Healthy German Recipes

Find healthy, delicious German recipes including German desserts, appetizers, potato salad, pork and sausage. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Sauerkrat, Pork, and Potatoes

Rating: 1 stars
1
Sauerkraut is at the heart of this simple German-style slow-cooker pork stew.

Kielbasa-&-Swiss Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Rating: 3.9 stars
4
Zesty sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and rye bread add Reuben-esque flavor to this surprisingly addictive spaghetti squash skillet recipe. If you can't find seeded rye bread, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon caraway seeds to the mixture in Step 2. Serve with a green salad tossed with red-wine vinaigrette.

Sweet & Sour Beef-Cabbage Soup

Rating: 4.65 stars
10
This wholesome sweet-and-sour soup combines beef, caraway seeds, sweet paprika and cabbage--ingredients that star in a number of German dishes. It is particularly nice served with crusty rye bread. For an even heartier soup, add diced cooked potatoes along with the cabbage. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Quick Pickles

Rating: 4.2 stars
4
Here's a way to make better-than-store-bought pickles in under an hour. The secret is pouring the hot vinegar mixture over slices of cold, crisp cucumber. These pickles have the perfect balance of sour and sweet--though closer to a “bread and butter” taste, they still satisfy the vinegar-loving pickle crowd. In our humble opinion, there's no reason to ever buy another jar of pickles.

Crispy Chicken Schnitzel with Herb-Brown Butter

Rating: 4.67 stars
2
This healthy recipe for crispy chicken schnitzel involves coating the chicken breasts with fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs and oven “frying” using a mist of olive oil cooking spray instead of frying in lots of oil. Serve on a bed of mixed greens or with mashed potatoes.

Chicken Sausage with Potatoes & Sauerkraut for Two

Rating: 4.14 stars
6
Here's our weeknight version of choucroute garni, “dressed sauerkraut,” made with chicken sausage. The flavor of the dish will vary depending on what type of chicken sausage you choose. We like the taste of roasted garlic sausage or sweet apple sausage in this recipe. And although any type of sauerkraut can be used, we prefer the crisp texture of refrigerated kraut over canned. The recipe serves two. Serve with roasted carrots and some mustard to spread on the sausage.

Sauerkraut & Sausage Casserole

Rating: 4 stars
4
One bite of this hearty sausage casserole recipe--full of sauerkraut, apples and kielbasa--and you'll be transported to a tiny pub in the Alsace region of northern France. Serve with extra mustard if you like.

Bavarian Leek & Cabbage Soup

Rating: 2.6 stars
2
This hearty German cabbage soup recipe is made healthy with tons of leeks, cabbage, greens, carrot and celery. If you can't find smoked bratwurst or kielbasa, chicken sausage or ham makes a good substitute.

Pork Chops with Red Cabbage and Pears

The sweet-and-sour cabbage pairs deliciously with braised chops and juicy pears in this German-inspired dish.

Pretzel-Crusted Pork Cutlets with Mustard Sauce

Rating: 3 stars
2
Pretzels are an unexpectedly delicious crunchy coating for baked pork chops. To crush the pretzels, place in a large sealable plastic bag and pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or the bottom of a small skillet or pulse in a food processor until coarsely chopped.

Warm Red Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4.78 stars
5
In this quick German-inspired side dish, red cabbage is cooked until just tender and combined with sweet apples, caraway and a tangy vinaigrette. Serve with roasted pork loin or turkey kielbasa.

Creamy Chopped Cauliflower Salad

Rating: 4.07 stars
3
Caraway and cauliflower are a match that brings to mind wursts, kraut and foamy, cold mugs of beer. Alas, not everyone loves that caraway flavor so leave out the caraway seeds if you prefer--the salad's wonderful either way.
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Inspiration and Ideas

21 Oktoberfest Recipes for an at-Home Celebration

Celebrate Oktoberfest from the comfort of your home with these German-inspired recipes. These dishes feature classic ingredients like apples, pretzels, sauerkraut and sausage. Whether it’s dinner or dessert, these recipes will put you in a celebratory mood. Recipes like Rye Soft Pretzels and Chicken Sausage with Quick Sauerkraut are healthy, delicious and pair well with your favorite beer.

Slow-Cooker German Potato Salad

Rating: Unrated
3
This vinegary German-style potato salad recipe is a lighter alternative to typical mayonnaise-based potato salad. And, instead of boiling, the potatoes are simmered in the slow cooker. This healthy slow-cooker potato salad recipe tastes great when served warm or at room temperature. Fingerling potatoes make it especially pretty, but any type of yellow-flesh potato cut into 1-inch pieces will work.

Chicken Sausage with Quick Sauerkraut

Rating: 3.33 stars
2

This colorful cabbage sauté is the best of both sauerkraut and slaw--a mix of textures and bright, tangy flavor. Serve with assorted mustards and some toasted rye bread.