Happy Vegan Halloween! (And Slow Cooker Black-eyed Peas)

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Saturday we had our annual Gothic dinner party and I have to say it was our best one yet! Everyone brought super yummy treats that they made themselves, and of course Cheryl transformed the house into an amazingly spooky haunted house. I took today off work, but I’m trying to decide if I should be […]

Vegan Red Beans and Rice for 2

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You’ve probably noticed that I’m trying to come up with more savory recipes for the 1 1/2 to 2 quart slow cookers. I live in a two person household with a slew of wonderful (and demanding) companion animals. I know I’m not the only one without a large family. By making a smaller amount for […]

Vegan Sin-cinnati Chili for Your Halloween Dinner

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Since I taunted you with Halloween yesterday I thought I’d give you something to make for your Halloween dinner party. Cincinnati chili is similar to a regular meaty chili except it has unusual spices that you see more in pumpkin pie than an all-American stew. Traditionally it’s a meat chili that has kidney beans as an optional topping […]

Vegan ‘Meaty’ Chili You Make From Scratch, but Is as Easy as Opening a Can!

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It’s getting close to my favorite holiday, Halloween. This weekend we started decorating the house for our annual Gothic dinner party. We have over 8 big plastic bins chock full of goodies, so it takes days to get everything in place. So far we are about 1/2 way there. Of course, once the house is […]

Beyond Easy Not-Refried Beans

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Now that I’ve at gotten you to at least start thinking about getting a 1 1/2 to 2 quart slow cooker – here’s another recipe for it. This time it’s a savory staple that can make any meal easy – refried beans, except my beans play no part in the frying game. They’re completely oil-free, […]

Beyond Easy Slow Cooker Beans – 1 1/2 Quart Version

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Making beans in the slow cooker is super simple. I usually go ahead and make a pound of dried beans and freeze the extra for recipes later in the month. But sometimes I don’t want to fool with all that. All I really want is about 2 1/2 to 3 cups cooked beans for what […]

Solstice Bean Stew (Dark Days Week 4)

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I brought these beans to a Festivus party this year and they were actually well received. I thought beans and kale might not go over so well on the meaty buffet. Luckily I was wrong. No one knows there is pumpkin in this because the pumpkin actually breaks down into the sauce! This is also my dark […]

Slow Cooker Italian October Beans (Dark Days)

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In the Dark Days Challenge we get to decide what we will use outside of local ingredients. I haven’t defined a list, but expect to use more non-local simply because I’m eating vegan this winter. This would include nutritional yeast, non-dairy milks, tofu, tempeh, and gluten flour that I use to make wheat meat with. Mostly I want […]

Beyond Easy Slow Cooker ‘Down Home’ Beans

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These are some beans I made for a southern food party. Someone else made cornbread and together you have a traditional southern dish. The type of beans change state to state or what you have in your pantry, but they all are delicious. If you have extras freeze them for another time. If you don’t have […]

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chard Dal

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I’m back! The good news is that I wasn’t writing here because I had so many writing gigs. I’m ready to get back to writing my own stuff and cooking in my slow cooker too. Thank all of you for your support and visiting the site while I was away! Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chard Dal […]