Jackfruit makes the ideal meat substitute. It is found tinned in salted water in UK supermarkets.

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Can be used to imitate ‘pulled pork’ by adding a barbecue sauce.


Jalapenos are medium sized chillis that are spicy in flavour and originate from Mexico. In Scoville units it ranges from 3,500 to 8,000. They are usually picked and eaten as green chillis, however you can still eat them as red, orange or yellow chillis.

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Garnish Mexican inspired dishes with Jalapenos, or preserve them by pickling them in vinegar or in oil to make chilli oil.


Jam is a fruit preservative made by either crushing fruit or cutting it into pieces and then heating it with water and sugar. Common jam flavours may be strawberry, raspberry, apricot or blackberry.

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Use jam to sweeten your morning porridge, swirl into non dairy yogurt for added sweetness, spread it on toast, or use it in a savoury sauce to add sweetness and richness.

Japanese Breadcrumbs

Japanese breadcrumbs also known as Panko,are a type of flaky breadcrumb, which is most commonly used with in Asian cuisine, although of recent has become increasingly popular and widely available in Western cooking. Japanese breadcrumbs have a light, delicate airy texture which makes them crisp whilst they cook. The texture of Japanese breadcrumbs is ideal for fried food as they absorbs less oil than breadcrumbs, keeping food more crunchy and crisp.

Jasmine Rice

This type of rice is a long grain variety that is fragrant and aromatic. The name ‘jasmine’ refers to the colour of the rice, that is the same colour as the jasmine flower. The rice is sweet and sticky in texture when cooked, and it is primarily found in Thailand.

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Be sure to reheat your leftover rice thoroughly as rice is renowned for causing upset stomach if not reheated properly.

Jerk BBQ (barbeque) Sauce

This sweet but spicy BBQ sauce makes a great base for the pulled jackfruit and a great coating for the cauliflower wings. This recipe makes enough sauce for both dishes and there will be some spare as a condiment, too.


  • 240ml (1 cup) tomato ketchup
  • 120ml (½ cup) water
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 2 tbsp vegan Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp jerk spice


  1. Add the ingredients to a saucepan and whisk over a medium-high heat until they have all incorporated. Bring to the boil and leave for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Jerk Seasoning Paste

Jerk seasoning paste is commonly made from spring onions, hot peppers, spices, thyme and salt. You can buy it from selected UK supermarkets, however you can make it easily at home from a range of recipes that are easily accessed on the internet.

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Stir into vegan mayonnaise as a tasty and spicy dip for chips, roast potatoes in jerk seasoning or use it as a marinade.

Jerk Spice Mix

You can buy Jerk Seasoning pre-made from companies such as Tropical Sun (pictured)

It’s believed that jerk seasoning originated in Jamaica in the 1700s, when a group of people, who were being kept as slaves, escaped and hid in the Blue Mountains of the country. The group was later known as the Maroons. Living in the mountains, food was in short supply, and so whatever food the Maroons could gather from the forest they would have to carefully preserve. To do this, they’d cover the food in salt, peppers and spices, and then wrap it in leaves, before eventually barbequing it. This original mix of spices and salts evolved over time to become the moreish and flavour-rich combination we know today – and has become a favourite in vegan kitchens across the globe!

Here’s how to make your own Jerk Seasoning:


  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp clove



Jerusalem Artichokes

The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple, is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America, and found from eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. It is also cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable.

Contrary to what the name implies, this vegetable has nothing to do with Jerusalem but is derived instead from the Italian word for sunflower, girasole.

Jus-Rol Puff Pastry

Puff pastry made from scratch can be so very complicated to make as well as time consuming. Jus-Rol do the hard work with their ready made puff Pastry, all that is needed to do is for the Puff Pastry to defrost, then to be rolled out, making the process easy and simple just roll it out and get creating. For more information visit: https://www.jusrol.co.uk/products/puff-pasJus-Rol.

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Makes tarts, parcels, vegan sausage rolls and desserts out of jus-rol puff pastry. Visit their website https://www.jusrol.co.uk/products/puff-pasJus-Rol for more ideas. Try and veganize any interesting recipes you find.

Jus–Rol Croissant Pastry

Just Wholefoods Sunflower Mince

This organic Sunflower Mince is by Just Wholefoods.

It is made from organic sunflower seeds, packed with fibre and protein and is under 60 calories per serving, making it a great alternative to mince.

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Use Sunflower Mince in all recipes that require minced meat, or simply to add texture or protein to your meat-free meals.

See recipe for Savoy Cabbage Dumplings


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