Both my dad and Raj’s dad LOVE jackfruit and would list it as one of their favourite fruits. Thus, Raj and I both grew up eating this fruit and we love it too. To me, this sweet and fleshy fruit tastes like something between a mango and a lychee. While my family would devour the tasty flesh of this fruit and toss away the seeds, Raj’s family would save the seeds and make delicious dishes with them. With jackfruit season upon us, I thought I would share one of Raj’s mom’s delicious jackfruit seed recipes.
Recently, my parents bought some beautifully ripe jackfruit for Raj and his parents. When his mom told me she was going to save the seeds and cook with them, I was skeptical at first, because the seeds tasted so bitter and unpleasant in their raw state. However, when she cooked them in a simple stir-fry, they tasted delicious (similar to a cooked potato)! Not only are these seeds edible and tasty when cooked, but they are also a good source of vegan protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, minerals, and some B vitamins! I will never toss out the seeds from a jackfruit again! Here is Raj’s mom’s simple stir-fry recipe for jackfruit seeds (sorry for the lack of precise measurements, but like many mothers who cook a lot, Raj’s mom usually just “eyeballs” her measurements and goes by taste)…
Raj’s Mom’s “Do-NOT-Throw-Away-The-Jackfruit-Seeds” Stir-Fry
- 1 cup fresh jackfruit seeds, each one cut in half
- water to boil the jackfruit seeds
- 1/2 cup frozen “Chinese potato” pieces (found in Indian grocery stores)
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- chili powder to taste
- salt to taste
- few cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)
- Boil the fresh jackfruit seeds for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Then, drain and set them aside.
- In a pan on medium high heat, sauté the diced red onion with coconut oil until the onion pieces turn slightly brown and caramelize a bit.
- Add the halved jackfruit seeds and “Chinese potato” pieces into the pan and sauté them until everything is heated through.
- Add chili powder and salt to taste.
- Transfer stir-fry to a serving dish and serve immediately or garnish with a few cilantro leaves just before serving. Enjoy!
The next time you eat jackfruit, I hope you save the seeds and try cooking with them! They are so delicious and nutritious!
Larabar Fruit and Nut Energy Bars are simple (contain no more than nine whole-food ingredients), gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, low-sodium, and vegan. They are delicious right out of the wrapper, but since they are made with only such few pure and raw ingredients, I thought to myself, “Why not bake with them?” So I experimented with that thought and managed to turn one Larabar into eight delicious and nutritious cookies! It works with all the Larabar flavours, but I will be showing you how with my favourite flavour, Coconut Cream.
The Coconut Cream flavour contains ONLY dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, and extra virgin coconut oil.
1. Select your favourite Larabar flavour (mine is Coconut Cream) and preheat the oven to 150°F.
2. Cut the Larabar into eight equally sized pieces (cut the bar into halves and then, cut each half into quarters).
3. With the palms of your hands, flatten each piece as much as possible into thin, round cookies.
4. Bake the cookies for about 30 minutes or until crispy.
5. Let the cookies cool down completely to get even more crispy and then, enjoy!
These cookies are so delicious and nutritious (high in fibre and healthy fats) since the only ingredient is Larabar. Also, this recipe, which makes eight bite-sized cookies from one Larabar, is great for portion control. So the next time you are craving cookies, try this out!
Are you familiar with “beauty box” companies like Luxe Box or Birchbox that deliver a box full of beauty samples and/or full-size beauty products to your door every month or every few months? Well now there is a company called welliBOX that delivers monthly “supplement boxes” right to your door for all you health product enthusiasts out there like myself! I love the idea and value of it, so I had to share!
Just the full-sized CanPrev Magnesium Bisglycinate 200 and the full-sized Orange Naturals D3 Drops are worth almost $40!
