Jackfruit Taco Recipe: Healthy & Yummy!

JACKFRUIT

The first time I had something similar to Jackfruit was in Jamaica, about 13 years ago. A street vendor in Kingston sold yummy Breadfruit plates for about $2.00. Although it didn’t taste like bread to me, it was starchy, unique and delicious.

Jackfruit is actually bigger than Breadfruit, is the largest fruit produced on trees and can keep us healthy in so many ways!

•Jackfruit is filled with Vitamin C and can help fight against viral and bacterial infections. In fact, one cup of jackfruit supplies our body with enough Vitamin C to support the function of our white blood cells, resulting in a stronger immune system and overall greater health.

•Jackfruit’s phytonutrients and antioxidants can help rid your body of cancer-causing free radicals, which can treat cell damage and build a resistance against different types of cancers.

•Jackfruit’s high fiber can soothe digestive disorders including constipation and ulcers. Every hundred grams of jackfruit is about four grams of fiber, so eating jackfruit can protect the colon by removing carcinogenic chemicals found in your large intestine.

•Jackfruit can also help you keep great skin, great eyesight, good blood pressure and healthy bones!

And as if all these amazing health benefits were not enough, jackfruit is also low in calories and free of fat! Yes, that’s right, you can eat a ton of sweet jackfruit without gaining a ton of weight!

The next time you have a hankering for something healthy and delicious, consider Darshana Thacker’s healthy jackfruit recipe!

CHIPOTLE JACKFRUIT TACOS:

INGREDIENTS:

🌮1 medium potato, cut into ½-inch dice (2 cups)

🌮1 medium onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (2 cups)

🌮2 cloves fresh garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)

🌮1½ cups of diced tomatoes with juice

🌮1½ cups fresh cut jackfruit or one 14 oz can.

🌮3 tablespoons taco seasoning

🌮1 tablespoon smoked paprika

🌮¼ teaspoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce

🌮2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

🌮2 tablespoons lemon juice

JACKFRUIT TACO TOPPINGS:

🌮12 corn tortillas

🌮2 cups shredded lettuce

🌮1 medium tomato, cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)

🌮2 stalks scallions, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)

🌮1 avocado, cut into ¾-inch diced

PREPARATION:

1. In a skillet over medium-low heat, sauté the potatoes, onions, and garlic in ¼ cup water for 10 minutes or until the onions are tender.

2. Add the diced tomatoes, jackfruit, taco seasoning, paprika, and chipotle in adobo sauce, and continue cooking for 10 minutes until the juice from the tomatoes is absorbed.

3. Using the back of the spatula, break the jackfruit into smaller pieces. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice.

4. Place half of the tortillas in a stack on a heated non-stick skillet. Cook each side of the stack on medium-low heat, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the tortillas in the middle are heated through. Wrap warmed tortillas in a damp cloth to keep warm. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

5. To assemble the tacos, place the filling in the center of each, and top with the lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, and avocado, then serve immediately!

Doesn’t this Forks Over Knives recipe sound so Yummy Yummy Baby?!?

There are so many ways to eat Jackfruit, explore and let me know what you come up with!

Thank you to Forks Over Knives and Health Team Trista for the awesome recipe, pics and info!

🍈~ Dr. Desy


Vegan Enchiladas

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Vegan Enchiladas! 😋

One of the toughest parts of not eating cow cheese was giving up Traditional Cheese Enchiladas!

Thanks to tasty plantbased cheese, I still get my Mexican Comfort Food Fix.

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Contrary to what food marketers would have you believe — HEALTHY FAT is good for you!
Healthy Fat gives stable long-lasting energy and satiety without spiking your blood sugar.

But let be clear; not all fats are created equal. Industrial seed oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, and soybean oil that are often passed off as healthy fats are in fact not healthy at all.

These unhealthy fats are hydrogenated and cause oxidative stress to our bodies. Oxidation in the body leads to a whole host of health issues like inflammation, heart disease, stroke, obesity, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

As I have said before, Food Matters, so choose wisely!
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After dipping each gluten-free corn tortilla in my home-made enchilada sauce, I stuffed these yummy enchiladas with a huge helping of mashed Vegan Black Beans, Green Chili, Fresh Chopped Spinach and Spicy Vegan Jack Cheese!

