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Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker


200 Recipes for Healthy and Heart One-Pot Meals That are Ready When You Are.

Book Description (provided by the publisher)

It's no secret that millions of Americans swear by their slow cookers – in fact, Rival, the self-proclaimed maker of "America's #1 Slow Cooker," has sold more than 81 million slow cookers since 1971. As this appliance becomes essential to every modern kitchen, home cooks are looking for more and more ways to apply the slow cooker's unbeatable convenience to something other than the standard tough cut of inexpensive meat seasoned with a can of soup. At last, with Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, vegetarian cookbook author and cooking class instructor Robin Robertson provides us with an exciting array of new recipes. These dishes will appeal to the 12 million American vegetarians searching for ways to incorporate the slow cooker into their kitchen as well as anyone simply craving a delicious (and deliciously easy) meal alternative.

Slow cooking is perfectly suited to vegetarian food and healthy cooking because it is a foolproof way to prepare the extraordinary range of beans, grains, greens, and vegetables available. In fact, the extended, gentle cooking time concentrates the nutrients already present in these foods and brings out the flavors of diverse ingredients, allowing them to mingle and intensify in preparations such as Spicy White Bean and Sweet Potato Stew with Collards, Vegetarian Paella, and Balsamic-Glazed Carrots and Parsnips. Chapters on appetizers, condiments, breakfasts, desserts, and beverages prove that, from Savory Spinach Pâté with Garlic to Brandy-Laced Pear Brown Betty, the dishes coming out of the slow cooker are as widely varied as the ingredients going into it

Robin Robertson has written numerous cookbooks, including Vegan Planet, The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook, and The Sacred Kitchen. She is a vegetarian-cooking instructor and former chef, who lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

* Paperback: 288 pages
* Publisher: Harvard Common Press (January 2004)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1558322566
* ISBN-13: 978-1558322561


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Success Through Play™ comments:

Slow Cooking...we had heard about "that way of cooking" from our parents and grandparents, but every staff member admitted that they had never tried cooking in a slow cooker before. We are very open to new cooking experiences and decided to dive right in. We would like to thank The Harvard Common Press for sending us a review copy. The Author introduces us to the concept of slow cooking in her intro and explains the various sizes, uses and types of slow cookers that are available on the market. It is important to follow the instructions for proper usage with all slow cookers and the author gives a great run down of the essential points. The author prefers the traditional slow cookers which have a "low, high and warmer" dial and comments that the new generation multi-cookers are not true slow cookers. We headed down to Walmart and were impressed with the high quality slow cookers that were on offer. We decided to buy a 4 quart slow cooker. We tested out 3 recipes from this book and were literally "blown away" by the slow cookers ability to deliver nutritious, delicious meals that were so simple to make and fit in perfectly with our super busy schedules.

We tried the "Almost Irish Stew" first, which the adult staff were really impressed with. The white wine, white beans and kale complimented each other beautifully and our taste testers thought that we had slaved over a hot stove for hours! We made this meal several times over the next month, due to popular demand.




Almost Irish Stew


The second recipe that we tried was the "Mac and Cheese Florentine". This meal was creamy and smooth and satisfied our need for comfort food. This recipe was a great hit with the kids! The only problem is that we didn't make enough!

Mac and Cheese Florentine

Since we are huge South Indian Food fans, we couldn't resist trying the "What a Dal" recipe. This dal was flavorful and aromatic and conjured up memories from our trip to India. The dal tasted even better on day 2. We paired this with our home made Roti, spinach curry and and topped the meal off with a Mango Lassi.



What a Dal

We are convinced that slow cooking is the best kept secret for busy families who are on tight schedules, yet still wish to cook nutritious foods for their family. There is something inherently satisfying about not having to worry about what's for dinner or resorting to eating out/take out when you have a warm slow cooked meal to come home to in the evening. Research is showing that well balanced, plant biased diets are the best way to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and increasing your longevity. Regardless of whether you are vegetarian or not, this book will teach you how to create fantastic meals that are a cinch to prepare and will surely impress each member of your family! Robin Robertson is a culinary genius and we hope to review additional cookbooks of hers in the future.

We are slow cooker converts now and are off to purchase a 6 quart slow cooker so that we can try out some of the delectable desserts in the book and expand our rapporteur.



Holiday Gift Idea.

Pair this book with a Slow Cooker and you are sure to wow the recipient and introduce him or her to a healthy, simple, way of cooking.

3 comments:

Lucy said...

Success Through Play, you are making me hungry! These dishes look fantastic. I am not too familiar with a slow cooker, but my grandmother is always telling me how great they are. I am starting to believe her now!

Yvonne said...

The meals that you prepared look wonderful. I have several of Robin's recipe books and I can vouch for the fact that she's an incredible cook.

Katja said...

Our family LOVE Indian food. Your Indian meal looks heavenly...