Kathy’s Slow-Cooker Hot and Sour Soup

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Slow Cooker Hot and Sour Soup

My poor slow cooker has spent most of its life gathering dust on a shelf, but lately it is getting a workout thanks to Kathy Hester’s new book, The Vegan Slow Cooker. With easy recipes, a clean layout, and lovely photos, it’s enticed even a last-minute cook like me to think ahead a little and get my crock pot going in the morning so that when dinnertime comes the meal is already done. Fortunately, Kathy’s publisher sent me two copies of her book, so I have one to share with a lucky reader–maybe you! [Update: A winner has been drawn. Thank you to all who entered. See the end of the post for details.]

When you open The Vegan Slow Cooker, the first thing you’ll notice is the layout: each recipe has its own page (no turning back and forth between ingredients and instructions) with ingredients on the left and instructions on the right. Kathy breaks the instructions down into two parts, what to do the night before and what to do in the morning, so that the recipes come together quickly in the morning when you’re likely to have less time. And if you’re a visual person, you’ll be happy to know that there are large, professionally shot photos of about 40 of the 150 recipes. Most recipes are easy and call for ingredients that are not hard to find in supermarkets.

Many of the recipes do use seitan and soy, but Kathy offers substitutes and includes recipes for making your own seitan (“Chick’n” and “Beefy”) as well as a gluten-free apple sage sausage, homemade ketchup, and low-sodium “chickeny” bouillon. Soy-free and gluten-free recipes are marked with symbols, and asterisks indicate substitutes for soy and gluten. Though many of the recipes contain a little olive oil or vegan margarine, there are several recipes that are fat-free as written, including Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto, Caribbean Mango Black Beans, and Chile-Chocolate Black Bean Brownies (includes walnuts). Most of the oil that is used is easily removed by sauteing with water or broth, though the recipes that include vegan cheese may be a little harder to adapt for low-fat dieters.

You can get a taste of Kathy’s recipes for yourself at her blog, Healthy Slow Cooking. She has also contributed several to the main Fatfree Vegan Recipes site, where they’ve become some of the most popular recipes. You can see them all on this page.

Page from The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

I had a hard time deciding which recipe to test from the book–both the Pumpkin Lasagna and the Caribbean Mango Black Beans had me intrigued–but the decision was taken out of my hands when my husband saw the Hot and Sour Soup recipe. It’s a soup he’s been craving ever since he became vegetarian, and I just haven’t found a recipe he really likes. Kathy’s version, however, was a huge success. Though it wasn’t exactly what he remembered, it was so flavorful due to the long-cooking of the mushrooms in garlic and ginger-flavored broth–we both loved it. Though the recipe says that it makes 4 servings, they are very big servings, and since we were eating it as part of a meal that included stir-fried vegetables and rice, we actually enjoyed leftovers for two more meals. I didn’t think the 1 teaspoon of chile sauce (I used Sambal Oelek) would be very spicy, but it turned out too hot for E, so spicy-haters beware and use a little less. With the chile sauce on the side, this soup will be a regular in our house.

Now, I promised you a chance at a free book: Just leave a comment below before noon Central time on Thursday telling either (1) your favorite slow-cooker recipe or (2) why you’d like a copy of the book, and I’ll pick one lucky winner at random. Be sure to include your correct email address (no one but me can see it and I won’t spam you!) I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook page at noon on Thursday, October 6, or you can check back here for an update.

Update: The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment trying to win my one copy of the book. I wish I had 475 of them to give out! The winner is number 104, Gloria, who said she needs more family-friendly recipes.Congratulations, Gloria!

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1 Carry October 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

Wow! Now this is the first version of hot and sour soup I’ve seen that I’d actually make. Sounds delish! If all of the recipes are as good as this one, I’d love a copy of the book.

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2 Sarah C October 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

My favorite use of the slow-cooker is chili. Dump ingredients and dry beans in before I leave for the day, spicy and rich chili for dinner! YUM. I love my slow-cooker but haven’t used it all summer, so now that Fall is on the way (still hot here in TX, but less so!) it’s time to break it out again. I’d LOVE to get my hands on a whole cookbook of vegan slow-cooker recipes!

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3 Jem October 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thank you for providing yet another delicious recipe to try!

I would like to enter for the opportunity to win a copy of Kathy Hester’s “The Vegan Slow Cooker” because I have just recently made the lifestyle change from vegetarianism to vegan and a slow cooker is one of the key cooking appliances I have missing from my kitchen!

Thank you for the opportunity and for a great blog!

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4 Ally October 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

That looks delicious.

I’d love to win a copy of that book. This fall I went back to school full-time and with a 1 year old and a husband on evening shift, new slow-cooker recipes are exactly what our house needs. If I don’t win, this will be going on my wish list!

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5 Matt October 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

Like you, I’ve had a slow cooker sitting in the cupboard for some time – would love this book for inspiration to use it! Thanks for the recipe!

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6 Kate October 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

I would love to win this cookbook. I often work late and don’t have time to make an elaborate dinner. It would be great to make it in the morning and have it ready to go.

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7 Karen Bell October 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

I would love a copy of the book since I’m trying to go vegan but am pressed for time. Slow Cookers are great for making sure that I actually cook and being able to cook vegan is a bonus.

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8 Kim October 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

I would love to win a copy of the book to help motivate me to finally put our slow-cooker to use. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway! I’m such a fan of your blog!

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9 Amy October 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

I would love this book!!! I have yet to make anything in the crockpot since becoming vegan, and it would be great to have the options for dinners this fall/winter!

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10 Nikola October 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hi! I totally want that book. I’m a student, and work a lot, and thus I never really have the time to make a good dinner. I think the concept of slow cooking is intriguing to say the least, but I’m not quite certain where to begin. Also, I’d love to have a cookbook with inspiration and just recipes for those days when my brain is so fried that I’d rather have someone think for me instead of being creative myself (studying is hard!). So I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best =)

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11 Robin October 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

I would love a copy of this book. Our slow cooker is still in the box!

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12 Kris October 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

I would like the book because I am working to get my family on a nutritarian eating plan, and we just started our second year of homeschooling. I think this would really help me out!! Thanks. :)

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13 Katie October 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

I would love a copy of this book! I received a slow cooker and vegetarian slow cooker cook book for Christmas last year. And I found that it was taking too long to prep the recipes. I have also recently made the transition to vegan, and I’d love to see if I can start using the slow cooker again.

Thanks!

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14 Jennifer October 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

Truth be told I have never really done any slow cooker recipes myself, but I imagine soups would be my favorite! And I love the idea of this book because it would help me learn to use the slow cooker that my Mom bought me and I never use!!

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15 Alice October 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

One husband, two college kids living at home, three cats, and a job. Slow cooking recipes (beyond chile) and techniques would help a lot. I shouldn’t dis chile, though, there is no better way to feed a swarm of young adults and convince them that vegans eat more than salads.

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16 Cathy October 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

I love good ol’ pinto beans cooked all day in the crock pot.
I’d love to have a copy of this book. I’d like to use my crock pot more than I now do.

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17 Mindy Elmergreen October 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

I would LOVE a copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker because I have been on the fence with getting either a slow cooker or a pressure cooker. If I win the book, I’ll get a pressure cooker ASAP and share my tasty vegan meals with friends and family. I live in Minnesota, work all day, go to yoga at night and warm soups ready in the evening will allow me to relax at night! The book looks gorgeous:)

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18 Rachel W. October 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

I love slow cooker recipes!! My favorite dish to cook in the slow cooker will always be chili since it allows the flavors to develop over a long period of time, but I’m intrigued by slow cooker dessert recipes. Would love to try those out from this book!

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19 Brett October 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

Hot and Sour sold me. That photo of the mushrooms and peas is delightful. You’re using dried mushrooms right? I had a bad experience with those a few years back, but after seeing so many options at Fubonn, I’m not intrigued as to how best I can integrate them in my meals. I love the idea of slow cooking as it makes coming home to dinner so much nicer. I think my favorite recipe is veggie chili with seitan and bulger wheat.

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20 SusanV October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

Thanks, Brett! This recipe uses fresh shiitakes, though I’m sure that dried could be used too.

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21 La Donna October 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’m on the lookout for a way to have people over for lunch after church on Sundays, my busiest day of the week. Good vegan crockpot meals might just be the way to go. This book looks like a good resource.

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22 Kerry October 3, 2011 at 11:35 am

I love to make vegetarian dishes in my slower cooker. I’ve yet to master pasta dishes, though, so I’d love a copy of the book so I can try my hand at the pumpkin lasagne!

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23 Josiane October 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’d like to have a copy of this book because I have a brand new slow cooker that’s been sitting, unused, in its box for almost three years now. This book sounds like the exact thing I need to inspire me to use it!

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24 Alicen October 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

I’d love a copy of the book. Since going vegan I have missed my slow cooker. I went through a phase when I used my slow cooker for at least one meal a day. My favorite recipe was a chocolate peanut butter cake. It was great to use it when company was over. I could enjoy dinner with my company instead of worrying about dessert!

Can’t wait to try the soup!

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25 Simona October 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

I love hot & sour soup! I usually use mix mushrooms and baked t.ofu
I would love a copy of the book as I am planning to buy a slow-cooker.

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26 Whitney October 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

I’d love to win this. My husband and I are currently doing the Engine 2 28 day Challenge and this would help us save some time!

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27 Ron Souliere October 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

Volunteer too much
leaves little time to cook right
book to the rescue

my attempt at a haiku…

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28 Jenny October 3, 2011 at 11:51 am

favorite recipe is sloppy joe lentils from robin robertson’s fresh from the vegetarian slow cooker, another great slow cooker cookbook!

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29 Christine October 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

I would love a copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker. I recently started using a slow cooker for the first time in my life. It’s so easy. I use every week. The more recipes I can add to my repertoire, the better!

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30 Becca October 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

I would love a copy of the book as my slow-cooker is mostly gathering dust on the shelf. It is difficult to find slow-cooker recipes for vegetarian meals that can also sit during my long work day (8-10 hours away). I mostly use it for pot-lucks, desserts, and hot drinks at parties, but would love love to have it used more often for healthy dishes!

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31 Melinda October 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

Alas, all my favorite slow cooker recipes are covered in cheese. I’m trying to get my family on a better eating course. But, it’s hard to cook healthy meals after work for everyone by the time they are hungry. This would be perfect to help me get me rolling.

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32 kwittman October 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

I can’t wait to try this! I miss hot and sour soup SO much – and it’s finally cool enough to enjoy a really spicy bowl now!

I think my favorite crock pot recipe is one I made last weekend – eggplant caponata. My ‘extra mom’ in New Orleans taught me to make it after the handful of times I tried to sneak out of the house to the fairgrounds with a go cup of eggplant in my bag. It’s really easy, especially if you grill a lot of eggplant at once in the summer and keep it for other applications. It’s delicious by itself, in a sandwich, or on pasta – really versatile!

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33 Katie October 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

With food allergies to dairy, eggs, and seafood, The Vegan Slow Cooker coobook would be a great help to me.

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34 Kay Martinez October 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

I would love a copy of this cookbook. I am a very busy person, always running around. Iwould love to start dinner at noonand have it ready that evening!! I love healthy vegan food!!!

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35 sam October 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

This is perfect for me since I just purchased a slow cooker! I’m also a graphic designer, so I can definitely appreciate the great layout and photography. The recipe looks delish and I definitely want to try more! Send the book over to a hungry vegan college student that loves your blog!! :)

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36 Julie October 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

I have been searching for a recipe for Hot & Sour Soup that I would like! This sounds great. The whole cookbook sounds great!!

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37 sheryl October 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

first of all, i love your site. i use recipes from it all the time. why do i need this book? i’m a full time working single momma of 2 delicious little boys (tofu and beans) and always need new (and healthy and easy) recipe ideas.
thanks!
sheryl

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38 Rachel October 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’d like a copy of the book because slow-cooker recipes would really fit in well with my schedule: I’m an AmeriCorps VISTA working on a wide-variety of projects to attempt to alleviate poverty in Racine County, Wisconsin, so I often come home quite hungry after a long and sometimes stressful day of work! It’d be nice to have something hot (especially as winter approaches!) and ready when I get home…so I have more time to unwind and prepare for the next day. This book would be especially useful as her advice on how to prepare the night before and the morning of would take the stress off figuring that out myself and allow me even more valuable time that is so hard to come across!

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39 Suzanne October 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

I have yet to find a decent vegetarian slow cooker recipe, let alone vegan so I’d really like to win this cookbook please!
I’m newly vegetarian who is attempting to become vegan so I need all the help I can get. The hot n sour soup recipe looks like one to conquer my fear of tofu :-)

sweiner1169(at)hotmail(dot)com

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40 Rachel October 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

I think I need that book! It’s difficult for me to pick a favorite…but my fiance’s favorite is my crock pot chili. I make it a little differently every time, but always serve with corn bread! So easy and delicious.

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41 Leslie October 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hi. :)

I would LOVE a copy of that book!
My favorite slow-cooker recipe? Well, when I was younger and my Mother cooked dinner, she would sometimes cook up a dinner and call it “hocus pocus”. Essentially, this meant taking all the odds and ends that were in the fridge and cupboard, throwing them together, and creating something delicious.

Now that I’m older, I’ve created my own “hocus pocus”: Hocus Pocus Chili or some people like to call it Kitchen Sink Chili. I like to throw all of my veggies in, beans, seasonings, and voila. Yummy meal when I come home from work in the evening!

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42 CLEVegan October 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I’d love a copy of the cookbook because I like to take vegan (and where possible) gluten free food to my church potlucks and diet-challenged shut-ins. I want more people to experience good tasting healthy food.

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43 Lynnette October 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’d love a copy of the cookbook. Need to have more recipes to use the slow cooker now that fall and winter are coming. This is a good way to continue our vegan transformation and the first season it won’t be meat in our cooker.

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44 janell October 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’d love a copy of the book! My stepson just came to live with us and he’s a good eater. I’m looking for new dinner ideas, and recipes that can be made a day ahead or put in a slow cooker. This book would be perfect for us! My email is…[removed by Susan for your protection!]

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45 Leslie October 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I love to use my slow cooker but have a limited number of recipes on hand. . With six kids in the house it is impossible to please everyone so I usually end up making two dinners. Throw in me and our two teenage daughters who prefer to be vegan and these recipes would be ideal …….thank you for showing this cookbook on your site. It looks amazing!

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46 Karen Gore October 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Favorite slow cooker recipe:
I kinda stole this from a vegan diner in Dublin Ireland. Not sure if their recipe was cooked in a slow cooker but mine is. I had this dish and the description was written on their menu board so here is my adaption!!

I large eggplant, cut into medium chunks
2 leeks cut in half then sliced
1/2 package mushrooms (about 6 ), I used baby portabella, sliced
1 15oz. can diced tomatoes
Red wine about 1/2 C to 1 Cup ( sorry I don’t really measure , just add enough so there is enough liquid to cook and not be dry)
Basil -I use fresh if I have it , a handful of leaves slice, or dried at least 2 tsp (again I didn’t measure)
Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on High for 4-5 hours or until eggplant is done. Serve over steamed Brown Rice

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47 Emily Soleil October 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

This sounds awesome!

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48 Tamara Reynolds October 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I would love a book because I am busy mom, due with my 2nd baby in 3 weeks, and a teacher. Due to budget cuts and health, I make all meals, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for my family (I pack my husbands’ lunches and dinners when he is at school and studying late). We are vegetarian all the time, and vegan most of the time. I would love another resource that gives our family healthy, yummy options for dinners! And I especially love that it’s a slow cooker book, which would be very convenient, especially with a new baby. (And we have 2 slow cookers, which I don’t use enough!)
Thank you for considering me. Tamara

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49 Erin OBryan October 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

It’s recipes and blogs like yours that are moving me from vegetarian to vegan, it’s such a natural and easy step.

