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Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker [Paperback]

Kathy Hester , Kate Lewis
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Aug. 1 2013

If you have a small family or are looking for better-portioned vegan meals (that don't force you to eat chili for a week straight!), Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You is the perfect resource for you. Featuring recipes geared specifically for use with a 1.5- to 2-quart slow cooker, you'll find endless meal ideas that you can make with minimal effort and maximum taste. Just prep a few items the night before or morning of, and come home to a hot meal - or even side or dessert - the moment you walk in the door! The little slow cooker is so easy to use that it makes cooking everyday a snap, so you can have a healthy variety of foods at a fraction of the cost of eating out. Inside, you'll find a whole new world of food to fall in love with, from breakfast-y Pumpkin Polenta to comforting White Bean Quinoa Gumbo to luscious Blueberry Lemon Cake. You'll be amazed at what your little slow cooker can do!

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Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker + One-Dish Vegan: More than 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners + The Great Vegan Bean Book: More than 100 Delicious Plant-Based Dishes Packed with the Kindest Protein in Town! - Includes Soy-Free and Gluten-Free Recipes!
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Hester (The Vegan Slow Cooker; The Great Vegan Bean Book) presents a collection of unique small batch recipes, from breakfast to dessert. As in her first slow cookbook, Hester covers staples including stews and unexpected treats such as cookies. The book opens with a brief overview of slow cooking and vegan alternatives for meat and dairy; subsequent recipes introduce both basic ingredients (e.g., nut ricotta, spice blends), as well as hard-to-find items. Dishes such as Cheezy Butternut Squash Macaroni or tamarind tempeh will satisfy a range of palates and diverse dietary needs and preferences. Recipes contain oil, soy, and gluten-free options, and substitutions for many dishes make the most of seasonal vegetables or whatever grains and proteins are on hand. Hester provides a nutritional breakdown of fat, protein, cholesterol, fiber, and calories per serving along with each recipe. The text is accompanied by beautiful photographs, demonstrating that slow-cooked food can be vibrant and colorful. VERDICTVegans, vegetarians, and anyone seeking healthy, appetizing slow cooker recipes in small portions will find this title informative and inspiring. - Library Journal

About the Author

Kathy Hester is the founder of the blogs Healthy Slow Cooking ( and Busy Vegan ( She writes for various online health and cooking websites, including Bright Hub (, Divine Caroline (, Everything Mom (, and The Healthy Hostess ( She lives in Durham, NC with her partner, two cats, and one dog.

Kathy Hester, author of the bestselling cookbook The Vegan Slow Cooker and the upcoming The Great Vegan Bean Book, enjoys spreading the word about how easy it is to make tasty vegan food. She writes, is the vegan blogger for Key Ingredient (, and writes for various publications, including the vegan magazine Chickpea. She also teaches vegan cooking classes. She lives in Durham, NC. Visit her at www.HealthySlowCooking.comKate Lewis is an Ohio-based food, lifestyle and portrait photographer whose work brings her to multicultural, sophisticated and vibrant cities like New York, LA, Montreal and beyond. Kate is also a sought after vegan food stylist and has worked on prominent projects with authors such asChristy Morgan, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Kathy Hester and Terry Hope Romero. With a passport in hand, she is ready to travel to wherever her skills are needed. Also, found in her repertoire are prop styling and art direction, which comes in handy when working with a small crew.You can find out more about Kate's day to day adventures on her blog, which showcases the beauty and artfulness of natural whole foods or watch her ever growing Twitter or Instagram feed develop (@lechousauvage.)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recipes Nov. 19 2013
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I can recommend this book for small families and couples, I sometimes double the amount if I want some left overs! My favorite so far are the dal and eggplant tapenade :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up Aug. 17 2014
By Laura B
Tasty, easy to follow recipes without a lot of hard-to-find ingredients. Small-sized recipes that are great for the single or couple. Happy to add this to my cookbook shelf. See my blog for more info:
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bland Recipes March 5 2014
I LOVE the concept of this book, but I find the recipes to be bland and WAY under-seasoned. I have now tried at least 3 of them and only the 3rd was delicious, because I added about twice as much of each spice called for. I don't like my food to be super spicy or anything, but I need flavour, which is nearly absent in most of these recipes, as far as I'm concerned.

