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 Coconut Milk Recipe! Yummy!

Coconut Milk:

Aloha… For over 2 years my husband and I have been making this Coconut Milk to supplement my breastmilk.

We started giving him the Coconut Milk originally out of desperation, then continued to give it to him for stomach health, brain health and overall good body fat.

Coconut milk has become a staple in our refrigerator and a delicacy for us. I am finally able to truly enjoy milk again, the great thing is… I am enjoying milk that truly is good for me, not because the FDA said so, but because my body continually tells me so…

I hope that this piece inspires you to give it a chance, especially if you have dairy intolerance and sensitivities.

I know you truly are going to find that Coconut Milk is so Yummy Yummy Baby!

Instructions for Silky & Yummy Coconut Milk from Scratch:

First pick out a minimum of 2 Young Thai Coconuts that do not have pink on the bottom.  A tiny tiny amount of light pink should be ok, but the more pink, the greater the likelihood of it being rotten or compromised.

The amount of Coconuts will vary because each Coconut is unique, some have a lot of meat and others have a lot of water.

Young Thai Coconuts

Young Thai Coconuts

Use a the bottom edge of a Meat Cleaver to strike the Coconut.  There is a sweet spot that is in the outer-center perimeter of the Coconut- with practice you will find it every time!  Follow the perimeter in a Circular Pattern until the circle is completely open.  Gently remove the top of the Coconut.  Please mind your fingers when striking the Coconut.

STEP 1

STEP 1

Next use a large bowl to pour the Coconut Water into… then transfer it to a glass or cup and save it.

Use the front or the back of a spoon to gently but firmly extract the meat from the inside wall of the Coconut.  If you press too hard you will scrape off too much of the inner wall and make more work for yourself…

STEP 2

STEP 2

This is what the Extracted Coconut Meat will look like. Do not worry if some of the shell is left on the meat, use your fingers to gently rub/pick it off.  You can also use the Coconut Water to bathe the Coconut Meat.

STEP 3

STEP 3

You will also gently remove the Coconut Meat from the top of the Coconut…  Depending on how much water the Coconut yielded and depending on how thick or thin you want your milk, you may need to use additional store bought Coconut water.

STEP FOUR

STEP FOUR

Next you will combine the Coconut Water and Meat.  Use a strainer to make sure that you remove any particles from the Coconut Water, especially if you used it to bathe the Coconut meat.  Repeat for the second Coconut.  (Generally you want enough Coconut Water to fill to the Max line of the Nutribullet or a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 cups of Coconut Water.

STEP 5

STEP 5

After using the Nutribullet, Vitamix and Ninja, we found the Nutribullet to make the silkiest & smoothest milk. If you are making it for an adult it probably doesn’t matter, but if you are using it for baby formula, I would strongly suggest a Nutribullet. *I have no affiliation with Nutribullet.

Coconut Milk in Nutribullet

STEP 6

Blend it for about 45 seconds. By using soft Young Thai Coconut meat (instead of hard/mature meat) and by using the Nutribullet, there isn’t a need to strain the milk through a cheese cloth… It is instantly silky & creamy.  You are ready to add anything you like to it or drink it fresh! Mmmm!

Silky Smooth Coconut Milk

Silky Smooth Coconut Milk

Every other night for 2 1/2 years we made this Coconut Milk for our baby’s Coconut Milk Formula. We also drink it ourselves using various recipes.

Here are a couple of things you can add to the milk before you blend it and make it even more Yummy Yummy Baby:

  • Organic Vanilla Extract (1-2 drops)
  • Organic Almond Extract (1-2 drops)
  • Organic Toffee Extract (1-2 drops)
  • Organic Banana, Strawberries, Mango… really the list goes on and on!

Add anything that you would normally add to a smoothie, including ice and frozen produce!

Yummy Coconut Milk!

Yummy Coconut Milk!

Mmmmm Enjoy… you are going to have a new obsession!

