Looking for vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes to nourish you this autumn and winter? I’ve got 25 right here for you!
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!
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’re vegan it’s not any easier as traditional 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.
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.
Cook what makes you and your family happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s particularly Christmassy because you can make it a family tradition that your family associate 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, and our Christmas main meal has mostly revolved around Quorn Roast, which 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 so our beloved Quorn Roast is out this year.
I’m still not 100% certain what we will cook for the main course, but 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 and will be serving up this organic sweet potato, chili and coconut soup. It’s tasty, comforting, vegetarian, vegan, slightly spicy (everyone in my family, especially my kids, loves spice), and 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 as the journey from field to fork is less damaging to the environment and to the growers and pickers. It’s a healthier choice all round, and it’s why I’ve partnered with the Feed Your Happy campaign, a campaign ran by the Organic Trade Board, in order to raise awareness of the joy of organic food.
I'm Wendy and welcome to Moral Fibres, a UK based eco blog. I'm a sustainability expert, and my aim is to make sustainability simple, by researching and writing on all things environmental - from product guides to breaking down big ideas - so you don't have to.
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