Being a clean freak has its benefits, like actually being able to see your clothes in your closet or not panicking when a friend drops in. But when it comes to food most of us are eating too clean, too clean (for our gut health that is). With so many things pasteurized for a longer shelf life we are all missing out on tons of extremely beneficial bacteria that can really impact our digestive health. I started to learn about probiotics when my friend Midge was visiting me in New York, she told me that she gives each of her kids a little bit of sauerkraut in the morning as a supplement. I was so confused but when she explained that it contains tons of beneficial bacteria that can do everything from support digestion to improve your immune system it made sense to me that you would want to have that in your diet.
On that visit she showed me how to make sauerkraut and kefir at home, it was amazing to learn how it is done. Since then I have learned how to make so many more ferments like kombucha, kimchi, pickles and so on. It is so fun to learn how to make all of these different things but when life gets in the way I do find it hard to make the time to do it myself, luckily I found Farmhouse Culture. They make their products the way I would myself but I can easily pick them up at the grocery store.
I have tried several different Farmhouse Culture products, from quick and easy Gut Shots to Horseradish Leek Kraut, and now, their new line of Fermented Vegetables. I have actually teamed up with Farmhouse Culture to show you 3 different ways you can use the new vegetables in your next meal:
Arugula Salad with Ginger Beets & Goat Cheese
2 cups arugula
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup Farmhouse Culture Ginger Beets
2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
Flaked seas salt & fresh black pepper
Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic over the arugula and mix together, put onto two plates. Add the goat cheese, beets, walnuts and top with salt and pepper.
Tuna Stuffed Avocados With Taqueria Vegetables
1 avocado, mashed (save the skin)
1/4 c avocado oil mayonnaise
1 can of tuna
Farmhouse Culture Taqueria Mix
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Mash the avocados, reserve the skins. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, tuna and 2 Tablespoons of the brine from the vegetables. Add in the avocados and mix. Carefully stuff the mix back into the avocado skin and top with the vegetables and some cilantro.
Carrot Ginger Coleslaw
Farmhouse Culture Orange Ginger Carrots
Black sesame seeds
Peanuts, toasted & crushed
To make the dressingin a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup of the brine from the orange ginger carrots with the lime juice, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, and honey. Whisk in the canola oil and finish with black sesame seeds. In another bowl mix together the cabbages, add in the Farmhouse Culture Orange Ginger Carrots. Add the dressing and top with the peanuts and parsley.
All three of these were big hits at my house and my YouTube fam was really into how easy these dishes were to put together.
Check out the video below:
Check out Farmhouse Culture (you can find which stores near you are stocked up on their products by visiting www.farmhouseculture.com), and let me know which one you try first in the comments below!