Slow cookers are inexpensive, convenient kitchen tools for busy cooks.
Vegetarian slow cooker or crockpot recipes are easy to make, serve and clean up after, lovely to look at, satisfying to eat. Life is simpler and healthier with SV's easy delicious crockpot recipes!
These easy crockpot or slowcooker recipes can begin on the stove and finish in the (slow cooker) crockpot. If you're in a hurry, make these crockpot recipes on the stove top. Or use a pressure cooker.
If you need to reduce the cooking time, bring everything to a boil in another pan, while you preheat the crockpot on high, then throw it all in. Leave the crockpot on high, and the recipe will cook in half the time.
An inexpensive digital appliance timer is very helpful for controlling the cooking time, as it will turn the crockpot or slowcooker on and off for you while you're not there. Some crockpots come with built in timers.
The easiest way to use your slow cooker or crockpot for vegetarian recipes is just to throw everything in at once - grains, beans (cooked) or lentils, veggies, water, oil, spices - then cover and cook for up to 8 hours, reserving salt for the end of cooking.
The only thing to keep in mind is different cooking times for different foods. Add cooked grains, summer squash, zucchini, leafy greens 30 minutes to 1 hour before the end of cooking. Add fresh herbs or frozen veg 15 - 30 minutes before serving.
On the weekend or whenever you have time, make big batches of soup or stew in the crockpot, then freeze in serving size containers for a quick meal when you need it.
Crockpot or slow cooker recipes are great to take to a picnic or potluck. They can easily be expanded to a feast, by adding a salad, artisan bread, and fresh fruit or dessert.More Crockpot-Slow Cooker Info
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