That being said, if you're used to modding recipes, the ideas she has in her book are a great base or starting point to a very delicious meal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book vs the cook Jan. 24 2014
By Matthew J MacKay TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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As a vegan, I really wanted a book that I could use with a slow cooker. Most slow cooker cookbooks base their fare on packaged or processed bases. (The America Test Kitchen cookbook was bad for this).

These are all simple, totally healthy vegan recipes. I have had to adjust cooking times based on my own slow cooker, but that is to be expected.

And they are small recipes. No more eating the same food all week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of healthy, whole-foods recipes! Aug. 5 2013
By Leanne - Published on
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I love using my slow cookers (I own four in various sizes!) during busy weeks so I can have a hot meal waiting when I get home from work. I already own The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour and I really like it, but the recipes in that make a LOT of food, and, since it's just my husband and me, we sometimes get sick of having so many leftovers, especially if they don't freeze well. I was excited to get this new cookbook by Kathy Hester since I love that it focuses on smaller portion sizes that are perfect for just one or two people!

The recipes are designed for using a 1.5-quart or liter crockpot, so they're perfectly proportioned for smaller households.

The book is organized as follows:

* Chapter 1 provides a nice overview about how to use your slow cooker effectively

* Chapter 2 focuses on making what Hester calls "pantry staples" -- things like tofu sour cream and nut ricotta that you might want to have on hand for other recipes

* Chapter 3 focuses on breakfast

* Chapter 4 focuses on dips that can be eaten as appetizers or a main meal

* Chapter 5 focuses on soups

* Chapter 6 focuses on stews, curries, and chilis

* Chapter 7 focuses on sandwich and taco fillings

* Chapter 8 focuses on one-pot risottos, pastas, and pasta sauces

* Chapter 9 focuses on full-meal dishes

* Chapter 10 focuses on drinks, syrups, and desserts

There is also a list of recommended shops to order your spices from.

For any recipes that are soy-, gluten-, and/or oil-free, there is a designation at the top of each recipe page. It seems like quite a few are all three.

What I also really like about this book is that hardly any of the recipes call for pre-cooking ingredients. When I use my slow cooker, I'm all about saving time, and I love that you can make most of these recipes by just tossing the ingredients into the pot. Hester does recommend that you pre-cook your onions, but, conveniently enough, she provides a recipe for how to cook them in your slow cooker, and then freeze them so you have them on hand when you need them.

The directions don't involve a lot of steps, which is nice, too.

Chapter 1 also gives some really useful pointers about meal planning on a smaller scale, and here Hester talks about how you should plan out your recipes so that you use up all your ingredients. For instance, if one recipe calls for using just half a can of beans, she encourages you to find a second recipe to make that week that will use up the second half.

As I mentioned in my review title, I also really like how this book uses whole foods, with only a few processed ingredients.

Last night, I made the Pumpkin Caramel Breakfast Barley, and it turned out great! Tonight I'm making the White Bean Quinoa Gumbo. I snuck a taste of it earlier, and it looks to be another winner.

Also, if you need a small slow cooker recommendation, this one is great: Proctor-Silex 33112Y 1-1/2-Quart Portable Oval Slow Cooker. I also just got this Crock-Pot SCCPMD1-BL Hook Up Double Oval Connectable Entertaining System, 1-Quart, Metallic Blue and think it will be perfect to get two recipes going at the same time.

As I use this book more, I'll be sure to update my review. For now, I can already tell that I'm going to get a lot of use out of this -- and my hubby won't have to suffer through endless leftovers! :-)

Happy cooking!
64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Creative, Delicious!!! Aug. 21 2013
By JoyfulVeg - Published on
I was a tester for this cookbook and have made about 40 recipes from it already. This cookbook is amazing for working people who live alone or in families of 2-3...never before have I seen a cookbook focused solely on a small slow cooker! This is my favorite of Kathy Hester's cookbooks, and that's saying a lot because I LOVE her recipes!

