Acquiring a crock pot has been on my mind for several months now. I hesitated to bite the bullet as all of the crock pot meals of my youth were meat-based and I wasn't sure what kind of use my crock pot might see in a vegetarian household. Fortunately crock pot cooking has come a long way from pot roasts, and when a friend who was relocating offered hers for free, I decided to dive in.
I spent a few nights perusing vegetarian crock pot recipes online, then did what I typically do: find a recipe I mostly liked and adapted it to suit me. This Indian Curry dish was our inaugural crock pot feast, although I subbed the chicken for whatever veggies I had on hand, green beans, peas, carrots, onions, and corn. This was a winner and will definitely become part of our recipe repertoire.
I also tried to find a Chili Pie recipe, although I basically used our standard veggie chili topped with the cornbread batter. I used some chili tickler cheddar in the cornbread, and it was deliciously spicy. Paul and I loved it, and Finn really enjoyed it, despite the "hot" he kept mentioning.
I was a bit nervous about the cornbread topping setting in the middle, but it came through just before serving.
Tonight's broccoli and cheddar over brown rice turned out pretty well too. I used the amount of water that I normally use for rice, and it was clearly too much so it was a bit soupy. Maybe the broccoli contributed to the extra water?
Everyone enjoyed it though so I'll definitely try again with a little bit longer time and little bit less water. I didn't have a recipe for this one either, just threw some brown rice, sauteed onion, minced garlic, salt and a little bit of veggie broth into some water then layered broccoli and cheddar on top.
We've only had one true flop in the crock pot thus far. I tried a spinach lasagne last week that was a bust. Mushy noodles and crispy cheese, although the boys like that; it definitely needed less time in the crock pot. I'll try again at some point though and see if I can find a lasagne that works.
Do you have any good vegetarian (or easily adaptable) crock pot favorites? I'd love to find some good recipes to continue my exploration!