The Amish Cook: Traditional and healthy starts to the New Year

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!


• 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 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.


• 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 or until soft. Beat until nice and smooth.

• Then add remaining ingredients.

• Pat into 9 X 9 inch pan.

• Or form into balls and roll in coconut or chopped nuts if desired.