RECIPE: Slow Cooker Pork & ‘Kraut

This is one of Dot’s favorite recipes. I remember the first time I put this together. That was the moment I first thought of putting together my recipes for The Unemployment Cookbook. So you know this is very special to me.

Slow Cooker Pork & Kraut

Slow Cooker Pork & ‘Kraut

Living in a tiny apartment, working a part-time substitute job at the school district, I knew after a full day of work, school, and errands for the both of us, Dot and I would be hungry the moment we walked back in the door.

I quickly layered Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup (undiluted), two pork chops, and a bit of sauerkraut in my slow cooker. I repeated the layers, then turned the slow cooker on low.

Eight hours later we came home with a few fresh rolls and a head of lettuce for salad, and dinner was ready!

These days, I like to change up the recipe a bit depending on our schedule and whether or not we’re also feeding company.

With the first weekend of January already upon us, and I’ve yet to take down the Christmas decor, it was a no-brainer to make a larger amount than usual.

For less than $20 I bought all the ingredients I’d need.

Slow Cooker Pork and 'Kraut. Twenty dollars. Five ingredients. Eight hours. Ten dinners. Cream of Mushroom soup. Boneless pork chops. Sliced potatoes. Chopped Onion. Rinsed sauerkraut. Big flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork and ‘Kraut. Twenty dollars. Five ingredients. Eight hours. Ten dinners.

I layered each ingredient, then repeated the steps three times. Because there was more than I usually prepare at one time, we had to let it cook longer. (This worked out well since Dot came home announcing her best friend was in town and wanted to go to dinner!)

Pork & 'Kraut layers in the slow cooker

Pork & ‘Kraut layers

After an overnight cooking, Dot and I woke up to a wonderful smelling kitchen! We now have enough of this filling, flavorful dinner for Saturday, Sunday, Monday lunch and Monday dinner. Anything left after that can go into individual freezer containers for lunches later this month.

This is a great recipe that can easily be altered to suit your family’s size and taste. We’ve substituted chicken breasts and cream of chicken soup. Omitted the sauerkraut. Added a can of diced mushrooms for more flavor. There’s no wrong way to fix this delicious, hearty slow cooker meal!

And when you don’t have a lot of time, money, or kitchen space, what’s a better way to show your people you love them by providing a hearty, healthy, delicious home-cooked meal?

Please check out my RECIPES tab [under the FOOD tab] at the top of my blog for more great ideas, and come back regularly for new recipe posts!

And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!

January Meal Plan Recap and Setbacks: Weeks 3 &4

I write this with a downcast keyboard.

I have failed my January Meal Plan. I cheated. I strayed. And I failed.

But not completely. And, looking at making lemonade out of these lemons… now I have that much more in my freezer to get us through the month of February. So, you know… there’s that.



In a nutshell, my Meal Plan was waylaid by a broken furnace, leftovers at Mom’s, and a funeral. With all of these happenings I had little need to keep up with my Meal Plan.

Twice more I found myself at a local drive-thru, but I made better choices than I used to. For instance, instead of a full meal, I ordered the cheaper cheeseburger and instead of a soda I took an iced tea or smoothie. I needed something warm to offset the chill in the air.

I did make my Slow Cooker Turkey Chili on the 16th and that’s held us for a few days. There’s even some left, still, for February’s freezer selection.

Bowl of Chili

Bowl of Chili

In the midst of a colder house and little motivation, we opted for the ease of one of our “extra” meals. My favorite stand-by, La Choy Chow Mein.

January Extras

January Extras

And a few days later on the 22nd, I brought home a treat: a DiGiorno’s self-rising frozen pizza. Hey. It was the last episode of my beloved FLASHPOINT. I needed something special for the occasion. I also came home that evening to a very sick Dot.

What with the cold house (again) and the inclement weather and the back-and-forth of staying intermittently at Mom’s house… my poor Dot ended up with a virus. The good news is that while she was down for the count, it was a short count. 24 hours later she was ready for the world again.

A new furnace has been ordered, which conversely adds to my stress level because… well, did you know furnace units are expensive? Like I wasn’t having enough problems with the budget… At least I’ll be warm in my worries. But because in SoCal, furnace units either go on the roof or on the side of the house it can’t be installed until the current round of winter rains stop. Which should be in another 2 or 3 days.

In the meantime, have I mentioned how I love living so close to my Mom? Yup. We’ve invaded her home, her kitchen, her life.

She has the most amazing tea shelf. Today’s all about the chamomile.

Cozy Chamomile

Cozy Chamomile

So if you’ll excuse me now… I have some popcorn to eat and a movie to watch. Oh, and some new recipes to write.

Possible 2nd Edition Additions

Possible 2nd Edition Additions

Happy Eating!

And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!

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