It’s day #1 of the February Meatless Monday Challenge, and I am so excited to share this jackfruit stuffed squash recipe with you guys. Especially on the day after the Super Bowl. Many of us were stuffing our faces with junk food yesterday & our bodies are craving some vegggggggies.
Jackfruit has been all the rage in the vegetarian / vegan world lately, and for a good reason. It tastes good, it’s super nutritious, and it has a “meaty” texture, so it makes a great substitute for meat in dishes like tacos and pulled pork. I first tried jackfruit last summer when one of our chefs at work made a dish with it, but I hadn’t actually cooked with it until I put together this recipe. I really wanted to try cooking with it after I wrote this article about the health benefits of jackfruit for Healthline.
Jackfruit can be tricky to find. I don’t see the actual fruit at grocery stores very often, although I have seen it before at Whole Foods and co-ops. Trader Joe’s sells the canned version, which is what I used for this recipe. Here’s what the cans look like:
This is a great recipe to try during your Meatless Monday efforts. Jackfruit may not be a familiar food to you, but that’s part of what this challenge is about: trying new foods & incorporating more plants into your diet!
- 1 small delicata squash (or any other type of squash!)
- 1 cup jackfruit (canned in brine - I got mine from Trader Joe's)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup black beans, cooked
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp green chiles, diced
- ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp oregano
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- Juice from ½ of a lime
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut the delicata squash in half and remove the seeds. Place upside down on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until you can pierce it with a fork.
- While the squash is baking, prepare the jackfruit. Place into a medium bowl and shred to desired size. It will have the appearance of shredded chicken or pork.
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet on the stove.
- In the jackfruit bowl, add the beans, tomato paste, green chiles and spices. Mix them all together until well-combined.
- Place the jackfruit mixture into the skillet, and allow it to heat up. This will take about 10-15 minutes. This step is ultimately heating the ingredients up, since they are already cooked.
- Squeeze lime juice over the mixture.
- When the squash is done baking and cooled off, use a spoon to scoop out some of the squash to make room to "stuff" it. You can add the extra squash to the jackfruit mixture.
- Split the jackfruit mixture evenly and use a spoon to stuff it into the delicata squash halves.
- Add desired toppings, such as cilantro, cheese, or avocado.
Have you ever cooked with jackfruit before?! What is your favorite way to use it?