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50 Alesia October 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I love cooking chili and soup in the slow cooker. I live in Northern Canada so there’s nothing better than coming home in the freezing (-40 Celsius anyone?!) winter to a hot bowl of ready made goodness!!

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51 carolyn kropp October 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Id love a copy as Im newly diagnosed gluten sensige and on am anti inflammatory diet and this would greatly help.

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52 Shellie Abel October 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Love your blog, Susan! I’ve found so many great ideas here! This cookbook looks like it would be really useful for a newbie vegan cook like me…….would love to win it!

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53 RB October 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Being a vegan newbie with a meat and potato husband – it is hard to convince him to at least try a new dish. The Hot and Sour Soup should be very easy to convince him. I own 5 crock pots and use each and every one and would love to try the new Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook.
Since the time my aunt made paella for our Sista’s Weekend, I have looked for a similar vegan version. The following recipe comes very close and is delicious. I sometimes throw in a handful of TVP. I originally found this recipe on http://www.everydaydish.tv. TIP: use the real Saffron – makes a huge difference.

Vegetable Paella
This Spanish style paella is incredibly delicious, easy to put together and quick to impress. Prepare using your favorite vegetables.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 bay leaf
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 cups uncooked Basmati rice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 vegetable bouillon
1/2 green bell pepper. chopped fine
1 tsp. tomato paste
1 small tomato, chopped fine
3 cups water
pinch of saffron
salt, to taste
1 sprig of fresh thyme & oregano
Vegetables such as carrots, baby corn, zucchini, yellow squash, small diced potatoes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

1. Saute onion, garlic and bell pepper in olive oil until softened.
2. Add tomato and saffron and saute for another minute.
3. Add herbs, bay leaf and rice, mixing and thoroughly coating the rice.
4. Combine bouillon, tomato paste and water, bringing to a boil.
5. Add salt and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until nearly done. Top with blanched vegetables and continue to simmer until rice is tender. Serve with a garlic-cashew sauce drizzled over paella.

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54 Dawn October 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Hi, I would love to win this cookbook. My husband and I have been trying to eat plant based for over a year now but get stumped when it comes time to plan our meals at work and around our crazy work schedules. (I work days and he works nights) I need help in knowing how to make a weeks worth of food that will be filling and not have us running to unhealthy snacks. Thank you

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55 Kelly C October 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I would love a copy of this book as I only recently fell in love with the slow cooker for making my own seitan and would love to learn new things to make with it as well! That soup looks amazing!

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56 Jeanette October 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I am always quite hesitant to try the ‘crock pot’ meals, thinking they will not be as good as doing the meal the ‘other’ way. I used crock pots in the ealy 80′s but was quite disappointed and have not used one since.I would love to win this cook book to help persuade me that crock-potting is a great way to go in the year 2011 and on! Especially after reading the comments on that delicious looking hot and sour soup!

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57 Bala October 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy to find a vegan recipe with slow cooker. Hopefully, I can rescue my slow cooker from gathering more dust on that shelf.

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58 Rhonda Weber October 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I also have a slow-cooker that has been collecting dust for years, and I also have been a last-minute “cooker” which means too many meals out! I need the better ingredient control (sodium, fat, etc.) of preparing my own meals.

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59 Trish October 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I love my slow cooker, although I fully admit that good vegan recipes are hard to come by. I have about 3 that I use on a regular basis. I would love to expand our menu.

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60 Brigitta von Gulner October 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Hello,
I really enjoy reading your blog. I make the Mac and cheese I found on your site and really enjoy it. Here is why I would like a copy of the Slow Cooker Cookbook – I am a personal trainer and am constantly trying out new recipes to share with my clients, some of whom have become plant-based eaters because of me.
Thank you,
Brigitta

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61 caitlin huggins October 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I’m a pretty newbie vegan and I’ve been desperate for slow cooker recipes to help me this fall and winter especially as I learn more about vegan cooking.

Would love to win a copy of the book to wow my meat-eating family.

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62 Erin October 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

This looks great! One of the things I’ve missed as we transition to vegan is the slow cooker. It was so easy to toss a chicken on the cooker in the morning as have dinner that night. I’ve been at a loss for awhile on what to make and this book looks like it might have the answers!

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63 Cheryl October 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I would love a copy of this book for a couple of reasons. First, I LOVE hot and sour soup, and this one sounds so good! Second, I work some pretty long days outside the home, and it would be so lovely to come home to homemade vegan meals.
Thanks!

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64 Kelly October 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I love black beans + sweet potatoes

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65 Hannah October 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Hey Susan! I was excited to see a slow cooker recipe because I’ve had a slow cooker for over a year now and have not used it once. I’d love a copy of that book so that I can prove my boyfriend wrong and show him it was a worthwhile purchase! Plus, he and I are both so busy that even though we enjoy cooking together, sometimes we’re just too exhausted from work. This would help us be able to just relax and enjoy each orher’s company.

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66 Katy Montgomery @ My Vegan Weight Loss Journey October 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I would love to have a copy of this cookbook! I love using the slow cooker to save time in the evenings. My spouse and I both work so it would be wonderful to have dinner ready when we get home! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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67 amy October 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

This book looks great. I recently went from a part time student to full time, as well as being mother to a four year old (who isn’t in preschool/daycare) and working part time, and whoo-boy do those two extra classes really take up time! I got a slow-cooker from my dad last Christmas (because I started school and he thought it would help me squeeze in a little free time for myself, oh the irony) and have only used it once because I couldn’t find many vegan recipes for it that sounded good. I’d love to give this book a try. Thanks for the giveaway!

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68 Sarah October 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Nothing beats a great Hot and Sour soup for those yucky cold/sinus infection days! I also would love, love, LOVE a copy of the cookbook in order to get some healthier meals on my family’s plates, and this cookbook seems like it will fill a huge gap in the cookbook industry…slow cooking for vegans! Love the concept and can’t wait to see what else she has included! Thanks so much for the recipe and for the opportunity to win a copy :-)

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69 Jennifer @ kidoing! October 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

We make a vegan chili that is delish in our crock pot. I would love more vegan crock pot recipes to try! Thanks for the chance!

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70 Cindy Rice Shelton October 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Well, I have to start off by saying that I am a 25 year kidney transplant recipient…I say this because during my 19 months on dialysis I was required to refrain from red meat (easy), fish once or twice a week, chicken occassionally and concentrate on fresh veggies, fruits and nuts. (again, easy). Having grown up with a mother who was raised on the farm, we had a HUGE garden, veggie & fruit trees, herbs, along with over 300 varities of roses. Boy, we were a busy family of six! Summers, we spent canning, freezing, making tomato preserves (YUM!) and we literally lived off our labor throughout the cold, windy winters.
Thus, I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years, and have only recently embraced becoming Vegan. As such, I have discovered so many delightful (and tasty) recipes—I have discovered not only is it the veggies but perhaps more importantly the seasoning that is key……..anyway, I just love it! I feel great, I’m always inviting friends over to sup, and they are astonished as well……(most are still carnivores….) even my two dogs are vegan……. Love your site, Susan–wish you well~~~ Cindy Rice Shelton

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71 Matthew Grimes October 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I have recently stumbled on to your website as my wife and I have made a transition to a plant strong diet that leans mostly on the side of vegan. As a busy dad and the house chef, I am constantly looking for new recipes and ideas. I wasn’t sure what to do with my slowcooker beyond making beans and vegan chili, so I would love to have a copy of the book to add to my shelf. Keep up the fine work you do on your blog, I have the google gadget on my homepage and look forward to every new addition.

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72 Hope Becklund October 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I’d love a copy of this book because I, too, have a much-loved but currently nearly unused slow cooker gathering dust on my shelf. It’s the perfect time of year to get it dusted off and in use, but I have found very few good vegan recipes for it. Please include me in the drawing!

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73 Debbie Goldstein October 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I also have had a slow cooker gathering dust since shortly after it was received as a wedding gift 30 years ago. I have been a vegetarian since the age of 19, and am intrigued with the idea of learning to make healthy and tasty meals with my slow cooker. Of course, I will have to remove the accumulated dust first.

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74 april October 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

i’d love the vegan slow cooker cookbook, because i’m on a super tight budget (i’m an artist) and love trying new things. this cookbook would help with eating cheaply and i could even use the recipes to cook inexpensive dishes for potlucks!

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75 Doreen Herrick October 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I am a newbie vegan and have successfully convinced my meat and potatoes husband to join me! I am a crock pot fan and would love some new recipes! This soap recipe will be on our menu thus weekend! Thank you!

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76 Megan October 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I would love a copy of the book bc it would be the push I need to finally get myself a slowcooker! And the recipes you’ve mentioned sound divine!!

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77 Nick October 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

My favorite crockpot recipe is refried beans (actually any beans, but these are done most frequently!) The book and this recipe sound great!

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78 Anne Oliver October 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I would love to win a copy of Kathy Hester’s new book, The Vegan Slow Cooker! My daughter is Vegan. As silly as it may seem, at first I was scared of how to cook for her! I was so afraid I would use something I shouldn’t or that I would create dishes that were bland! Took me awhile, but I learned that it really isn’t that difficult. Thanks to your web site, a favorite of mine, I have made meals that even my husband who is not vegan, loved! Your advice on different food topics is priceless for me! The Vegan Slow Cooker book would be a tremendous help to surprise my daughter this winter with some yummy dishes!!! Thanks much!

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79 Emily S. October 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hi! I would love to have a copy of this book. I work during the day and take classes at night, so I’m always looking for shortcuts to preparing healthy, vegan meals in as little time as possible. Good vegan slow-cooker recipes are hard to come by!!

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80 Mary Mahon October 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Susan, You have been an inspiration to me. I will be trying this soup in the near future, (after I finish all the excess produce I bought for a function). It was my favorite until I discovered tom ka (spelling) the Thai coconut soup without the chicken. Sigh!
Back to the inspiration. It is great to know that there are those out there who really know how to cook without oil. I work at it. Thanks for the help.
If I win the book, I will be sharing info and encouraging my friends to cut down on oil and eat healthier. God bless. Mary

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81 Myriam October 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I’d love to win a copy of this book because I love slow cooking and I need fresh ideas to make new dishes. Also, this soup really looks awesome!

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82 Cherie Oden October 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

This sounds wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this new book. I love slow-cooker cooking and would be absolutely thrilled to have a copy. ;)

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83 Mandy October 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Long time vegetarian, recent owner of a crock pot. Sadly, it’s still in the box because I don’t cook. This book would mean far fewer nights of air-popped popcorn for dinner!

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84 Susan Wymer October 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I’m about to buy a slow cooker so winning this book would be right on time!

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85 MaryAnn October 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I haven’t use a slow-cooker in many years. I gave up eating meat years ago and thought that was what a slow cooker was for.
Imagine my surprise when I received your e-mail with the Hot and Sour Vegan Soup Recipe and the information about the Vegan Slow-Cooker Cookbook.
I now need to purchase a slow-cooker and this new cookbook.
Hence, I am looking forward for the chance of winning the Vegan Slow-Cooker Cookbook so all I’ll have left to do is purchase the Slow-Cooker and cook.
Good luck to all of us who are entering for that chance!

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86 Lauren Neybert October 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I would be so grateful to win a copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker. I have been paging through Amazon’s sneak peak online for weeks and the recipes seem simple and delicious (including this soup!) My boyfriend’s grandma gave me a slow cooker for the holidays two years ago and I have only used it twice because I discovered there are not many good vegan slow cooker recipes out there that do not rely heavily on fake meats, with the exception of this book! If I had more slow cooker recipes, I would be sure to pull it out of my closet way more often!!

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87 Ivy October 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I love making beefless stew in the crockpot–never ceases to taste absolutely amazing–just like pot roast, without the meat, though. I already pre-ordered the book, but it would nice to give one to a friend :)

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88 Suzanne October 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’m so glad to see this! Of all asian cooking, hot and sour soup is the only thing I miss. I will make it this week. Thank you Susan!

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89 Melissa October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

My poor slow cooker has gathered dust since I went vegetarian over a year ago…I would LOVE to try out this book.

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90 Terri Cole October 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

My go-to crockpot recipe is my 3 Bean Veggie Chili.

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91 Emily Soleil October 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Slow cooking sounds perfect! prep the night before, dump everything in the pot and press go! With my husband in grad school, me with a full time job and rehearsals (actress), trying to save money to pay off our debt from traveling around the country in a truck for 6 months, we try and eat home cooked food as often as possible. The problem is, we LOVE good food! PB&J just doesn’t cut it, and most prepared foods are super processed or have a ton of oil in them, so we want to eat food we make (plus, we’re really good cooks). So I would LOVE a copy of this book. (plus this spicy hot and sour soup sound amazing! and with cold season coming up, we’ll need something to clear our sinuses)

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92 Maya October 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

My favorite thing to make in crock pot is a hearty lentil soup! I would love to win a copy of this book. It would make life a little easier for myself and my husband.

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93 Char Rickey October 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Finally!! A slow cooker low fat vegan recipe book that includes pictures and nutritional information!! Could there be anything else to ask for??? Oops, forgot the food is good too!! I would LOVE to have a copy of this book and, obviously, if I don’t win a copy, I’ll have to get my own either by purchase or putting it on my xmas list :-)

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94 Sarahjane October 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I love making sweet & sour cabbage in the slow cooker. It’s a Thanksgiving tradition at this point, and the house ends up smelling like molasses.

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95 Sarah October 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I would definitely put this cookbook to good use! My husband and I are out of the house working for long hours every day. Even though I love cooking, by the time I get home, I often have very little energy to do so. This book would be a lifesaver.
By the way, our favorite thing to make in the crockpot is either pea soup, or your pinto bean chili. Your chili is a hit every single time!

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96 Megan Willsen October 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for yet another healthy, vegan, and beautiful recipe. My poor slow cooker has only made vegetable broth, black beans, and once I got adventurous, vegan lasagna. I’d love to expand it’s repertoire. Thank you!

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97 Miranda October 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I would love to have this cook book. I’m pregnant and newly vegan. Being pregnant has changed my way of thinking about food and I’m exploring any new recipes that I can get my hands on. A vegan slow cooker cookbook would be the perfect thing for fall and winter.

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98 Heidi October 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I just may have to investigate this, because my husband LOVES hot and sour soup but can never order it. If the other recipes in this cookbook are half as enticing as this, I’d love to be entered in the drawing!

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99 Wendy October 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is one from Peas and Thank You. It’s a Spicy African Peanut Stew and you can find it here at http://peasandthankyou.com/2010/01/28/slow-mornin-slow-cookin/

You’ve just given me some inspiration to recreate it with faux coconut milk from The Healthy Librarian at Happy Healthy Long Life. I will also up the level of greens and veggies. I wonder if it will be as delicious? We’ll find out!

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100 Trezlen October 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I would really like this book because I would like to be full-time vegan/vegetarian. Two things pull me back: I am anemic and will occasionally eat meat because there is only so much green veg (and vitamins) I can eat; and, I need the inspiration of GOOD vegan food to entice me to stick with it. Please choose me!

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101 Aimee B. October 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

This soup loks fabulous! I would love a copy of, “The Vegan Slow Cooker,” because in the fall and winter months I use my slow cooker almost daily. :)

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102 Lynda October 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I would love a copy of the book because I need more slow cooker recipes. I adore putting it in the pot and letting it cook all day while I “do my own thing”. easy-peasy.

