

  32. babydollsandy Posted on August 24, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I literally just bought a can and wasnt totally sure what to do with it so the timing of this video couldnt have been more perfect lol.

  33. T R Posted on August 24, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Anyone else love raw fresh ripened Jackfruit? Delicious!!!

  34. The Viet Vegan Posted on August 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    YEESSSSS ALYSSIA YOU ROCK. Those sliders are so cute!! ><

  35. alex lopes Posted on August 25, 2017 at 8:52 am

    ripe jackfruit is sweet and aromatic. jack fruit raw and unripe taste like tasteless gum.

  36. Lazygirl55 Posted on August 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Mind Over Much can I use the actual jackfruit instead of the one in the can because I can't find can jackfruit in my local supermarket.

  37. Shannon Busse-Fricker Posted on August 31, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Just an idea, I would really love a series, on meal prepping for 1800 cals a day. If series could run for 15 weeks so I could loose 15 pounds, that would change my life, in a good way.

  38. lyanne sayon Posted on August 31, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    hi alyssia! in the philippines we use jackfruit in broths and salads. we sometimes make jackfruit salad with coconut milk- tastes so refreshing! we also love to eat them ripe; either raw or in turon (sweet spring roll with banana). i've even seen jackfruit ice cream ☺️ yum!

  39. prchix Posted on August 31, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Jackfruit is called Panapen, or Pana for short, in the Caribbean. Hispanic supermarkets have them sometimes, i can't even imagine how it tastes canned🤢 but 👍for making these recipes,,as with everything fresh is best. My family cuts it in pieces flattens them and deep fries them…Tostones de Pana 😋

  40. Malayali world Posted on September 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Hi.. jackfruit is the most available and most used fruit/food in our from Kerala,India(southern state in india)
    We make jackfruit chips,jackfruit stir fry with coconut for rice and jackfruit/chakka purukku
    ripe jackfruits are also very tasty we like it in both way if you need more jackfruit receipes search..jackfruit aka kerala chakka' receipes thank you😊

  41. Carolina Passos Posted on September 4, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Great video, thanks! But jackfruit is actually VERY sweet… when it is ripe 😉 The problem is you cannot use ripe jackfruit for making "fake meat", since it would taste awful, so I guess that's why the canned version of Trader Joe's is so plain and tangy. But if you ever get the chance of eating a ripe jackfruit out of the tree, you should. It is really delicious.

  42. കൊക്കര പൈസ Posted on September 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Alyssia! I'm from South of India. And Jackfruits are one of the most available tropical fruits in our country. We only eat the ripe yellow flesh and discard the rest. It's quiet messy to manage its sticky inside. We doesn't use it raw, instead we use the breadfruit (jackfruit species) for cooking.

  43. Lee Posted on September 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    You could add some liquid smoke to the faux pulled pork.

  44. Calocanut Posted on September 8, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I love this! Thank you!

  45. ConfidenceCreativityDiscipline YAT Posted on September 10, 2017 at 12:56 am

    How do u get the salt and pepper make that design

  46. Arianna Quiero Posted on September 11, 2017 at 1:42 am

    I will forever love your creativity and effort you put into these videos, I never get bored lol.. and thank you for your vegan videos!

  47. babyjenks93 Posted on September 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    My friend from Sri Lanka once brought me from her country two huge jackfruits to taste but they were really ripe and sweet, tasted a bit like banana and pineapple! I guess I have to find a store where they sell them not so ripe so I can try to use them as a meat substitute! Never thought about that, so thank you <3

  48. Baked potato Posted on September 19, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Sweetie pls educate me about whole wheat!! Is it that bad like the West claims it to be?? Wheat is staple in India!!

  49. Joanne Papas Posted on September 25, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Thanks for some new Jack Fruit recipes! Jack Fruit carnitas tacos are yummy too! I would love to see a recipe using jack fruit in other shredded meat recipes as well. Perhaps in an enchilada casserole? Looking forward to more of your videos!

  50. DarlingKen Posted on October 1, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Any thoughts on protein while eating a plant based diet? I'm finding myself eating more and more plant based these days and that is a concern of mine.

  51. Filza Khan Posted on October 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    So happy that you use garam masala do you like Indian spices? BTW liked your recipe

  52. PersephoneFleur Posted on October 11, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Jackfruit is evil!!!!!

  53. Aris Alamanos Posted on October 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    A very bad alternative to meat. It only contains 1,7 grams of protein per 100 grams!

  54. Nzisa mutua Posted on October 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I looove it and it is readily available in Kenya. Am going to try this recipe

  55. Grace West Posted on November 10, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I've just started using jackfruit. The recipes I've seen say to cut the core off the jackfruit and use only the flaky part. I thought that was a waste, but…… Is the core tender and does it taste the same as the flaky part? I really need help with this as others may also. Your recipes look great.

  56. thelma figueroa Posted on November 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    like the cauliflower video u did do more video like that with less talking

  57. LagiNaLangAko23 Posted on November 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I have jackfruit in soup (non-vegan though) with legumes every once in a while. Never saw it in a bun though.

    We usually just have it either in stews or as desert (if ripe). Quite common here in Philippines.

  58. LagiNaLangAko23 Posted on November 28, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Ah, the ever useful langka. Do you know the wood is also used to make dye? 🙂

    Also heard the fruit has killed people before….