It is so Yummy Yummy Baby!

See you soon! Dr. Dee  🙂


Coconut Milk Vegan Baby Formula…

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I love Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Meat, Coconut Oil, Coconut Candy, Coconut Cookies, Coconut Cake, Coconut everything! I am definitely cuckoo for Coconuts!

As a child, my mother would repeatedly tell me how great Coconut is for my stomach and my skin.  I always heeded her advice about the topical uses, especially for wrinkles and stretch mark prevention, but I never really ate Coconut for medicinal reasons unless she gave it to me.  Coming from a Native American mom who would use food, plants and herbs as healing remedies, I came to learn that many of the remedies are now backed by Science.

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Upon the birth of my second son, I mysteriously developed a severe stomach bacteria.  I was advised to temporarily stop breast feeding if I didn’t want to pass the bacteria back and forth. What was I going to do? I didn’t have a plan B for Breast Milk.

I vigorously started studying every formula out in the market. I couldn’t believe what I found… I consistently found toxic ingredients that are known carcinogens in the majority of the world except the U.S. The majority of countries have banned the use of these ingredients, but we are giving it to our newborns and babies in our hospitals and homes?!?

I felt as if I was in the twilight zone! This isn’t happening… this isn’t happening! After studying further, I learned that there are many alternative home made milks that we can make for our babies who have allergies, bacterial infections, intolerances and sensitivities.  Coconut Milk and Hemp Milk are similar to Mother’s Milk, they take some work to make, it requires adding various ingredients, but it is Healthy, Healing, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and Low on the allergy index.

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Please understand that I am not saying that Coconut Milk or other milk alternatives replace a Mother’s milk, I am saying you can create a safe alternative if Mother’s Milk is not a viable choice. Most of all, I am saying that Mother’s milk is a life force that can not be replicated by cows, goats or factories.  Breast Milk is the sweetest milk I have ever tasted, yes… I tasted it, 🙂 and it is so understandable why babies prefer it, thrive the best on it and receive so many healing properties.

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Coconut milk has been found to treat and relieve sore throats and even stomach ulcers, and like Breast Milk, it is very calming to the body and digestive system. The nutrients in Coconut also aid the body in over all immune system health. It’s B vitamins also aid in many immune and nervous system functions.

Unlike other unhealthy fats, the unique properties of Coconut also contain a large amount of MCTs and Lauric Acid, which is the primary fatty acid found in Mother’s Milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

The great thing is that Coconut Milk is great for all of us, regardless of our age!

Home-made Coconut Milk is also a safe alternative for Diabetics who are concerned with the properties in Dairy Milk. Coconut Milk has a Low Glycemic Index and High Dietary Fiber. The human body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, therefore it has no hazardous effects on Blood Sugar. Best of all, Coconut Milk is lower in sugar than Dairy Milk.

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It turned out my baby did get the stomach bacteria and became very very ill and lost a severe amount of weight in less than a week. It was a very rough and scary time for us. After endless hours and days of research and consulting with various Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Doctors, we implemented the undeniable research on Coconut Milk, Oil and meat and it worked… It truly worked!

Our baby started to gain healthy weight, improve the quality of his poop and best of all… he began to thrive and heal!  I was able to continue breast feeding and we couldn’t be happier! This was done in conjunction with other nutritional support, like probiotics and digestive enzymes, but that is another blog. 🙂

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Here is a Yummy Yummy Baby recipe for Vegan Coconut Milk Baby Formula:

3 Cups of home-made Coconut Milk (Its easy after you do it once)
1 Tbsp Unsweetened, Rice protein or Pea protein (we prefer Rice protein)
1 1/2 Tbsp of Grade B Maple Syrup
1 tsp Calcium Lactate Powder
2 tsp of Infant Probiotic powder (we use Klaire Infant Probiotics)
2 tsp Vegan Omega 3 DHA
2 tsp of Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
4 Cups of very good quality water

*Optional 1/4 Ripe banana

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Combine all of the ingredients in a Large Cup Nutribullet and blend (you may have to split it in two depending on the size of your Nutribullet, Vitamix, Ninja, etc…  Refrigerate immediately and use within 48 hours.
The formula will separate from the oils, so please shake before pouring into a bottle or cup and gently warm for baby.

