Grok's been out in the garden as of late. Summer solstice brought forth a crop of fresh assorted tomatoes, beans, greens, and all sorts of colorful goodies (man I love gardening in old chicken runs! Great poop dirt :)) I love combining my homemade red sauerkraut with fresh produce, especially our various tomatoes. This is quick, easy and an excellent side dish or snack with avocado (what isn't great with avocado though?!?). Don't waste these beautiful days inside slaving over a hot oven and instead sweat outside in your garden!
1 large fresh red tomato (I used a better boy I think)
1 large yellow tomato (I used a yellow jubilee)
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1/4 c. homemade or raw unpasturized red sauerkraut
2 T. organic raw apple cider vinegar
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. dried (homegrown) oregano
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. stevia (optional)
sea salt and pepper, to taste
Easy: Chop tomatoes into bite sized pieces, combine vinegar and olive oil with garlic and herbs and toss. Spoon over red kraut and mix gently. Chill and serve with fresh sliced avocado.
Fresh tomatoes are wonderfully hydrating and a great natural sugar pick me up on a dehydrating summer afternoon. Since lycopene is concentrated in tomatoes cooked in oil, adding avocado and olive oil will help nutrient absorption. The oregano adds a nice bite, especially if it is fresh. I used some I dried from my garden a few weeks ago and it is quite pungent, medicinal even. Oregano itself is a famous medicinal food (think Hypocrites' commandant) which is high in anxtioxidants, vitamin B6, folate, and assorted minerals like potassium and copper. It is also nicely balanced in calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals which compete for absorption in the body but are balanced when found in nature for better bio-availability. Since oregano is a good source of fat soluble vitamins A, E, and K be sure to consume it in dishes with healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil and avocado or guacamole. Raw nuts and virgin coconut oil are also great fats, but try to avoid peanuts and cashews which are legumes, not nuts (at least if you're Paleo). Oregano is also a highly antiinflammatory and a great antibacterial, antiparastic, and antibiotic herb.
As I've mentioned previously, raw lacto fermented foods like sauerkraut provide a concentrated source of probiotics with additional strains such as L. Plantarum which stick to intestinal walls and are not found in other fermented foods. As a note, you must get raw and unpasteurized saurerkrauts, not the commercial bagged or canned sauerkrauts which are pasteurized. The high temperatures of canned products kill all the bacteria, good and potentially bad. So spoon on the krauts swimming in friendly intestinal goodies and eat up!