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103 Carol October 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I would love a copy of Kathy Hester’s book! It is really hard to find a vegan slow cooker book. I live up in the mountains and drive about 45 minutes to get to work. In the cooler weather I try to make slow-cook recipes so we have hot food when we get the chores completed after we get home (we have a small farm). Since going vegan I am constantly (and not with a lot of success) modifying recipes that call for ingredients I cannot use. Pick me! :)

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104 Gloria October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I’d love a copy of the book because I could stand to have more family-friendly vegan recipes, and although I have a crockpot cookbook, it’s vegetarian (requiring more substitutions) – and I’m not thrilled with the recipes. The way you describe it – how could I *not* want a copy of my own?

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105 Alexandria Lewis October 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Now that I am a full time student again it is getting harder to prepare nutritious meals when I get home at 6. I have never used a crock pot but my mother in law just got us one, hope to win the cookbook so I can finally put it to use!! Plus our household misses hot and sour soup too so I am excited to try her recipe out!!

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106 Polly B. October 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Hi Susan,

Thank you so much for your informative and easy to digest (get it?) website! I am new to the site and to Veganism, and am so enjoying every morsel (sorry, couldn’t help myself) you dish out.

Oct. 21 2010 I was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer, leiomyosarcoma. Having completed chemo and am starting to get back on my feet, I thought I should cleanse my pre-cancer diet as much as possible. Research showed that dairy, meat and sugar products were not beneficial to anyone’s health, let alone someone trying to beat the odds of cancer. Therefore I have adopted a vegan diet. Am considering the no-fat version as well. (as soon as I get the courage)

Thank you for your user-friendly and easy to understand commentary. You have helped me enter the ‘scary’ world of veganism and to make the entire experience much less intimidating. I would love to be considered as a possible recipient of The Vegan Slow Cooker book by Kathy Hester. Slow cooker meals have been a mainstay for my active family and a vegan slow cooker book would help us all to enjoy the same meal! Thank you again for the work you are doing, and I’m sorry I missed you when you were in Portland. Hopefully we can connect next time!

Warmest regards,

Polly B.

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107 moonwatcher October 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Wow, Susan, this book looks great, and sold me on the fact I need to get a slow cooker. I was ready to buy one by the time I got to the list of recipes! And then by the time I had read the featured recipe I was also ready to buy one for Mike and Kelly!! The thing I really liked hearing about the book besides the gluten free alternatives (would love to try that apple sausage) was the layout. I really get very mixed up having to turn back and forth between ingredients and instructions, especially with my hands in garlic or ginger or whatever, so this really appeals to me. I would love to win a copy! And I’ll be keeping an eye out for the best slow cooker. If you have a suggestion for one that’s relatively small, let me know. Maybe I’ll get lucky at the thrift store, who knows. This is a recipe I would love to have in winter.

xoxo

moonwatcher

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108 Thane October 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I haven’t used my slow cooker in soooo long!! This recipe sounds so fabulous!!!! I would love a copy of this book and get my cookin on!!!

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109 Kim C October 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

My favorite recipe for the slow cooker is Red Beans & Rice. Celery, beans, garlic and onions! Serve on top of rice. Wonderful and easy!

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110 Jodi October 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Thank you for your wonderful site. I am a vegan of only two weeks!!! and must say Dr. Fuhrman’s book is what started me on this path as I have diabetes and am overweight and want to get healthy!!! I’d love the slow cooker cookbook because with 6 kids it would be great to throw dinner in the crock and forget about it, thanks!!!!

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111 Kelley October 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

At long last a slow cooker cookbook for vegans. You both rock. The slow cooker is perfect for fat free, vegan dishes that have lots and lots of flavor.

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112 Elizabeth October 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I would love to have this recipe book because I do alot of crock pot cooking for my family but not myself and this would be so great to get them to eat some vegan dishes also. And how neat it would be to win since Friday is my birthday. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this cookbook.

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113 Cynthia V October 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I would love to win the cookbook!

I love cooking dried beans in my slow cooker, pinto beans with vegan southern cornbread, and spicy black bean with brown rice( I have 6 and I use them all, from hot dips to slow baked beans).

I have been vegan for 5 years, my husband is a vegetarian who just once in a while eats cheese.

Thanks so much for all you do in promoting the vegan lifestyle.

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114 Traci October 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I desperately need a good slow cooker cookbook. I have two young children, a part time job that I do from home while I stay at home with the youngest, and we just bought a house, so I’ll be packing, moving, and then unpacking. There is nothing better than having a hot cooked meal all ready to go at the end of the day! Please, oh please, oh please pick me so that I will not have to resort to greasy, salty take-out nightly for the next month!

Love your blog!
Traci

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115 Courtney October 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I love to make tortilla soup in my crock pot…. it can simmer all day, and when you get home the aroma is so nice to come home to! I would love a copy of this book because I am newly vegan and can use some inspiration and new ideas for the crockpot… especially now that Fall is here!

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116 alyzarin October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is a vegetarian version of cassoulet.

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117 adrienne October 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I love my slow cooker but find that most recipes involve meat. For a veggie loving girl, I would love to win this book and try out some great vegan recipes.

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118 Pam October 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

First of all, I would like to say that I really enjoy your website and all of the lovely pictures! Thanks for all of your time and effort.
Second — I’m sure everyone would like a copy of this cookbook but I’ll put my comments in just in case I could be the lucky one. I enjoy collecting cookbooks on vegan/vegetarian cooking and especially cookbooks with pictures. I call them “big-girl picturebooks”.
Thanks again.
Pam

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119 Rebecca R. October 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I can’t think of a favorite slow cooker recipe…pretty much any soup! Especially this time of year.

I’d love to add the cookbook to my vegan arsenal :-)

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120 Danielle October 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I would LOVE to win the book because I think slow cookers are so awesome, but I haven’t found many vegan recipes….

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121 Mia J October 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Awesome, I looove hot and sour soup! I’ll be making this for sure..

I’d love a copy of that book.. it would be the perfect, healthy start for someone who has absolutely no cookbooks yet!

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122 kelly redard October 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

When I first heard of this book ( from your Facebook page I think) I put it in my amazon wish list. If I win this book my wishes will come true!

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123 Trysha October 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I love my crock pot and am a new vegan. I use my crock pot for beans at least 3 times a week, the other days are for a simple bok choy soup. Vegetable broth, torn bok choy leaves, sesame oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Best part? My boys love it…even more than I do.

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124 Kylie October 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

As a college student who is trying to eat more healthily, it would be a tremendous asset to be able to come home to a fresh, homemade dinner at night (without having to be back at my mom’s house). I do not have much experience with slow cookers, but it I can see it being a useful appliance, especially for my busy lifestyle.

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125 Victoria Gottfried October 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Just this morning, as I was planning to make bean soup for dinner, I was thinking about how seldom I use my slow cooker since I quit eating meat. Other than bean soup, I don’t know what to cook in my slow cooker. I’d love this book!! ~Victoria

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126 Sue in Ohio October 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

This looks like the perfect recipe for my husband, who loves things hotter than I do. Thanks for posting!

Would love to have a copy of the book because it sounds like it contains dishes I haven’t made before and I’m always looking for new things to try and keep the ‘go-to’ recipes I have expanding.
Sue in Ohio

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127 Kim in NashVegas October 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I love my slow cooker! It’s my most used appliance. I have a difficult time locating tasty vegan recipies for it though. So far, my favorite is a minestrone soup recipe. Thanks for doing this!

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128 kathy October 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

i would love this book because i just moved in with my 83 year old mother to take care of her. it would be so covenient for me to make her dishes in her slow cooker that has been sitting on the shelf waiting to be used!

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129 Mercedes October 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

There ‘s nothing more heartwarming to me in the cold months than a crock-pot supper. The plan-ahead preparation is a plus because once you get home from work or running errands, dinners ready! I’d have to say my favorite slow cooker meal is breakfast barley. I make this before I go to bed when I want a really hot breakfast waiting for me in the morning. I take a half cup of pearl barley, 1 macintosh apple, an eighth cup light brown sugar, 1 and a half cups water, salt, as much cinnamon as you’d like and I let it cook itself while I sleep. I usually put it on around 10pm. Of course, the time you start the crock-pot can vary depending on your bed time and rising time. My absolute fall fav breakfast recipe. It’s also the only slow cooker recipe I know so I’d love a copy of the book to branch out a bit ;-) I will definitely be trying this hot and sour soup recipe! Thanks!

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130 Emily Harrison October 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

This is my favorite slow-cooker recipe for Curried Veggie & Chickpea Stew: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/main-dish/slowcooker-recipe-curried-vegetable-and-chickpea-stew-067520. I am always looking for more recipes, but it is often hard to find vegetarian ones. I would love to check out Kathy’s new book.

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131 Jeanne Nix October 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I could truly use a copy of this book. I used to use a slow-cooker all the time, but since becoming vegan it’s sat unused except for basic soup and beans. I’d love to once again put my crockpot to good use. And, I love trying new recipes!

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132 Alisha Sauer October 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

This recipe looks amazing! I am not a vegan, but I love to sneak fat free and vegan meals into our family meals a few times a week at least, if not a day. Eventually, I’d like to live a vegan lifestyle, but we’re taking it slowly. I haven’t tried any vegan slow cooker recipes, and I’d love to win a copy of the book, especially if all the recipes are as tasty looking as the hot and sour soup. Thank you!

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133 anna Podris October 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I really want a fat free slow cooker recipe book. I am raising my daughter who is almost 3 now vegan, and my husband eats mostly vegan. I turned vegan 4 yrs ago after 15 yrs as a vegetarian, and I’m loving every minute of it! I have found that my daughter eats a lot more variety of foods than her “peers”. I attribute her open mindedness to having tried almost every type of vegetable before age 1. I am so proud of her and am hoping the healthy habits she’s learning now will stay with her throughout her life. I would love another great cookbook for more ideas, I have a slowcooker that I love to use and I know with the cookbook I could get even more use out of it!

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134 Katy October 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

This sounds delicious, I look forward to trying it out!

I would love the cookbook because I have TWO crockpots that sit in their cubby waiting to be used and appreciated. I haven’t found much to make in them since going vegan and I know with our busy schedules my husband and I would both be using the recipes all the time. AND we live in snowy Ohio so our dark wintery nights would be just a little brighter with something special simmering in the c-pot :).

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135 Lauren Mangus October 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I cannot wait to try this! I made my own hot and sour soup a few weeks ago and it turned out okay…but, this looks so delicious! But then again, so do all of your recipes ;) I was looking into getting this book, as I love vegan cookbooks, but I was not so sure about using a slow cooker. I love to make soups and stews for myself throughout the week for work. I believe this cookbook could possibly make me a believer!

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136 Lisa October 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I’m a vegan wannabe struggling to make a clean break from my love affair with cheese! This almost vegan needs this cook book so I can make delicious slow cooker recipes that’ll be ready when I come home from work, have my toddler in one arm, a broom in the other hand, and a hungry hubby who loves whatever is warm and edible! Can’t wait to try the recipes!

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137 Vegyogini October 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

My 20-year-old kitty passed away on January 4. Leading up to his passing, I was nursing him through kidney failure. One of my friends would stay with him during the day while I was working and I would come home to homemade slow-cooker cooked meals that were the perfect comfort food. I’d love to win a copy of this book to give him as an extra token of my appreciation for our friendship.

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138 milaxx October 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I mostly use my crock pot to cook bean, but that pumpkin lasagna sounds delish!

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139 Mary Darling October 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I love my crock pot so I’m excited to see a cookbook that is Vegan and crock pot. This hot and sour soup looks great – can’t wait to try it.

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140 Lisa October 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I would love to win this book. I work two jobs and often have very little time to prepare a nice dinner. This book could definitely make my life easier :)

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141 Alyson October 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I just got out my slow cooker yesterday! I am anxiously awaiting fall weather here in Texas. My favorite slow cooker recipe is Wicked White Chili: white beans, garlic, onion, veg broth, cumin, oregano. Served with lime juice and fresh cilantro, it is both comforting and zippy!

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142 Lin Davis October 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I would love to win this book for my daughter who is bringing up her little boy on a vege diet (we all are ). He was born very early at 24 weeks , so she spends all her time with him . He is now 3 years old & gorgeous.This would enable her to pop every thing into her slow cooker while he is still in bed & produce a variety of nutritious meals easily.
Thank you so much for your wonderful site .

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143 Frank June 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Congratulations on posting 200 repcies! That’s quite an accomplishment.I spent quite a bit of time this morning looking through your repcies. So happy i found your blog!Blessings~

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144 Susan Voisin June 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Thanks, Frank. I’ve actually posted closer to 650 now. It makes me tired just thinking about it! :-)

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145 Jennifer Arsenault October 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe was one I designed myself. Super easy thought it takes 2o hours.
At 8:00 pm in a 7 quart slow cooker: 2 cups dried kidney beans, 3 chopped carrots, 2 large chopped potatoes, 2 chopped onions, some diced celery if you happen to have some on hand. Add spices (sage, thyme, parsley, basil, marjoram, oregano-don’t ask how much I never measure). Fill with fresh water about 2/3 full, and cook on low overnight. In the morning add 2 28 oz cans diced or pureed tomatoes. When you get home from work (about 2-3 hours before dinner) add 2 cups whole wheat pasta and one package of whatever fake meat you prefer (optional but adds a lot of taste.) Actual hands on time about 20 minutes. Makes 10-12 servings, freezes well.

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146 Tracy October 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm

This looks delicious. I love my crock pot and struggle with vegetarian dishes to make it. I have the same 3-4 recipes on rotation and need new ideas.

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147 Caryn Coleman October 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Like Mary Poppins, my husband is practically perfect ( he complained exactly zero times, for example when we suddenly slipped into “plantstrong” no oil, no refined, etc. last year. But he doesn’t eat mushrooms or olives, ever! I am saving this recipe for when he goes out of town next – I’ll eat mushrooms and olives galore and load the dishwasher any way I want.

I would give you my favorite slow cooker recipe but I think you hooked me up with it (African Sweet Pea Soup with Red Lentils from Mama Pea’s). As for what I would do with the book? My elderly mamma is about to go plant strong prior to some serious vascular surgery and I am coming to town to give her pantry and freezer a makeover, train up the home-health care workers and like that. Think of what we could so with some slow-cookers!

Love your website.

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148 Christine October 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Funny, I just broke out my slow cooker last night! That time of year I guess :)

My favorite slow cooker recipe is mushroom barley lentil stew (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/mushroom-lentil-barley-stew/detail.aspx). It’s the first recipe I made with my slow cooker and it’s still in rotation!

Can’t wait to try hot & sour soup… just made minestrone overnight to bring for lunch today.

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149 Abby October 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I live in Minnesota – where everyone is horrified if you don’t have a slow cooker! I just HAD to buy one (years and years ago) but have only used it ONCE! It’s surprisingly hard to find good vegan/vegetarian slow cooker recipes where things don’t turn to mush. I would love this book and it would get great use out of it!

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150 Joyce Ward October 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hot and Sour Soup is one I like very much, but I’ve never made it, much less in a slow cooker. I’ve been more into the pressure cooker way of cooking. Cooking and baking vegan is my all time favorite pastime. I have quite a good-sized library of vegan cookbooks, so would really love to have The Vegan Slow Cooker as part of my collection. Thank you. Joyce

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151 Joan C. October 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

My husband and I started our vegan lifestyle just three weeks ago and I’m trying hard to make delicous food that he will enjoy and that doesn’t keep me in the kitchen all day. This book will go a long way to solving both problems–thanks for the opportunity to win it! [Joan, I got your email and deleted it here so you won't get spammed! --Susan]

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152 mfg October 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hi, I have been dying to get a collection of healthier OAMC-able dishes and running with some vegan crock pot recipes would be fantastic.