Most of these recipes come together in 7-9 hours, with options for leaving the food in for 10+ hours for those who have a longer work commute. It's dreamy to come home to a ready-made dinner, and have just 1-2 more servings of leftovers. With larger slow cookers, I better enjoy the recipe because it will be my lunch ALL WEEK...this is so much better. There are other recipes that take just 1.5 hours or so, including delicious desserts, hot chocolates, and a wonderful recipe of tofu and green beans in a black bean sauce. How lovely to start dessert in your slow cooker, and have it ready by the time dinner is complete!

As usual, Kathy Hester makes sure the majority of her recipes are gluten-free, oil-free, and soy-free for those with special diets or sensitivities. Many other recipes can be made this way, as well. She regularly uses testers who try her recipes without the above ingredients, so that they are truly allergy-friendly! The cookbook serves to familiarize one with the small slow cooker, and since I test a number of recipes I feel like I've taken a cooking class each time I work through her cookbooks. I feel like an expert at the little slow cooker, and absolutely love it!

Hester includes a chapter on layered meals, full balanced one-dish meals like "Thanksgiving Dinner", a portobello and baked potato dinner, and one of my favorite recipes: tempeh layered with apples, cabbage, onions, and caraway seeds. Yum! Hardly any clean-up, and perfect size for a couple.

Are you a vegan sick of commercially prepared creamers, many of which have oil? Hester includes two delicious coffee creamer recipes, both of which are wonderful. One is Blueberry Coconut, the other Vanilla Hazelnut, and both offer a template from which to branch out and invent your own favorite flavors. Much better than the stuff you get at the store, in my opinion!

Her "basics" chapter includes instructions on cooking beans (cheaper, chemical-free, and tastier,) a delicious "seitan coin" recipe, and some other sausage and crumble substitutes. Her breakfast chapter includes the following recipes I've tried and enjoy: Chocolate Pumpkin Brownie Breakfast Quinoa, barley with Pumpkin Caramel sauce, Pumpkin Polenta (a savory breakfast that also makes a great dinner,) Tofu Root Veggie Hash, and an Indian spiced Carrot Oatmeal. Creative, easy, and delish! She also has crockpot french toast and bananas foster options...deluxe brunch! In the appetizer section, I particularly enjoyed the Eggplant Tapenade and Curried Bean Dip. Soups include two yummy options for tomato soup (one creamy, one veggie), an incredible easy Creamy Celery Root Soup for those who wish to try or already enjoy celeriac, Moroccan Lentil veggie soup, White Bean Barley soup, Autumn Harvest veggie soup, and others. The stews chapter was my absolute favorite. I enjoyed the Pear Chickpea Fall Stew, New Orleans Red Beans and Rice, Wacky Cincinnati Chili, Dal, Three Sisters Stew, etc. The Lentil Quinoa Taco Filling, in the sandwich filling section, is perfect for those with soy allergies, as the texture mimics crumbles while being 100% natural whole food. The Caulifredo sauce is oil-free, rich, and delicious. Barley Risotto is unique and tasty. She includes 2 recipes for 45-60 min. cookies, a delicious apple crumble with chai spices, an amazing Apple Chocolate Chip Nut Bread Pudding, a healthy Carrot Cake Rice Pudding, and a super-rich decadent lovely Coconut Hot Chocolate. These are the recipes I've tried, with many more I plan to try in the future. This will be my favorite go-to cookbook, as it makes the perfect amount of food for 1-2 people with enough for a bit of leftovers.

Kathy Hester is an expert at making healthy food delicious, easy, and creative. Healthy vegan made easy and gourmet! I highly, highly recommend this cookbook and would give it 10 stars if I could!!!
56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved trying out these recipes Aug. 6 2013
By E. Faith Hood - Published on
First off, there isn't many slow-cooker books that focus on the 1.5 quart slow cooker. So I am usually stuck trying to do the math from a regular slow cooker recipe. These small cookers also cook different, so doing the math and cutting a recipe in half does not always work.

I cook weekly in my slow cooker, sometimes twice a week. I love not having so many leftovers. I eat generous portions and did not run short on any of the recipes I tried from the book.

