Happy New Year! German Pork, Sauerkraut, and Mashed Cauliflower

Happy New Year everyone! How is the new year treating you so far? Are you ready to get back on the wagon and finish those resolutions early?

Well, I have a good luck meal that might help you out!

I come from a German background and for my whole life I have had pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day – and inevitability the whole first week of the year (talk about leftovers!) The meal usually consists of pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, etc.

While this is actually one of my favorite meals of the year… it’s not exactly healthy or Ideal Protein friendly for that matter. So I decided to make it healthier so I could still enjoy it.

But first! Some of you might be wondering why is it German tradition to eat pork and sauerkraut for New Years? My Mom always told me that you ate this specific meal for good luck and wealth throughout the year – and the German Food Guide confirms it. And couldn’t we all use a little good luck in 2018? If only to help us get back on track and bang out some resolutions to make ourselves better!

So, if you are convinced by this German tradition 🙂 – I can neither confirm nor deny whether eating this meal actually brings me luck and wealth – then give this recipe a try! It couldn’t hurt, right?

Pork, Sauerkraut, and Mashed Cauliflower

  • Servings: 2
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Recipe by: Jamie Boden at My Beautiful Ideal



  • 16 oz thinly sliced pork chops
  • Salt and pepper
  • 14 oz can of sauerkraut

Mashed Cauliflower

  • Frozen riced cauliflower (or make your own)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley



  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook pork 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Top with sauerkraut.
  5. Cover skillet with a lid and let cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

Mashed Cauliflower

  1. Prepare riced cauliflower according to the directions on the package.
  2. Place cauliflower into tea towel and wring out extra moisture.
  3. Once rung out, put cauliflower in a large bowl and mash until you get a smooth consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add garlic, olive oil, and parsley to combine.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips: I like to top this whole meal with a little yellow mustard – gives it a nice tangy flavor.

Your mashed cauliflower will be a little “looser” then regular mashed potatoes would be. If you eat cheese you can fix this by adding a little cream cheese or parmesan to help bind it together.

Also, to get a full 2 cups of vegetables I would add a side salad to this meal.

Nutrition: Calories 393, Protein 51g, Carbohydrate 16g, Dietary Fiber 10g, Total Sugars 5g, Total Fat 14g.

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