5 Ways to Eat Sauerkraut / by lee tilghman

Today we are going to talk about one of my favorite topics: the gut. Fun fact: did you know that doctors are starting to call the gut the 2nd brain? 

I for one can vouch for this - when my digestion is not working properly, I just don't feel like myself, I feel sorts of whack. It really makes sense- when our digestion is not working at its optimal level, we feel fatigue, dragged down, mopey, unmotivated. But when our guts are working 110%, we can devote our energy and time to other areas of our life to help them grow and flourish. You know that uncomfortable bloated, gassy feeling you get after eating? Gut problem. Or maybe you can't stay regular? Gut issue. Skin problems can also be gut-related. We really are just figuring out how big of a role the gut plays in all areas of health and wellness.

We all know there are things we can do for our guts, like taking probiotics, drinking kombucha, avoiding gluten - but did you guys know that sauerkraut is one of the best sources of probiotics we can ingest? It's loaded with the good stuff that keeps our guts sealed and bellies happy. Today, I want to share with you a very exciting blog post I have put together in partnership with my friends at Farmhouse Culture. They've got a whole line of really various kraut flavors available at stores like Whole Foods, and they've also just released a line of fermented veggies - think tangy beets, curried cauliflower, and ginger carrots - to help your gut get healthy and strong.

On Breakfast Tacos

Here to combine your 2 favorite things, breakfast + tacos. These easy throw-everything-together tacos are delicious, healthy, and super tasty with the addition of Farmhouse Culture's Smoked Jalapeño Kraut. Don't have some of these ingredients? No problem! Feel free to sub out whatever and add in things. Don't have cabbage? Use broccoli! No red pepper? Use tomatoes! Simply make some scramble eggs, lay them over a gluten free tortilla, then top with cabbage, sautéed red pepper, micro greens, and Farmhouse Culture's Smoked Jalapeño Kraut and bam, your day just got 10x better.

On top of a Macro Bowl

Macro bowls are my BFF. I love 'em because I can literally eat them at any time of day, and they are so fast and easy to throw together if you just prep a little bit at the beginning of the week. Plus, they never fail to look amazing. This bowl was super easy, and I used Farmhouse Culture's fermented beets as well as their horseradish leek sauerkraut. 

On a Bagel

Mmmmm. There's nothing I love more in the morning than a big old Sunday morning bagel. In high school, I'd spend each Sunday morning at my friend Maddie's house and her mom would put out a huge spread of bagels. Every kind, every topping, it was amazing. Now, this is a reinvented, healthier version. 

  • 1 Bagel (I use Barely Bread Paleo bagels)
  • 4 tbsp non-dairy cream cheese (I love Kite Hill)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 4 tbsp Farmhouse Culture Garlic Dill Pickle Kraut
  • 1 egg
  1. Cut the bagel in half. Toast until golden brown.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of cream cheese to each side. 
  3. Add 2 tbsp of Garlic Dill Pickle kraut to each bagel half.
  4. Fry an egg, place on top of the kraut, close the bagel and enjoy.

On top of Savory Oats

look at that color!!

look at that color!!

When you think of oats, you probably think of that sweet, bland, water-y, heavy, chewy breakfast your mom would try and feed you as you ran out of the house to catch the school bus. What if I told you about savory oats? Turmeric spiced oats topped with avocado, a 5 minute egg.

These oats are here to change your mind. 

  • 1 1/2 cups nut milk
  • 3/4 old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 soft boiled egg
  • za'atar
  1. Add 3/4 cup rolled oats and 1 1/2 cup hemp milk (any other milk works too!) to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then bring down to simmer.

  2. Add 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1 tbsp fresh grated turmeric (if you don't have fresh turmeric, powdered works too- but definitely suggest the real deal stuff) stir for 20 seconds and let cook another 3 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and top with 1/4 avocado, flaky sea salt, zataar, @farmhouseculture Classic Caraway Kraut and a runny 5 minute egg, and enjoy!

On top of Cauliflower Rice

So long regular, plain old boring white rice. You're so 2016! This year is all about cauliflower rice. And all you need are two things: a big head of cauliflower (preferably organic) and a food processor.  This dish is inspired by a classic Korean bowl: rice, kimchi, and sea vegetables. Farmhouse Culture's California Kimchi is perfect for this bowl. Simply pulse your cauliflower head a few times in a food processor until fine. Sauté over low heat with olive oil, liquid amigos and pepper for 4 minutes then top with all the goodies: cabbage, micro arugula, red pepper, Farmhouse Kraut California Kimchi, rainbow carrots, curry cauliflower, and wakame seaweed!

 

Check out Farmhouse Culture's website to learn more about kraut. Also, they've got some Kraut Krisps coming out, which are chips with live probiotics in them! So tasty, and good for us too. Read on for more tips on ways to eat kraut.