My slow cooker kicks into overdrive around the start of school and doesn't start humming all year long. In other words, I've been using my slow cooker a lot lately. I'm guessing you just might be too.
I think a lot of folks have a sort of aversion to slow cookers, tending to think they are for bland, overcooked, or mushy foods. I have a cookbook that will change that perception!
The Vegan Slow Cooker touts, "Set It and Forget It with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour!" I couldn't have written it better.
As a non-vegan, I found recipe after recipe that I wanted to try as I flipped through this cookbook. I loaned it to a friend, and a few days later she said, "I am buying this book, otherwise I will end up having this a very long time."
Here's just one example of The Vegan Slow Cooker's flavorful recipes, one that will send you on a dinnertime trip to the islands:
Caribbean Mango Black Beans
(from The Vegan Slow Cooker)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 cups mango (from 2 mangoes), diced
4 - 15oz cans blacks beans, drained and rinsed -OR- 6 cups cooked dried black beans
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegan chicken-flavored bouillon
3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Mince the garlic. Cut up the mango. Grate the ginger. Set in an airtight container for the morning.
In the Morning:
Oil the inside of your slow cooker. Add all the ingredients except the salt and pepper.
Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Once done, salt and pepper to taste.
We served ours over brown rice, with a squeeze of lime, a couple dashes of hot sauce and a bit of cilantro:
Despite being quite chilly outside, inside we were playing reggae music (really) and being transported far away from the cold of Ohio!
If you want even more slow cooker inspiration, be sure to bookmark author Kathy Hester's blog: http://healthyslowcooking.com/
Her blog is full of great recipes, just like the ones in The Vegan Slow Cooker.
I am giving away one copy of this flavorful, creative and most of all, super convenient cookbook to one Sweet Peas and Pumpkins fan.
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Life is sweet,