Cadokraut: you heard it here first. This unlikely, even surprising, combination tastes amazingly good, is packed with probiotics and nutrients, and is super-easy to make.
As the name suggests, it is a combination of avocado and sauerkraut. Avocados, of course, are full of all sorts of things that are good for you, including, according to Medical News Today Omega-3, vitamins C, B-6, E, and K, and potassium, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium. And “Sauerkraut contains far more lactobacillus than yogurt, making it a superior source of this probiotic,” says WebMD. It’s also high in fiber, vitamin C, and in iron!
Both of these foods are really good for you, and taste really good. And when you combine them you get not only a bunch of beneficial nutrients, but a tasty treat as well!
Now, the thing about sauerkraut is that in order to get all of those beneficial bugs (the probiotics) you must use fresh sauerkraut, not canned, because all sauerkrauts are not alike. Canned sauerkraut, and the shelf-stable jars of sauerkraut, are pasteurized, and the process of pasteurization kills off the beneficial bacteria (exactly as pasteurizing yogurt would do). In fact, even some brands of “fresh” sauerkraut that you find in the refrigerated section may be pasteurized, so check the label to make sure you have one that is not pasteurized; if it says right on the label that it is a source of probiotics, all the better.
This is the sauerkraut that we use, and we get a great deal on a large container of it at Costco ($9-and-change for a 50-ounce container, while an 18-ounce container of the same sauerkraut at the grocery store will run you between 6 and 8 dollars).
For the avocado, we try to use only organic, and it’s wonderful when organic avocados go on sale. Then we stock up (and eat some of them straight out of the shell with a spoon, sprinkled with a little lemon pepper. But for those times when we can’t get fresh organic avocados, or just don’t have them in the house, or are in a hurry, or (insert other excuses here) we turn to the Wholly Organic Smashed Avocado cups at Costco, which run about $13 for sixteen 2-ounce cups.
Wholly Organic Smashed Avocado Cups
How to Make Cadokraut
This is literally a 2-ingredient, 3-step recipe. In fact, it may not even qualify as a recipe in the traditional sense. But it does qualify as a ‘you heard it here first’ delicious stroke of genius (if we do say so ourselves). Here’s how to do it.
1 cup sauerkraut, drained (fresh, unpasteurized, from the refrigerator section of the store, not canned or jarred on a shelf)
1/3 cup mashed avocado or 1 2-ounce mashed avocado cup
Place drained sauerkraut into a small or medium bowl (you want it lightly drained, i.e. you don’t want the sauerkraut to be dry, but you also don’t want it to be dripping wet).
Mix the avocado into the sauerkraut; at first the avocado may be a bit stubborn about mixing into the sauerkraut, but after a moment it will start to incorporate, and then the magic happens.
Step #3 is to eat it up, yum!
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