If you are looking for some quick, easy Crockpot recipes to make your busy life easier, Robin Robertson's new cookbook, Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, is just what you need.
Robin Robertson offers easy slow cooker recipes for cooking almost anything in a Crockpot from vegan soups, to hearty Crockpot dinners, to Crockpot desserts.
If you are new to Crockpot cooking be sure to check out the first chapter, 'Slow Cooker Basics.' If you are already familiar with slow cooking, head straight for the recipes.
My favorite thing about Crockpot cooking is the ability to prep your meal hours ahead of time and then come back later to a delicious, home-cooked meal.
When so many experts say that the key to healthy eating is home cooking, and when so many of us are so busy, a cookbook full of quick, easy Crockpot recipes is invaluable.
I have always associated Crockpot cooking with making soup, so first I headed to the slowcooker soup section and made Cuban Black Bean Soup. This vegan black bean soup is nourishing and simple. Make sure you add the recommended garnish of avocado, tomato, and cilantro to give it an extra kick.
Next I made the Mom-Style Vegan Meat Loaf. This delicious un-meat loaf recipe had a lot of ingredients and took much longer than a traditional meat loaf to prepare.
On the other hand, I could ignore it for hours while it cooked in the crockpot. AND my tasters were very enthusiastic about this recipe!
So, if you are a vegan who occasionally feels nostalgic for meat loaf, this recipe is for you. For fun you can try substituting some of your favorite root veggies in place of the carrots and potatoes that are cooked along side the loaf.
Finally I tried the French Toast Bread Pudding. This easy bread pudding really was a quick, easy Crockpot recipe and was loved by all who tried it.
I have always been on the fence about whether I liked bread pudding or not, but this is the best bread pudding recipe I've ever tried and I would definitely make this again.
I am planning to try the Slow-Cooked Vegan Sausage Links, and maybe the Lasagna Primavera. I will definitely spend more time exploring the soup section, especially the Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup, Mulligatawny Soup, and Slow-Cooker Pho.
I'll pass on other recipes like Puttanesca Pizza. It would be fun to try, but with pizza dough so easy to make ahead and pizza stones giving the crust such a great texture, it seems silly to make pizza in a Crockpot. If I'm really worried about turning on my oven to make pizza on a hot day, I will just make something else or call for delivery.
My only quibble with this cookbook is that I thought the first chapter on Slowcooker Basics was somewhat disorganized and repetitive. But there's plenty of valuable information to make it worth reading for slow cooker beginners.
I liked Fresh From The Vegan Slow Cooker, and highly recommend it for slow-cooker enthusiasts - beginners or experts.
Sarah Kingsbury, Savvy VegetarianRead Robin's Guest Post: Advantages Of A Slow Cooker