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Friday, November 22, 2013

My Daughter's Crockpot Recipe-Pork with Apricots, Dried Plums, and Sauerkraut

Pork with Apricots, Dried Plums, and Sauerkraut (LivligaHome)
It is that time of year again when our crockpot comes out of storage. There is nothing better than an easy supper that has been simmering in the slow cooker all day emanating delicious smells of spices and garlic, making everyone eager for dinner. This week my daughter prepared Pork with Apricots, Dried Plums, and Sauerkraut. We don't often eat sauerkraut but my husband has been reading about its benefits in the book Cooked by Michael Pollen, so I thought I would track down a recipe to support his new found fascination.

As part of my research in tracking down recipes, I also read about the benefits of sauerkraut. There are many. Since sauerkraut is fermented cabbage, it is a natural probioitc that provides us with good bacteria while also inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria. This improves our immune system. It is a great source of vitamins C and K which both help our bones be strong. Additionally, vitamin C is an important antioxidant while vitamin K has a key role in blood clotting. Then there are the heart healthy benefits of sauerkraut because it is high in fiber. Last but not least, sauerkraut is packed full of iron which is important for our red blood cells and their role in providing oxygen to all our cells which gives us more energy to do the things we need and love to do. Sauerkraut definitely qualifies as a superfood!

How did the recipe turn out? My daughter found the recipe easy to follow and the ingredients super easy to assemble. After 7 hours it tasted delicious! The pork was moist and the sauerkraut and dried fruit made for a yummy sauce for the pork. Each serving has 261 calories. To make it a meal we added a spinach and strawberry salad for 136 calories a serving. The calories for the meal are 397. Everyone enjoyed the meal. It is a definite repeat.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!