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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 – August 1, 2013
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About the Author
Kathy Hester is the founder of the blog Healthy Slow Cooking (http://www.healthyslowcooking.com) and author of The Vegan Slow Cooker, Vegan Slow Cooking for One or Two, Oatrageous Oatmeals, The Great Vegan Bean Book, The Easy Vegan Cookbook, and The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot. She writes for various online health and cooking websites, including Bright Hub (http://www.brighthub.com), Divine Caroline (http://www.divinecaroline.com), Everything Mom (http://www.everythingmom.com), and The Healthy Hostess (http://www.thehealthyhostess.com). She lives in Durham, NC with her partner, two cats, and one dog.
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Top customer reviews
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! :-)
I give this book only four stars, because I didn't like the formatting of the Kindle version. One recipe per page or one recipe on a two-page spread works well. These recipes are all over the place, and it just makes them hard to follow on the Kindle ap on my iPad. I also dislike the font and the overall look of it. A cookbook should be especially appearling visually, and I thought this book wasn't. I end up typing out the recipes I want to use into the MealBoard ap or into Evernote to make them easier to follow. I wish I could just use them from the book more easily.
Overall, this is a great cookbook. I can't wait to try more of the recipes, especially: Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito, White Bean Barley Soup, Italian Seitan and Pepper Soup, & Italian Seitan Coins with Mashed Cauliflower and Gravy.
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.
I've made the mac and cheese, salt and pepper portobello with baked potatos and veggies, and the sloppy joes. I am really excited about the tofu and grape stew, korma curry and this banana breakfest thing. The oatmeal recipe is overdone (but all slow cooker oat recipes are lame in my opinion because it really only takes an hour or two and they all say 6-10 hours).
These recipes require a tad more work than other slow cooker recipes, but those recipes tend to have a lot of processed ingredients and are not nearly as yummy. This book uses real ingredients like garlic onions carrots millet and taste great. I have been prepping everything at night (takes about 20 minutes) and dumping it in the crock pot in the morning with a timer to start cooking 7 hours before I get home. Then there usually a final step ar the end of cookin like adding chopped clgreens of dried pasta the last thirty minutes or so.
I love this book. I haven't gotten any take out all week and have a ron of stff book marked for later.