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***We later discovered a formula we felt was not perfect, but pretty wonderful. It is a great supplement once your baby is a Toddler.  The Name is Toddler Supreme by Peaceful Planet.

***Important Legal Disclaimer:  This recipe is intended to be a supplement for a nursing or formula-fed child’s diet. It is not intended to be a complete replacement, and should only be used when the Mother’s Milk is not available, Allergies to Store Formulas, Sensitivities/Intolerances to other formulas or because you don’t want to give your baby the carcinogens in some formulas…

Again, this blog does not replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner, this is me sharing what worked for my family.

* Next up… How to make Coconut Milk!  Mmm! Yummy Yummy Baby!

Dr. Dee

Resources:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/


HEAL YOUR LIFE

HEAL YOUR LIFE

Thanks for visiting and welcome to my Blog about the Recipes, Remedies and reflections that have been tools in our quest for Healthy Living.

Its important to share how everything led me to this very moment…

The majority of my life I have been involved in sports, working out, eating right and overall healthy living. I thought I was a healthy person who would live long and have healthy children…

Although I have been into fitness and healthy eating since I was a teenager, I experienced a rude awakening when in 1998, my 3 year old baby boy was diagnosed with leukemia and struggled for his life.

After two casts on each of his UNBROKEN but severely swollen arms, after bruising all over his body, after his legs went almost completely paralyzed, after drinking and peeing excessively 30 times a day… Several different emergency rooms and doctors continued to tell me that he was just a little boy growing and was very accident prone and faking his severe pain.

On the final day that permanently changed our lives, we were at a VERY FUN AND SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY for a 4 year old. There were yummy appetizers, Clowns everywhere, real mini trains to ride, games and Magicians in every room… My son could not be any more excited!

As I held a camera to capture him running to jump on one of the trains, his legs gave out and my camera and heart sunk… I ran to scoop him up as he frowned with shock and confusion. He didn’t care about the pain, he had learned to live with pain, he was just so darn sad about not getting on the train… HE WAS NOT FAKING IT!

I rushed him to the ER once again. This time his legs didn’t work, his face was covered in red splotches, his hand was swollen, especially his pinky finger… They kept us there for 3 days, they had 8 doctors and specialist examine him from every department, but none of them had a definitive diagnoses… they said it was probably a rare disease that had not been discovered… and tried to send us home with a, “We will call you”.

I had just finished receiving my Doctoral training and Childhood Leukemia was a big subject matter that stood out for me… I told them he had all of the symptoms of leukemia. They said leukemia was an impossible diagnoses and they refused to do a lumbar puncture because his blood work continued to be in the “normal range” and the insurance company would not approve it.

Needless to say, I learned there is no “Normal”, we are all unique, we don’t all fit in a nice little box!
I LITERALLY REFUSED TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL with my baby who looked like he was on his death bed. Again, the doctors said without a solid diagnoses the insurance would not pay for our hospital stay. I felt as if I was in some kind of Twi-light Zone.  How was this happening, I had top of the line insurance?!?

I put up the fight of my life and what turned out to be the fight that saved my son’s life.  After I agreed to sign a hundred documents of liability and promised to pay for all of the costs involved, I was able to finally convince them to reluctantly perform the lumbar puncture.

