Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut

The humble cabbage, a member of the cruciferous family, offers many health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C and provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and in some studies has been shown to exhibit anti-cancer properties. But when you ferment this already nutritious food, you turn it in to a Super food. The fermenting process turns cabbage into what we call Sauerkraut and in this process breaks down the cabbage in to a more digestible form making its nutrients much more bioavailable to us.   Sauerkraut is also loaded with a host of beneficial bacteria aiding in our gut health. Store bought Sauerkraut is often pasteurized and therefore does not provide the beneficial bacteria so important to us. For best results use a fresh cabbage. This should provide you with plenty of fluid and ensure great success to the fermenting process. A little arm work is needed too!

Ingredients:

Homemade Sauerkraut jar•1 large head cabbage (save 2 leaves)
•2 peeled carrots
•1 TBSP Sea Salt

1.Chop cabbage
2.Add carrot
3.Sprinkle with salt

With hands tamp down until fluid is released and covers vegetables.
Put in Mason jar.
Place saved cabbage leaves on top.
Cover tightly.
Leave in jar for about 2 weeks

Mushroom Burgers

Mushroom burgers are a great alternative to a traditional meat burger and are a vegetarian delight!  Often one of my recommendations to meat eaters is to try and have one meatless dinner a week. Mushroom burgers are a really great option for such a night. Add to it your choice of side vegetables and voila a delicious meal to satisfy everyone! Among their many health benefits, mushrooms are a source of B vitamins as well as being a rare food source of Vitamin D. Of note, it is important that you eat organic mushrooms. As mushrooms gain their nutrition from metabolizing non-living organic matter, it is important to eat organically grown mushrooms to avoid the possibility of consuming harmful contaminants that may be absorbed.

Ingredients:

2 TBSP Olive Oil
8 Cups chopped organic mushrooms
1 small onion chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 cup organic bread crumbs
2 organic eggs
Salt & Pepper

Saute onion and garlic until soft
Add mushrooms and cook until juice has evaporated
Let cool then combine with rest of ingredient
Form in to patties and grill until heated through. I served these on Sourdough bread.