Recipe: Slow cooker vegetarian borscht (beet soup)

Recipe: Slow cooker vegetarian borscht (beet soup)

Many modern recipes rely on tomatoes or lemon juice to give borscht its refreshing, acidic flavor. This recipe gets its tang the old-fashioned way: by using lacto-fermented beets. Served hot, borsht makes a hearty winter meal. But it’s also great in the summer, when I prefer to eat it cold with a little plan yogurt mixed in. This soup is even better … Read more

Recipe: Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie (Gluten-Free)

Recipe: Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie (Gluten-Free)

Usually I prefer slow cooker recipes that involve minimal prep. Open a few packages, chop a few veggies, throw them in the pot, and go! This is not one of those recipes. It has three separate steps after you’ve chopped the veggies: prepare the potatoes on the stove top, prepare the filling on the stove top, then cook both in … Read more

Recipe: Slow cooker tomatillo soup (vegan/vegetarian)

My favorite coffee shop recently featured tomatillo soup for lunch. It was delectable and inspired me to create my own version at home. Because I keep cooked beans, caramelized onions, cooked grains and vegetable stock on hand in the freezer, the preparation was incredibly quick and easy. (You can find my directions for making big batches of beans here, caramelized onions here, … Read more

Recipe: Slow-cooker baked ziti with spinach and mushrooms

Recipe: Slow-cooker baked ziti with spinach and mushrooms

Knowing my love of slow cooking, my close and personal superior Mindy Celeste sent me a recipe from Real Simple for slow-cooker rigatoni. It’s the best kind of crock pot recipe, requiring little preparation beyond chopping and mixing. The original recipe calls for thawing and draining the spinach, but MC said, “I did not thaw or squeeze anything as I used whole … Read more

Recipe: Slow cooker spinach and red pepper strata

Recipe: Slow cooker spinach and red pepper strata

My friend who lives near the bakery brought me some day-old loaves this week. Yay! The perfect excuse to make strata – an egg, cheese, bread and vegetable dish that’s as good for breakfast as it is for dinner. Think quiche, but easier. I used a whole grain sourdough loaf as the basis for the loaf. Sourdough is my favorite for … Read more

Recipe: Crockpot cauliflower and chickpea curry

There are few things in this world as delicious as curried cauliflower. This recipe may look complicated because of its long list of ingredients, but it’s actually very easy to make. The curry goes great by itself, on top of cooked grains (such as millet or rice), or with a little plain yogurt. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 medium yellow onions, … Read more

Recipe: Slow cooker cabbage and apples (plus how to cut onions without crying)

Recipe: Slow cooker cabbage and apples (plus how to cut onions without crying)

I have three main motives for my love of crock pot cooking. I’m easily distracted, which can lead to burnt food when I’m cooking on the stove top. With a slow cooker, I don’t have to worry about that. I am an impatient cook when I am hungry. Slow cooking allows me to prepare a meal after breakfast or lunch when I am … Read more

Recipe: Slow cooker lentil stew (vegan, low fat)

A friend of mine from college lived on a version of this recipe during her year abroad in Greece, then cooked it for us on many Fridays after her return to the U.S. I’ve been making it ever since. Brining the lentils is a trick I picked up while watching America’s Test Kitchen with my mom over the holidays. It … Read more

Recipe: How to Make Turkey Soup Stock in a Slow Cooker

Recipe: How to Make Turkey Soup Stock in a Slow Cooker

We had turkey for Christmas and of course there were leftovers, so it’s time for the post-celebration ritual of making turkey stock in the slow cooker. Stock is made by slow simmering of bones and a small amount of trimmings in water. It’s a great way to use parts that would otherwise go unused. Stock tends to have more body than broth, … Read more