BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches
Things are rough. I wish I could start off on a happier note, but I find it important to be real about this journey too. I've had a difficult time adjusting post-gallbladder surgery, and I've been bingeing BAD. Like, every weekend I have been eating 5,000+ calories at a time. I've gained a ton of weight, lost most of my muscle, and generally feel lost. I'm essentially starting from the very beginning, and that's a hard reality to swallow. I am thinking of doing a Sugar-Free September (natural sugar is ok), and I will post on here if I decide to do so!
NOW back to regularly scheduled programming. On Friday for lunch I tried something different and made a BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich. Y'all... IT WAS AMAZING. In case you haven't heard of this, jackfruit is a fruit native to South India, and it's often used as a meat substitute in vegetarian/vegan cooking. I bought the canned jackfruit from Trader Joe's and it was really easy to make. I also had this with a side of warm cinnamon apple slices (all I did was cut the apple, coat with cinnamon, and pop in the microwave for two minutes). This sandwich would also taste great with some sort of carrot/cabbage slaw.
As for the bun, I used a Perfect 10 Whole Grain Western Bagel! Guys, these are so soft, only 150 calories with 19g of protein, and they're pretty big. Also, they are only 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!! You can buy them online and use code ARIELLESAYS at checkout for 15% off. Note that you have to sign up for an account to get the discount! The Perfect 10s are my favorite, but the alternative ones are good too. They also have pitas and bagelettes, which are only 1sp.
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches
- Spray olive oil
- 1 can Trader Joe's Green Jackfruit
- 4 tbsp Trader Joe's Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce and Marinade (3sp per 2 tbsp)
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 Laughing Cow Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges (1sp per wedge)
- 2 Perfect 10 Whole Grain Western Bagels (3sp each)
- 1 small donut peach
- Drain jackfruit, pat dry, and partially shred jackfruit chunks into smaller pieces.
- In a sauté pan, coat with spray olive oil over medium heat and add jackfruit for 5 minutes.
- Add BBQ sauce and water to pan and stir to evenly coat jackfruit.
- Cover pan and simmer on medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally and pulling jackfruit apart as it becomes tender.
- Toast both bagels until desired, spread each with a cheese wedge, and top with the BBQ jackfruit and donut peach slices.
- Serve with whatever side you want and enjoy!
Note: I made two servings of the jackfruit, set one aside in my fridge for leftovers, and only made one sandwich for lunch.