Hearty Jackfruit & Veggie Stew

Total time: 40 mins Servings: 4-6

Have you tried jackfruit?! I learned about it while in Thailand a few years ago but just started cooking with it recently. It's a fruit with very meaty qualities to it so it's often the star ingredient in veggie based 'pulled pork' recipes.

On top of it's meaty texture, it's high in protein, fiber, antioxidants and almost every vitamin and mineral that we humans need. It'll keep you full for hours, which is why I've aptly named this dish: the Hearty Jackfruit & Veggie Stew! On top of jackfruit, this stew boasts onion, garlic, celery, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, mushrooms and swiss chard. Sure, it seems like a lot of chopping but the beauty is you can leave things chunky in a stew! ;)

What you need to make this dish:
  • 1 small to medium onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large carrot, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 large zucchini, diced

  • 1 package of mushrooms of your choice (I used shitake), chopped

  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped

  • 2-3 medium sized red or yellow potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 bunch, swiss chard or other green of choice (kale or spinach would work well)

  • 1 can of jackfruit, drained (see photo below for brand I used. Most health food stores would carry it).

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVO)

  • 2 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Pinch of red pepper flakes or more if you like it spicy!

  • 1 box of organic vegetable broth

What you need to do to make this dish:
  1. Dice your onion and chop all of your veggies to desired chunkiness.

  2. Add EVO to a large soup pot on medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and saute for 5 mins. Add garlic and continue to saute, st