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Secret Ingredients to Delicious Homemade Cake

For those who bake frequently, you know the standard ingredients that go into most recipes. Flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, etc. But what if there was another ingredient that you should be using to get tasty, creamy cakes without adding any major calories? What if there were TWO different ingredients?

They might not be well known to avid bakers yet, but they should be. Beans and sauerkraut. Yes, really. Don’t believe us? Check out these three cake recipes below that use beans or sauerkraut as a main ingredient.

Lemon Cannellini Bean Cake

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This cake will make you say “Huh?” and then “Uh huh.” The recipe calls for blending beans into the batter, which makes the cake light and airy for a moist cake unlike any other. The bean flavor gives it a savory taste, somewhat like cornbread.

Get the Food52 recipe here.


Chocolate Kraut Cake


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Sauerkraut is the special ingredient in this luscious treat. Sauerkraut is filled with probiotics and adds a unique taste. Not only is this cake moist from the tangy sauerkraut, it is versatile to fit any flavor profile too. Instead of the cherry pie filling, add some powdered sugar on top for a simple and light cake. Or drizzle caramel and chocolate chips for a rich, probiotic-filled cake. 

Find the Krautlook recipe here.


Apple Confetti Cake


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Looking for a festive fall cake? This cake includes sauerkraut and apples for a sweet and tangy dessert. Including sauerkraut and fruit in this treat doubles up on good-for-you ingredients.

Read the Krautlook recipe here.

Restaurant Nutrition Information Available Spring 2017

Blind calorie consumption when you’re out to eat will be harder to do come May 2017. According to Restaurant Nutrition, the new standard of menu labeling legislation is requiring restaurants with 20 or more units to print and provide all nutritional information of their menu items. It’s easy for a quick lunch with your co-worker at that freaky fast sandwich shop to pack on more calories than we want to admit. You add cheese, bacon, mayo, and a bag of chips to your order and that healthy sandwich isn’t the low number of calories you probably have in your head.

While this seems daunting as a consumer to finally see how many calories go into a number 4 on wheat bread as you’re ordering it, imagine the pressure this puts on the restaurant chains. May 2017 will be here sooner that it seems for a lengthy process like nutrition analysis projects. 

P Oh Snap hot and spicy food day Restaurant Nutrition Information Available Spring 2017

Now the sandwich, drink, and sides will all have their nutritional information ready as you wait in line to order. Instead of reaching for the bag of chips, which adds extra calories that could have been used as bacon on your sandwich, you see the low calorie pickle. The problem still lies with the pickle juice and the smelly paper to-go bag that is leaking pickle juice since the pickle came from their 5-gallon bucket of brine. Oh Snap! pickles are a great alternative. These single-serve pickles come with no added brine in a convenient pack that has zero calories. The perfect lunch side-kick with its nutrition clearly printed on the package. To learn more about menu substitutions with fermented foods, check out these healthy eating tips. 

Read the full article on Restaurant Nutrition. Written by Anita Jones-Mueller on August 26, 2016. 

14 Varieties of Hot Dog You Must Try

hot dog varieties 14 Varieties of Hot Dog You Must TryHot dogs are a growing trend in the food industry despite being a ballpark classic. Some think this trend is due to nostalgia felt when consuming this comfort food that reminds people of happy times at a baseball game or grill out. Not only are they a classic favorite, there are so many ways to serve them. The variability allows for unique combinations across drive-thrus and quick-service restaurants. Check out these 14 varieties of hot dogs found on menus across the U.S. found in the article from QRS.

