Sauerkraut & Black Bean Pasta

Skipper is ready for fall, the poor guy has been aggressively trying to stay cool in his cooling hammock bed.

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You’d think he’d be much cooler after how much fur he’s shed this summer! Miko, on the other hand, is happy to snuggle in a warm blanket anytime of the year.

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We finally tried out the TSM Fermentation Pot hubby got me for my birthday on a simple sauerkraut recipe. Basically load the pot with shredded cabbage and boiled and cooled salt water.

IMG_5705Fully submerge the cabbage in the liquid using TSM’s stone weights.

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Add the salt water.

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And wait for 2-3 weeks while refilling the water seal around the lid daily.

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We opted for 2 weeks on this batch for milder sauerkraut and it looked a lot like sauerkraut when finished!

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At first taste, it seemed mild and not very tangy, but good. After storing the sauerkraut in the fridge overnight in a jar, the flavor got much stronger and tangier and very good! I mixed it into a simple salad with a ginger hemp dressing.

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And it added a tangy, zingy flavor as well as great source of probiotics. I’m thrilled with how the first batch came out and looking forward to trying more recipes.

I also tried Explore Asia’s Organic Black Bean Spaghetti this week which wasn’t super cheap from Amazon, but worth it.

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It’s vegan, gluten-free, has a super simple ingredient list of organic black beans and water, and is loaded with protein – 25 grams per serving!

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It also cooks like traditional pasta in boiling water for 8 minutes or so.

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I tossed it with a simple and chunky raw marinara sauce.

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And topped with nutritional yeast of course.

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I really liked it, the noodles are a little heartier and chewy compared to pasta, more of a protein texture. But they’re tasty and held up well to cooking. They would also pair well with curry sauces or a nut/seed nacho sauce for a little fusion. Hubby did not dig the texture, he’s more of a traditional pasta only guy. But thumbs up from me, a great alternative for anyone on a low-carb diet, gluten-free diet, and vegans looking to sneak in more protein.

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