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153 Amanda C October 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm

That soup looks delicious! My most favorite slow cooker recipe isn’t really a recipe at all: I make a pretty standard lasagna with the sauce watered down. The noodles get all spongy and delicious, definitely a winner!

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154 Jenny Thayer October 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I would like a copy of the Slow Cooker Cookbook because I love your blog and make many of the recipes I see on the blog. I love making things in the Slow Cooker too. Nothing better than coming home from a hectic day to the smell of your dinner already cooking!!!!! Thanks Jenny

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155 Becca October 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Not really a recipe, but chickpeas are my favorite slow cooker item. They come out big and are so much cheaper!

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156 Lisa October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I just discovered this wonderful website this past week. As a recent convert to the vegan lifestyle, I would LOVE a copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook. My busy schedule has me already using my slow cooker a lot. Learning new recipes will help me ensure my husband and I enjoy the variety needed to keep our new lifestyle fun and exciting.

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157 Tara October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I actually have this book on my Amazon wishlist… I’d love to win a copy so that I don’t have to wait for my paycheck next month! My slow cooker gets the most action cooking up dried beans… not too glamorous, but I bet it would be put to bigger and better uses if I had the recipes in Kathy’s book to use!

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158 Irina G October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm

One of my favorite Slow Cooker recipes is the vegan Baked Potato soup I recently made. But I would LOVE to learn more healthy vegan dishes to make in my slow cooker!

And check out how my soup came out:
http://fitflexitarian.com/recipe-vegan-slow-cooker-baked-potato-soup/

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159 Kira October 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

My slow-cooker has been sadly neglected since I became a vegetarian. I would love to have creative, new, and healthy ways to use it!

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160 Ginger Paxman October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Im a returning student….(after 32 years and raising my family)
Dusting off the cobwebs of my poor lamented brain is a virtual understatement so when I say I have very little time for anything other than school it is so true! Full time school leaves me virtually small snatches of time here and there to try and do the routine things of a “normal” life., and being vegan or trying to be vegan can be challenging. I have always loved to use my crock pot but have not used it near as much since becoming vegan and would love to try new recipes from it with fall here and winter nipping at its heels….this vegan crock pot recipe book of Kathys looks DIVINE! and am going to make the hot and sour soup as soon as I can!

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161 Angela October 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I would LOVE to win this book because my crockpot is sadly collecting dust, too. I’m a busy (and broke) student who would love to have healthy, delicious dinner ready for me when I get done with school in the evening instead of resorting to take-out way too often!
Thanks for sharing the soup recipe and for the chance to win :)

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162 Chrissie October 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I am a HUGE fan of hot and sour soup! Thanks for posting this recipe, I can’t wait to try it. I’d love to get a copy of this cookbook–I am not entirely sure what to do with my crockpot, but I have a feeling that it could solve a whole lot of my working-too-late-guess-I’ll-scrounge-up-junk-for-dinner problems.

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163 Yolanda October 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Hi – while I am not a strict vegetarian/vegan – I do love many of your recipes. I use my crockpot almost weekly for main dishes, soups or sometimes even oatmeal breakfast dishes (where I load the crockpot at night and wake up to a warm breakfast). I would love to have a copy of the book! As it is – I will be making the Hot & Sour soup because it is a favorite of my Hubby’s also. Have a great day and thx for the opportunity for the book. I have followed your site for a long time but this is my first post. Thanks for your work!

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164 Sarah Husband October 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

My husband and I have owned a combination pressure cooker/slow cooker for a few years, and have pressure cooked up a storm, but haven’t gotten around to using the slow cooker feature. I’m really excited about the idea that I could prep in the morning when I’ve got the most energy and when I get home in the evening, a wonderful hot dinner is waiting for me!

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165 Bev October 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm

1 I make baked potoatoes in my crock pot.

2 I would love to cook more in the crock pot to simplify and plan meals better.

I would love a cookbook.

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166 Lori October 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I’d like a copy of this book because I am a veterinary student and have to make meals on the weekends to get me through weeks of all-day classes and all-evening studying.

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167 Daisy McFadden October 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Sounds delicious. But I don’t have a slow cooker. Can this be made on stove top?

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168 Julie Shanson October 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is Judith Finlayson’s Gingery Chick Peas. I’ve yet to get the water right, though, sometimes it’s too dry and sometimes it’s too wet… A close second is black bean chili (using a modified version of the recipe in the Greens Cookbook) Would love to find more to add to the repertoire!

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169 Eselpee October 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I work three 12-hour days in a row, and this is just what I need ….but I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t win (maybe a little) b/c I will buy it if I don’t!

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170 AikoVenus October 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I would love a copy of this book because I’m so busy with school and work that sometimes I don’t have the time to get delicious meals for the day before and microwave meals are a no-go, even if they are vegan.

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171 Michele October 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I would love to have more options with a slow cooker for VEGAN meals. I only use it now for cooking beans and I love how they come out. Especially the black beans. So much more tasty than in the cans and no BPA or salt and you can freeze them in freezer bags. Thanks Susan……enjoy all that you do.

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172 Becky October 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I have several good slow cooker recipes but I think my favorite is Kittee’s red beans served with rice, greens and steamed seitan sausages.

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173 krystle October 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm

That looks delicious, I love hot and sour soup! I would love to see what other recipes are in that book. Slow cookers are so awesome, its so nice to have dinner ready when you get home!

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174 janet @ the taste space October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I haven’t yet tried my slow cooker – can you believe it? I was thinking of starting slowly with steel0cut oats or beans, but this soup may let me take the plunge, it looks so good. That cookbook sounds awesome and I am totally intrigued by the gluten-free apple sage sausage!

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175 Erin October 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is black bean and sweet potato chili!

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176 bookharlot October 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

A favorite slow cooker meal in our house is vegetarian Taco Soup. Yum yum!

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177 Julie October 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

My poor slow cooker has been gathering dust since I gave up meat nearly two years ago…help!

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178 Ruth October 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

It’s just coincidence, but after not using my slow cooker for at least two years, I got it out last week and made Garden Chili. It was great and I decided to use the cooker much more often. Now, all I need are some good recipes! So this recipe book sounds like just what I need!

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179 Kathy Lowe October 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

The picture of your Hot and Sour Soup makes my mouth water it looks so good. I would love to win a copy of the book, The Vegan Slow Cooker, so my days could be better spent conquering the realities of life instead of standing over a stove.
Thanks so much!

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180 sharron sussman October 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

This looks like a wonderful cookbook – I too am just getting into slow-cooker recipes and could use a vegan compilation, and have mostly made only chili-type dishes so far… We live in a rural mountain area, and stovetop slow cooking in enameled cast iron pots uses a huge amount of expensive propane – the electric cooker is a very thrifty option for me.

Whether I win the cookbook or not, I will definitely be trying that hot & sour soup recipe!

Sharron Sussman
Julian California

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181 Kelly October 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I need this book because I don’t have time to cook! My crockpot is my best friend but usually it’s just filled with plain old beans. Boring.

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182 Denise October 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

My favorite slow cook meal is my mom’s vegetable soup. She would take all of our left over veggies, put them in the freezer and on the first cool day pull them out to make a large pot of vegetable soup.

Now as an adult, I make my own version with fresh veggies and vegetable broth. Combine that with organic vegan bread from my local bakery and vegan butter. Yum.

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183 Susan October 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I’ve always thought I should give the slow cooker a try. I used to help my mother make beef stew in hers when I was a kid, but otherwise I’ve never used one. It seems like it would be a great fit for me–I’m a busy grad student who loves to cook but doesn’t always have time in the evenings to fix dinner. But it has really been a challenge for me to find slow cooker recipes that fit with the way I eat (I’m currently vegetarian and trying to move more in a vegan direction). So, yeah. That’s why I would love to get a copy of this book.

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184 Cecilia October 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I love my slow cooker, but haven’t used it since I went vegan. Would love some good, healthy recipes.

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185 Danielle October 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is this crock pot curry: http://crepesofwrath.net/2009/05/23/crock-pot-chicken-curry-with-apple-banana-and-tomato/
I replace the chicken with chickpeas, and it is soooo good! We eat in anywhere from two times a month to weekly, and it makes really good leftovers.

I am always looking for good vegan slow cooker recipes, and I bet I will be buying this book soon if I don’t win it!

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186 Debra Sabah Press October 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I would LOVE to have a copy of this book. In August, I decided to stop buying baby food and have been making all of the food for our babies. It’s been wonderful to watch T & J venture into the world of veggies, legumes, etc., knowing that they are eating whole, unprocessed foods, but I don’t have much time to cook. I really need to start using our slow cooker to prepare their meals, but I just haven’t done it. I hope this book will be just the thing to kickstart my adventures in slow cooking for twins.

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187 Arlene Barber October 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

ooh!! *waves hand* Pick me! I love crockpots and cooking and vegan recipes, and the 6th is my birthday, so it would be a great birthday surprise!! My best ‘habit’ is making a regular size recipe and freezing individual portions to take along in my lunch on my long 12-hour workdays. It helps keep the call of the vending machines at bay if I have a good variety of healthy lunch items stowed away in the freezer for quick-grab packing. And I buy stacks of clear deli containers at a food service supply store. One lid for three different sizes. Makes the freezer stocking up even easier. Love your site and your recipes! ~Arlene Barber

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188 Krista Bowers October 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I have had a slow cooker for many years, but have never had good vegan recipes to cook in it, so it has sat unused in the back of a cabinet. Many times, I have considered actually getting rid of, but have not been able to bring myself to do so, hoping that one day I might learn how to use it. I would LOVE to have this cookbook, so that I might actually put this poor, lonely slow cooker to good use! Thanks :)

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189 judee@ Gluten Free A-Z October 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Susan,
I have been following the Eat To Live Diet for about a month and would love to have more vegan recipes. In addition, I LOVE using my crock pot for everything, so this book is right up my alley. Thanks for this recipe. I love your blog!

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190 Gayle Mayhew October 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I have so many good reasons why I should win this cookbook that I don’t know where to start. How about (1) I had to work really hard to figure out how to comment, since I have never done this before. (2) Yours is the only blog I really read (3) I bought a slow cooker for my step daughter that she GAVE AWAY (4) The slow cooker in 1979 was the only thing I really wanted from my first marriage, and I had to fight for it (5) Need I go on? I am not a creative writer either, this is all true. Oh…and I love vegan cookbooks. Vegetarian are fine, but vegan is better.

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191 Amy October 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

My husband needs this book! If he learned how to use the slow cooker, he could learn to cook with confidence. He is shy in the kitchen. And if the slow cooker recipes were vegan, I would be more likely to eat them, thus giving him more confidence to cook some more. Pick me!

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192 kanesha October 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Hi! I would love a free copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker! I am a recent convert to the vegan lifestyle. I love to cook and I am having a hard time gathering vegan recipes that I enjoy to cook and serve. The exception to this is an AMAZING vegan black bean and tomatillo chili (it really helps that the tomatillos in my garden did very well this year…) Needless to say, I love my slow cooker and would love to use it more often…Help:)

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193 Beth October 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I want one of these books because I am a graduate student with 2 jobs, maybe three if I take the vegan baking job for 10 hours a week, and I have no time to cook. I love my slow cooker, and your website sometimes is all that gets me through the week, but I need more recipes since I am getting in the rut of making the same thing all the time. Since I am so busy and so broke, I am pretty much living off of the slow cooker right now.

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194 Courtney October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I would love to win the book because I have a crock pot and it does not get enough use, lol! I need some inspiration :-)

Courtney

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195 Linda Kotz October 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I would love to have this cookbook, as I am a vegan with a very busy lifestyle! Since I own and ride 3 horses, I am mostly outside (my poor hubby) and use my crockpot constantly for everything from soup and stew to baked potatoes. I would love to have a vegan slowcooker cookbook!

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196 Gary Mitchener October 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Although my original motivation for transitioning to a whole-food plant-based diet was seeing the excellent documentary, “Forks over Knives,” my urgency came from being diagnosed with prostate cancer. All of that sounds pretty heavy. But the reality is I’m being opened to a whole new perspective on planning meals, visiting our Shaker Square Farmers’ Market, and creative cooking. Not to mention enjoying the tasty results, and now proselytizing among the guys in my Mankind Project group!

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197 Marissa C. October 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

My favorite thing to do in the crock pot is marinara sauce. Ever since I found out how yummy homemade pasta sauce, I have a hard time doing jarred. Making it in the slow cooker gives it time to develop a richness and a thickness that makes me salivate just thinking about it….mmmm……

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198 Caryn October 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

My favorite — and only — slow cooker recipe is vegan black bean chili. I’ve actually got 2 slow cookers so I can make enough of the chili for parties. But it’s the only recipe I really have (I’m a really poor cook). I would love to win the book so I can expand my repertoire and make my family and party guests happy!

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199 Andrea Boddam October 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

My busy college life has many a time been saved by my slow cooker. Because of it I have yet to find myself supping upon some crappy ramen noodles because they were quick and easy to make.
It makes sure I have a nutritious breakfast ready in the morning (steel cut oats baby!) and I never have to worry about soaking and prepping beans to boil. Just turn that bad boy on and it does all the work while I get back to my studies.

I would LOVE a copy so I could have some new vegan recipes to try out! Pumpkin lasagna… sounds amazing!

((PS: I LOVE your red beans and rice recipe Susan! It’s my favourite thing to make in my cooker. I actually had two people ask for the recipe when eating it in class the other day))

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200 Jessica Eagle October 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

First of all, thank you for giving us the opportunity to win this book. I really appreciate that. I would love to win this cookbook to have different good vegan recipes to make an elaborate dinner even the days I don’t have much time to cook. It would be great to make it in the morning and have it ready to go.
Thanks and have a nice day,
Jessica :)

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201 Joanne Cetnar October 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I would love the book. As a retired “senior” I am finallly becoming interested in a better eating experience and I use many of the recipes from this sight. This would be a great addition to my collection.

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202 Phill Hoxie October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I would like a copy of The vegan slow cooker as it is hard to find slow cooker recipes and I do like to have dinner almost done when I come home after a hard day of being retired.

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203 Iris Miller October 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hi Susan, I would love to win and would cherish that cookbook, because I am a low income senior;
my birthday is Thursday Oct. 6, and I will be 69 years old
I am trying to become a full time vegetarian and would love some more tasty recipes (I have already “friended” you on my facebook)
I love reading your blog, and
LOVE sweet and sour soup! Thank you so much for that recipe!
blessings and love,
Iris

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204 Susan Wernet October 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’d love to win the cook book! I stopped eating animal products in 2007 and I love to have great new recipes to try out on my friends and family as I try to tempt them over to my kind of eating!
Thank you! Susan Wernet
Rocky River, Ohio

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205 betsy October 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Direction for conventional cooking for those of us without storage space for a crock pot?

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206 Heather October 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

My fave is making BBQ jackfruit. It gets so yummy in flavorful after a long cook!
I feel like I don’t use my slow cooker nearly enough though so I would really really like to have this book:)

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207 Mary October 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Looks so amazing!

My favourite slow cooker recipe is chili and it’s also the reason I would love a copy of this book – it’s really the only thing I ever make in my slow cooker!

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208 Lisa A. October 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I noticed this book on Amazon a few days ago and I would love to have it, so I could use my slow cooker more often and hopefully save some time in the kitchen. My favorite slow-cooker recipe for the only dish I ever cook in my slow cooker is black bean chili.

