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125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes [Paperback]

Judith Finlayson
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Sept. 4 2004

Vegetarians can enjoy all the benefits of slow cookers.

Slow cookers have been rediscovered by a whole new generation of busy families, students and professionals. Those on the go love being able to throw wholesome ingredients into a cooker, close the lid and come home to a hot, satisfying meal at the end of the day. However, most slow cooker cookbooks feature recipes using meat, poultry and fish, and include only a few vegetarian recipes.

125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes features outstanding vegetarian recipes including:

  • Cannelloni with Tomato Eggplant Sauce
  • Three-Bean Chili with Bulgur
  • Louisiana Ratatouille
  • Rice and Bean Casserole with Cheese and Chilies
  • Creamy Leek, Potato and Mushroom Stew with Blue Cheese
  • Succulent Succotash
  • Potato-and-Cauliflower Dal with Spicy Shallots
  • Cider Baked Beans
  • Meatless Moussaka
  • Mushroom and Artichoke Lasagna.

Also provided is useful information about the basics of slow cooking and tips like using whole leaf herbs and spices. Common pantry ingredients are particularly helpful in turning out great-tasting and innovative slow cooker food.

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Lots of good advice for cooks who have never used a slow cooker as well as some specialized advice on going meatless in the slow cooker. (Myrna Collins Appleton Post-Crescent 2005-02-02)

About the Author

Judith Finlayson is a food journalist and author. She began her career writing featured food articles, reviewing restaurants and developing recipes for magazines. This is her third cookbook.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes but too much prep work March 24 2007
This book contains many delicious looking recipes but most are of no use to me. I'm the type of person who just wants to grab the ingredients, toss them in the crockpot, and go out for the day and come home to a nice hot meal. These recipes contain too much preparation work such as pre-cooking some vegetables in a skillet, using a food processor to combine ingredients, and using other pans, such as a loaf pan, to put in the slow cooker, add water, put a folded dish towel on, etc. The Tomato Mushroom Lasagna looked great and I set out to make it. First off I had to go to a green grocer and then 2 grocery stores before I finally found portobello mushrooms - 4 large ones cost $10. In fact by the time I added up all the ingredients I had to buy, including 3 different types of cheese this dish cost me over $30 to make. It was OK, but it wasn't worth $30. Likewise with a lot of recipes in this book. Many recipes include items that people may not necessarily stock in their kitchen. I know I certainly don't keep artichoke hearts, fennel bulbs, Swiss chard, and leeks as normal grocery staples in my house. So the recipes were a little too gourmet and fussy for my liking, but for company meals where it looks like you've spent a long time cooking, the recipes are great. Family dining, on a budget, rushed for time, not so good.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great from-scratch recipes Feb. 4 2008
I love this book. What Tessa didn't like is what I love. To my taste, too many slow cooker recipes begin with a can of this and a can of that. If I wanted to eat canned food, I'd just put it in the microwave.

I don't mind doing the prep the night before, as long as when I get kids and myself home we can eat something good right away before we start snacking. Most of the recipes start with saute onions and celery. You can always dice a pile of onions, celery, carrots and have them in the freezer for use through the week.

All your prepped ingredients go in the crock in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you put the crock in the slowcooker and come home to the best aromas to great the tired and hungry. Kids love the food because they get to eat it when they are really hungry.

This is one of the most used cookbooks on my shelf. I pick out the recipes and shop on the weekend, and will often cook from it 3 times or more in a week.

Change your life. Eat good food. Lots of vegan recipes, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Feb. 19 2012
I'm going through the book recipe at a time, and they are all yummy and simple. Every time I try a new recipe I know how good it will be and good for me too. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a vegetarian. As I write this I am cooking my next one right now. I like the tips that she suggests as well as suggestions on what to serve with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow cooker savior Feb. 12 2009
If you have a vegetarian in your household, this slow cooker recipe book can be a wonderful resource. All the recipes I have tested work just as expected. In fact these recipes are great for non-vegetarians too as they are delicious. Great to be able to prepare dinner the night before, plug in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to an all ready dinner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If it weren't for this book I wouldn't be slow cooking Nov. 9 2005
By M. McTickle - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best vegetarian slow cooker cookbook that I've found, though there really aren't many others. I own two vegetarian slow cooker cookbooks and this is the only one I use. In the year that I've owned this book I've made close to 30 of the recipes. The photos in the book are enticing and the recipes are easy to follow and for the most part have been flavorful and popular with my family. I especially like the spicy recipes like Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup and Red Lentil and Carrot Soup with Coconut. There have been a few duds- Cannelloni with Tomato Eggplant Sauce didn't turn out well from my slow cooker. I have come to really embrace the technique of precooking the vegetables as suggested by Finlayson since this lends much better flavor and texture to the finished dishes. I am back today to purchase a copy for my sister, also a vegetarian and soon to be a regular slow cooker.
136 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for this book! May 22 2006
By Nalini Sundaram - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a vegetarian with two young daughters - and no time to cook. On top of that my kids are allergic to dairy and soy. I had no idea what to cook for our family and how to find the time to cook it until I found this cookbook. Every recipe I have tried so far (and there aren't that many I haven't tried) has been really good. I start the recipe the night before, stick the slow cooker insert in the refrigerator, and then pull it out and get it going in the morning. There aren't that many vegetarian slow cooker cookbooks out there, and the others I've found have been duds, but this one is a keeper!
82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy! Jan. 29 2006
By KHP - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book! I received this book as a gift. In the month that we've had this book, we've made about 10 of the recipes from the book, and truly, all were delicious! We prepare the dishes in the evening, and the next morning we plug in the Crock-pot on our way out. We've had no disappointments with this book so far!
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this book turned me into a slow cooker convert Feb. 5 2006
By L. Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent cookbook, I have made several of the dishes featured, the cook times are spot on the recipes are easy to follow, use ingredients that you are likely to have on hand and, most importantly, everthing I've tried so far has been delicious. The only complaint is that she is a bit heavy handed with the salt. I have had good results omitting or reducing by half the amount of salt called for in the recipes.
72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 Star, since I won't be using this book Feb. 5 2009
By MarieCW - Published on Amazon.com
I obviously purchased this book for recipes to make in my slow cooker. Since just about every recipe requires pre-cooking, I simply won't be using it; it's just more trouble than I'm willing to go through. It's not just browning onions in the slow cooker, but cooking eggplant, peppers, etc. If I were going to go through all that, I don't need to add another step of using the slow cooker. This was just not what I was hoping, or looking, for.
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