“It’s Cheap, Has Plenty Of Protein, And Is Very Filling”: People Are Sharing Their Favorite “Poor Man’s Meal”


“Sausage and sauerkraut. (Yes, my family is German). It’s cheap, has plenty of protein, is very filling, and lasts quite a while. The trick to the sauerkraut is to rinse it well in cold water first, drain it, and cook it with the sausage. Start with around 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar and a liberal dose of vinegar. I use red wine vinegar, but any type except balsamic should work. Also add a healthy amount of caraway seeds. Add a cup or so of water to the pot, stir, and let it cook on low heat for 30–45 minutes, stirring occasionally.”

“Near the end of that, taste test the kraut. If it’s too bitter, add some more sugar. If it’s too sweet, add more vinegar. What you’re going for is a balanced sweet-sour taste.”