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209 Leah Adamowicz October 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I need me a new vegan cookbook!!! ;)

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210 Allison White October 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I’ve been eying that cookbook for days now. nom nom.

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211 Carol October 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I love slow cooking! I have three in my house and use them nearly daily. My favorite thing to make is lentil soup – lentils, onions, carrots, veggie broth. Cook on high for four hours and you have a great lunch.

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212 Paula October 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I have never found vegan slow cooker recipes and this book sounds like a dream come true. Even if I don’t win the book, I plan to put it on my Christmas list of dream gifts.

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213 Joelle October 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I just found my grandma’s slow cooker in her basement and this book would be a great way to finally use it!!

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214 Emily October 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

My current favorite is a black lentil recipe from The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla.

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215 Sarah October 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I have a slow cooker. I use it for mulled apple cider and that is about it. I don’t know how to cook with it. :(

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216 Anna October 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Vegetable stews, for sure! I love crock-pots and smelling the root vegetables cooking all day.

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217 Colleen October 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I was just looking at this book a couple days ago, & thougt it looked like a great book! Your stamp of approval is a great endorsement. I’d love a copy! Thanks for all the work you do in your blog :)

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218 Heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Un-fried Beans for Tacos

Our very easy and probably favorite crockpot use is when I discovered that you don’t have to soak beans or cook them on the stove. So: rinse a pound of pinto beans in the morning. Put them in the crockpot (I have a bigger one). Fill it with plenty of water–about 3/4 of the crockpot full. Turn it on low and leave for the day.

When you come home, drain as much water off as you need to; add liquid smoke, taco seasoning, and anything else that you want to make them yummy. Sometimes I mash up a cup’s worth or so to make them creamier. With the right seasonings, these are soooo yummy!

We have them with the usual taco toppings (for us: nutritional yeast, good salsa, onions, corn, cilantro.)

I agree with other commenters that it’s hard to find really good vegan crockpot recipes!

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219 Fiona October 4, 2011 at 2:22 am

Thanks for this recipe – I will be trying this because I love tacos!

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220 Kate October 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I love using the slow cooker to cook dried beans, make seitan, and cook chili and stews! This way I’m not stuck in the house attending to things all day.

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221 Melissa October 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I’d like to have a copy of this book because I am constantly cooking 2 meals – one for the vegans, one for the omnivores – and this would help me do them at different times!

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222 Karen October 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Great looking recipe, will be trying it soon. I would love this cookbook because I use my crockpot at least twice a week and new recipes are always fun to try.
thanks

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223 Susan October 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thank you for what you do with this great electronic venue . Having been a vegetarian for over 10 years , with half of those years living in Florida. Down here it’s difficult to find good Vegan/Vegetarian eateries without getting a curious look. I have been doing most cooking at home as a result, & have had my slow cooker tucked way in the back on my top shelf. I thought my Wok was the way to quick, healthy family suppers. I would love, love , love to use my slow cooker again to create a warm simmering meal after long day at work in an Oncology office.
The miso soup recipe looks fabulous. I attended a macrobiotic cooking workshop to learn how to make miso soup. Well, it didn’t quite come out as I had hoped. Thanks for the opportunity to fall in love with slow cooking again as I throw my hat into the ring for the Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook. With gratitude, Susan Wright

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224 Kelly October 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I would love, love, love to win a copy of this wonderful book because my big, beautiful, stainless steel slow cooker has been so lonely since I turned vegan seven years ago! Thanks!

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225 Michelle October 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is any kind of stew or chili…a necessity for keeping me warm and happy during cold midwestern winters!

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226 Amanda October 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

My fav slow cooker recipes are chili and crockpot apple cider….
I’d love a copy of this book. I’m pretty new to the vegan thing and learning to slow cook (vegan) this fall for the family :)

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227 Gwen Z October 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

The cookbook sounds awesome! I’ve only recently gone vegan but use my slow cooker for a number of items, mostly soups and chilis. My most exciting discovery of slow cooker use, however, was learning that I can cook sweet potatoes in it. They turn out so tender and juicy and I don’t have to turn on the oven!

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228 Lisa October 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I’d love to win a copy because I have a slow cooker I’ve never used and I need inspiration! So many times I go looking for recipes and only find chili-type dishes, which I’m not a fan of. This book seems to have a lot more variety.

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229 karen lyles October 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I’d really like this cookbook. I am looking for books that have alternatives to soy since I overreact to soy in an unpleasant way. I love hot and sour soup too, but avoid the tofu!

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230 Diane Bonaccorsi October 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I have never used a slow cooker since so many of the slow cooking cookbooks were all about meat, but after seeing the recipe for hot and sour soup I am more then interested in getting a slow cooker and would love a copy of this book.

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231 Jess October 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thank you for the chance to win this book! I love french onion soup out of the slow cooker!

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232 Laura B October 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

YUMMY! I’ve been looking for ethnic vegan crockpot recipes!

Thank you for the wonderful ideas! I’ll be trying this soon.

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233 Caroline October 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Kathy, I’m so glad you’ve started posting slow cooker recipes since the rainy season has just started here in Oregon. It can get pretty rainy and cold and there is nothing better than a nice hot bowl of soup or stew from the slow cooker. I will be trying this Hot and Sour soup recipe to jump start a season of slow cooking vegan dinners. Yum!

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234 Laura B October 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

With a household of kids coming and going at all hours (2 in college), using a slow cooker/crock pot is a great way to have a meal available for hours without an extra fuss. I make a few meals repeatedly in a crockpot during the fall and winter – they get pretty boring – mostly soups/stews – and I’m looking for some fresh ideas for my hungry brood. I’m sure they would appreciate a change, too!

I can’t wait to try this soup. It looks wonderful! My family would appreciate some new meal ideas!

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235 Mitzi October 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I’d like a copy of that cookbook because I used to enjoy coming home to the delicious smell of good food cooking in the crockpot, but since going on a healthier eating plan, most of those old recipes are history. Chili will still work, and some soups, but I’d like a broader repertoire going into writing a dissertation this winter and spring. (Ph.D., cell biology and biochemistry)

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236 Jaclyn October 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

1. Chicken Tortilla Soup. All you have to do is dump everything in, set it on low for 6 hours, and out comes the best tasting soup known to man.

2. I haven’t used my slow cooker since I became Vegetarian a year ago and I miss using it. I am hoping to pull it out again soon to discover new Fall and Winter recipes!

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237 Linda Lewis October 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

This recipe looks so delicious and healthy. I would love to have copy of your book for at least 3 reasons. One, I have been a vegan for over a year and a half for health reasons. I was a lacto vegetarian before that for 31 years. I am thrilled with being veagn. I wish I had done it sooner. I am so much healthier. second I love using my slow cooker already so having your cookbook would be a delight with so many all vegan recipes! I cook for my husband and I. But I did raise 6 boys and have 3 grand-children so of course it happens fairly often I cook for the kids to. Finally it is such a pure compassionate and even spiritual way to eat. Thank goodness for folks like you showing the world how fun and good tasting vegan eating is.

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238 Patrick D October 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Hi Susan! Just wanted to say thank you for this awesome cite. I’m new to the world of vegan cooking and I’m so happy there is someone out there who doesn’t want to dump oil and margarine into every recipe. The cookbook would be a fantastic way to start off my vegan cooking journey!

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239 Nichole October 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I love that she organized the recipes by “the night before” and “the day of.” That’s the kind of organization and forethought I need when planning meals in my slow-cooker. I’m in grad school, with super long hours and it’s amazing when dinner’s already ready for me when I get home!

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240 Tina October 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I would love a copy of this book. I am vegan, but cook for meat eaters, meaning I cook 2 meals every time I cook. It would be great to have lots of vegan options to put in the crock pot to reduce my time in the kitchen. Thanks!

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241 Mb October 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

i want to start using my slow cooker more

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242 Carolyn F Jurgens October 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Vegan, breastfeeding mother of 6 month old needs help getting nourishment… dinner prep time is also bedtime, so slow cooking offers the ideal solution. I would LOVE this book to make things easier and yummier (I used to cook up a storm, now I get to eat alot of baked potatoes with avocado!)

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243 Laura Faye October 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hello! I’d love to win a copy because I want to use my slow cooker more so that I don’t heat up my apartment with the oven or stove. It’s still hot down here in Florida!

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244 Joan October 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm

My son-in-law loves hot and sour soup so I’m going to have to make this for him and hopefully convince him that vegetarian/vegan foods ARE good. My favorite slow cooker recipes are ones I’ve adapted from Hannah Keeley’s website – Stop Light Stew, Coleslaw Soup and Lasagna. Meat eaters are surprised when I tell them “there’s no meat!”
Thanks for this recipe!

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245 Melissa S October 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

This hot and sour soup sounds like something I would love to try. I love cooking with a slow cooker and enjoy mixed flavors from the ingredients when done. I would also love to try the Caribbean Mango Black Bean soup. It sounds yummy too.

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246 Tiffany October 4, 2011 at 12:22 am

Making soup in a slow cooker is such a good idea. I don’t have a specific recipe to share, but my favorite thing I’ve made using a slow cooker was actually a hot and sour soup. It had a bunch of Tex-Mex type of flavor components–definitely spicy, but so good. Other than that, I haven’t used the slow cooker much, so getting a copy of this book would be a great way to turn that trend around.

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247 JAY JACOBS October 4, 2011 at 12:33 am

Oh my…those recipes have got my taste buds tingling…am constantly amazed by the variety of vegan treats that are possible and LOVE my slow cooker and the way food tastes that has been cooked this way!
Thanks for the chance …hope I win..am crossing my fingers and toes!
Jay

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248 Lisa October 4, 2011 at 12:47 am

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and sharing your extra copy of the cookbook with a luck winner. I am eager to know how people keep their slow cookers on all day when they are not home. My husband is convinced that is a fire hazard or cooking nightmare. If I can convince him otherwise, this would be my preferred style of vegan cooking as I am out at work and with kids all day! One pot cooking that is ready when you get home! What a dream! I would love to learn how to cook like this for my vegetarian family that I am always trying to convert to veganism.

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249 abigail October 4, 2011 at 1:31 am

I’d like a copy of the book because I don’t have a favourite slow cooker recipe yet! I like to make vegan Cincinnati-style chilli and things with rice/lentils as they get more flavourful the longer they’re left to cook, but I’m still on the look-out for a number 1 recipe

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250 Lauren October 4, 2011 at 1:34 am

I think my favorite slow cooker recipe is from Robin Robertson’s Quick Fix Vegetarian. The recipe involves stuffing a kabocha squash with brown rice, dried cranberries, spices etc. Once it’s cooked you can spoon out the rice with tender bits of kabocha from the walls of the squash. Yum! I also like to slow cook jack fruit with homemade bbq sauce to mimic and bbq pulled pork sandwich. :)

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251 Polly October 4, 2011 at 1:42 am

Thanks for the opportunity to win a crockpot book. I love using my crockpot!
Happy Days!

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252 Fiona October 4, 2011 at 1:45 am

I don’t know if I’m allowed to enter because I am currently in Australia, but I will be back in California just after Xmas and I have things sent to my mother-in-law in California to hold on for me until I get back all the time anyway lol. I LOVE the slow cooker because I often lose motivation to cook dinner if I wait to start it until after 5pm. My favorite slow cooker recipe comes from Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson. It’s called Bobotie (or African Bobotie). I made it because the ingredients sounded so unusual, and they did indeed come out tasting unusual – and delicious!
When I flipped through Kathy Hester’s book on Amazon, I knew I wanted it for the recipes of seitan, ketchup, and marinara sauce. I love the idea of easily making convenience foods like these and saving money! Plus, I loved how she divided the instructions into “night before” and “morning”. It’s genius because people always complain that with many slow cooker recipes they can’t just dump it all in and go. While you still can’t just dump it in and go, with Kathy’s directions dividing up the work it seems like it would make the whole process a lot easier. I also love that it’s the first slow cooker book I’ve seen that’s all vegan! Even though Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker is almost totally vegan, it’s nice to see a book with the vegan label and know every recipe is completely vegan. I will definitely buy this book if I don’t win it, but with all the costs associated with moving back and forth between Australia and California, it would be nice to have one less thing to buy!
Thanks for reviewing this book by the way! I love this series you’re doing! :)

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253 caterina October 4, 2011 at 1:57 am

sorry for the dumb quetion, but do you think that there could be another way of making this recipe without a slowcooker? I don’t have one, but the recipe sounds so yummy, and I would like very much to try it!

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254 SusanV October 4, 2011 at 7:31 am

I think it would be fine to bring the water to a boil in a soup pot, add everything except the peas, cover and cook on low for about 30 minutes. Add the peas a few minutes before serving.

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255 caterina October 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

thank you for the suggestion!

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256 Laurin October 4, 2011 at 2:00 am

I’ve been eyeing this cookbook for weeks, and this soup recipe has convinced me I need to get it! I live with my elderly grandmother who recently had an aneurism and a stroke. She’s finally home after almost two months in the hospital and recovery center but needs care 24/7. Between school, work and helping to care for her, finding time to prepare healthy vegan food is proving difficult. I want to start making slow-cooked meals I can eat all week without having to eat out, but I’ve never really cooked with a slow cooker. This cookbook looks like it’s full of good recipes. Even some low fat, low sodium ones my Texan grandma might enjoy!

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257 Michelle October 4, 2011 at 2:12 am

BBQ jackfruit is super easy in a slow cooker. Toss in the jackfruit, slice up an onion, and pour some homemade bourbon bbq in…delicious!

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258 Anna Norris October 4, 2011 at 2:27 am

I’d love to get some recipes for my crock pot. I have a chilli I do but it’s getting old. Thanks

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259 Grace October 4, 2011 at 2:50 am

Hi, Susan,
I’m always happy & ready to try your delicious recipes. Consequently, I was very excited when I saw the “slow cooker” recipe since just last night I was thinking about how long it’s been since I used my slow cooker due to the lack of vegan recipes. Thanks for posting this recipe and solving my problem.
Have a great day!
Grace

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260 Ruth October 4, 2011 at 5:13 am

This is right on time! My crockpot has been gathering dust too and I’m eager to put it back to use. Particularly in the Fall, it is so comforting to have something (safely) simmering away and filling the house with wonderful aroma. I would love to have this book!

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261 elessar tetramariner October 4, 2011 at 5:38 am

Susan,
Judging by the images, Kathy’s slow-cooking recipe 4 hot & sour soup looks like the same I used to make when I lived in Michigan. I intend to print more images for my new house’s kitchen & dining rooms–yes, I bought a new house May 31st, and have been ‘upgrading’ ever since. £9,000 for solar panels was just the start! Then, new water heater (boiler), sheds for tools/materials, sowing of wildflowers. The conservatory/greenhouse awaits approval from my local government authorities, but you can bet I’ll be growing peppers, tomatoes, herbs like basil, dill, oregano,thyme & flowers and more. It will be an actual conservatory, with chair to read in the sun or have a guest. I have a plan!
You don’t mind me using some of your images to make guests salivate while enjoying a beer, pop, wine,snack, chips, crisps or cocktail, do you?

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262 Blaine October 4, 2011 at 6:19 am

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for over two years now and I love sharing the recipes with nonvegan friends and family to show them what good food tastes like. I’m now a sophomore in college and part of a group called the Ecovores. We host a lot of dinners for groups of all sizes, and I’d love a slow-cooker book so I can start things before class, go about my busy day and have delicious vegan noms ready to share with everyone!

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263 Miriam October 4, 2011 at 6:24 am

As a vegetarian, the only way I use my slow cooker is to cook dry beans, which is why I want a copy of this book! We got a really nice slow cooker as a wedding gift and need to find new ways to use it.

