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Slow Cooker Potato Curry Chili

It’s that time again, where about once a year I get a weird sinus infection that eliminates clear-headedness (ha!) and a good night’s sleep. I guess it’s a good thing that I promised you guys a soup recipe in my last post, right? ;) I’ve been tossing around this idea for a day or two, for the Curry Chili I mean, and I’m so glad that I decided to do it! Originally I just wanted to do something Curry-ish, then I found out that yesterday was National Chili Day and I couldn’t resist fusing them together.

The result is a savory, spicy, comforting slow cooker stew of sorts; with potatoes, different beans, lots of onion and some garlic (to battle the sickness), bold curry flavor combined with chili powder and some citrus to round it out. I actually read in Fine Cooking magazine that one of the key components to the perfect chili was making sure that you add an acidic note, in this case I used lime juice which went perfectly with the curry flavors!

With all of this water raining down from the sky, there’s nothing more that I want to do than curl up with a big bowl of this, some hot tea and a blanket.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the bowl that I used! So, this story is kind of random, but just follow me here. One of my mom’s quilting friend’s mother unfortunately passed away a few months ago and she had to go out to Palm Springs to clean out her house. She had no intention of keeping anything from there, so my mom asked her if she would bring some bowls back for me to maybe check out. Well, apparently the communication didn’t happen fast enough because her friend ending up tossing everything in a dumpster (WHAT?!), breaking a lot of dishes in the process.

Then, some man went through the dumpster and left some of the dishes out next to it that he didn’t want. So, my mom’s friend brought the remaining dishes back; a cup & saucer (pictured below) and three vintage Whole Wheat pattern pieces that I took a liking to. Basically, I’m really glad that I could give these few dishes a great home and I also wanted to say that if you are ever in her position DONATE that shizz! I am not trying to judge, but I couldn’t believe that she just tossed them out; so yes, definitely donate old belongings to thrift stores, etc.

Now, find a special bowl and fill it up with this delectable and easy Curry Chili! :)

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Cheezy Butternut Squash Macaroni + A Giveaway!

I am fortunate enough to have a copy of Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You, in my possession, and I have to say that I’m really excited about this cookbook! I almost never use my slow cooker because the recipes that come out of it are massive, and like she mentions in her book, I don’t feel like eating chili for a week straight. Luckily, this brief review and giveaway ties right in with the Born to Mac MoFo festivities, because of this tasty recipe for Cheezy Butternut Squash Macaroni!

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You

This recipe is a little different from most that you’ve seen this month, because it has some comforting Fall herbs and a delicious dose of garlic. Not only that, this pasta is super easy to make, much like a lot of recipes in this cookbook. There are a set of ingredients that you put in at the beginning of the day, and a couple more before serving, and you’re set! The smell of garlic, rosemary and thyme had my whole family salivating.

Another recipe that I tried from this book was the Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque. I’m a total sucker for Tomato Bisque, in general, but you throw in the ease of using a slow cooker and some basil? I’m all yours. Of course, I kind of messed this up by forgetting that I was cooking it, so I REALLY slow cooked the tomatoes. But, you know what? It tasted great anyway. Success!

Other recipes in this book that I want to try out are the Chocolate Pumpkin Brownie Breakfast Quinoa (WHAT?!), the Lavender Rose Valentine Cocoa, the White Bean Quinoa Gumbo and so many more. The photos are by my friend and extremely talented photographer, Kate Lewis, and they are absolutely drool-worthy.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Stew

It’s been a cold and dreary day here in Southern California, which matched my mood because I’m becoming sick. Ack! Damn sinuses, anyway, it is the perfect kind of day for a hearty soup to warm you up. I love slow cooker stews and soups because of the aroma they bring to your home as the flavors warm and meld together throughout the day. The scents almost tease you, leaving you wanting the soup to be done sooner; alas, you have to wait another three hours.

Winter has some of the most delicious vegetables to offer, among them are a few of my favorites for dishes like these. You can’t go wrong with carrots (my sister would disagree!), beautifully dark leaves of dinosaur kale, and although the celery root is one ugly edible, it’s taste brings a lot to soups and vegetable roasts. The mushrooms bring an earthy flavor while balancing with the sweetness of the tomato, there’s a lot of components to this stew and that’s what makes it delicious.

For this recipe, you will need a fairly large crock pot; mine is roughly 4 quarts. I like my soups chunky, so most of the veggies are chopped, if you’d like a finer texture, dice them.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Leeks, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Carrot, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery Root, Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cup Celery, Sliced
  • 1 1/3 Cup Button Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 1/2 Cup Kale (I used Black/Dinosaur Kale), De-stemmed and chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Cup Dried Red Lentils
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 5 oz. Tomato Paste
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth, I use Rapunzel No Salt Added
  • 3 Cups Water

Directions:

  1. Put everything but the tomato paste, vegetable broth and water into a large bowl and stir until it is mixed well. I find that this helps to keep the ingredients more integrated, as mushrooms and leeks tend to float in the crock pot.
  2. Place the contents of the bowl into the crock pot. Stir the tomato paste into the vegetable broth so that it is not chunky, then pour the broth and water into the crock pot.
  3. Turn the crock pot to high heat for 6-8 hours (depending on the crock pot), check the hardness of the lentils and carrots to see of the stew is done cooking.

I definitely need to make these more often, it’s such an easy way to make dinner! Maybe, I’ll look into doing a casserole type of thing next. Do you have any great recipes for a slow cooker/crock pot? Let me know! :)

 

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