Slow Cooker Pork & Sauerkraut

Happy New Year! I thought of sharing the recipe for Pork & Sauerkraut today, due to the holiday yesterday. Every culture has a lucky dish that they eat on New Year’s Day. The tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut for luck on New Year’s Day can trace its origins back to Germany. Germans and other pig-raising cultures have been eating this dish for centuries, with immigrants bringing the tradition to the United States. It is the ultimate hearty meal for a cold evening. The pork is perfectly juicy and tender after simmering with sauerkraut and apples. There are tons of pork and sauerkraut recipes online with slight variations. The basis of my recipe comes from an acquaintance of my youth who grew up in Amish country in Pennsylvania.

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Upgrade Your Cooking Skills

Several days ago I shared my ideas to Find Inspiration For Cooking. Most of us cook at least some although I’ve met people who eat take out almost daily. Home cooking shouldn’t be compared to restaurant food. First most fast food tends to be high in salt, sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, calories, and processed preservatives and ingredients. An occasional takeout meal probably won’t hurt you, but you should make wise choices on what you order. Check out How to Eat Takeout With Ruining Your Diet for more ideas.

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is an old-fashioned family favorite. It’s a hearty meal that’s easy to make. Using a slow cooker makes this dish even easier to prepare on a busy day. Make a flavorful combination of ground beef, pork, and brown rice stuffed into pre-boiled cabbage leaves. If you prefer using Italian sausage instead of pork, look for a lower fat variety. Each leaf is then nestled into the slow cooker and the whole thing is topped with a tomato sauce. Come back hours later to a filling and tasty meal. NOTE: If a family member can’t eat cabbage, make them meatballs with the filling and cook it in the sauce.

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5 Delicious Summer Slow Cooker Meals

Many of you may think that a slow cooker is great tool for hot meals in the winter. When you think of the summer, you think cool, simple meals like salads, barbecue, and hamburgers. Actually a slow cooker or crock-pot is a perfect summer-cooking tool. Because it cooks low and slow, you avoid turning on the oven and heating up the house. You spend more time out of the kitchen and enjoying the day. There’s no denying that the humble slow cooker is an excellent way to make “set it and forget it” types of meals. You can cook large meals in a slow cooker, plus you can even batch-cook and freeze uneaten items to consume at a later date.

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Why Cooking From Scratch is Better

Here on the blog, I’ve shared quite a few recipes in the last 6 years. Personally, I prefer eating simple meals using real food. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating out occasionally, or that I don’t like short cuts in the kitchen. Unlike many people, I cannot live on take out. In the US, 60% of households order takeout weekly. With talks about America’s eating habits reaching unhealthy levels, there are ways to turn things around. This includes cooking from scratch and being responsible for what goes into your home-cooked meals. Indeed, you may not be able to cook all the time, and that may require eating out or ordering takeout. However, you benefit more when your meals are cooked from scratch. It can even help bring families together. Having everyone sit at the table and share your evening meal builds strong bonds. Today let’s discuss the main reasons for cooking from scratch.

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