This cookbook does not have the same old boring type recipes. Some of my favorites - Ethiopian Tempah Veggie Meal (a layered complete meal in the pot), All in one Thanksgiving (again why dirty another pot?), Indian mashed veggies sandwich or Pav Bhaji, and the Potato, Greens and soy curls (or chickpea) curry. I am looking forward to trying more!

A bonus for those watching their weight - Portion, calories, fat, fiber and protein are listed for each recipe. Thank you for that Kathy.

I have a feeling this book will be used a lot as is Kathy's other Vegan crock pot book. So nice to have some comfort food ready when I get home from work, especially in winter.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The right book at the right time Sept. 14 2013
By Alisha L KirchofF - Published on
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I am compelled to add my voice to the chorus of praise for this book. There are three key elements that make it particularly useful for me and my family of 2 at this time:

1.) It is a vegan/plant based book with lots of variety.
2.) It contains recipes for a smaller group/family or single person
3.) The book is very user-friendly and cook times are perfect for overnight/work day meal planning

1.) My husband and I have been following the Happy Herbivore (The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes) recipes/meal plans for the past year and a half or so. While those recipes are generally easy, fast and delicious, there is something to be said for having the option of preparing meals in a slow cooker that I can consume almost immediately when I get home from work after a long, exhausting day. We have grown accustomed to Lindsay Nixon's low- and no-oil recipes, so I was very pleased to find a book for slow-cooking plant-based food that offered low/no oil options and generally does not use very much added fats as such anyway. This has helped us maintain our plant-based lifestyle in a healthy way with more options. I should add that we are also CSA users and I appreciate the versatility of the recipes and indeed the encouragement of the author to use seasonal produce in place of the listed ingredients, where appropriate. It helps us use our CSA, keep our dietary choices in check, and allows for variety from week to week and day to day.

2.) I do not like eating leftovers for more than once or twice after the original meal. These portions are perfect for my husband and I to enjoy dinner and then each have leftovers for lunch the following day. I love that even doubling a recipe we particularly like does not make an overwhelming amount of food.

3.) Because we already have a plant-based diet and usually have lots of produce in the house, I haven't had to buy anything special at all, or that I wouldn't already buy in order to make recipes. If you have a relatively well-stocked kitchen with whole food ingredients, then it is very easy to make most items in the book. Also, I have found it very easy to pre-cut and assemble all of the ingredients the night before, then pour everything together in the morning and come home to a perfectly prepared meal. Everything is fairly simple and most things I have on-hand, so I have been able to make home-cooked meals at times when I may have otherwise relied on takeout or convenience food.

I have used a few other vegan slow-cooker books in the past and this one stands heads above all of them. This book is absolutely worth the investment!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a blessing Aug. 13 2013
By Marion H Green - Published on
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The shipping was so FAST on this, and my dh brought the mail in, opened, and I caught him 5 different times thumbing thru the book on the first evening. The Cincinnati Chili is what grabbed him the hardest- because we loved it before we became vegan. I have a small crock pot but have used it seldom.. but could not delete it from the kitchen.

Myself- today I sat down and went thru the book. And I am delighted! The Easy DIY Staples- is a true gift. I can make my own bouillon powder and stock with awesome ideas on how to freeze the stock to use- ditto for sautéed onions!! So many recipes have substitutions and just about every recipe has a Variations section- and the hints are great too. Did I mention the photos?? Beautifully illustrated. I have the feeling this book will become well used and much loved.

For me- yes it makes sense to make big batches of some things but this book will give me the flexibility of trying a recipe for the two of us and if we love it then make it bigger- I can now play with "us" size portions to start. Very smart for someone just starting on the no oil no dairy path.

And most important!!! Deserts!!! which my dh has been missing- Oh my little pony- I can make these "just us size"- quickly in about an hour... guaranteed to have him in the "sit up and beg" position after dinner from the joy of just smelling the soon to be desert- but just enough for us to enjoy and NOT have leftovers... again with many variations to try... and tonight it will be Blueberry Lemon Cake!!

Thank you Kathy Hester- I know we are going to love your book!! I am glad I ordered it and didn't just think about it!!
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