Red Cabbage and Apple Sauerkraut

Even with temperatures below zero, I still don’t mind having a green monster for breakfast!  If you haven’t tried one yet, I strongly suggest you try it – even though Tony can’t get past the color of it (or the fact that there is spinach in it) you really can’t taste the spinach!

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I tested my blood sugar before working out, and it was only 150.  I like it to be around 220 so I can work out hard since it normally drops between 100 and 120 while working out.  So I was only able to walk, but I did the treadmill at 11.5 incline for 45 minutes, so my legs were screaming by the end. Open-mouthed smile


Depending on what time I go to the gym, my choices for Food Network are Sandra Lee’s Money Saving Meals, Melissa D’Arabian’s $10 dollar dinners or Anne Burrell’s How to Cook Like a Restaurant Chef.

All three of them kind of drive me a bit nuts, but especially Sandra – she’s too over the top and then gushes about “it’s cocktail time!”  But the other day I was about to flip the channel when I heard her say sauerkraut.

I love sauerkraut.  I can eat it out of a can cold.  But I am the only one in my house who likes it.  What was interesting is that she made a version that was with red cabbage and apples, and you could do it right on your stove top.

I was telling Jane yesterday that I tried to make my own – the recipe I had called for leaving it in the basement for two weeks, stirring it every day to let the gasses out.  At the end it just tasted like ass.  Jane’s version turned out a lot better!

Red Cabbage & Apple Sauerkraut

  • makes 4 servings:  124 calories, .8 fat, 23 carbs, 5.8 fiber and 4.5 protein


  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 medium size head red cabbage, shredded thin
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 can of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Fuji apples, cored and chopped

Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Add the cabbage (onion if you are crazeballs), garlic, red pepper, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until the cabbage starts to wilt, about 4 minutes.

While Sandra used beer, I was making this for my SIL as well, so I subbed in the chicken broth.  Stir in beer or broth, vinegar, mustard and brown sugar and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Add the apples, and cover partially with a lid so that the steam escapes and cook over medium low heat for about 8 more minutes. 

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At first glance I thought 1/2 a cup of vinegar was going to be too much, but this was amazeballs – perfect balance of acidity, sour and sweet from the brown sugar.

I bought some chicken apple sausages at the Fresh Market – on the side I had homemade rye bread!  Yep, a new bread recipe for me, but I don’t have time this morning to share the recipe – I will tomorrow.  I never realized that the dark part of marble rye just had added cocoa powder to the dough!

Here is what my kitchen looked like Sunday night.    Shit everywhere!

the state of my counter

My lunch plate:  Look at how pretty the swirl is in the bread!  And Tony loves it – I need to get a sandwich loaf pan so he can make sandwiches out of the next batch.

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Dinner was super quick – my weeknight Company Salisbury steak, on the side with spinach mashed potatoes.

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I have so much Biz T.V. on my DVR!  The first two episodes of Girls, Biggest Loser and American Idol – although I have to give Tony props – he watched American Idol from last week with me – he doesn’t mind the show when they show the people who can’t carry a tune!

I have exactly 20 minutes to get out the door – thankfully I am low maintenance and it won’t be a problem!  On tap for breakfast are blueberry and granola pancakes – recipe will follow tomorrow and for lunch my zucchini lasagna.  Yum!

Make it a great day!

34 thoughts on “Red Cabbage and Apple Sauerkraut


    Heya! I was wondering, if you could please post your recipe for the buffalo chicken chili crock pot you made the other day? Thanks

  2. Thanks 🙂 I like your red cabbage and apple though, looks good!

  3. I tried sauerkraut for the FIRST time just a few weeks ago! My mom and I split a Reuben, which is her favorite sandwich. Now I’m hooked on them too! This variation on sauerkraut sounds good.

  4. I love sauerkraut. Love love love it. I haven’t made it in awhile. My brother in law makes it in crocks from scratch, and they have been known to ship it cross country to me. It’s usually defrosted by the time it gets here, but it’s only cabbage and salt, right?

    I haven’t made a green smoothie in awhile. They are also good with chard. When my CSA starts up again, and I start getting chard, maybe I’ll start making them.

    I kinda miss the food network.

  5. OH my gosh…Sandra drives me nuts. I can’t have her on for even a minute. I’ve never tried sauerkraut. I may love it…I have to give it a go. Yayy for homemade bread!

  6. I like sauerkraut (love cabbage), but forget about it. Usually, I put it on hot dogs which we seldom eat now and occasionally my daughter and I will split a Reuben at the casino. I have never tried red cabbage but this recipe looks so good I plan to get one soon. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  7. I LOVE sauerkraut!! And can eat it plain, too. But boy is it good on a salad with grilled chicken. Yum.

  8. Yum, I hate packaged sauerkraut, but I love it when it’s homemade! Yours looks delicious…especially great with the red cabbage, such great color! 🙂

  9. Keep the sauerkraut away! I avoid it like you avoid onions 🙂

  10. I’m amazed at your morning speed. I am such a slug…it takes me a solid 90 minutes to get my self (and the dog) ready for the day. I love kraut, too…so good!!! Can’t wait for BL this week…I’m behind, too!

  11. I love sauerkraut too, and really anything with lots of vinegar. Nathan’s hot dog brand makes a delicious jarred version that I keep in my fridge to snack on 🙂

  12. Sauerkraut looked great!!! But your mashed potatoes and spinich really caught my eye along with the dark and light rye bread, mmmmm!!! I have made mashed potatoes with carrots but never thought to use spinich…..shall have to try that one.

  13. I have been meaning to watch Girls! It looks great. Also need to catch up on Downton Abbey 😉

    I love green smoothies… I haven’t really been able to get Bobby hooked on them (though he is super picky about smoothies in general). He likes green juice though, as long as it has some fruit in it.

    Workout sounds good!

  14. I love green smoothies! I also love kraut – with pork it’s the best side dish. You are such an amazing cook and baker Biz!

  15. What a beautiful color in that cabbage!

  16. That sounds like some good sauerkraut Biz!! I like what you ate with it as well. The bread sounds great are you going to post the recipe? I love marbled bread, it’s just so pretty. Plus, it gives me an excuse to make corned beef…lol!!

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    I still crack up at your “Biz-ism” “it tastes like ass”.

  18. I made a cabbage dish on the stove top (in my fancy new cast iron dutch oven even ;)) using red cabbage, apples, onions, and beets. I threw in some apple cider vinegar, spices, and red wine – it was awesome! I know you aren’t into onions, but try throwing some beets in next time 🙂

  19. Wow, I could seriously eat half that pan of red cabbage 7 apple kraut for a meal. That sounds so good! I have a head of red cabbage right now which I intended to use for a salad…now I’m torn. I really think I need that as a meal. I don’t think I can fight it. lol!

  20. My mom makes red cabbage with apple like this too but we just call it red cabbage with apple. I don’t make it myself, not a big fan of red cabbage.

    Sauerkraut we do eat but with mashed potatoes.

  21. I made something simliar to this a few weeks back and ate on it for what seems like ever! We originally served it w BBQ slow roasted venison, but I preferred the LO’s! I think I ate it probably four more times w topped w dijon mustard! DE-FREAKIN-LISH.

    My recipe varied a little bit, it had onions (yummy ;)) and bay leaves that were removed b/4 serving.

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