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Jan 24, 2011 01:31 PM

Vegetarian slow cooker recipes without beans or soy products

Anyone know any good vegetarian recipes that can be made unattended in a slow cooker ? The catch is that it can't involve beans or soy products because of the potential for gout attacks.

I know you can slow roast cut-up vegetables. Anything else ?

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  1. i know this is sort of like cut up veggies, but Ratatouille goes nicely in the slow coker. (if you're not vegan, and can handle cheese, try dolloping some ricotta on top, or a grating of parmesan).

    stews -- something hearty at the base like onions, butternut squash, sage, etc.

    again, if not vegan, and can handle cheese, mac'n'cheese in the slow cooker works just dandy.

    quinoa chili (instead of beans)

    Corn and Quinoa Chowder


    veggie curry

    vegetable barley casserole

    ...lots to be done!

    6 Replies
    1. re: Emme

      Great ideas, Emme!! I'm a vegetarian, so I always thought a slow cooker was of little use to me, but these all sound fantastic! How do you do lasagna in it?

      1. re: Veggie Liv

        you can start with a favorite marinara sauce if you like. or blend crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, onions, parsley, basil, oregano and S &P. (if you do soy, you can add tvp to this too for meatiness). i also add a little tamari to mine.

        mix ricotta with egg, S & P, and a dash of oregano. mix separately mozzarella and parmesan.

        grease crockpot.
        layer in some sauce.
        double layer of noodles, breaking if necessary to fit. dash more sauce.
        toss in some veggies (sliced mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, broccoli, grated carrots, etc)
        dollop ricotta. sprinkle with mozz/parm.
        little more sauce.
        noodles, sauce. veg. cheeses. sauce. noodles. sauce. finish with mozz/parm.
        slow cook on low for 6-8 hours. serve garnished with parsley and/or basil.

        1. re: Emme

          Sounds great! I'll have to hold on to that in case I ever get a slow cooker. So much easier than the way I've been making lasagna!

          1. re: Emme

            Can I just switch the lasagna noodles for another flattish shape, like farfalle ?

            Also, I'm having trouble finding any beanless quinoa chili recipes. Could you post yours ?

            1. re: dump123456789

              switch noodles for sure.

              okay a rough idea...

              1/2-3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
              1 - 1 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth, or more if more quinoa
              1/2 cup strong coffee
              1 bottle stout beer
              1 cup diced cauliflower florets
              1 cup diced asparagus
              1 cup diced eggplant, optional
              1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
              1 cup unsalted tomato sauce
              olive oil
              1/2 cup chopped onion
              1 celery stalk, diced
              3-4 cloves minced garlic or more
              2 Tbsp minced jalapeƱo pepper, seeded
              1/2 green bell pepper, diced (i often omit)
              1/2 red bell pepper, diced (often omit)
              1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
              2 tsp coriander
              1 tsp paprika
              1 1/4 tsp dried basil leaf
              3/4 tsp dried thyme leaf
              1/2 tsp dried marjoram leaf
              1/8 - 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper powder
              2 bay leaf (can use 1 if preferred, but i like it)
              1 tbsp molasses
              1 tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce
              1/4 cup chopped cilantro
              freshly ground black pepper
              kosher salt

              saute the onions, garlic, peppers, then stir in herbs and spices. add the rest combined in crockpot, except for molasses, bragg's, cilantro. cook 6-8 hours then finish with those three items and season to taste. you can add whatever veggies you like. and you can adjust seasonings to your taste!

              1. re: Emme

                I will definitely give that recipe a try. Thanks.

      2. If eggplant stew or lentil stew appeal, I'm happy to supply the recipes

        1. Thanks for the ideas. I will try to google up some recipes.

          In the meantime, if you have any recipes that you've tried and can recommend, please post them (or links to them). Thanks in advance.

            1. re: ferret

              Thanks for the link. I can't find a reference to a slow cooker. Is there a standard way to convert the "cook in large sauce pan over low-to-medium heat for 1 hour" into a slow cooker time ? Could I just double the time ?

            2. Emme beat me to several of my suggestions :)

              - polenta
              - savory oatmeal
              - millet
              - kasha (buckwheat groats)