You read that right. Sauerkraut. Anchovy. Spread.
Maybe it’s my affinity for strong flavors in general: I love spices, I love garlic, I love ginger. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m getting older or maybe it’s that cutting sugar out of your diet makes room to explore lots of new flavors. Whatever it is, I like me some sauerkraut and some anchovies.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that part of my obsession with sauerkraut has to do with its probiotic powers. We really lucked out in that one of the most ancient food preservation methods is also one of the most beneficial for your gut health and immunity.
Packed with tons of healthy bacteria, fermented veggies are a life saver for the immune-challenged. Plus I suspect my German heritage has something to do with my affinity. I just love the stuff.
One of my all-time favorite fresh herbs is cilantro. Nothing is quite as refreshing without edging too much toward sweet. It also has incredible cleansing properties and helps the liver as it detoxes the body.
Shallots have a nice little bite to them, particularly raw and help add some oomph. They also retain more fungal and bacterial fighting power in their raw form, which is a must for someone fighting a systemic candida infection as the liver really has its work cut out for it.
I used anchovy paste consisting of just anchovies and salt. Anchovies have a lot to be said for them as far as healthy snacks. These small oily fish boast some of the lowest mercury content and the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids among most fish.
They also supply doses of Vitamin A, Calcium, Magnesium and a range of B Vitamins as well. All of these are important for anybody as they bolster cardiac function, support strong bones and boost the immune system. People with Candida issues really need that immune boost, and anything you can do to improve health, so much the better.
Sauerkraut is really the base ingredient and all the flavors combined make for a really nice balanced spread. I might even say the flavor is mild as far as the seafood taste goes. Which is probably the way you want to play it with anchovies, even if you have my palate sensibilities.
Spread it on celery, baby bok choy, cucumber slices or whatever you can think of. It’s a really nice, satisfying snack that you should feel awesome indulging in.
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ¼ cup sauerkraut (no sugar no vinegar)
- ½ small shallot minced
- 1 Tbs anchovy paste
- 2 Tbs fresh cilantro chopped
- Mince shallot and garlic
- Chop cilantro
- Mix it all together
- Spread and serve