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25 Vegan and Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes To Try

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Looking for vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes to nourish you this autumn and winter?  I’ve got 25 delicious recipes right here for you to try!

Of all the appliances in my kitchen, it’s my slow cooker* that I love the most.  We use it at least three days a week, and there’s nothing quite like that smug feeling of sitting at work at 10 am knowing that dinner is all taken care of. 

We were on the fence about buying a slow cooker for ages because we wondered just how much use we would get out of it.  Apparently, the average UK household has £415 worth of unused cooking gadgets and utensils in their kitchen.  I didn’t want my slow cooker to add to this!  

What made me so wary about purchasing a slow cooker was that the majority of slow cooker recipes I came across were been meat-based.  So, I spent some time doing a little research for vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes and I feel like I hit the jackpot.  I found so many great-looking vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes that I thought it would be useful to share them all here with you, in case you have a slow cooker or are considering buying one.

Here are 25 vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes that will nourish you and keep you going all autumn and winter! I plan on trying each and every one of them!

Autumn, Food & Drink, Winter

Organic Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe | AD

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This sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe is paid-for content.

Today I’m sharing my favourite sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe.  Not only is it organic, but it’s vegan and vegetarian friendly too.

As a vegetarian, I always find Christmas a difficult time food-wise.  When I think of traditional Christmas foods I inevitably think of things like turkey, goose, pigs in blankets, potatoes roast in goose fat.  And if you are vegan then it’s not any easier. Traditional vegetaria festive treats include brandy butter, cheese boards, and other such dairy treats.

When I try to think of traditional vegetarian and vegan Christmas foods my mind goes blank apart from Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and nut roast. Which I appreciate are not up everyone’s street.

What I always say is that if you are having a vegetarian or vegan Christmas too, then the number one rule for happiness is to rip up the rule book!

You don’t have to have nut roast because someone in the seventies decided that’s what vegetarians and vegans should eat (I’ve never had a nice one).  Just because Brussels sprouts are the done thing at Christmas doesn’t mean your whole meal has to revolve around them.

Feed Your Happy This Christmas

Cook what makes you and your family happy.  It doesn’t matter if it’s particularly Christmassy. This is because whatever you make, you can make it a family tradition that your family associates with Christmas year on year.

Which brings me to the question – what food makes my family happy?  And that, my friend, is a very good question.  My partner and I have been vegetarian for 11 years. Since then our Christmas main meal has mostly revolved around Quorn Roast. We first started eating out of convenience and which then grew into tradition.  The trouble is it isn’t dairy-free, which poses a problem as my youngest daughter was just this year diagnosed with a dairy intolerance. This means our beloved Quorn Roast is out this year.

sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe

I’m still not 100% certain what we will cook for the main course. However, I have at least settled on the starter.  As it’s our first Christmas going down a vegan route I am steering completely away from tradition. Instead, I will be serving up this organic sweet potato, chili, and coconut soup. 

It’s tasty, comforting, vegetarian, vegan, and slightly spicy (everyone in my family, especially my kids, loves spice). What’s more, it is quick and easy to make.  Basically, it makes each and every one of us happy – and that’s what Christmas is all about!

Organic food makes us especially happy. This is because the journey from field to fork is less damaging to the environment and to the growers and pickers.  It’s also a healthier choice all round. This is why I’ve partnered with the Feed Your Happy campaign, a campaign run by the Organic Trade Board, in order to raise awareness of the joy of organic food, to share this delicious organic recipe.

Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe

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Vegan Organic Sweet Potato, Chili & Coconut Soup Recipe

Make this delicious vegan and vegetarian friendly organic sweet potato, chili, and coconut soup with easy recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 600 g organic sweet potatoes peeled & sliced into thin coins
  • 1/4 organic red chili de-seeded & finely diced
  • 1 finely chopped organic red onion
  • 1 3 cm x 3cm nub of organic ginger finely diced
  • 2 cloves organic garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 ml can of organic coconut milk
  • 600 ml of organic vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a medium sized soup pot and heat gently.
  2. Once heated add the onion, and cook over a medium heat until translucent.
  3. Once the onions are translucent, add the chili, ginger and garlic to the pot, and heat for two minutes.
  4. Then add the sweet potato, the vegetable stock and paprika.
  5. Bring to the boil and then let the soup gently simmer for 15 minutes or so until the sweet potato has completely softened.
  6. Now add the coconut milk.  Don’t worry if some of it has solidified in the can – this will soon melt in the soup.
  7. Heat for a further 2 minutes, then remove from the pot from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Using a hand blender, blitz the soup until smooth, and then season to your taste.
  9. For an added festive touch, toast some of your favourite organic bread and use a star cookie cutter to cut out some star shaped croutons!

Enjoy!

And if you are looking for one central place to find organic Christmas ingredients or gifts for the family, then why not pop over to the Soil Association’s Christmas Marketplace?

ps: I have more vegetarian and vegan Christmas dinner ideas right this way!

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