February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
As someone who’s lost a lot of weight and is constantly working on keeping it off, one of the most important things I’m doing to make sure that I stay a diet success is eat as healthy as possible. Although everyone is different, I find that I heavily rely on healthy, vegetarian slow cooker meals for a lot of my lunches. I also make sure to start my day off with some easy, healthy breakfasts.
When it comes to dinner, though, I give myself a little more room for indulgence. However, at a certain point I realize that there’s just too much indulgence going on so I decide to cut back on whatever I’m having. Last February I started a cleanse which kick-started my journey to better health. This year I’m doing Cleanse Month, Part 2 to do it once more. But it’s not one of those juice-only diets. Instead, I am cutting out some items that I am having too much of (like sugar and caffeine) and focusing on eating nutritious plant-based foods. Basically, I’m eating vegan for the next month. But these days vegan doesn’t mean tasteless, weird food anymore. There have been plenty of delicious vegan means that both me and Heather have already made, along with some others I have found that I can’t wait to try. All of these easy, delicious no-animals-included slow cooker meals will make you and your family go “really? This is vegan! But it’s so delicious!”. Try them and trust me. Here are my picks for simply delectable meals that you’ll never guess are good for you, too:
1. Easy Stuffed Peppers: One of my favorite recipes made with red rice, chickpeas and spinach. This one was so good that I made it again only a few weeks later.
2. Three-Bean Chili: Heather’s delicious chili is hearty and perfect for the winter. Everybody loves chili, don’t they? Your family won’t even know it’s healthy.
3. Jamaican Red Bean Stew: A simple and full-of-flavor stew from a blogger I like, injecting a little bit of Caribbean flair into your food will surely be a hit.
4. Chow Mein with Vegetarian Chicken: Who knew you could have a Chinese classic made in a slow cooker? I love the noodles and it-tastes-just-like-chicken recipe.
5. Banana Walnut Overnight Oatmeal: This one’s one of my favorite slow cooker breakfasts that could also be an easy lunch. Extra bananas add more sweetness.
6. Baked Potato Soup: My very first slow cooker meal is still my favorite. How could that happen? After all the of the meals I’ve made, I can’t forget this simple, filling meal.
7. Smoky Refried Bean Soup: Bean soup? Yes please! Just like the chili, I can’t help but indulge in the warm flavors that this one provides. Plus, it’s packed with protein.
8. Thai Salad with Pineapple BBQ Tofu: If you’re looking for something a little lighter, look no further than this delicious slow cooker-made tofu over an easy salad.
9. Healthy Apple Butter: I never had apple butter before making this recipe but, afterwards, I’m hooked. It packs a punch of flavors and makes a satisfying snack.
10. Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Tofu: A really easy dish that Heather made, this takes protein-packed tofu in a whole other direction but is still just as delicious.
11. Indian Chickpea Quinoa Stew: As a huge fan of quinoa and chickpeas, I love this recipe that combines those two ingredients with delicious, warming Indian flavors.
12. Caramelized Onion Chili: Caramelized onions are the only way I would have onions as a kid, so I instantly fell in love with this chili recipe that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
13. Pink Lentil and Bean Soup: I still have leftovers of this soup and I honestly can’t wait to have it for lunch again today. It’s incredibly filling and warming on cold, rainy days.
14. Vegetable Chickpea Curry: Didn’t I mention that I love chickpeas? This simple curry (that was also cheap to make) is great served over basmati rice with naan bread.
15. Red Cabbage Sauerkraut: The only thing in this recipe that you should replace is the butter (use vegan butter instead) and then it’s great as a side dish to pair anything with.
What’s your favorite vegetarian or vegan dish to make in the slow cooker?