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264 Crystal October 4, 2011 at 6:40 am

I would like to win a copy of this book for my mom. She is a meat lover, who just got a crock pot. We were talking the other day and she said that she wants to start eating more vegetarian meals, but has never seen a veg crock pot recipe book. I agreed and told her I’d keep an eye out…and then I got this email from your website! It’s a sign! :)

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265 Ali October 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

I would love to have the cookbook as I don’t know to cook most stuff. To me cooking means preparing boiled eggs and tea only you can imagine!!

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266 Paul Becker October 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

Hot and Sor soup is one of my all time favorites but I can’t imagine it without Szechuan peppercorns. I’ll give this a try but I’ll probably modify it.

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267 Mary October 4, 2011 at 7:32 am

Fasolada is what I like! It is a greek navy or canellini or giant beans soup with onions, a bit tomato paste, lots of carrots, salt/pepper, that’s it! My mother cooks it without olive oil, whoever wants to adds on the plate. Just a bit of olive
oil on the plate is really good.

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268 Laurie Conley October 4, 2011 at 7:41 am

My favorite slow-cooker recipe is Refried Beans without the Refry, found on all recipes.com. That’s pretty much the only thing I make in the slow cooker, so this recipe book sounds very handy!

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269 Ashley Pruneau October 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

Yay! Me & my boyfriend just got a brand new, huge slow-cooker! We’ve been using it 70% of every week since we got it; and I just stumbled upon your recipe- I’m gonna try it 2nite! Being a vegan cook, and acquiring a new toy, I would love a copy of your book- simpler than googling different sites. I appreciate having the book in hand myself- instead of checking the computer screen… Thanks for the recipe! :)

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270 Dawn Carter October 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

I would love to have this cookbook!!! I have been wanting Hot and Sour Soup since I starting my plant-based eating. This recipe looks yummy.

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271 Allie October 4, 2011 at 8:06 am

Right now my favorite use for my slow cooker is making refried beans–so insanely cheap, and it gives me so much food. I would love a copy of this cookbook as I am already a fan of Kathy’s blog, this soup recipe looks amazing and I’d love to expand my uses for my slow cooker :)

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272 Matt October 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

I have a Sunday ritual where I make a big pot of slow-cooker beans – its delicious but somehow I keep making the same thing every week. Its always cumin, hot sauce, chili powder, etc -I usually wing it but end up creating the same mexican-inspired dish.

This book would revolutionize my slow cooking, fast paced existence! I would do anything for some new recipe ideas, especially outside of my usual south of the border fare.

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273 Donna King October 4, 2011 at 8:09 am

we have recently gone vegan and always looking for new recipes to try to keep us motivated to stay healthy. This soup looks incredibly delicious so I would love to win a copy of the whole cookbook. Thanks!

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274 Sherri Garner October 4, 2011 at 8:10 am

Dear Susan,

As a gourmet and animal lover I try hard to entice my family with great vegan cuisine. Your site has been a blessing to me and other vegan epicurians.

I love to create gourmet delights, and this book is a MUST HAVE. Especially fond of Asian vegan products it is difficult to find trendy recipes.

The soup is excellent. I used dried Shitake and canned oyster mushrooms. Serving it tonight with my crock pot Mapo Tofu.

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275 Berenice October 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

That looks delicious! I’d love a copy of the book because I’ve been wanting it since it first came out but haven’t been able to find the money to buy it. Also, I am about to start a new job and would love to have dinner ready when I get home.

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276 Douglas Bancks October 4, 2011 at 8:13 am

Hi Susan,
I recently retired but my wife still needs to work so I do my best to plan a delicious and healthy meal for the evening. It has not been easy as most recipes I make are based around too few taste alternatives and ingredients. I am not looking for recipes that have hard-to-find ingredients at all. I need simple, nutritious, tasty meals that come together easily. I hope the slow cooker cookbook supplies as much. Thank you for sharing.

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277 G Wilson October 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

I’m afraid I don’t have a favorite recipe (other than that good ol’ standby: chili), since I don’t use my slow cooker *nearly* as much as I should. That’s why I’d love a copy of this book! :)

Thanks for this contest, Susan, and thanks for your terrific blog!

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278 Viki October 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

I am vegan and gluten free and would love to use my crock pot for more than rewarming soup to be ready after yoga class!
Thank you for your great site.

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279 Laurie October 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

My favorite slow cooker recipe is for a seitan roast with carrots and potatoes. Smells (and tastes) so good!

Thanks for your great recipes and the opportunity to win this book!

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280 TOBI October 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

CHOLENT IS MY FAVORITE SLOW COOKER RECIPE. THE JEWISH PEOPLE PREPARE IT FOR OUR SABBATH.

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281 Andy October 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

I would love a copy of this book! I had been looking at it before, but finances being as they are, I’ve always had to say “Another time…”

A few months ago, I bought a slow-cooker but it didn’t get much use in the summer time, but I am very excited to put it to work now that it’s cooler outside and that the school year has started again. I’m a graduate student working on a PhD, which means long days in the lab, and as much as I love to cook, by the time I get home I’m in no mood to dance around my tiny kitchen to come up with something, but I’m also no fan of fast food or processed, frozen meals (especially expensive vegan-friendly ones). As such, the notion of putting my slow-cooker to work and having a hot meal with fresh, local ingredients the moment I walk through the door is thrilling!

Love the blog!

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282 Shirah October 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

Someone gave me a slow cooker over a year ago and all it does is grow dusty on the shelf- I’ve been curious to pull it out and give it a try. A new cookbook would be a great reason!

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283 elizabeth October 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

I don’t have a favorite slow cooker recipe…yet! I’m really interested in making comforting vegan food and I’d love to check this book out.

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284 Shveta October 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

Wow, so many comments! Well, I’d like to win the book because I’ve been thinking of trying my hand at slow cooker recipes. It feels like something warm and comforting as we in the U.S. head into autumn.

And I also love hot and sour soup (though adding peas to it is new)!

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285 Amanda October 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

I use my slow-cooker all the time during the cooler months. My favorite recipe is vegan corn chowder, both because it tastes amazing and is so easy!

I can’t wait to try out this recipe! Thanks for the review of what looks like a fun and easy to use cookbook for real people.

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286 Kara October 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

This looks AWESOME! I made miso soup once, but this looks even better! I would love a copy of the book to learn how to use my slow-cooker.

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287 MO October 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

This looks awesome. P-L-E-A-S-E may I win? My husband is addicted to his crock pot! It’d be perfect for us!

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288 Catherine B October 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

I would love to win a copy of this book. After 2 years of paperwork, my adoption is finally going through and my 6 month old is coming home on Monday. I need all the time I can to bond with her so lots of crock pot meals are in my future!

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289 Caroline October 4, 2011 at 10:37 am

My favorite recipe in the slow cooker is lentil vegetable soup. Somehow it tastes richer and more flavorful than when I cook it on the stove. I would love a copy of this book because I’m always looking for straightforward ideas for dinner. It is great to come home to dinner that is ready to eat!

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290 Vickie Taylor October 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

Wow, I’d love to have a copy of Kathy Hester’s book because, before I went vegetarian (nearly a vegan, but I eat eggs from my own happy chickens) I used to be a slow cooker FREAK. I own four — different sizes and shapes. I used to use it every day and love the convenience of preparing dinner in the morning when I’m fresh and having a hot supper waiting after work. But when I went vegetarian two years ago, I realized most of my favorite recipes were no longer usable. I mourned the loss the day I put my slow cookers up on a shelf. I’d love to get them back down again!

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291 Karen Beth October 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

My favorite slow-cooker recipe is kind of my favorite because I don’t know any others. It is a lovely bean and corn chili recipe that is delicious! Would love some other vegan recipes to use my slow cooker with. Thanks!

msred5 at gmail dot com

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292 Mesha October 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

I am very new to the vegan world and am THRILLED to learn that I will still be able to use my slow cooker. Please, please help out a newbie! I’d love to win a copy of “The Vegan Slow Cooker.” It’s a bit overwelming in the beginning making the transition and learning how to cook vegan-style.

Thanks for the recipes!!! Of course, I hope I win, but good luck to all!!

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293 Jenn October 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

This recipe looks delish!! Since having my baby and going back to work full-time, my slow cooker has become my best friend! I’m always looking for recipes and would love a copy of this book

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294 Jenn October 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

Would love to win a copy of this book! I work nights full time and am also in school, so it’s been tough to do as much cooking as I’d like. I’d love more options for great slow-cooker meals that practically cook themselves!

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295 Ashley October 4, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’ve had a slow cooker since last Christmas and have only used it twice. I’d love to get something ready the night before that would allow me to come home to a hot dinner in the evening.

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296 Dee Weaver October 4, 2011 at 10:48 am

If this is an example of the recipes in this book, I need this book… and I need a slow cooker too!

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297 Amber October 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

I’m a single vegan mom with a 6 year old vegan first grader. This book could really help put my crock pot to work since i can’t really recall ever using it. I can’t imagine all the free time I would have to finally catch up on laundry, help Aubrey with her homework, play, relax etc. ::fingers crossed::

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298 Karen October 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

This seems perfect for my San Francisco winters (and summers). I love using my slow cooker and would love a copy of this book! Good thing my farmer’s market has a mushroom stand every week. I might add a few more veggies into the mix

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299 April H October 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

I would love a copy of this book! I love using my slow cooker, especially in the winter because it makes the whole house smell so good!

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300 Judy Williams October 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

My dust gathering crockpot would love to be revived with some meatless recipes. This book sounds like a fabulous way to get started.

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301 Emmy mathis October 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

Our family have recently chosen a vegan diet and would love the new recipe book… I have a 5 year old and a 15 month old so anything that gives me extra time during the day is great!!

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302 A.L.Wolfe October 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hot and sour soup is my “go to” meal at the first sign of a cold, never thought to do it in the crockpot, yay! My favorite crock pot dish is chili, any which way, and I would love to win the cookbook because the names of the recipes sound so healthy and innovative. As a senior, I want to take care of myself as well as I can through my diet and also enjoy tasty meals :) Love your pix btw!

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303 Kirsten October 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

I am so excited! Would love a copy of this book. My slow cooker is also gathering dust.

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304 Stephanie October 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

I have been looking for a recipe using tofu and this looks like a great one for me to try! My kids love tofu, but I don’t have a lot of experience cooking it.
I’d love a copy of the book because I cannot eat dairy and am always looking for new tasty recipes to try- and vegan ones seem to be the way to go! My family is not vegan, but we try to have at least one vegan meal a week- sometimes more if we plan ahead. And we do vegetarian meals as well. And as a Mom of 3 busy little girls, my slowcooker is my best friend at dinner time! Slowcooker+veggies= a winning combination! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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305 Elizabeth Diethelm October 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

Pick me! I am so ready to break out my crock-pot (aka slow-cooker) and try some new tasty vegan meals!

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306 Joann October 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

I would love a copy of the book. This soup looks amazing and I would like to see some more of Kathy’s recipes.

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307 kelly4kittys October 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

I unfortunately don’t have a favorite slow cooker recipe, so a copy of this book might help change that!

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308 sandy October 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

My favorite EASY slow cooker recipe is a yellow split pea soup – simply broth, onion, spices and split peas. The Vegan Slow Cooker looks beautiful – love the lay out. I’m ready for more slow cooker recipes for the winter months!
sandy

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309 Alesha October 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

I’d love a chance to win this cookbook, because we use our crockpot so much. We try to do at least one crockpot dish each week, as our schedules are so insane. It helps the menu as well as the pocketbook!

Thanks,
Alesha

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310 Meridith October 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

I would love to win a copy of the cookbook! I need to find more creative ways to use my crockpot – now I just use it to cook beans or chili!

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311 Larisa October 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

I’m going to make the Hot & Sour soup this week! My teenage son has been vegetarian for a couple of years, and I can’t eat gluten or dairy, so it has led to cooking gluten-free vegan for the whole family. And being able to have a dinner ready to go in the slow cooker when I get home is perfect!

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312 Kristi P. October 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

I’ve been looking for a veg slow cooker book for YEARS. If I win this, I can give away the ones I currently have that are 2/3 non-veg. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

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313 Toni October 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

Love your blog :) My favorite slow cooker recipe is for a barley, carrot and green pepper soup that I adore but my family most decidedly does not. I would like the cookbook to help find something we can all agree on!!

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314 Sheryl October 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

I would love to win the slow cooker cookbook. I haven’t used my slow cooker since last winter and would love to start of the season with some new recipes.

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315 Kristen October 4, 2011 at 11:08 am

I usually just make chili with my slow cooker, which I love, but I’d like to branch out from that. This book looks like the solution.

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316 Paula Bauer October 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

I love your recipes. I am a full time RV’er and all the recipes have been delicious. We just started eating vegan 2 months ago. My husband has heart issues and I have diabetes. We have been feeling better since we changed our eating habits. Your blog has been a godsend. I would love to have your slow cooker recipe book. I am making your soup tonight.

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317 Ann October 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

Susan
Since going vegan from being a long-time vegetarian I have enjoyed all the recipes I have tried from your blog (a lot of them have been breakfast items as I love to cook breakfasts) and you have inspired me to try new techniques to improve the healthfulness of some of my old recipes. I especially love reading about your daughter and her reviews of the recipes–I have 2 girls, a tween and a very opinionated 5 yr old–and it is always helpful to me to hear that E approves a dish! I agree with your husband that hot and sour soup is sorely missed on a veg diet (after more than 20 yrs I still long for it every time I browse a Chinese menu) and will definitely try this recipe (and serve it with your sweet and sour, one of my favs of yours). You can’t beat the ease of the crockpot, but I hardly use mine since I haven’t taken the time to develop or accumulate a recipe library for it, so I would love to check out this cookbook.
Thanks for all your great ideas and keep them coming!

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318 Jill Princehouse October 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

Hi Susan:

Like you, I decided one day to become a crock pot cook and purchased a crock pot. After it sat a while on the shelf gathering dust, I gave it to my daughter. Although I’d like her and her family to follow my no-added-fat vegan diet, they don’t. This cookbook would encourage me to grab another crock pot and try vegan recipes that I could test and pass on to my daughter for her family. I would very much like to try it.

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319 Christina October 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

I love slow cookers! I would much rather wake up early and prep for dinner than try to make something when I’m exhausted in the evening. My favorite dish is probably New Mexican green chile stew. When it simmers all day everything in the stew tastes like spicy happiness.

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320 sharon October 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

I would love to have this book so that I can give it to my brother-in-law. He is a meat-eater who has decided to cut out dairy and meat. Just this morning he asked me if I could give him books or recipes that would help him (as a lazy cook) go vegan. This would be perfect for him. I will also turn him on to your blog, which I use regularly. Thanks so much, Susan.

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321 Ed October 4, 2011 at 11:20 am

I would love to have the book. I’ve been a slow-cooker on the shelf for way too long. I can’t wait to get plugged in again with with some fresh veggies slowly simmering away, sending wonderful aromas wafting throughout my owner’s home. That’ll get him back on track.

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322 Kathi Sandler October 4, 2011 at 11:20 am

I LOVE the idea of Vegan H&S Soup! The one I’ve made in the past (made up) makes enough for an army…and we’ve recently gone mostly vegetarian and I’m leaning towards vegan. So this recipe is PERFECT! I’m also craving soups lately and the crock is the perfect way to accomplish that!!

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323 Kim S. October 4, 2011 at 11:21 am

I’m in a rut and need some new ideas! We have a slow cooker that I never use so this sounds like a great challenge!!

