Our first instinct was to call this recipe “Jolly Jackfruit” for two reasons: the red and green vibrant colors are reminiscent of the holidays AND it’s a meal that promotes feeling jolly afterward, fueled with plant-proteins and bright vegetables. It doesn’t hurt that the peanut sauce is to-die-for delicious. Use this meal for your new year’s resolutions of eating healthier and/or more plant-based. Enjoy!
Prep time: about 20 minutes
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2 tbsp olive oil (coconut oil works too)
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups kale, chopped
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or use soy sauce or tamari)
2 tsp toasted sesame seed oil
1 Tbsp fresh ginger
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1-2 limes needed)
1/2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional, to help provide a multi-dimensional flavor to the peanut sauce)
8oz rice noodles, prepared according to package instructions
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat then add garlic, kale, and red bell pepper to cook for 4-6 minutes. Stir regularly. Drain the jackfruit and remove hard core. Use your hands to pull, or ‘shred’ the jackfruit. Add it to the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes.
Now it’s time to prepare the peanut sauce. In a blender, add the coconut milk, peanut butter, coconut aminos, lime juice, maple syrup, toasted sesame oil and ginger. Blend until smooth then taste and add seasonings or spice until it’s to your liking.
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and then add the rice noodles and cook according to the package instructions While waiting, pour the peanut sauce into the skillet to coat the jackfruit and veggies with the peanut sauce. Stir and cook for about 2-3 minutes before removing mixture from heat. Serve by placing noodles in a bowl and topping with the jackfruit and veggies. Add cilantro, peanuts, or red pepper flakes for additional flavor and garnish, if desired. This dish is best served fresh but can be easily heated up the next day for a delicious lunch.
If you are allergic to peanuts, take heart – almond butter worked just as well for this recipe.