They tried to force me to wait outside during the procedure, but I refused to leave my baby boy alone… I was a single mom who lives far from family so it was just me and my Pookie Bear at the time. I had never been so scared to be a single mommy as I was in this very moment. :-/

The Hematologist who performed the lumbar puncture was supposed to be the best pediatric hematologist in the West Coast. As she tried to insert the long device in his spine, it would not give… it was stuck. She kept shoving the device, she began to sweat, she kept trying different spots on his spine, and then she finally had to practically hammer it in him. I thought she was a quack.  Why did my little baby boy have to go through this?

Pookie was only semi-sedated so he was whaling and aching with pain as he arched his back with every poke.  His eyes rolled behind his head and he kept gasping… They assured me he would not remember a thing, but this brought no comfort to a frightened mommy watching her baby being jabbed by a doctor who said the procedure would be an easy in and out.  I had flashes of me yanking him off the table, running to the elevator and getting away from these crazy people…

I will never forget the look of terror on that physician’s face… she looked at me with a look of complete and utter disbelief and fear. After about 30 minutes- swarms of people started to surround me and offer me food and water, holding my hand and asking if I had family nearby.  All I could do was my baby really closely!

I had that sinking feeling inside but nobody was saying a thing… nobody! Later I learned they were all waiting for the official laboratory results to come in to confirm his leukemia.  The Hematologist knew he had A.L.L. when the device would not go in his spine… 

My son was so completely impacted with leukemia , the doctors had no idea how he was still alive. His poor little spine and bones were so brittle and his condition was so fragile that they immediately began emergency surgery.  They said if I had not brought him in, he probably would not have made it much longer…

Remember this is after several rounds of Emergency Room visits and about 20 doctors office visits who all said for about a year that he was a PERFECTLY HEALTHY boy… They kept saying boys who truly feel sick don’t smile so much and that everything was just fine! Over and over they kept saying that I was just a first time mommy who worried too much and he was just an active toddler with bruises and bumps. No big deal .  :-/

All of a sudden the room started to spin, they had me sign about 50 forms and started hooking him up to an IV. Before I could blink… my Pookie Bear was rushed into heart surgery to have have a Port attached to his heart valve.  I remember the heart surgeon came in to sit with me, he held my hand and he slowly, calmly explained to me exactly where he was going to cut, and assured me he was going to be just fine.

I don’t know if my memory is accurate- but I could swear he was dressed in all white, that his hair was white and his teeth were the whitest I had ever seen… He looked and spoke softly like an angel. I think he walked on clouds and I even heard harps playing in the room… lol 🙂

As I sat there on pins and needles, I spoke to all the angels and begged that my little baby would be ok.  After what seemed like an eternity, he came through the surgery with flying colors! He asked for the food and ice cream I promised him and wanted to know when he could get up and play! He never complained… NOT ONCE! He was the strongest person I had ever met and I finally started to breath again!

I asked the doctors what caused this, what could I do to help him heal, what could I do??? What could I do??? Over and over I was told by the doctors that he had Cancer for so long that there was nothing I could do for him but make sure he receives his chemotherapy and radiation- and to never miss an appointment for the next three years.  I was told he needed so much chemotherapy and radiation that if he was to survive, he probably would never write, draw or learn appropriately…

I refused to believe there was nothing I could do for my baby… I started to read and read and read… research research research! In addition, I started to read to HIM even more, we started practicing drawing, counting… I was not giving up on him.  I live an hour away from my parents and due to his fragile state and suppressed immune system, only doctors, nurses and myself could be in his room, so 90% of the time it was just me and my baby. While he slept, I read, studied and learned about Natural Solutions.

I learned so much about how other countries were using Nature, such as fresh juicing, organic eating and healthy living to help cure Diseases of all types.  I immediately started juicing for my baby boy.  I immediately removed all toxins from his environment… When we were not at the hospital, he was getting tons of Sunshine and fresh Beach Air.  We went completely Organic and removed all pesticides, hormones and antibiotics from our diet.  Our life style dramatically changed.  Although they convinced me that I had to give him chemotherapy for the next three years, I elected to not give him radiation so he could have a chance at having children.

