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Vegetarian slow cooker recipes without beans or soy products

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dump123456789 Jan 24, 2011 01:31 PM

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. Emme RE: dump123456789 Jan 24, 2011 09:12 PM

    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

    lasagna

    veggie curry

    vegetable barley casserole

    ...lots to be done!

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      Veggie Liv RE: Emme Jan 25, 2011 10:13 AM

      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?

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        Emme RE: Veggie Liv Jan 25, 2011 06:19 PM

        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.

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          Veggie Liv RE: Emme Jan 26, 2011 07:49 AM

          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!

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            dump123456789 RE: Emme Jan 26, 2011 02:56 PM

            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 ?

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              Emme RE: dump123456789 Jan 26, 2011 06:42 PM

              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!

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                dump123456789 RE: Emme Jan 27, 2011 09:13 AM

                I will definitely give that recipe a try. Thanks.

      2. enbell RE: dump123456789 Jan 24, 2011 10:04 PM

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

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          dump123456789 RE: dump123456789 Jan 25, 2011 09:17 AM

          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.

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            ferret RE: dump123456789 Jan 25, 2011 10:18 AM

            http://gardenstotables.com/main-cours...

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              dump123456789 RE: ferret Jan 25, 2011 11:44 AM

              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. goodhealthgourmet RE: dump123456789 Jan 25, 2011 12:03 PM

              Emme beat me to several of my suggestions :)

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

              1. mamachef RE: dump123456789 Jan 25, 2011 12:11 PM

                I've got recipes for several delicious vegetarian soups, as well as a few slow cooker layered casseroles.
                Butterbean/vegie soup
                All-day veg. soup
                Veg. Minestrone al Pesto
                Green Chile egg puff
                And many more. If anything sounds good feel free to let me know.

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                  dump123456789 RE: mamachef Jan 26, 2011 02:54 PM

                  If the soups are beanless, I'd love to get the recipes. And the layered casseroles, please.

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                    kellylee RE: mamachef Feb 10, 2011 05:45 AM

                    Hi Mamachef-- just wondering if you'd be willing to post the Green Chile Egg Puff? I just ordered a slow cooker and would love to try your recipe. Thanks!

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                      mamachef RE: kellylee Feb 10, 2011 06:31 AM

                      OMG, I'd made a note to post this and a couple others, and then went and lost my mind. Let me lay my hands on the slo-cooker file and I will get it on here today; promise. : ) So sorry it took so long.

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                        mamachef RE: kellylee Feb 11, 2011 04:51 AM

                        Hi kellylee,
                        After a concerted search mission, I find I can't lay my hands on the slow cooked version of the egg puff. I'm beginning to wonder if I left the original in the copier after I made copies for friends who attended a baby shower I gave. Time will tell.
                        As a peace offering, I do have a ton of slow-cooker recipes and would be so happy to share them. Please e-mail me and note your parameters (vegetarian, no red meat, whatever) and I'll send you the best of the bunch. Also I have a conventional oven recipe for the egg puff and if you'd like to have that, feel free.
                        Sorry about the crockpot version. It was very similar to the conventional recipe; it just called for starting high and ending low or vice versa, and I don't remember which.
                        Have a good day!
                        Marci

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                      Megbeck RE: dump123456789 Jan 26, 2011 03:01 PM

                      Peanut stew is one of my favorite crock pot recipes.

                      Toss in crockpot:
                      8 cups stock
                      1 onion, chopped
                      2 red peppers, chopped,
                      2-3 garlic cloves, minced
                      2 T chili powder or blend
                      1 t cumin
                      28 oz diced tomatoes (I used crushed fire roasted)
                      1.5 c lentils (or 1 c lentils, 1/2 c rice)
                      any other veggies you have laying around (potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, etc)

                      Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4
                      Stir in 1 c peanut butter and simmer another hour.
                      Serve with sriracha if you like spice!

                      1. danna RE: dump123456789 Feb 11, 2011 10:11 AM

                        grits cook up nice and "creamy" in a crock pot. I'm opposed to actual cream in grits, mind you, but the long slow cook gives them a really nice texture. You could add cheese near the end, or just sprinkle on top for protein.

                        Sauteed wild mushrooms are also really nice over grits (sort of a veggetarian shrimp and grits)

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