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Tofu, Broccoli, & Kraut

I'm like completely in love with sauerkraut right now. I've been hitting the kraut hard for the past week - vegan hot dogs, toast with kraut on top, BandMan made a bombass Roasted Beet Sandwich with mustard marinated tofu, sauteed beet greens, and sauerkraut (and that was in a 24 hour period).

This is a super good thing because:

Sauerkraut is a probiotic food
The lactic acid process that naturally preserves sauerkraut is ripe with probiotic power. To name just a few of the good bacteria that are common to lactic acid preserved food, there is Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. plantarum, L. caret, L. pentoaceticus, L brevis and L. thermophiles. There is a wide range of healthy bacteria responsible for these beautiful ferments, so you won’t find the same good bacteria count in every batch, but what you will find is a product brimming with healthy probiotics that will help ensure good gut health. Because of antibiotic use, and even the chlorine in our water, the healthy bacteria in our systems are often beaten down. Including naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut is an excellent way to rebuild healthy gut bacteria levels.

Sauerkraut is a good source of vitamin C
Historically sauerkraut was taken on long voyages to ensure that the crew didn’t get scurvy – a terrible disease caused by a vitamin C deficiency. It worked because sauerkraut is a good source of natural vitamin C. I like to get most of my vitamin needs from food, and a modest serving of sauerkraut every day is a step in the right direction.

Sauerkraut has cancer-fighting properties
Most of us know that broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are excellent foods for helping prevent cancer. Sauerkraut is an excellent way to enjoy cabbage. But an interesting Finnish study found that beyond the normal benefits of cabbage, sauerkraut has even more cancer-fighting powers. It was found that through the fermentation process, isothiocyanates were produced that were found to prohibit the growth of cancer. Glucosinolates in sauerkraut were also found to help activate the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, and the flavonoids in it are helpful for protecting artery walls from oxidative damage. The study concluded that sauerkraut is an even better choice than raw cabbage for cancer-fighting properties.

Sauerkraut is a traditional ulcer treatment
I've read that some European countries have traditionally treated peptic ulcers with sauerkraut. It turns out that cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin U, which can help heal peptic ulcers. Raw cabbage juice was shown to be an effective treatment for peptic ulcers, and raw sauerkraut is another way to get your vitamin U. Perhaps a serving of sauerkraut could help keep peptic ulcers away!

But not all sauerkraut is created equal - raw fermented cabbage is the traditional healthy Sauerkraut, but not all sauerkraut has health benefits; in order for sauerkraut to have a preventative effect for cancer, it needs to be raw.

So yeah what I'm saying is you should be spending more quality time with kraut. 

1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 block of tofu, cubed
4 c broccoli florets
1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried mint
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
cayenne, to taste

  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. In your favorite pan that can go in the oven and on the stove top, get those onions nice and soft. Add in your garlic and stir it up so it gets all aromatic and then add in the cubed tofu. 
  3. After a few minutes (3-5), add in all the spices and the broccoli and put a lid on it, Let the broccoli lightly cook/steam for a few minutes (this will make them super green), and then pop the whole damn thing in the oven. 
  4. Let that roast up until the tofu is looking brown and the broccoli is looking like it's ready to party in your mouth. 
  5. To serve toss each serving with 3-6 tablespoons of sauerkraut and dig in. 


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