I added more Cheese and Fresh Jalepenos on top, then roasted them in my mild Enchilada Sauce at 350 degrees for about 23 minutes…

My homemade red enchilada sauce has authentic Mexican flavor! It’s so good and easy, you’ll never go back to store-bought sauce again. This recipe yields about 2 cups (16 ounces) of sauce.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour (all gluten-free flour blends work!)
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Chili Powder (less for less spicy or if kids are eating)
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Organic Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Organic Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt, to taste
  • Pinch of Organic Cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Tomato Paste
  • 2 cups Organic Vegetable Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. This sauce forms quickly, so pre-measure the dry ingredients (the coconut flour, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, salt and optional cinnamon) into a small bowl and place it near the stove. Place the tomato paste and broth near the stove as well.
  2. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, warm the Avocado oil until it’s it’s hot enough that a light sprinkle of the Coconut flour/spice mixture sizzles on contact.
  3. Once ready, pour in the flour and spice mixture. While whisking constantly, cook until fragrant and slightly deepened in color, about 1 minute. Whisk the tomato paste into the mixture, then slowly pour in the broth while whisking constantly to remove any lumps.
  4. Raise heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, whisking often, for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the sauce has thickened to your liking. (The sauce will thicken some more as it cools.)
  5. Remove from heat, then whisk in the vinegar and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper!

This sauce is full of authentic Mexican flavor, I know the Cinnamon is a twist, but you are going to love them!

After allowing the Enchiladas to cool for 8 minutes, I smeared some homemade Jalepeno & Cilantro sauce for one final kick!

Mmmmm… they were Yummy Yummy Baby!

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I made a separate Non-spicy batch of these for my youngling, he absolutely loves them!!!

For a non-spicy version, do not add the green chilis or the jalepenos on top. My little one loves his sprinkled with fresh chopped black olives, I just forgot to snap a pic! Ugh!

Whether Spicy or Mild, your family will say they are Yummy Yummy Baby!

Enjoy! 😋

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Benefits of Lemon Water

As a child & teen, I would eat a lemon on a daily basis, then as an adult, I discovered lemons have tons of health benefits!

My 3 Favorite Things About Lemons:

– Lemons support weight loss!

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition showed that polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons significantly reduced weight gain caused by a high-fat diet. In addition, insulin resistance was improved!

– Lemons help digestion!

Studies suggest that drinking warm lemon water when you wake up may help get rid of toxins, prevents constipation and gets your digestive system moving!

– Lemons prevent kidney stones!

Health studies suggest that the citric acid in lemons may help prevent calcium kidney stones.

Lemon water is a great way to increase your citric acid intake and may decrease your risk of getting new calcium stones.

In fact, having 1/2 cup of Organic Fresh Squeezed Lemon juice provides the same amount of citric acid you’d find in prescription forms.

How to Drink Lemon Water!

In order to get any health benefits of lemon water, drink it consistently and in therapeutic doses.

Always use real lemon juice from fresh Organic Lemons.

To make lemon water, squeeze half a lemon into 8 ounces of warm or room temp filtered water.

For best wellness results, drink lemon water warm or room temperature first thing in the morning at lunch and before sleep…

You can infuse your lemon water with other tasty fruits and herbs and drink it throughout the day…

A few springs of mint, a teaspoon of coconut nectar, or a fresh ginger slice or a dash of cinnamon are all good options.

You can also add slices of other fresh citrus fruits such as limes and oranges, or cucumber slices.

Visit my blog for infused water recipes:

https://yummyyummybaby.com/2015/01/20/are-kids-drinking-enough-water-8-tips-to-help-kids-stay-hydrated-yummy-infused-water-recipe/

Although lemon water is generally safe to drink, there are a few potential side effects.

1) Lemon contains citric acid, which can erode tooth enamel (this happened to me because of my childhood lemon addiction).

To limit the risk, drink lemon water through a straw, and rinse your mouth afterwards.

2) Lemons become alkaline in the digestive tract, so many people experience heartburn relief, but others get increased heartburn…

3) Some people are allergic to lemons, so be aware of any changes, such as itching, bruising or breakouts.

According to the Food and Nutrition Board, the dietary reference intake for water is 91 to 125 ounces. This includes water from food and drinks.

Pure Water is the best beverage for hydration, but if you like a little flavor enhancement, adding lemon enhances water’s flavor, helps your digestion, can help kidney stones and help you lose weight!

So get your straws out and drink up!


Turmeric: An Ancient Spice for Inflammation & Cancer Remedies: Part 2🌱

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Turmeric is an Ancient Spice that has been used in Asia & India since 2,000 B.C.

Just as oranges are a source of Vitamin C, Turmeric is a source of Curcumin. Today, we extract Curcumin from Turmeric to use as a natural medicine!

