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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking


It's time to put your slow cooker to work for you-and what better to fill it with than fresh and healthy vegan ingredients! With your slow cooker, you can prepare flavorful vegan meals with little fuss. Just assemble the ingredients, turn on the slow cooker, and wait for dinner!

Loaded with over 240 mouthwatering vegan recipes, this tantalizing guide shows you how easy and enjoyable vegan slow cooking can be. ...

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It's time to put your slow cooker to work for you-and what better to fill it with than fresh and healthy vegan ingredients! With your slow cooker, you can prepare flavorful vegan meals with little fuss. Just assemble the ingredients, turn on the slow cooker, and wait for dinner!

Loaded with over 240 mouthwatering vegan recipes, this tantalizing guide shows you how easy and enjoyable vegan slow cooking can be. In it, you get:

A primer on how slow cookers work, the types available, and their important safety features.

Tips for stocking your kitchen and pantry with vegan ingredients perfect for the slow cooker.

Warm and filling slow-cooked breakfast and brunch recipes worth waking up for.

Amazing appetizers, dips, and snacks perfect for between-meal noshing or kicking off a party.

Sensational sauces, spreads, toppings, and more, sure to enhance the flavor of any dish.

Bountiful bowls of soups, chilies, chowders, and stews to warm you from the inside out.

Marvelous main dishes and veggie-, bean-, and grain-based sides even nonvegans will enjoy.

Sweet tooth-satisfying puddings, cakes, and fruity desserts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615642014
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 558,523
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Lynn Bennett has been working in restaurants for over 20 years, and as a chef in vegan restaurants since the early 1990s. She presently cooks at Sundance Natural Foods in Eugene, Oregon. She's also a monthly columnist for VegNews, and she's appeared at food festivals and on local PBS affiliates, preparing her own recipes. She is the author of Eat Your Veggies! Recipes from the Kitchen of the Vegan Chef.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Making Friends with Your Slow Cooker 1

