Friday, February 12, 2021

Cuisine & Screen: At Home, Part 33

Happy Valentine's / President's Day weekend everyone! I was ELATED to get an early Valentine's Day surprise from my beau. I honestly don't know that I had ever received a dozen red roses, and they are absolutely stunning. 

In an effort to be more health conscious, we've decided to go all in on "Meatless Mondays". There are so many meat alternatives these days, but if you're not into the "Impossible" or "Beyond" options, look no further than Jackfruit! It comes in a can at Trader Joe's and when cooked, has the texture of pulled pork or chicken, and it acts as a sponge, soaking up anything you flavor it with. 

To make Mexican-inspired Jackfruit, drain the jackfruit and give it a rough chop. Saute a bit of onion, garlic and bell pepper (if you have any) in some olive oil over medium high, then add in your jackfruit. Sprinkle in some taco seasoning, or any combination of the following spices: chili powder, cumin, cayenne, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add in a little chicken stock or water, and cover the pan. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, then taste for seasoning. Serve it with your favorite taco bowl ingredients like rice/quinoa, beans, salsa, guac, cilantro, jalapenos, cheese - the options are endless! You will NOT miss the meat! 

The Goonies - Yes, I am 100% aware of the fact that I have been living under a rock and had never seen this iconic 80s film. But I'm an only child, who didn't have an older sibling to make me watch it. I admit that I was rolling my eyes during the first 30 minutes, but it actually became quite the tale of adventure, and this group of young actors (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, to name a few) really tug at your heartstrings. I actually really enjoyed this movie, and I love the fact that I can make (and get!) Goonies references now.

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