Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Verde

When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to cook up a vegan version of chili verde…

Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

Today’s recipe is inspired by the Cuban national dish, ropa vieja.  The English translation of ropa vieja is “old clothes”, because the shredded beef and vegetables look like rags.  This vegan version uses thin sliced seitan, shredded jackfruit, dry white wine, peppers, red onion, crushed tomatoes, green olives, and savory herbs and spices. Simmer it…

Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

This is a revision of a previous recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together (less than 20 minutes). These steps were essential to creating the unbelievable flavor of this recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a nice base. Allowing the…

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the U.S. population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Chickpea Eggplant Stew

This stew is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common ingredient in Persian and…

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

As the being vegetarian became more mainstream in the U.S., my family of origin joined the movement. Along with many other books about vegetarianism, my mother read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé. Written in the 1970’s, the book centered around going vegetarian for environmental reasons, and how world hunger could be…

Slow Cooker Seitan Goulash

It’s a drizzly day in Portland.  It felt like the perfect time to revisit this recipe, which was first published 6 months ago.  I’ve made some changes from the original, but I think it brings it up a notch.  Sautéing the onions and seitan together created a deeper flavor in the overall dish.  I chose…