Editor’s note: Gloria took a much-deserved week off for the holiday, so we are sharing a few favorite recipes of hers (and readers) this week and she will return next week.
This is a favorite recipe on a cold winter’s day or save it for next New Year’s!
NEW YEAR’S SAUERKRAUT WITH SAUSAGE
- 1 pound bulk sausage, browned
- 1 large can or bag sauerkraut
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 diced onion
- 1 cup ketchup
Mix all ingredients. Bake at 275 degrees for 4-5 hours. Stir occasionally. You may want to add a little water to desired consistency.
And, if you are tired of all the holiday sweets putting on pounds, try this healthier alternative.
GLORIA’S GUILT-FREE FUDGE
- 2 cups dried pinto beans (or 2 pounds cooked)
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup butter, browned
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon stevia powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Soak beans overnight. The next day, simmer beans over low heat until soft, approximately 105 minutes. Beat until nice and smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and pat into 9- by 9-inch pan. Or, form into balls and roll in coconut or chopped nuts if desired.
Gloria Yoder is a young Amish mother, writer and homemaker in rural Illinois. Readers may write Gloria directly at: Gloria Yoder, 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427.