December 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
I’m not actually vegetarian but I do eat mostly vegetarian because I find that it helps me keep off the weight. I don’t think it’s for everybody, but it’s what feels right for my body. That’s why I’ve made a lot of vegan and vegetarian dishes as part of my Slow Cooker Chronicles meals.
Other than all of the great vegetarian slow cooker soups I made, I also really enjoyed making spiced apple butter, a delicious chickpea curry that I served over white rice and some breakfast baked apples.
We’ve gotten requests in some of the Facebook Slow Cooker Chats for more vegetarian meals, so I’ve decided to compile a list of the dishes that I am most looking forward to making in the new year.
1. Healthy Slow Cooking’s White Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal: I’ve never made oatmeal in the slow cooker before but I like the idea of waking up to a warm, delicious breakfast. I also like the combination of ingredients here. I’ve made my own peanut butter before, so this would be a fun thing to tackle next.
2. A Year of Slow Cooking’s Ginger Teriyaki Tofu: I’m actually not a huge fan of tofu but this recipe looked so delicious that I have to try it. I like making something like this and serving it with a simple plate of brown rice and steamed veggies. The combination of flavors just sounds delicious, since I love Asian foods.
3. Measuring Spoon’s Heirloom Tomato Sauce: I absolutely love heirloom tomatoes and, more than that, I love making my own tomato sauce. I’ve only done it a couple times before because it takes so long. I love this recipe for the slow cooker because coming home to a delicious homemade sauce would make a perfect night.
4. Vegan Chickie’s Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Couscous: It’s the perfect time of year for stew, isn’t it? Unfortunately most stews are made with red meat and I just don’t eat it that much. However, this vegetable stew seemed like something right up my alley. Warm, comforting and healthy.
5. Family Circle’s Slow Cooker Ratatouille: I saw this recipe from our website a few months ago and have been meaning to try it. Honestly, I kind of forgot about it until I started looking around again. But, silly as it may sound, I love the movie and the combination of warm root veggies really appeals to me this time of year.
What slow cooker dishes are you planning to make in 2012? What were your most successful meals of 2011? Do you try to cook vegetarian or incorporate a healthy dose of veggies in your dinners? Share in the comments below.