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324 Heather Trupia October 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

ooh, I hope I win the give away!!! I’ve been wanting to get this book and Vegan on $4 a day, and both are sitting in my Amazon basket, waiting for the extra money to buy!!! Need to spend money to save money! haha. I am back to working full-time and all of my old slow cooker favorites are not Vegan… so need new recipes for the new lifestyle!

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325 Nancy Born October 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

I’d love to win a copy of “The Vegan Slow Cooker.” I’m intrigued by your mention of seitan recipes, in particular. We want to learn how to make and use seitan. Also, the Hot and Sour Soup sounds fabulous! Thanks, I enjoy your blog.

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326 Sarah Stockton October 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

Yumm! That looks delicious! I would LOVE to win that book! I’ve missed using my slow cooker ever since I became vegan! There’s so many slow cooker recipes out there that call for cream of mushroom and cream of that. Ick. This book is exactly what this household needs! :) Fresh, healthy, and easy!

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327 Rebecca October 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

This looks delish!! I have been eating vegan for about 5 weeks after being vegetarian for 13 years. My migraines are disappearing and I am sleeping through the night–quite a big deal for me! I have also pulled my slow cooker off the shelf recently to help make more dry bean dishes while I work during the day. My husband–who is home during the day but who prefers the clean-up portion of dinner to cooking–will gladly jump in to throw things together in the cooker if I have it ready. This is big incentive for me to think of yummy dishes that we can collaborate on! I would love a copy of this cookbook to try!!

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328 Audelle October 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

I stumbled across Kathy’s blog last year when she was sharing new slow cooker oatmeal recipes – and fell in love. I never put those 2 things together and she has so many creative ideas. I also use my slow cooker year round but am in kind of a rut for savory meals – would love a copy of her book to see more of her creative works (while continuing to Eat To Live:)

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329 Denise October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

I have not posted here until now! I am a lurker : )

Thanks for your awesome recipes! We have tried several over the years and loved them all. Anyway, my husband and I would love this book and hope we are the lucky winners! We work different schedules and hardly see each other, so this book might be the handy tool to help us use the (currently) dusty slow cooker! Thanks : )

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330 Caroline October 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

My fav vegan slow cooker recipe is for Sloppy Lentils. It’s so easy to make (lentils, onions, chilli power, stock and tinned tomatoes) that I can whip it up in about 10 mins.

As a busy Mum the slow cooker is great. I don’t have to stir hot pans while running back and forth looking after my daughter. I can even sweat off vegetables in the cooker on high to make meals on step.

The best thing is that I can have a small portion with my baby (so she doesn’t eat too late) and then an adult portion when my Husband comes home from work.

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331 Sara October 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

I love the slow cooker, and ever since going vegetarian I find it harder to use for meals (I usually just cook beans in them {after soaking and boiling for 20 mins}.) Here’s hoping I win a copy of the book! :D If not, thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! My husband adores hot and sour soup!

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332 SW October 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

I would love this book! I use the slow cooker all the time but have just recently converted to veganism. I dont know what to cook! This book would be a big help!

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333 Jessica Tripp October 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

Hey Kathy,
I would love to win the Vegan Slow cooker because my husband and I recently became vegans (as of 4 weeks ago) and are in need for some great recipes and tips!

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334 skoura October 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

I have recently made the jump from meat eater to vegan in an attempt to be more heart-healthy. My favorite dish to make with my crock pot (my favorite appliance!) is corned beef and cabbage. Having a whole book of delicious vegan recipes to prepare in my crock pot would certainly help ease the transition.

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335 Annemarie October 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

I found your blog by chance last May (I told my mom I’d cook her 1 healthy meal/week for her Mother’s Day present) and quickly fell in love with your recipes! I cooked vegan dinners for my mom, sister, and I throughout the summer–my mom loved their nutritional profile and my sister the taste. About a month ago, I decided to become a vegan, and I have never felt better. However, I’m in college, and to say the vegan dining hall options are minimal is definitely an understatement! I’m planning on getting a slow cooker for my dorm room, and would love to win a copy of the book!

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336 Emily Turner Condill October 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

As a busy veg mother to 3 little ones, our slow cooker is used almost daily! Slow cooking gives me more play time with them. I would love to win a copy of this cookbook! This soup is going on the dinner plan for next week! Thanks for sharing.

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337 Jennifer Meyer October 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

This looks fantastic! I’m in dire need of some healthy vegan crock pot recipes. The crock pot just saves me so much time and headache in the mornings for breakfast steel cut oats and in the crazy busy evenings after work for dinner. Most crock pot recipes are so full of fat, creamed soups and processed crap – I just end up cooking the few same moderately healthy recipes over and over. I would love Love LOVE to have this book.

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338 Jenn October 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

I would love a copy of this book. I love to cook with my slow cooker here in the chilly Northeast. But the book isn’t for me. I have a friend I would pass it on to. She lost her 17 year old cousin to cancer just over a month ago. In honor of him she has taken on the vegan lifestyle. She so wants to be a success at this and I would love to be able to give her this tool to use in her journey. Please consider her for the book.

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339 becky park October 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

Love these recipes! Thanks!

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340 Allison Andres October 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

I have been obsessed with my slow-cooker when my husband and I started working opposite shifts cooking a meal really didn’t seem appealing.
I’m not very creative though, so we are eating a lot of potato stew and curry, this book will really help me broaden my culinary skills and have a nice meal every day!

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341 Kristen Tamblyn October 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

This is exactly what I need with a 2.5 year old and 3 month old at home. It would be amazing to make dinner when they are napping rather than trying desperately to throw food together in the evening when they are much more needy. I haven’t figured out how to use my slow cooker for much more than dried beans so far.

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342 Liz October 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

Like you, my slow cooker is likewise gathering dust! I’m also in grad school and working full time, so I would love to find more ways to use it!

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343 Anita October 4, 2011 at 11:59 am

I’m going to have to look out my crock pot and try making this. I would love a copy of this book.

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344 amey October 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

what a great giveaway! My boyfriend is crazy for hot and sour soup… I can’t say I love it that much. But I also have a slow cooker, which mostly just collects dust on top of the fridge. I’d love to put it to use more often!

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345 Danielle October 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

The soup you made looks delicious! My favorite crock pot recipe is vegan chili. I would love a copy of the book as I am a busy, working mom and it would help give me more ideas for the crock pot. I have been using it a lot lately for steel cut oatmeal and basic soups or rice/lentils and am finding that I need some inspiration. Thanks.

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346 Sara Moore October 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I have really missed hot and sour soup — most of the versions at restaurants are not veg-friendly. Thanks for sharing!

My favorite slow cooker dish is my veganized version of my family’s recipe for Brunswick Stew. I couldn’t do without it once I went veg, and it’s surprisingly similar to the original. It’s just about cold enough to start making it again, too!

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347 Chris D. October 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I have LOVED your blog for years! Thank you so much for your innovative and tasty recipes. You help me stay on track.
My favorite crockpot recipe is a layered enchilada casserole I veganized years ago. I especially like to utilize crockpots during the holidays – they are great for a casual buffet. I would really appreciate adding this cookbook to my collection.
Thank you for offering your spare copy – what fun!

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348 Dianne October 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I’ve recently become a vegetarian (2 months ago) trending towards vegan. I made some seitan, but I don’t know what to do with it. It is waiting in the freezer. The cookbook would be a big help. Thanks for what you do.

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349 Rachael October 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I really love to make chilli in my slow cooker! I just use a recipe in my head though, because I never write my recipes down :). But chickpeas are always a must!

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350 Amy October 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is a 3 bean chili! It smells so amazing when it’s cooking all day in my house. I would love a copy of this book to add more vegetarian recipes to my collection!

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351 Susan Updegraff October 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I don’t have a slow cooker so can’t leave a favorite recipe. But I would love tohave a slow cooker and try these Vegan recipes. I am new to exploring vegan recipes. We recently saw and read Forks Over Knives and are working to convert our diet to vegan.

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352 Wendy O. October 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Why do I want a copy of this fabulous book? Because I, too, have a slow cooker languishing in the garage due to a paucity of crockpot recipes that don’t include meat. Never would have thought of making soup this way. What a grand idea.

In addition, I would look forward to irresistable vegan dishes that can be “passively” cooked — i.e., little prep time, no hovering over the stove or oven. I’ve stopped contributing to potlucks (always trying to promote awareness of vegan cuisine to others….) because I just don’t have the time to make something that will knock the socks off the meat-eaters. This book might do it.

By the way, hot-and-sour soup is *the* food I most want when I have a sore throat, the flu, a cold….i.e., when I’m generally feeling lousy with winter ailments. And there just aren’t any vegan versions available commercially. (I’m not adventurous enough to try the stuff in cans with labels I can’t read on the shelves in Chinatown.)

The fact that this book contains such a must-have-but-often-overlooked recipe is a good sign. I would love to discover the other delights that await in this inspiring work.

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353 Libby M October 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I love a sweet potato chili from the crock pot!

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354 April October 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I love your site and I would love to add this book to my collection!

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355 JoAnne October 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Thank you and Kathy for this recipe! Your recipes have been such a lifesaver and inspiration, and the stories delightful. Thank You!!!
Since changing to our new way of eating (simple, fatfree, whole food, plant strong, vegan (2 years)), my one and only remaining recipe for slow cooking is a variation of Crock Pot Fajitas from Zonya Foco’s Cookbook. I would love to have and SO use The Vegan Slow Cooker! I have been struggling with ideas to use the slow cooker more (in addition to simply beans). Thank you for sharing this opportunity too!

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356 Mary C. October 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

This soup makes me want a copy of this book! It looks wonderful :)

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357 Mel October 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I have always wanted some ways to use my slow cooker other than chili! Time to try some new things out, thanks for the inspiration.

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358 Darcy October 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I loved it when my mom used the crock pot when I was young. It was so comforting to come home at dinner time and smell whatever yummy thing it was she had cooking. I’d love to be able to do that in my vegan home with this book.

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359 May Terry October 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Thanks for this. I love hot and sour soup!

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360 Amanda October 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is chili! Nothing beats it on a blustery fall day. Mmmmm.

I can’t wait to put this soup together in the crockpot.

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361 Kim October 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I would love to have a copy of the book because a) the recipes sound great and b) I’m determined to actually use my slow cooker this winter and want to make some awesome vegan dinners for my family!

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362 Michelle October 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

My fav slow cooker recipe is a great ratatouille: just throw in onion, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, garlic, thyme, basil, and lots of garlic and let it be. Have a great stew-like mix that is perfect year round

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363 kim esper October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I would love to win the book because in the fall, winter & spring my slow cooker gets more use than any other appliance in my kitchen!

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364 Krista October 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I would love to have this cook boom because I am so pressed for time! Before going Vegan I used my crockpot quite often, but now I don’t know what to make in it. By having this cookbook I would be able to make healthy Vegan meals without spending lots of time cooking. This would be great because I’m in grad school and my husband is in dental school, which means I end up eating lots of salad and boca burgers. Thanks for the review, I’ve been looking for a vegan crockpot cookbook, if I don’t win I’ll have to break down and buy it :)

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365 Cena October 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I would love this book because I’m new to being vegan for one thing. Secondly, I have 10 children, hence my slow cooker sometimes literally saves my day (or my life) with the busy craziness around here. My family is slowly being converted. The less I say, but the more I just cook them yummy things, they don’t much notice whether its vegan or not.

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366 Liga Rozentale October 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Hi!
I’d like a copy of the book because I have to turn my fast food eating husband into a uberhealthy eater due to a serious liver condition and I think alot of these recipes could help as he actually loves using a slow cooker. :)
Thanks, Best, Līga

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367 Mike October 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Love soup recipes for the slow cooker! Thanks!

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368 Mark Fersch October 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Once again, these recipes are coming at the perfect time of year! With the recent cold spell here in PA, my crockpot has also been working like a dog. One of my favorite slow cooker recipes is the classic McDougall “Williams Crock Pot Chili” from his and Mary’s Quick and Easy cookbook. As the Germans do, keeping my thumbs pressed (for good luck) for a cookbook :)

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369 mollyjade October 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

My favorite is cholent. We add the tablespoon here and there of leftover beans and lentils from making other recipes to a jar. When the jar is full, it’s time to make cholent.

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370 Shannon October 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Wow, that soup looks incredible. I don’t even own a slow cooker, but I’m already being pestered by relatives about what I want for Christmas this year and, as a college student, anything that will produce great vegan food with less work after a long day is a great asset. This has definitely inspired me to look into slow cookers and I’d love to get started with this book.

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371 Janna October 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I love hot and sour soup and I also love using the crockpot! I haven’t had hot and sour soup for quite a bit because almost impossible to get vegetarian. This will be a comforting soup to eat when it’s raining out and you feel damp and chilled.
My favorite crockpot recipe is scalloped sweet potatoes!

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372 Maggie October 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

My slow cooker has also been gathering dust since I went vegan 2 years ago. I used it a lot for cooking meat back when I still did that, but so far have not figured out a way to use it as a vegan (I dont want to cook vegetables to death while I’m at work all day). This soup looks delicious and I’m excited to discover the Healthy Slow Cooking blog. I’d love a copy of the cookbook so that I can start using my slow cooker again!

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373 rita October 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I too have a slow cooker that is rarely used. I am just beginning a change in lifestyle and I would love to try some of Kathy’s healthier recipes.
Please include me in your giveaway Thanks

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374 Li Wu October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I’ve been looking for a vegan hot & sour soup recipe forever!!! Thanks for posting this and I’m sure I’ll be trying this out very soon!

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375 Kristen October 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I am always looking for Vegan Slow Cooker meals that will freeze well. When my husband goes to work for 2 days at a time, so I prep 5 meals for him to take, and slow cooker meals that freeze well make that so much easier to handle! If I don’t win the book, I’ll definitely be buying it!

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376 Sharon Gladson October 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

My slow cooker sits on the shelf and getting this book will put it to use! The soup looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the cookbook!

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377 Dixter October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Looks yummy. I use my crock pot a lot and am a vegan, so I look forward to seeing this book. Thanks Susan.

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378 Robin Kester October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I would love a copy. My husband is out of work looking for a job and I have been working 3 jobs. I would love some healthy recipes to make for me…I never use my crock pot for anything but pintos (for my meals). It would be nice to have new recipes at my finger tips that are vegan and good. It would also be great to come home from my 14 hour days and have a meal ready. Look out crock pot!

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379 Carmel Steindam October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

My favorite thing to make in the crockpot is apple sauce. It fills my whole house with the most delicious aroma! I would love to win the cookbook so I can expand my crockpot usage.

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380 kensington cooker October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Oh goodness, what would I do without my slow cooker? I make almost all my legumes that way. I base them on a recipe I found in a ladies’ mag in a surgical waiting room while my husband was undergoing a heart procedure( I wish I could give actual credit but don’t recall). I put two chopped onions, two chopped sweet peppers, four-eight cloves of garlic, a pound of dry beans, four tsps of spices, a little heat in the form of chipotle chile in adobo or chili-garlic paste, and seven cups of heated veg broth. In the 6-cup cooker it goes up to six hours on high or eleven on low, often during the night especially in warm weather. Then I freeze it and we enjoy for many days. I vary the spices according to the bean or my taste (cumin for black beans; chili for pintos; cumin, rosemary, and dry mustard for white beans; curry for split peas; Louisiana spices for red beans; barbecue flavor for kidney beans. When done I puree two cups of bean mixture and add back in, add salt and pepper and something acidic (lemon/lime juice or rice/balsamic vinegar), sometimes a few drops of liquid smoke. Always yummy. I’ve also successfully adapted so many vegan soup and stew recipes to the crockpot, including many of Susan’s , e.g., Thick and HeartyPinto Bean Chili, Mushroom-Barley Soup With Cannellini Beans and Cabbage, North African Chickpea and Kale Soup, and lots more.
Kathy’s book sounds intriguing. I won’t try for the contest but will purchase it(too many more deserving contestants).
Good luck Susan in picking a winner. It could be tough! Kensington Cooker

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381 Jennifer October 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is spicy black bean and sweet potato chili.

