I’m starting to feel better! All the juice, tea, and rest really does pay off in the end. I’m still taking it slow for a while. Honestly, I’d like to create a less stressful life so hopefully this is the start of it! Today, I’m answering a few questions you guys asked me on the survey, as well as giving you a Slow Cooker Bean and Oat Chili for 2 recipe that you serve over a sweet potato, cooked in the same slow cooker.
Many of you asked for more recipes for 2 and this one is from my book, Vegan Slow Cooking for 2. So here it is!
Slow Cooker Bean and Oat Chili over Sweet Potato
FOR THE MORNING INGREDIENTS:
- 1 medium sweet potato unpeeled (if organic)
- 2 cups 475 ml water
- 1/2 cup 97 g dry Vaquero or pinto beans
- 1/4 cup 46 g oat groats (Make sure they are clearly marked gluten-free.)
- 1/4 cup 33 g diced carrot
- 1/4 cup 38 g diced bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
FOR THE EVENING INGREDIENTS:
- 1 cup 56 g chopped greens
- 2 tablespoons 32 g tomato paste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Please note this recipe uses a 1½ to 2 quart slow cooker. You can double or triple for a larger slow cooker, but you may need to adjust the liquid up!In the morning:Take the sweet potato and poke holes in it with a fork and set aside. Add all the other morning ingredients to your slow cooker. Place the sweet potato on top of the mixture. It will sink into the chili, which is fine. Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
- About 20 minutes before serving:Remove the sweet potato and set on a plate. Turn the slow cooker to high. Mix the chili and add a bit more water if it’s too dry. Now stir in the greens and tomato paste. Pop the sweet potato back in to keep it hot. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the greens are cooked the way you like them.
- Carefully remove the hot sweet potato with tongs, cut it in half, and put each half in its own bowl. Taste the chili and add salt and pepper to suit your taste. Smother each sweet potato half with chili and serve.
- RECIPE VARIATIONSServe with any of your favorite chili toppings such as vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, hot sauce, etc.
- Instead of waiting 20 minutes for the greens and tomato paste to cook, just stir them in and serve. The greens will still cook a bit from the heat of the stew, and if you cut them smaller, the texture will be pretty much the same.
- This recipe calls for oat groats, but if you don’t have any, feel free to substitute steel-cut oats