Vegan Baked Beans with Canned Beans

Slow Cooker Vegan Baked Beans

This is a simple, homemade vegan baked beans recipe. As they slow simmer in the crock pot, the smell is positively heavenly–punctuated by maple syrup, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and savory notes of onions and garlic. They are hard to resist. Native Americans first made the dish using beans, animal fat, and maple syrup that were cooked slow and low. Today, there are many variations … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Baked Beans

Collard Greens Vegan Style

Slow Cooker Vegan Coconut Collard Greens

Sometimes, I sit around thinking about the Coconut Stewed Greens off the menu at Papa G’s, a vegan cafe in Portland, Oregon. Those tasty coconut greens are soft, flavorful and totally delicious. Since moving away from Portland, I can’t help but miss them. After hours of simmering in the crock pot, this vegan collard greens recipe is soft and delicious. A little garlic, a little … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Coconut Collard Greens

Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce

Inspired by Slovak stuffed cabbage (also known as holubky or halupki), these vegan cabbage rolls with sauerkraut, tomato sauce, brown rice and tempeh bacon are packed with savory, sour delicious flavors. And they are so good! So, what goes with this vegan cabbage rolls recipe? Mashed potatoes. A big, huge mound of mashed potatoes topped with some melted vegan butter. Get a little of the … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce

Stuffed Collard Green Rolls with Smoky Jackfruit and Sweet Potato

Maybe you love to cook? Maybe it’s the weekend and you want to fill your home with the delicious smell of a home-cooked meal? Well, have I got the recipe for you! This vegan stuffed collard greens recipe takes time to put together, but the pay off is savory, smoky deliciousness. Maple syrup, spicy jalapeno, hickory flavored liquid smoke, red miso, soy sauce and oodles … Continue reading Stuffed Collard Green Rolls with Smoky Jackfruit and Sweet Potato

Vegan Slow Cooker Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Upon trying these green beans, my husband announced that this is the only way he wants to eat them from now on. This recipe takes inspiration from the U.S.’s Southern-style green beans and tomatoes. Usually, meat is used to add complexity and flavor to this popular side dish, but I wanted to see if I could engineer some flavor vegan-style. These are not intended to … Continue reading Vegan Slow Cooker Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

As cooler months approach, I get more and more excited to breakout my slow cooker. Not only is it easy to use, but after a few hours of simmering, you have a dish saturated in deliciousness. And this slow cooker vegan stew is a phenomenal example of how things can go really right! I’ve made this a few times. This seitan stew recipe freezes very … Continue reading Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

Slow Cooker Vegan Chile 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 recipe for vegan chile verde inspired by the Northern Mexican classic. Nevertheless, this is one … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Chile 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 for hours, and then, top with cilantro, give it a … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Before leaving on a road trip, I like to make food to freeze, so there is less concern about where to get a vegan meal on the road. As a bonus, the frozen meals act as “ice packs” for our food in the cooler! Planning ahead has allowed worry-free exploration of some of the more remote corners of the United States. It has also meant … Continue reading Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

This is a revision of a previous vegan ragu 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 dried herbs to toast and release some of … Continue reading Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

Khorake Loobia Sabz (Persian Green Bean Stew) is a traditional dish from Iran, which usually involves beef, green beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, turmeric and tomato paste. While this is not an authentic recipe, it incorporates many of the elements to produce a delicious, Persian-inspired vegan stew. The acidity in this vegan green bean stew recipe comes from tart golden prunes. WOW, they really made the … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

Slow Cooker Eggplant Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This vegan eggplant lentil stew recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but then, goes down a vegan rabbit hole.  I added thick … Continue reading Slow Cooker Eggplant Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

Slow Cooker Vegan Potato Soup

This vegan potato soup recipe combines Russet potatoes with caramelized onions, garlic, smoked paprika, fresh thyme, a pop of jalapeño, and the savory goodness of fresh chives.   It is creamy, hearty, flavorful and warming.  And very easy to make!  The biggest time suck is caramelizing the onions, but if you get that going while you chop the vegetables for the crock pot, you won’t … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

So, what’s Italian beef? A Chicago classic, a U.S. Midwestern favorite. Scraps of meat are slow simmered in au jus, served in a hearty roll, and topped with hot giadiniera, a Chicago-style relish of spicy peppers and pickled vegetables. This vegan Italian beef recipe combines shredded young jackfruit and thinly sliced seitan to create an unforgettable texture. Together, they are magical. The au jus is … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Eggplant Chickpea Stew

This vegan eggplant chickpea stew recipe 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 Mediterranean cuisine.  Everything about it is … Continue reading Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Eggplant Chickpea Stew

Slow Cooker Tempeh Sauerkraut Stew

Growing up, I ate a lot of sauerkraut. Slovaks and Slovak Americans, who feel close to their ethnic roots, know what I am talking about. We seemingly can’t get enough of it. Sauerkraut remains one of my favorite comfort foods, especially when it is paired with a heaping pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.  It’s the whole food equivalent to sea salt and vinegar potato chips. … Continue reading Slow Cooker Tempeh Sauerkraut Stew

Slow Cooker Bean Stew Vegan

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Rice

Taking inspiration from Louisana’s Cajun cuisine, this vegan kidney beans and rice recipe involves stewing the beans, green peppers, celery, and onion with a bit of smokiness, a bit of heat, and a lot of savory flavor. I love it on top of some short grain brown rice, but you could also have it over savory corn grits or with a big, thick delicious piece … Continue reading Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker White Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn and Green Plantain Stew with Cilantro and Lime

Sancocho is a Latin American stew, which can be found in Puerto Rico, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Columbia, Peru, Venezuela, and a number of other countries.  It is often a stew of celebration.  Traditionally, it is made with a variety of meats and root vegetables. Many say the secret to a delicious sancocho is allowing it to cook for a very, very long time. Some even say … Continue reading Slow Cooker White Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn and Green Plantain Stew with Cilantro and Lime

Vegan Slow Cooker Soy Curl Carnitas

Carnitas is a traditional Mexican dish, which translates as “little meats” in English.  It is generally made from braising pork for three to four hours.  Towards the end of cooking, the heat is turned up and the outside of the meat is crisped.  It is then shredded and served with tortillas or rice. Because this is a vegan soy curl taco meat recipe and not … Continue reading Vegan Slow Cooker Soy Curl Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole

After almost 6 months out there, I decided to revise this recipe.  I’ve made some changes–eliminated the almond ricotta and substituted a cilantro-scallion infused tofu ricotta.  And I’ve gotten rid of the potatoes, and added in spinach.  And even though I don’t love vegan cheese, I added more to this version.  All-in-all, I prefer this version to the original, and feel like it’s a home … Continue reading Slow Cooker Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole