Tuesday, March 20, 2018

the best soup ever {recipe}

I love sauerkraut in a bad way. I do not, however, like kielbasa and that's one of the only ways I've ever seen sauerkraut prepared (aside from in pierogi, on hot dogs or what I call Russian sauerkraut which is literally just dill, bacon and sauerkraut fried up). Before Jon was vegan he would eat the kielbasa and I would eat the sauerkraut. It was a beautiful symbiotic relationship.

Hence one of the main reasons I had Big Feelings when he told me he was going vegan. What was I to do with that kielbasa now!? Sauerkraut by itself in a slow cooker just wouldn't be the same! My life was losing meaning!

So the other night when I was craving sauerkraut I decided to visit my old friend Google. I went with "vegan sauerkraut recipes" because I'm all about making as few meals as possible to feed our family when I stumbled upon this recipe. We had almost everything on hand and the cook time wasn't long so I decided to give it a shot.

Game. Freaking. Changer.
I'm addicted. I didn't have celery so I omitted it. I love sour sauerkraut, so I did not drain or rinse the sauerkraut, I just scooped it out of the jar and added it to the pot. For the beans I used garbanzo.

If you aren't vegan I'm sure it would be delicious to add kielbasa. Jon thinks it would be better with tomato paste and paprika because he's half Polish and that's how his Babcia always made it. I say if it ain't broke don't fix it, but I also have some issues with change that warrant a therapist, so grain of salt.

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