Product Review: Spirit Creek Farm’s Curtido

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Last year, I had no idea what curtido was. Now, I can’t seem to get enough of the stuff! The vinegar infused, fermented slaw-like mixture is addictive and delicious. My favorite brand is Spirit Creek Farm from Spirit Creek, WI.

I have incorporated this into sandwiches and veggie burgers/brats. I also enjoy eating it salad style with chopped avocado and spinach.

There are many health benefits from incorporating fermented foods into your diet. The blog site “Nourishing Days” has a great article that states, “The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anti carcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.”

Definitely check out your local co-op to see if they carry this amazing product. And if cabbabge, carrots and onion aren’t your favored vegetables of choice, Spirit Creek Farm also makes a variety of other delicious fermented veggies!

Raw Kale Slaw with Barbeque Walnut Topping

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Hey, more kale! I tell ya, nothing beats it. My friend shared a bunch of kale and Nappa cabbage with me yesterday, which was perfect for this raw slaw. The walnut topping is not raw because I added Tofurky. Oops. Tastes great though!

Ingredients

Kale Slaw

  • 3 c shredded cabbage
  • 2 1/2 c shredded kale
  • few sprigs of chopped chives

Mayo

  • 1/3 c raw cashews, soaked for 1 hour
  • 1/3 c raw sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 hours
  • 1/4 c water (more if needed for desired consistency)
  • 2 Tbls apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Barbeque Walnut Topping

  • 1 sun-dried tomato Tofurky sausage (cooked and chopped)
  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 Tbls water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c raw walnuts
  • 1 Tbls minced onion
  1. Assemble slaw in a large bowl, set aside
  2. Process mayo until everything is nice and creamy
  3. Process walnut topping by pulsing in a blender, a few pulses will do

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