Curcumin stops pain and inflammation, and is being currently investigated for inhibiting tumors and fighting Cancer, preventing fat growth and accumulation, regulating blood sugar, stopping Depression and slowing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Turmeric is also known as Indian saffron, jiang huang, haridra, curcuma longa and haldi. This healing spice belongs to the ginger family and is a major ingredient of curry powder.

The Turmeric in Curcumin has many medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activity and has been used to treat cancer sores for many years.

Again, the main active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin or Diferuloyl Methane, which many studies now show to have Anticancer effects on cancer cells!

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Although there has been incredible results in aggressive cancers like Human Glioma, to date, Curcumin has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.

Curcumin is like a pharmacy unto itself, it works harmoniously in many different ways and very high doses can be a helpful adjunct to conventional Cancer Therapies!

Again, it is important to know that is is great to add Turmeric Spice to our foods, as I did in this dish, however, in order for the Turmeric or Curcumin to be effective in treating Cancer or other serious conditions, it must be taken in large doses and therefore should only be done under the supervision of a qualified health care practitioner, especially if you are hypoglycemic!

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Signs of overdosing or negative reaction include yellowing skin (jaundice), dark urine, feeling or being sick, unusual tiredness, stomach or abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.

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I hope this information inspires you to search for alternative medicine that is being successfully used all over the world. Natural Remedies for Cancer! Part 1

Earth’s natural pharmacy is our best pharmacy!

Sending you positive vibes and well wishes,

Dr. D 🌞

The dish above was fairly easy, it included Vegan Shiritaki Noodles, Organic Minced Garlic, Organic Minced Turmeric & Turmeric Spice, Sea Salt, White Pepper, Coconut Aminos, Avocado Oil and Fresh Roasted Zucchini, Bell Peppers and Red Onions.

There are other powerful Natural Treatments for Cancer in my blog: Natural Remedies for Cancer! Part 1

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Natural Remedies for Cancer! Part 1

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We all know the typical protocol for Cancer treatment, but did you know that there are Natural Remedies being used with great success?!?

Natural remedies can go a long way in minimizing side effects, while improving the quality of life for many Cancer patients.

For example, we all grew up hearing that Vitamin C is great when you are feeling sick, however, the amount of Vitamin C needed to truly ameliorate severe symptoms is needed in very high doses and should be monitored by a qualified clinician.

Having said that, are you aware that high doses of Intravenous Vitamin C has been used in Cancer care for several decades. As an antioxidant agent, Vitamin C helps control inflammatory damage to cells and DNA. The antioxidant function of Vitamin C protects healthy cells and DNA from becoming Cancerous in nature.

The bottom line is that high doses of Vitamin C can block the formation of new blood vessels essential for tumor growth, which serves as a natural way to address various diseases, including Cancer!

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Now for a Natural Remedy you probably have not heard of… White Berry Mistletoe Extract!

The herb Mistletoe (Iscador/Iscar/Helixor), is a very effective immune stimulating agent. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Mistletoe Extract is reportedly the most extensively studied natural treatment in the world!

In fact, Rudolph Steiner, an Alternative Medicine Physician, studied European White Berry Mistletoe and its potential to improve quality of life for people who have Cancer and other diseases like AIDS, for several decades.

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European White Mistletoe grows in in the U.K., continental Europe, and Western Asia. For more than 2,000 years, its twigs and leaves have been used in herbal remedies around the world. In fact, Celtic Druids used Mistletoe for almost every illness known.

Were you aware that Mistletoe Extract,(Iscador/Iscar/Helixor) is known to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune stimulant herb?

In a recent review of clinical studies, Mistletoe Extract improved survival rates in eight studies, reduced progression in two studies, and reduced the side effects of chemo and radiation in four studies— this sure does demonstrate the powerful holistic effectiveness of this Herbal Remedy!

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So whatever illness you have, if you are not making any progress or are open to augmenting your treatment with a natural remedy, consult your Natural Health Care practioner about Mistletoe Extract!

Mistletoe can be prescribed in the United States by approved anthroposophic physicians who are trained in complimenting conventional treatment.

Sending you positive vibes for a complete and speedy recovery! Dr.D🌞

If you are in California, you may consider visiting http://believebig.org/what-is-mistletoe/ about Mistletoe injections, and/or consulting with them about a clinic near you!

I have no affiliation with any Mistletoe Clinics or any Cancer Treatment Centers, I however, do have a son who survived Cancer…

https://hub.jhu.edu/magazine/2014/spring/mistletoe-therapy-cancer/

https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Mistletoe.html

http://www.cancure.org/12-links-page/45-iscador-mistletoe

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