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Mar 2, 2008 04:49 PM

Vegetarian crockpot ideas

I have made chili and Mac & cheese in the slow cooker but looking for other ideas.

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  1. I made this recipe for bean and barley soup the other day and it was good. I did soak the beans overnight before putting them in the Crock-Pot, and they still took longer than eight hours to get soft. But my beans had been sitting around for a long time.

    1. I do a lot with the slow cooker- some of my faves are: cuban black beans (I use a veg. recipe from Allrecipes that has onions, gr. pepper, pimiento, pinch sugar, vinegar, s&p); veg. red beans and rice; a strange/yummy dish of of layered green chiles, rice, and tomatoes, with a custard poured over, like a savory rice pudding; hearty soups with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other long-cooking veggies; layered veggie lasagnes and their many variations; layered tamale-pie inspired dishes with cornmeal bases and tomato/veggie/bean toppings...

      I look for slow-cooked menu ideas that focus on a casserole rather than a hunk of beef, then think about how it could be made meatless and use that as a jumping-off-point.

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      1. re: happybellynh


        Do you have a recipe for your "strange/yummy dish of layered green chilies, rice and tomatoes, with a custard poured over, like a savory rice pudding? It sounds great to me! Or an idea of where I could find the recipe. I am good at not "exact" recipes so a rough idea of ingredients would work also. Thanks in advance!

        1. re: jodymaryk

          I think I got the recipe from a Fix-it-and-Forget It low-fat cookbook. It's been a while since I've made it, but my best guess would be to:
          -Spray or oil the inside of the crock
          - Layer 3-4 C. cooked rice with a layer or two of whole (split to lie flat) canned green chiles, ending with a rice layer
          - Layer a can of stewed tomatoes (no juice) or even fresh tomatoes across the top
          - Pour over a custard of 1 C. milk and 3-4 eggs, plus S&P, garlic, or whatever seasonings seem fun
          - Cook on low for 3-4 hours until the egg is set.
          - Serve with salsa on the side.

          Not high-class, but comforting and easy. My mom always made green chile quiche as a staple when I was growing up, but my husband doesn't care for the texture- The rice cuts down on the eggy-ness that puts him off, so with this I can get the same egg/chile goodness that I crave.

          1. re: happybellynh

            Sounds yummy to me! Thanks, I am going to give it a try!

      2. I made a chilaquile strata with some leftover blue corn torillas, ancho salsa, queso oaxaca, egg whites with silken tofu, fresh pasilla and jalapeno chiles, red onions, scallions, cilantro...

          1. Thank you all sooo much so many great ideas. I'll report back as we give them a wirl