1 Slow Cooking 101 3

Slow and Steady Cooking 3

Effortless Bating 4

Energy Savings 4

Less Fat and More Flavor 4

Easier Entertaining 5

Portable Practicality 6

Slow Cooking Simplified 6

Slow Cooker Setup 6

Slow Cooker Sizes and Shapes 9

Slow Cooker Food Safety 10

2 Secrets for Success 13

Tips for Successful Vegan Slow Cooking 13

Slow Cooking at Higher Altitudes 15

Converting Standard Recipes to Slow Cooker Recipes 16

Make a Similar Selection 16

.Adjust Your Liquids 16

Season with Care 17

Suggestions for Slow Baking 17

Preheat Pointers 18

Opt for a Pan 18

The Props: Trivets and Foil Rings 19

Vent and Tent 19

Vegan Substitutions and Staples 19

Meatless Alternatives 20

Nondairy Necessities 20

Eggless Alternatives 21

Stock-Up Staples 22

Part 2 Breakfasts Worth Waking Up For 25

3 Breakfast by the Bowlful 27

Autumn Amaranth Porridge 28

Breakfast Couscous with Yogurt, Apricots, Dates, and Pistachios 29

Creamy Corn Grits 30

Jalape├▒o and Green Chile Grits 31

By-the-Numbers Banana-Coconut Hot Cereal 32

Creamy Old-Fashioned Cinnamon-Sugar Oatmeal 33

Trail Mix-Topped Steel-Cut Oats 34

Pumpkin Patch Steel-Cut Oats 35

4 Hearty Breakfast Fare 37

Breakfast Hash Brown Casserole 38

Biscuits with Country Sausage Gravy 39

Easy Cheesy Tofu Scramble 41

Morning Migas 42

Crustless Tofu-Vegetable Quiche 44

Florentine Frittata 45

California Vegetable and Cheese Strata 47

Part 3 Appetizers, Sauces, and More 49

5 Delicious Dips and Appetizers 51

Wine Is Fine Fondue 52

English Pub Beer-n-Cheddar Fondue 53

Hot Vegetable Confetti Cream Cheese Dip 55

Hot Artichoke Dip with Buttery Breadcrumbs 57

Chili Con Queso 59

Refried Pinto Bean Dip 60

6 Gettin' Saucy! 63

Apple Juice-Sweetened Applesauce 64

Citrusy Cranberry Sauce 65

Warm Mixed Berry Sauce 66

Butterscotch Sauce 67

Hot Fudge Sauce 68

Smoky-Sweet Barbecue Sauce 69

Red Wine Marinara Sauce 70

Golden Onion and Garlic Gravy 71

7 Amazing Accompaniments 73

Spiced Apple Butter 74

Pumpkin Patch Butter 75

Wonderful Winter Squash Puree 76

Mango Chutney 78

Caramelized Onions 79

Roasted Garlic 80

Part 4 Soups, Chilies, and Chowders 81

8 Bold and Brothy Soups 83

Homemade Vegetable Broth 84

Butter Bean and Barley Soup 85

Mama Mia Minestrone 86

Basque Potato Soup 88

Caldo Verde 89

Borscht 91

9 Thick and Creamy Soups, 93

Butternut Bisque 94

Roasted Garlic, Potato, and Leek Potage 95

Creamy Tomato Soup 97

Cream of Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup 98

Creamy Vegetable and Mixed Rice Soup 100

Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Soup 102

Navy Bean and Sausage Soup 104

Split Pea Soup 105

10 Chunky Chilies and Chowders 107

Chili Sin Came 108

Chunky Veggie Chili 110

White Chili 112

Roasted Com Chowder 113

Manhattan Seitan and Sea Vegetable Chowder 115

New England Oyster Mushroom Chowder 117

Part 5 Main Attractions 119

11 Meatless Meats and Super Sandwiches 121

Beef-Style Simmered, Seitan 122

Seitan Chorizo Sausages 124

Beer Brats 126

Teriyaki-Glazed Tofu 128

Open-Faced Seitan Sandwiches with Gravy 129

BBQ Tempeh and Slaw Sandwiches 131

Lentil Sloppy Joes 132

Sausage Subs with Peppers and Onions 134

Portobello Mushroom Fajitas 135

12 Stupendous Supper Stews 137

Chick'n and Vegetable Stew with Dumplings 138

Southwestern Posole with Cornmeal Dumplings 140

Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Couscous 142

Proven├žal Vegetable Stew with Pistou 144

Ratatouille 146

Seitan Cacciatore 147

Rainbow Vegetable Curry 149

Sweet-and-Sour Tempeh 150

13 Family-Style Favorites 153

Grown-Up Mac-n-Cheese with Breadcrumb Topping 154

Veggie Lasagna 155

Deconstructed Enchiladas 157

Tempeh and Bean Tamale Pie 159

Biscuit-Topped Veggie Potpie 161

Beefy Seitan Pot Roast with Vegetables 163

Stuffed Seitan Roast 165

Santa Fe-Style Stuffed Peppers 167

Creole Collard Rolls 168

Part 6 Sensational Sides 171

14 Versatile Veggies 173

Orange-Glazed Baby Carrots 174

Coconut Creamed Corn 175

Baked Russet or Sweet Potatoes 176

Scalloped Potatoes 177

Marvelotis Mashed Potatoes 178

Indian-Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes 179

Sweet Potato-Praline Casserole 180

Stewed Tomatoes with Summer Squash and Zucchini 182

Down-Home Greens 183

Wine-Braised Cabbage 184

15 Bodacious Bean Dishes 185

Simple Slow-Cooked Beans 187

Boston Baked Beans 188

Savory White Beans 189

Caribbean Black Beans 190

Tex-Mex Pinto Beans 191

Mujadara 192

Sicilian-Style Green Beans and Chickpeas 194

Black-Eyed Peas with Collards and Yams 195

16 Gratifying Grain Dishes 197

Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Risotto 198

Broccoli and Rice Casserole 200

Mixed Grain Medley 201

Hearty Mushroom Barley 203

Confetti Quinoa 204

Creamy Polenta 206

Savory Bread Stuffing 207

17 Sweet and Savory Breads 209

Cinnamon-Swirl Raisin Bread 210

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin Bread 212

Banana Chocolate-Chip Nut Bread 214

Studded Sweet Potato Quick Bread 216

Biscuits in the Round 218

Country Cornbread 219

Boston Brown Bread 221

Hearty Herb Bread 222

Pull-Apart Whole-Wheat Rolls 224

Part 7 Sweet Endings 227

18 Fruity Desserts 229

Cherries Jubilee 230

Spiced Apples 231

Baked Caramel Apples 252

Mulled Wine Poached Pears 233

Stone Fruit Crisp 234

Strawberry-Rhubarb Brown Betty 235

Mixed Berry Cobbler 257

19 Pleasing Puddings 239

Chai Rice Pudding 240

Vanilla-Almond Tapioca Pudding 241

Sticky Date Toffee Pudding 242

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Street Sauce 244

Peanut Butter Cup Pudding Cake 245

Black Forest Pudding Cake 247

20 Cakes for All Occasions 249

Sweet Potato Streusel Coffeecake 250

Applesauce Cake 251

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread 253

Lemon Berry Cake 254

Pumpkin-Pecan Cake with Maple-Buttercream Frosting 256

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake with Almonds 258

Marvelous Marble Cheesecake 260


A Glossary 263

B Resources 277

Index 281

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