I've got a jaw infection, and sore throat and today was feeling icky enough to want comfort food, but better enough to feel like cooking.
So, I wanted something soft and soothing, with vitamin C for my sore throat.
Most people probably think oranges for vitamin c, but today I decided on cranberry juice and sauerkraut (not together)
I've been sipping cranberry juice diluted with sparkling water for the past several days, to soothe my sore throat.
Today I threw a package of pork steak into the crockpot ($1.50 per pound) with a can of french style green beans, a can of sauerkraut, a thinly sliced onion, a bit of garlic powder, carraway, a tsp of red wine vinegar and a splash of viatnamese fish sauce (which makes an excellent replacement for worcestershire sauce).
Whenever I cook meat with sauerkraut, I always add equal amounts of another bland veggie to dilute the salty/sour flavor (and the sodium). It also adds bulk for very few calories (and I get an extra veggie in). Usually I use a thinly sliced onion and either shredded cabbage or french style green beans).
When the pork was tender, I made my mashed cauliflower/potatoes.
In some chicken broth I cooked a head of cauliflower (about 2.5 lbs) with one peeled potato. Then when the veggies were tender, I mashed them with an immersion blender (I added a bit of skim milk, butter and salt).
Usually, instead of the potato, I'll just cook the cauliflower and then while mashing the veggies will measure out the amount of flakes the box calls for to make one serving.
Adding the potato only adds about 2 to 3 extra grams of carbs and about 10 calories to each serving. The texture and flavor is more like traditional mashed potatoes this way.
I know not everyone likes sauerkraut (and others who do like it, wouldn't want the flavor diluted with the green beans).
But for a cold, damp "sick" day, it was the perfect meal. And cheap too.
The canned beans and canned sauerkraut were both even cheaper than usual (about 1/3 normal price) because we bought them at a salvage grocery (sort of like a private Big-Lots. If a shipment of cans is damaged for example, stores like Walmart, Target, and Meijers will reject the whole case or sometimes even the whole shipment. Slightly dented cans are safe to use, but often only one or two cans will be dented and the rest of the case will be perfect - but the store rejects the whole case. Salvage grocery stores buy the "rejected" cans and sell them at a huge discount.