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Get in the Kitchen! Challenge

Monday, June 02, 2014

In response to the At Goal & Maintaining Plus... Team's Get in the Kitchen Challenge, I took pictures of what I was preparing. The challenge is to encourage people to cook more often because it can be healthier and thriftier and to try new recipes. I kind of fudged, because this is what I was already making when I received the SparkMail,

I looked through cookbooks and SparkRecipes and combined several. I had about 2 pounds of loin pork chops, one pound of fresh bagged sauerkraut, one big green apple, a quarter of a Vidalia onion, a little celery seed, parsley, and a quarter cup of apple juice. Put it all in a slow cooker and cooked it all day at low.

Here it is cooking:


Here it is on separate serving plates:


And here is my plate:


I soaked the sauerkraut, drained, and squeezed it. It did not taste super salty, but I doubt I'll make this again this year, because it just has to be more salt than we need. The sauerkraut had been buy one-get one free and hubby always falls for those!

Hubby and I really enjoyed the recipe, whereas the grandkids didn't eat it at all and their mom and dad only ate a little and clearly were not raving about it. Oh, well.
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AQUAGIRL08 6/5/2014 3:54PM

    High in sodium but oh so good!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/4/2014 5:22PM

    sauerkraut is an acquired taste that has been lost in the last 20 years, pity because it is really healthy to eat, other than the salt. the vinegar and cabbage is good for us.

pork & kraut - brings back memories!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 6/3/2014 5:01PM

    Looks pretty good to me.

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SLIMLILA 6/2/2014 7:18PM

    Marsha,
here's a recipe to use up that sauerkraut... from JoAnna M. Lund's Healthy Exchanges cookbook... We love it!!!

2 cups egg noodles, cooked
1 can Healthy cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of sauerkraut
2 TBSP caraway seeds
Mix together, add some cooked sausage for the meat.


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FROSTY99 6/2/2014 5:58PM

    It is always nice to try something new and as you said, some aren't as good as others so I toss those recipes and others get marked as "Keeper". I used to love to get in the crock when my aunt was making sauerkraut in the summer. I am sure we kids added a bit of germ power to it when we would steal a bite but oh it was so good.
I am not a big fan of cooked kraut, prefer my cold so I never cook with it.
Pat

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HOLLYM48 6/2/2014 5:53PM

    It sounds interesting but I am not a sauerkraut fan but the rest of it sounded good.
Thanks for sharing!

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HARROWJET 6/2/2014 3:12PM

    you win some, you lose some...at least you are willing to try new ideas. emoticon

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NYCALIGIRL 6/2/2014 11:16AM

    looks delicious thanks for sharing


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NATPLUMMER 6/2/2014 11:09AM

    Looks great!

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TERI-RIFIC 6/2/2014 11:00AM

    Looks yummy. I love sauerkraut. Very nice presentation on your plate! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 6/2/2014 10:24AM

    Looks so yummy to me...I love sauerkraut. My lady who cooks for me made some for me with pork loin and I am going to have some of that tonight.
The salt doesn't seem to effect me and if it does, I can use the pounds.
Thanks for sharing Marsha and have a great week
Sallie

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MSLZZY 6/2/2014 8:53AM

    Looks good. We had pork loin and sauerkraut for dinner last night but it is my own canned variety so I do know it may be a little heavy on the salt. I just don't want to tinker with the recipe and have 40 quarts that go bad.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/2/2014 8:49AM

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2BDYNAMIC 6/2/2014 8:45AM

    I appreciate your creativity ...... great idea! And I too like that burst of color w/ the sweet potato and green beans! Good job! emoticon (I do agree about the cooking--did a bunch of cooking in prep. of the new week) .......... emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/2/2014 8:44AM

    Looks yummy!

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WATERMELLEN 6/2/2014 8:16AM

    Nice pics!! Like the creativity too!! That baked sweet potato and those fresh green beans really give the pop of colour!!

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GABY1948 6/2/2014 8:14AM

    It sounds GREAT! to me salt and all. Thanks for sharing!

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-AMANDA79- 6/2/2014 7:54AM

    I love sauerkraut! Great post. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/2/2014 7:49AM

    I read (I think it might have been here on Spark, even) that sauerkraut was one of those foods that was better than its unprocessed counterpart (raw cabbage) from a nutritional point of view. So once in a while, it's worth the extra salt... although, a serving size is 2 Tablespoons, so it's not a big "fill you up" food, and should not be used as such!

Looks yummy, by the way. Thanks for rising to the challenge.

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SPINNINGJW 6/2/2014 7:38AM

    I am not a fan of sauerkraut, except in Rueben sandwiches. It is always good to try new things though. Your plate looks very pretty with the green beans and the orange sweet potato.

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MYTURNNOW2013 6/2/2014 7:30AM

    Well it sounds good although I would not have eaten the kraut. The other ingredients had me thinking "pork chops and applesauce" !

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