Vegan Summertime BBQ Noms!

Summer time is upon us so naturally this means it’s beach, barbeque, cook-out season, etc! Usually, this means some sort of hearty sandwich is being prepped for lunch with some savory sides to indulge into after a long morning of [insert your favorite recreational sport] with your pals! Thankfully, for us plant-based folk we have many delicious options when we are in need of a fat, tasty sammie!

Exhibition A: Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with Mac N’ Cheez, Baked Beans, and Coleslaw

 

WTF is Jackfruit? (great question!) – Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit native to the tropical lowlands of Southeast Asia. It is a large, green, oval-shaped fruit that has hundreds of individual flowers inside with fleshy petals, which is what we eat. This is what makes it so perfect and easy to emulate the texture and visual appeal of pulled pork or pulled anything! The important part with any vegan meat replacement is the sauce or seasoning to give it the flavor we are craving!

Lucky for us there are some easily accessible jackfruit options such as the Upton’s Naturals brand who sells the jackfruit flesh already pre-marinated in a couple different sauces. The one I used for this mouthwatering meal was obviously the BBQ jackfruit pictured below. Admittedly so, I added extra BBQ sauce for just a little more of that smokey flavor. I used Annie’s Naturals Organic BBQ Original Recipe Sauce.

bbq sandwich (1 of 1)

As for the sides, I used Daiya’s Deluxe Cheddar Cheezy Mac, Amy’s Organic Vegetarian Baked Beans, and whipped up the slaw with Veganaise and a few other ingredients listed below.

coleslaw ing (1 of 1)

Coleslaw

Ingredients:

  • 1 Long green onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup of vegan mayo (I use Original Vegenaise)
  • 1 tbsp vegan sour cream (I use the Tofutti brand)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt (or celery seed)
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 package of cabbage mix

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients EXCEPT cabbage mix in a large mixing bowl to make the dressing
  • Add cabbage mix a little at a time while stirring/tossing so that it all gets coated with the dressing
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Let sit for 30 minutes in refrigerator before serving (TIP: work on this first and it will be ready by the time you finish the rest of the meal)

Mac N’ Cheez (Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac)

Directions:      FOLLOW FROM PACKAGE

  • Boil 2 qt. of water in a medium saucepan
  • Stir in macaroni pasta
  • Cook until tender (7 – 8 minutes), stirring occassionally
  • Drain and return to saucepan
  • Massage cheezy sauce packet to mix thoroughly
  • Squeeze cheezy sauce over hot macaroni and stir until blended
  • Serve

Beans (Amy’s Organic Vegetarian Baked Beans) 

Directions:

  • Carefully open can and pour beans into small saucepan
  • Place saucepan over medium heat
  • Stir over heat until it reaches desired temperature

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich (Upton’s Naturals Bar-B-Que Jackfruit)

Directions:

  • Empty jackfruit package onto a plate or cutting board
  • Pull the jackfruit apart more than it already is for a nicer, shredded consistency
  • Place jackfruit in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add extra BBQ sauce (to taste) as you stir jackfruit in skillet
  • Keep jackfruit over heat (occasionally stirring) for 5 more minutes
  • Scoop and serve onto buns!

bbq dish 2 (1 of 1)

So, if you are perpetually hungry like me and/or if you still want to be able to participate in weekend Barbeque festivities this is the perfect meal and it is super easy to prepare. So no excuses, you got this!

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Hello internet world! My name is Jess and I welcome you to my experimental, hopefully long-lasting and successful vegan food blog! Eleven months ago (September 2016), I made the decision to discontinue my carnivorous ways and change to a mostly plant-based diet. As a month or so past, I figured why not try this whole "vegan" thing and completely cut out not only flesh, but dairy, eggs, and any other animal bi-products from my diet and lifestyle. I am now coming up on a year since my journey began and I feel better than ever! This lifestyle choice is extremely beneficial for so many reasons including personal health, the environment and of course loving instead of eating and mistreating our fellow earthlings. Prior to making my positively life-changing decision I had always had the thought of doing it in the back of my mind. Coming from a Hispanic family and culture where multiple forms of meat are crucial to every meal, I never thought I could actually really commit to it long-term. Once I dove in to this challenge I realized it really wasn't even a massive challenge and every day after a delicious meal I thought to myself, "Hey this isn't bad at all!" The purpose of this blog is to highlight the abundance of vegan-friendly products that are out there and how I included them in my every day, easy to make meals during my transition and even now. I've always been a food lover and am eager to indulge in tasteful meals, snacks and desserts. So whether you are vegan already, interested in becoming one but don't know where to start, or you are just curious to experience the awesomeness of vegan foods, TURN ON your vegan self and check out these amazing options that are just waiting to be made by YOU!

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