Friday, December 2, 2011

Lamb Chops with Sauerkraut, Leeks and Apples

This meal  is very simple to put together and is beyond healthy.  I got the idea from the book "The Healthiest Meals on Earth" but changed a few things (of course) to suit my tastes.  Lamb, although expensive, is a healthy alternative to beef due to the fact that it is almost always raised in pasture and is usually free from steroids, hormones, and extra antibiotics.  Sauerkraut is considered one of the healthiest foods on earth.  Why?  Because it pairs cabbage, one of the healthiest foods, with fermentation.  The result is a food that is loaded with healthy bacteria which improves digestion, immune function and the absorption of nutrients in your body.  By pairing lamb and sauerkraut with leeks, you add even more health benefits:  protection against cancer.  I'm telling you all of this because this is what I told myself when I spent $20 on grass raised lamb chops at Whole Foods yesterday.  Don't feel guilty to splurge on good food every once in a while.  Enjoy it!

Don't let sauerkraut scare you!  It's delicious!

6 small lamb loin/rib chops
2tsp macadamia nut oil
2 medium leaks, ends cut, washed and sliced into 1/4" slices
3/4c gluten, sugar, and msg free chicken stock (Rachael Ray is a savior with her stocks on this one)
3c sauerkraut, drained
1/4tsp garlic powder
1 1/2tsp corriander
1/2tsp thyme
1/2tsp sea salt
ground pepper to taste
2 apples, cored and sliced (optional)

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Brown chops on both sides briefly and set aside.
2. Place leeks in a slow cooker.  In a bowl mix sauerkraut, spices, and chicken stock.  Pour 1/2 over the leeks.  Place your chops on top.  Then pour the other 1/2 over the top.  Top it all off with apple.
3. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 4 hours.  Enjoy!

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