From only $12.50 per month with free shipping across Canada, you will get delivered monthly a box containing 5-10 supplement samples, at least $25 in instant savings on their online shop, at least one full-sized sample, and more, depending on the renewal plan you select. You can select for yourself or gift to someone one of the following three renewal plans:
|Monthly Price(with FREE shipping)
|What You Get Each Month
||· 5-10 supplement samples· $25 in instant savings on their online shop· In-store discounts
||· 5-10 supplement samples· $30 in instant savings on their online shop· An e-book for healthy living
||· 5-10 supplement samples· $30 in instant savings on their online shop· An e-book for healthy living· Live phone consultation with a Certified Nutritionist
I finally got to try the new Garden of Life Mangolicious Raw Protein flavour thanks to welliBOX and it is delicious!
welliBOX also offers three different types of boxes, which are a “her welliBOX” (for women), a “his welliBOX” (for men), and a unisex “welliBOX Xtreme” (for female and male fitness buffs). Although I do not consider myself a fitness buff, I believe I got a “welliBOX Xtreme”. This particular one included a full-sized CanPrev Magnesium Bisglycinate 200 (which helps with muscle relaxation and retails for around $25), a full-sized Orange Naturals Vitamin D3 Drops (which supports bone and teeth development and is a necessary daily supplement for everyone, especially Canadians), two Garden of Life Mangolicious Raw Protein samples, a Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts sample, and a reusable BioCore bag. Even for someone like me who is surrounded by all kinds of high-quality natural health supplements everyday at work, I was super impressed with their great selection of samples! You definitely get way more than your money’s worth! I highly recommend this as a monthly treat for yourself and as gifts for the people you love. For more information, you can check them out on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram.
I prefer these healthy onion rings over the deep-fried ones! These are NON-fried, nutritious, low-fat, high-fibre, high-protein, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, cancer-fighting, and best of all, super tasty!
This is one of my favourite snack recipes I have ever created! Who knew onion rings could be LOW-FAT (no deep frying involved), VEGAN, EASY-TO-MAKE, and SUPER TASTY?! With my and Raj’s free lecture on “Staying Cancer-Free Through Nutrition” coming up next Thursday night at The Big Carrot, I thought I should share my cancer-preventing onion rings recipe, in which onions and chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are the primary ingredients. Raw onion rings are generously coated in chickpea hummus and then placed in a dehydrator for hours until crispy. The flavonoids and sulfur compounds in onions have been shown to lower the risk of various cancers. Similarly, the antioxidants (manganese and various phytonutrients) in chickpeas also help protect against cancer. These non-fried and nutritious onion rings take a long time to make, but they are well worth the wait! I actually prefer them over the battered and deep-fried onion rings!
Sunflower Kitchen makes the most delicious flavoured hummus! Their HUMMUS + is vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free, and preservative-free! I tried their “Edamame with Sesame Roasted Carrots” flavour for this batch of onion rings, but my favourite flavour is the “Curry Lentil with Spicy Cilantro Chutney”.
What you will need:
- 2 medium onions (preferably Vidalia onions, which are sweeter than yellow, white, and red onions, especially when raw)
- 1 container of Sunflower Kitchen HUMMUS + (I used the “Edamame with Sesame Roasted Carrots” flavour) or about 300 grams of good quality store-bought hummus or about 1 1/4 cup of homemade hummus
- cutting board
- mixing bowl
I set the dehydrator temperature very low at 110°F to keep the onions “raw” for raw foodists, who can also substitute the Sunflower Kitchen HUMMUS + with raw hummus. If you want to reduce the dehydration time significantly from 24 hours to about 12 hours, you can increase the temperature to 150°F-160°F.
- Slice onions into 1-centimetre-thick rings and separate each layer of rings.
- In a mixing bowl, pour in the hummus, add in the onion rings, and generously coat each onion ring with hummus. (I like to use my hands as the only utensils for this step.)
- Lay out the hummus-coated onion rings on the dehydrator trays.
- Dehydrate them at 110°F for 24 hours or until crispy.
- Let the onion rings cool completely in the dehydrator before removing them and indulging in them. (They get even crispier as they cool down.)
So healthy and delicious!
Hopefully, you all can check out this recipe! You do not need a fancy dehydrator. Mine is by Salton and was well under $100 (I cannot remember the exact price). I hope you all can also check out our free lecture on “Staying Cancer-Free Through Nutrition” this coming Thursday, March 26th at 7pm! 🙂