1 (20 oz) can jackfruit in brine 1 tsp chili powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional) pinch of garlic powder 1 tsp coconut oil ½ c BBQ sauce ½ c water
Drain and rinse jackfruit and remove any tough pieces (if you miss a few, it’s not a big deal). Pat dry and toss with all of the dry spices. In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium high heat and add jackfruit pieces to the hot pan to brown on each side. This takes about 2-5 minutes, just to get some coloring on each side. Next, mix the BBQ sauce with water to thin it out into a sauce and add to the pan of jackfruit. Lightly toss each piece to coat it in the sauce mixture and cover with a lid. Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. After cooking, transfer the jackfruit and remaining sauce left in the pan to a bowl and shred with a fork. At this point, the jackfruit should look like pulled pork. Try to restrain yourself from eating all of it with a fork. Add more BBQ sauce to your liking and put on top of a lightly toasted sandwich roll. Top with coleslaw, jalapeños, or whatever toppings you’d like. Makes enough for 2 sandwiches.
Sometimes Monday calls for a pile of adorable piglets, circa 2015, safe and sound at their sanctuary. Can’t believe these babies are already teenagers and will be 2 years old in October. #friendsnotfood
The demand for these wild animals to be used as pets harm these animals directly. Not all of us can go down there and stop poaching on the frontlines (if you can, woah, you’re awesome), but we can control what we consume and try to encourage others to consider the same.
Animal Agriculture harms these animals indirectly. This is something we, as individuals, can control. When you consume animal products unnecessarily, you’re creating a demand for something that takes a huge toll on the environment. Meat requires more farmland and resources than fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts alone. This is because you need room for the farm animals to live and vast resources for the animal to be raised; think food, water, and places to dispose of blood, excrement, and the unconsumed. This is why what humans eat have an effect on more than just the animal eaten. Please be mindful of the effects your actions take on the world around you as a whole with every action and purchase. Don’t just take it from me, I encourage you to do your own research on this subject. For you, the planet, and the animals (including our wild bird-friends). If we stop the demand, we stop the harm. Mind you, no one is asking for perfection, but effort. Make a goal to do the least harm.
I’ve been eating these Simply Asia bowls a lot lately!! I never realized they were vegan and since my life has been all about convenience for the last few months, I decided to try them. I’ve tried a few different flavors but this Spicy Kung Pao is definitely my favorite; I like the added peanuts that come with them too. But in addition to trying these noodles I tried these Gardein porkless bites with the sweet and sour sauce. I was never a huge fan of pork pre-vegan but vegan ‘pork’ items always seem to delight me. They’re really good, especially with the noodles.
If these piglets were not born in the safety of a sanctuary to their mother Rita, then they would have been killed in just 6 months from when this picture was taken. That’s the fate of 110 million piglets in the US yearly. Is “bacon” truly a valid justification for this needless violence?