  1. Chicago dog – an all-beef hot dog topped with yellow mustard, green relish, chopped onions, pickle spears, sport peppers, tomato slices, and celery salt on a poppy seed bun.
  2. Southwest Sonoran dog – a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with pinto beans, grilled onions and green peppers, and tomatillo jalapeño salsa.
  3. Cincinnati Coney – a pork and beef hot dog topped with cinnamon and chocolate-tinged chili and Cheddar cheese.
  4. Junkyard Dog – a hot dog topped with chili, cheese, mustard, grilled onions, and french fries. This can be found at Wienerschnitzel’s.
  5. Blazin’ Dog – a hot dog with green jalapeño slices, a red jalapeño, and garlic hot sauce. This can be found at Wienerschnitzel’s.
  6. Pastrami Dog – a hot dog topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle, and a Bratwurst for Oktoberfest. This can be found at Irvine’s.
  7. Nathan’s Most Popular Hot Dog –  a hot dog topped with sauerkraut or sautéed onions, along with ketchup, mustard, and relish.
  8. Traditional New York Empire Dog – a hot dog served with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard. This can be found at Nathan’s.
  9. Homestyle Mac & Cheese Dog – a hot dog topped with macaroni & cheese and toasted Italian bread crumbs. This can be found at Nathan’s.
  10. Big Irish Corned Beef Dog – their New York Empire Dog with corned beef. This can be found at Nathan’s.
  11. All-American Dog - a hot dog with ketchup, mustard, relish, and onion. This can be found at Sonic.
  12. Sooo Cali – a hot dog served with arugula, basil aioli, crisp onions, avocado, and tomatoes. This can be found at Dog Haus.
  13. Das Brat - the hot dog’s cousin, a bratwurst, with mustard aioli, sauerkraut, White American cheese, and caramelized onions. This can be found at Dog Haus.
  14. Another Night in Bangkok - a hot dog topped with a spicy Thai currywurst, Thai peanut sauce, Asian slaw, and crushed peanuts. This can be found at Dog Haus.

What toppings do you prefer on your hot dog? The possibilities are endless. Looking to add probiotics? Try adding flavored kraut like Saverne or a fresh, crisp sauerkraut like Krrrisp Kraut.  

Original article: Posted by QRS Magazine July 2016 by Barney Wolf.

New Chefs Put a Twist on Classic German Food Like Sauerkraut

As new chefs emerge into the food industry, their fresh ideas create twists on traditional meals. The fermented cabbage dish, sauerkraut, is a classic German dish that some chefs are using for new creative meals. Pizza is not just pepperoni, sauce, and cheese. Burgers aren’t just topped with ketchup, mustard, and pickles anymore. Flavor profiles are expanding to create food hybrids with healthy ingredients like sauerkraut.

Sauerkraut in tacos? Pizza topped with sauerkraut? Such combinations have been dreamed into reality with foodie chefs across the country.

Creative sauerkraut entrees include:

  • Octoberfest Burger – a pork schnitzel on a pretzel bun with beer cheese sauce, sauerkraut, bacon, and mustard.
  • Reuben Pizza – a pizza topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, swiss cheese, and cole slaw.
  • Pastrami Tacos – tacos using blue tortillas filled with sauerkraut, pastrami, and pickled peppers.
  • Schweinehaus Signature Burger – beef patty with sauerkraut, bacon, cheddar cheese, arugula, and maple mustard.
  • Sauerkraut Kroketten – sausage, cheese, and sauerkraut croquettes served with a mustard sauce.
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These unique items can be found at a variety of restaurants across the U.S. Have you tried any delicious sauerkraut dishes? These are worth a try! If you’re not convinced, read these reasons why you should be eating more sauerkraut.

Original article written by Nancy Kruse published on 6/17/16 on Nation’s Restaurant News.

A New BBQ Joint You Have to Try

Michael Symon, a Food Network celebrity, ABC’s The Chew co-host, and professional chef, has opened a barbecue restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Mabel’s BBQ restaurant is not your typical Texas-style or Kentucky-style. Symon wanted to create a unique flavor profile for this Ohio-based restaurant. He is calling it “Cleveland-Style” barbecue. 

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The restaurant is serving up dishes full of Cleveland’s heritage. Instead of your typical mac & cheese on the side, Mabel’s offers items like sauerkraut and spaetzle. Whitney Filloon from Eater writes,

“Meats are seasoned with what Symon refers to as ‘Eastern European’ spices (think celery seed, coriander, and mustard seed) and every plate comes flanked with sauerkraut.” 


When a barbecue spot is serving sauerkraut, you’ll want to make the trip and give it a try. Whether your favorite is brisket or ribs, you will still get a side of our favorite probiotic dish, sauerkraut. Have you had a chance to eat at Mabel’s BBQ yet?

Original article on Eater 6/16/16, written by Whitney Filloon.