  59. Dennis Galabo Posted on December 14, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Jackfruit in coconut milk with chilli is a staple here in PH. Try it out 🙂

  60. Carmen Carrion Posted on January 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    love these, just made my fist Jackfruit soup from RawBoy and it was delicious. Cant wait to try these 🙂

  61. abyami BarRoa Posted on January 8, 2018 at 4:13 am

    HEB has it in Texas

  62. Amanda Skoglund Posted on January 20, 2018 at 3:19 am

    I need you guys to get married so we can see wedding lol😂❤

  63. WookieFragger Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:20 am

    I laughed out loud when an ad for Checkers played before this video

  64. Joey Schmahl Posted on January 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I love trader Joe's, and I am not trying to be rude, but ever since Friday 1/26, there has been an outbreak of salmonella in their broccli, cauliflower, and their fish

  65. Jessica Briseno Posted on February 4, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Omg I wanted to keep watching your fake show lol

  66. Pixel Ads Posted on February 10, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    we are eating jack fruit curry everyday. I am from Sri lanka.

  67. christophercrypt Posted on February 15, 2018 at 4:55 am

    I just made the "pork" and coleslaw sliders. SO GOOD. I'll tag you on instagram. Thank you!!

  68. Kyla Fernando Posted on March 13, 2018 at 5:50 am

    What kind of broth

  69. Reversed Posted on March 30, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    My brother is vegetarian, and my mom is now trying to become vegan, so I like these videos

  70. Andrea Hernandez Posted on April 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Puerto Ricans eat squashed/seasoned then fried jackfruit we call them “pana” or “panapen”

  71. Rich B*tch Posted on April 18, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Adorable intro! I just ordered jackfruit and I have no idea what to do with it. Thanks for the video.

  72. Chef Hano Posted on April 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Wtf, this is supposed to be eaten raw, but for some reason Americans got it in a can. Seriously u people ruin everything

  73. Tricia C Posted on April 30, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Any tips for pulled jackfruit in a crockpot or Insta Pot? Thanks!

  74. Jeanette Hiteshew Posted on May 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    There is a Asian store near me that sells it. How to you handle the real fruit.

  75. donesixfour Posted on May 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Please get me pregnant

  76. ssaliormoon15 Posted on June 6, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Can you do more jackfruit recipes featuring fresh jackfruit

  77. Lou H Posted on June 6, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Video starts at 2:15

  78. Leo Hendon Posted on June 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Note since I am experimenting with fresh jackfruit myself.
    We have many sources down here for fresh, off the tree jackfruit because of hour dense SE Asian communities on the gulf coast.
    Ripe jackfruit is very sweet and tastes almost like chewing gun…especially Juicy Fruit.
    The recipes cited above are using green jackfruit in brine. We have the option of canned ripe jackfruit in heavy syrup used in deserts at our local Asian markets.
    Be sure you buy the right kind, there will be a difference in the outcome of your recipies even if you rinse and soak the fruit before cooking.

    Also, if you buy a whole green jackfruit there will be a HUGE amount of latex in them. Coconut oil is the only thing I know that will remove it from your skin, your knife, your work surface and anything else that comes into contact with the surrounding material encasing the fruit. If you have a latex allergy, take precautions before processing your fruit.

  79. Lauren Michelle Posted on June 21, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Love this so much! Already picked up a couple cans of Jackfruit at Trader Joe's, hopefully you have more recipes like this coming out soon

  80. Serve It At Home Organic Foods Posted on June 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Excited to try these recipes 🎉

  81. Ivan Nguyen Posted on June 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    In Vietnam, we would let it ripe then eat it later. Jackfruit tastes sweet, juicy, delicious in that way.

  82. 1vaoracle Posted on July 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I thought seeds have arsenic

  83. Chick Pea Posted on July 24, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    1.20£ Sainsbury's U.K.

  84. Orange Blossom Posted on August 2, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  85. Sharmini Jth Posted on August 9, 2018 at 7:45 am

    fresh jackfruit is sweet af

  86. Veronika I Posted on August 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Jackfruit is very easy to find at your local Asian store! Stop waiting for Kroger to sell everything

  87. Cornelius White Posted on September 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    This was great!! Thanks.

  88. Citz okey Posted on November 4, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Gudeg is one of Yogyakarta (Indonesia) signature dish that use young jackfruit as their main ingredient. You should tasted it 😃😃 Canned Gudeg are now available, too.

  89. Lavender Skyy Posted on December 26, 2018 at 4:10 am

    can i microwave this to cook it? 😅 im in college lol

  90. TheKielbasaKid Posted on January 20, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Just bought my 1st can of jackfruit at TJ's, these recipes are perfect to start out with. Thank you!

  91. Visy Visy TV Posted on February 13, 2019 at 6:45 am

    The Jackfruit is also found in the Caribbean, when ripe eaten as a fruit and is often sweet.

  92. SuppSamanthaa Posted on February 19, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    It’s all over Vallarta’s in my city. Very easy to find in stores here. Cool to see Trader Joe’s has it.

  93. sabrina crawford Posted on March 19, 2019 at 11:31 am

    You can find jackfruit in a can in any Asian Market they're everywhere..☺

  94. Empress Tarot by Gabby Turner Posted on April 15, 2019 at 12:09 am

    lol love the intro. 😉

  95. Romy Posted on May 19, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I am cooking a lot of vegan foods lately. I am still eating fish and some dairy. I was wondering what you do for the protein that your dish doesn't have? I was reading how low Jack fruit is for protein and was hoping you had some ideas of how to increase it with the dishes you presented? Thank you for posting these fun and pretty dishes to make!

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  97. some guy Posted on July 9, 2019 at 12:17 am

    You dot like it raw cause you sint eating it fresh … it's way sweeter…

  98. MONIQUE REID Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I've been eating jackfruit all my life in🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 and I didn't know it could be cooked until recent even though my brother used to cook the seeds for us

  99. ByeKaila Posted on August 14, 2019 at 3:39 am