They warned me that it would take forever to get the cancer out of his system, that he would test positive many times before he would be clear… but instead of more bad news, I was told that something INCREDIBLE happened- he went from having a poor prognosis for survival to having no sign of Cancer. WHAT???

Was it the chemotherapy, was the intense juicing and healthy smoothies, was it the Organic eating, natural remedies, was it the positive affirmations and his positive attitude or was it the millions of prayer he was receiving? Honestly, I think it was all of the above.

We lived in the hospital for the next three years… For the first year, at least 5 to 7 days of the week we lived at the hospital or the Ronald McDonald House.
His struggle touched so many people, he received hundreds of food casseroles, cards, drawings, prayers and love from so many people. I am so thankful for my incredible boss who gave me the time off, who never complained… and my mom who would come when she could…

We had to live in a bubble for so long… every time he was exposed to family or the public he contracted a virus or illness and became very sick. He constantly had a fever, and almost died twice… I had just moved from Los Angeles County so everyone was so far away… it was a dark time in our lives, but searching for cures and treatments inspired me and kept me going.

All the parents in the Cancer ward lived in a state of anxiety and fear… Kids silently disappeared in the wee hours of the night- some were his roommates, some were the kids he played with a couple of days before… Code Blue Code Blue, Nurses running, Doctors running… a sudden silence, but nobody said a word!  Everybody praying for that baby, everybody praying that their baby was not next.

My son never complained about the chemo, about throwing up, about the large shots, about the lumbar punctures… he just wanted yummy food and wanted to know why his hospital friends kept disappearing? 😦

I was determined from that moment forward to learn how to help these kids and their parents… How are Food, Nature and Healthy Living Skills capable of helping kids? Why are we not applying these natural remedies in this country?  I learned how genetics play a role in diseases, how genes combined with our partners genes play a role.  I learned so much about Food and what a gamble it is to just buy food off the shelf with out knowing or understanding what is in the ingredient list.. Pharmaceuticals do have a place in our world, but not always the big role they have created!

Fast forward, My son is now 18 years old and has never tested positive for leukemia again. His treatment protocol lasted about 5 years instead of three years, but he can read, write, count and is very articulate and an extremely intelligent young man.  I cried the first time he drew a picture, the first time he did a math problem and when he learned how to read. 

It turns out that the original hematologist who diagnosed my son was a wonderful and compassionate woman. She and all of the other Oncologists, Nurses and Volunteers have one of the toughest jobs in the world.  They all were doing their best with the information they had been taught in their traditional schools. Nobody had taken the time to tell them that there are things we can do to make the Chemo treatment plan more effective and that food can play an active role in healing.  

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I have since continued my educational training and I became a Holistic Nutritionist. I have another baby boy who is now approaching 3 years old. He has had his own struggles with health… various gastro-intestinal issues that I had never even heard of before he was born.  This time I thought I was ready to take anything on, this time I was prepared… Again, I continue to learn that I don’t know what I don’t know.

So what are the Genetics involved with leukemia and other diseases? What is the real Prenatal care you can do that doctors are too busy to tell you about? Why are some healthy Foods a Medicine for you but a Poison to others?  How are Allergies related to Disease? Are eczema and Psoriasis just no big deal?

Most of all, I have learned to trust myself as a mommy… to tell every parent I know to trust those natural parent instincts… they are powerful and they were given to you to protect our young! Every child is different, if you feel something is amiss… Check it out! Do the research! Get a 2nd and 3rd opinion until you feel at total peace!

Im looking forward to sharing my recipes, remedies and reflections. Thank you to all the parents who have confided their painful and happy baby stories and pregnancy experiences. I can tell you that hearing your voice transform from fear and confusion to peace and understanding has made this long journey worth while! 

Thanks again, see you soon and please feel free to request a topic of interest! Dr. D

Recipes, Remedies and Reflections: How Leukemia changed our lives