Jackfruit BBQ Pizza

Jackfruit is everywhere lately! Why, you ask? It takes the flavor of anything you really want it to, which is great for a meat substitute. I have been wanting to try jackfruit and I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it. Tacos, pizza, sandwich? I ultimately went with pizza because I mean, it's pizza!

This is the pizza before the oven. It smelled delicious and seriously, it's beautiful! I went to three different stores looking for jackfruit! Whole Foods has already marinated jackfruit but I really wanted to do my own thing and wanted jack fruit from a can. Trader Joe's to the rescue! If you want to make this go to Trader Joe's or call your grocery store first to make sure they have canned jackfruit!

This is one of those meals that I wanted to serve to Nick and not tell him it was vegan. It has cheese, cilantro, onion, pineapple, BBQ sauce, and what looks like BBQ chicken! Even though I was tempted to trick him, I couldn't wait any longer to eat it!  

Bear also loved this dish. Don't worry he didn't eat pizza! But, he is Vegan and if I am cooking with fruits and veggies I always google if dogs can eat it. Well it turns out, pineapple is good for dogs! He always stays in his place while I cook, so I gave him a few pieces of pineapple as a sweet treat. He was one happy boy!

Nick had half of the pizza and said he really thought he was eating chicken! I swear you guys, this jackfruit is life changing. I can't wait to use it in more meals! 

Ingredients:

1 can jackfruit in brine, drained

1 can pineapple, drained

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

1/2 cup vegan BBQ sauce (I use tessemaes and I love it!)

1 tsp sriracha

1 tsp maple syrup 

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Pizza Crust- I use Whole Food's 365 crust.

1 cup Daiya Mozzarella cheese (or any other vegan cheese)

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Drain jackfruit and chop into little pieces. 
    • I did some big pieces and some little pieces and pulled them apart with my fingers pretty easily!
  • Add jackfruit to a pan with olive oil and salt & pepper. Saute for 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • While the jackfruit is sauteing, mix BBQ sauce, sriracha and maple syrup. 
  • Put a small bit of the BBQ mixture onto the pizza crust and cover with Daiya cheese.
  • Slice onion into small thin slices.
  • Drain pineapple
  • Add the BBQ sauce to the jackfruit and cook for an additional five minutes on medium/low heat. 
  • Make your pizza! Add red onions, pineapple, cilantro and jackfruit to your pizza. 
  • Bake for ten minutes, cut and enjoy!

 

I hope you guys give this one a try! We absolutely loved it. If you make it, make sure to tag @happilyromer. 

xo

Beth

Grilled Artichokes with Vegan Tahini Sriracha Aioli

One of my favorite things to make for a dinner party is grilled artichokes. Not only are they delicious and fun to eat, people assume you're a good cook because it is not a common dish. And who doesn't love feeling like a good cook!

I was determined to create a vegan aioli that paired well with artichokes and still gave that wow factor. I think I finally found it!

These would be a great summer appetizer or side dish at your next party.

 

I first discovered my love for Artichokes at my favorite restaurant in Columbus: Third & Hollywood. If you ever find yourself in Columbus, go and order the artichoke. You won't regret it. 

 

I mean look at that beauty!

 

Seriously, did I mention I love artichokes? 

Ingredients:

2 artichokes

Olive Oil 

Salt and Pepper

1 Lemon

For the Sauce:

 1/2 cup Tahini

1/3 cup water

3.5 tablespoons of Sriracha

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 Lemon

  • Fill a stockpot with water, teaspoon of salt and juice from one lemon. Bring to boil.
  • While water is heating up, cut stems off artichokes and cut in half. 
  • Remove the purple leaves and the "hair" of the artichoke with a fork. 
  • Once water has begun to boil, add the four halves of the artichoke, cover and simmer for twenty minutes.
  • While the artichokes are simmering, start preparing the aioli.
  • Mix Tahini, Garlic, Water, Lemon and Sriracha. This makes a big batch of sauce. We really like to dip our artichokes! We also used the sauce for sandwiches the next day. Yum! You could easily cut the sauce recipe in half if you would like. 
  • When the artichokes are finished simmering, brush with olive oil on both sides and salt & pepper. 
  • Grill until you have grill marks! 
  • Plate and dig in!

I hope everyone is impressed by your artichoke and this becomes a staple in your house. Make sure to pin the recipe and tag @happilyromer if you try the artichokes!

xo

Beth