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382 AussieAmanda October 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

My dad is a carnivore, he loves his slow cooker- in fact he cooks with it almost every night!- he only invites me over for dinner if he’s making a roast so he can cook me roast veggies (I bring my own salad accompaniments for roast veggie salad). So for his birthday I’ve bought him a copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker! It’s a little bit of a joke pressie, but if he doesn’t start cooking me some awesome vegan recipes, I’m stealing that book for myself! hahahaha :)

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383 Candy Guerra October 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Hi, Susan:
Your site has been such a blessing! I turned to a vegan diet 6 months ago after receiving a diabetes diagnosis and began Dr. Neal Barnard’s Reversing Diabetes program. It is low-fat and low-glycemic vegan diet and the recipes you share fit into this nicely. I appreciate the honest and practical approach you share with your recipes and I would love to learn more about using my slow-cooker for vegan cooking.
Thank you!
Candy

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384 Radha October 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Lovely, lovely blog, I stumbled upon your blog while searching for fat-free vegan recipes, (of course)! I would love to have a copy of this book, because it will be so easy for me to come up with something quick rather than researching, I seriously lack the time to do so! I grew up with with one foster family after another since I was 10. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol, and I am determined to take care of myself for the sake of my 4 kids, I don’t want them to go through what I’ve been through without my mom!

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385 Lee Ann October 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I love bean dishes that are cooked in a slow cooker.
You don’t have to watch the stove, they come out perfectly and they are ready when you are.

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386 Jennifer October 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I am desperate for this book! I am trying to get my family to eat Vegan, and am having a heck of a time! This book and its recipes might be just the trick!

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387 Sally October 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I would love to have this book because we went to a vegan diet to save my dad’s life. He has heart disease and this diet has made a huge difference. At his last checkup the doctor said that he is doing so much better than his chart would make you think. I know that is because of this diet ,and I would like to help him enjoy more great meals.

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388 Erica R October 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Would love to have a book for my slow cooker that is not full of meaty stews and chilis! Thanks!

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389 Jill Maguire October 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

My daughter is vegan but seems to eat the same foods over and over. The rest of my family is not vegan. Meal times are hard! This book looks like it has some great ideas that I can make for her… and hopefully the rest of the family will enjoy, too! If it tastes good, they’ll eat it! I have a slow cooker, but mine spends more time on the shelf than on the counter! It’s time put it to good use! :-)

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390 Beth M. October 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I would LOVE this book for several reasons! One I have a slow cooker but NEVER use it and would love to put it to good use. Two, it would save me tons of time if I could just throw a yummy meal into the slow cooker and have dinner done when I get home. And three, because I would share it with my just truned veg parents as well as my MILK who never has time to cook! It would be a great way also to introduce people to veganism if I could provide them a recipe they can just throw into their crock pot and let go. And I have no doubt these recipes are great!

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391 Vicki Garnick October 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I would love to have a copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker! I would love to learn how to use my slow cooker to make vegan meals that would be ready when I get home. I haven’t ever really used my slow cooker for anything other than beans a couple times.

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392 Pricilla V October 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’d like a copy of this cookbook because I need more recipes for using my crockpot. Besides chili or beans, I don’t get much use from it.

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393 sandra jayne October 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I was going to say I would like a copy of the book because the hot and sour soup looks delicious! You were nice enough to post the recipe but I am guessing there are many more that I would love. Thank you.

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394 aleonard October 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I would LOVE to win this because I certainly need to make more use of my slow cooker – and ways that are healthy, meat free, and written to be especially easy sound perfect for my busy life!

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395 Jain October 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My slow cooker sits on the top shelf of an inaccessible cabinet, unused… maybe ever.
I work long hours, usually eat dinner standing at the counter, and would love to put it to work!

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396 Phyllis October 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

My favorite use of my slow cooker is vegetable soup stock. I make a big slow cooked pot of it every Sunday so I have the stock on hand for the week. I freeze it if I don’t think I’ll use it.

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397 Melissa October 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I would love a copy of the slow cooker book because, as a single mom with a new house, I need all the time I can get! Not to mention that, like you, my slow cooker rarely gets used these days :)

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398 Stephanie Mora October 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I would like the book b/c I am just getting into crock pot cooking and there are mainly only meat dishes out there. The ease of it all sounds very appealing to me :)

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399 Jacqueline Wyble Boone October 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I love making a vegetarian chili with tempeh, black beans, corn, and wondering seasonings (onions, peppers, garlic, etc). I’d love to have this book so that I can truly learn and obtain inspiration in my kitchen. the soup look amazing!

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400 Danielle October 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

My mother just bequeathed a slow cooker upon me and I have no idea what to make with it!!! Send this book to me please =)

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401 Lisa Blair October 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I’d love to win this book. I just got an awesome slow cooker for my 7-year wedding anniversary, and I need some good recipes.

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402 Emily October 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm

This cookbook looks fantastic! I used to use the crockpot all the time when I ate meat, however, haven’t found any truly tempting vegan crockpot recipes… until now! I will definitely be making this hot and sour soup and would love to try some of the other recipes in this book!

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403 Kristen October 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

mmm!! That sounds delicious! I’d like a copy of that book because my slow cooker needs some action!

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404 Michelle October 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Just pulled out my crockpot for the first time since becoming vegan, and made tortilla soup. This looks like an awesome book, I need to build up my vegan crockpot recipe collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

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405 JBP October 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I’m excited about the “breakfasts worth waking up to” chapter of this book! With slow cookers, the main focus tends to be on coming home after a long day of work and having a hearty supper waiting for you. But what’s better than being pampered with a hearty breakfast waiting for you? (That is, even if was your less-sleepy self preparing the pampering the night before!)

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406 Abbeygirl October 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Received a crockpot for a wedding gift, and the only thing I’ve ever used it for was to keep the soup hot until we ate…lol, so I would love to get this cookbook and learn how to make some great recipes with it.

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407 Teresa Cramer October 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I would love to win this book. I’m a new vegan and learning how to use my crock pot to make things like the hot and sour soup would be great.

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408 Paul October 5, 2011 at 2:29 am

Don’t have a recipe, and my slow cooker has been gathering dust for four years now, since I gave meat the shove. I will give something a go in it soon. As to too hot chilli or curry, a chemistry lesson, the Hot (chili), is alkaline and to kill it or cool it is to add acid. This comes as lemon juice. Half a teaspoon stirred through a hot hot chilli will tame it and then in quarter teaspoon increments if not.

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409 Anne October 5, 2011 at 2:31 am

I would really love to have a copy of this book, been trying to look for an easy way to prepare vegan dishes. And finding good vegan recipes for a slow cooker has been a challenge for me.

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410 Jess Aitch October 5, 2011 at 5:13 am

Im a vegan rookie. I’ve made it to Day five. I totally want Kathys book, I recently got a slow cooker and had been making alot of stews and bits…although my bind kinda blanks when trying to think of great vegan slow cooking recipes beyond basic vegie soup. Also new to the fatfree site… I have been browsing for the last couple of hours… so exciting. You will be seeing me around more!

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411 Cindy Smoker October 5, 2011 at 6:17 am

Love making sweet potato/black bean chili in the crockpot. Healthy and very delicious. Like to try 1-2 new recipes a week, so would love a copy of this new cookbook. Working full-time, a crockpot really comes in handy. Thanks for all the fabulous recipes you offer, Susan.

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412 Katie B October 5, 2011 at 6:50 am

I would love to have the cookbook to have a stockpile of healthy vegan recipes for the slow-cooker … which mostly gathers dust in this house too ..

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413 Kim October 5, 2011 at 6:56 am

I love baked beans in the crockpot. My favorite recipe substitutes a can of beer for some of the water – yum!

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414 Laura Ades October 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

This book is on my birthday wish list!

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415 Marla Kochelek October 5, 2011 at 7:41 am

I would love a copy of Kathy’s book, it sounds wonderful. I have so much to learn about cooking vegan in my slow cooker, the only time I use it since I went Vegan is for beans. I love how the slow cooker fills the house with great smells and frees up my time.

Thanks Susan, you do such a great job!!

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416 Meg October 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

I want a copy of this amazing cookbook because I am a vegan lady living in Northern Ontario Canada. Vegan options are limited here so I must make everything I eat from scratch. A one pot meal that I can let simmer during the day would be the most wonderful gift for me and my family!

Much thanks,
M

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417 Terri October 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

I have been trying to transition my family into a vegan lifestyle. I often find that with the long hours I work I get home exhausted and do not feel like following a long complicated recipe and we end up eating something unhealthy. I believe adding slow cooker recipes to our menu would allow me to free up some time in the evenings to enjoy a home cooked meal while my family reaps the benefits of healthy eating.

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418 jamie October 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

I am new to eating a vegetarian diet, I am doing it both for the health benefits and positive impact that it has on our environment. I could use some help with recipes. I like the idea of using the slow cooker and having a meal waiting for my family when we get home in the afternoon.

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419 sharon palazzolo October 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

Since my husband decided recently that he likes Asian food I have been adding as many fat free Asian dishes to our diet as possible. This one looks really great for the snowy winter months ahead!

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420 Gale Welden October 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

This is a shameless (almost) request for the free cookbook. I have no money for anything like this, and I so need the inspiration for slow-cooking. I am trying to kick diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as entice my husband and teenage daughter to a better lifestyle. This book would mean a lot to me.

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421 Teresa O'Connor October 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

Hey this recipe is next for me to try. I love making split pea and carrot soup in the slow cooker but I could sure use some new ideas on how to get more use out of mine. Hope I win!!

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422 Amelia October 5, 2011 at 9:20 am

Wow, this looks delicious!

I would love a copy of this cookbook because a busy life doesn’t always leave as much time for cooking as I’d like. I’m a full time student working two jobs, and although I absolutely LOVE cooking, having a meal ready on those later days when I come back would be great. Not to mention the recipes themselves have me drooling. :)

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423 Erin October 5, 2011 at 9:28 am

I’ve been looking for a good vegan slow cooker book for a long time; it’s been in hiding pretty much since we stopped cooking meat in the home and I miss the easiness of it. I would LOVE a copy of her book!

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424 Julia OConnor October 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

Oooh…Kathy’s book is the answer to my prayers! My husband and I have adopted a vegan lifestyle and thanks to our change in eating habits, my husband no longer has to take any cholesterol medicine! I swear eating vegan is truly our personal “fountain of youth”. The problem is, we both work full time so preparing something and letting it cook while we’re at work is the perfect solution to maintaining our healthy eating habits.
Thank you, Susan for getting the word out about Kathy’s answer to us working stiffs who are time challenged!

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425 Laura Beizer October 5, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hi. I have a current favorite vegan crockpot recipe…African Peanut Soup. I serve it over a quinoa with middle eastern spices, roasted almonds, and dried cranberries and it is wonderful! But I don’t have many vegan crockpot recipes, so I’d love a copy of Kathy Hester’s new book to fill in some more good recipes of this sort! Thanks for this opportunity and your blog! Laura

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426 Sarah October 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

I would love to add a vegan cookbook (i have vegtarian ones) to my collecion and I really like making veggie chili in my crock pot. The description of the book and the recipe titles sound exciting. Would like a recipe to make my own vegan “chikin” boullion.

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427 Holly N October 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

I would love this cookbook. With family, school & activities in full swing, my slow cooker has been calling my name. Now I just need the tools to use it without cooking the same 3 meals ;)

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428 Sarah C October 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

I would love to have a copy of this book, as I’m fairly new to the slowcooker, and the vegetarian recipes I’ve found in other books have not done much to impress me. I sure do like the look of this one! =)

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429 Stephen E Schafer October 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

I would love to find good fatfree vegan soup recipes. If Susan says this is a good cookbook, then it is a good cookbook.

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430 neca October 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love my slow cooker and use it regularly. It’s hard to pick one recipe, but I have a pasta e fagioli recipe that makes a HUGE amount of soup – plenty for dinner and to freeze for another dinner (my favorite way to cook during the week!).

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431 Jenny October 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’m off to buy the ingredients for this right now. I can’t wait to come home to soup now that we’re having real fall weather where I live.
I’d love to win the book. As a vegan soup-lover with an under-used slow cooker, I’m sure I could get inspired by it!

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432 Sharon Brannan October 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I love slow cookers! And I’m a vegan following the Caldwell Esselstyn plan.

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433 Vegan Wheekers October 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I don’t know much about slow cooking but I like the thought of having dinner ready when I get home from work! Thanks for the giveaway.

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434 Norma October 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I asked for a crockpot for Christmas and it’s been in the box ever since. I am now beyond inspired to USE it : ) Please send me the book!

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435 Suganya October 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’d love to gift the book to my sister, who has an unused slow cooker.

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436 Caroline October 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hi Susan,
I love soup! I’d like a copy of the book so that I can make tasty soups for me and my vegetarian boyfriend to enjoy this winter!

I have not yet mastered the art of vegetarian/vegan soup and could use some help!

Thanks!

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437 Julia October 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Looks so yummy! I’m excited to try it…I got a slow cooker last Christmas, and so far all it’s made is seitan pot roast…which is delicious, but only happens every few months. I’d ADORE this book…I’ve been greedily eyeing it since it came out, but I’m applying for grad schools right now and don’t have the money for anything except food and rent. Slow cooking would save time, energy, money, and stress…which I need to write those dreaded essays! :)

And my favorite slow-cooker recipe is molasses-hickory “baked” beans…we have them every holiday season and they’re amazing.

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438 allularpunk October 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Oh! I have really been wanting this book! I need to use my slow cooker a lot more, and I think this would get me to do it. The hot and sour soup sounds so delicious!

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439 Kim P October 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Oooohhhhh!!!! Looks nummy. My slow cooker is also gathering dust. I think the very last thing I made with it was mulled cider a couple years ago! :) Would love a chance to get the book and get out the crock pot!

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440 Cassandra October 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

mmmmm… this soup looks really good. We’re adding it to our list of things to try when the weather cools down enough. :)

My favorite slow cooker recipe is one I tried last year for apple butter. When I was a kid, my uncle made apple butter every Christmas for family members. Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since he’s done so and I was happy to find an easy way to make my own!

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441 Karen October 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I’d love to have a copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker. Recipes that are both healthy and convenient are the best kind for busy workdays.
enjoy your blog.

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442 Lisa Dillman October 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Me, me, me!!!!
I love your blog and have made many of the recipes. I also love my crockpot but use it so rarely, and when I look up recipes online or in cookbooks at the library, they always seem to be:
Take a can of cream of chicken soup
Add a can of tomatoes
Add a can of olives
Add a pound of chicken breasts
Etc
I have never understood why there are not more “from scratch” slow cooker recipes and this sounds perfect!

xLisa
Ps love your blog and commentaries!

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443 kira October 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

this looks so good! planning on getting myself a slow cooker (slowly building up my kitchen, as i have recently discovered my love of cooking!), and this book would be a great help for a newbie!!

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444 Carol October 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

There’s a crisis in our home! My husband has cooked for 30 years (after I cooked for 20) and feels so upset that I’ve switched to fatfree vegan meals. I hope to convert him with delicious meals cooked the new way. “The Vegan Slow Cooker” will be a huge help to me!

P.S. Love your website!

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445 Alex October 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

This book sounds wonderful! I’m a grad student who is just starting to explore the glory of the crockpot. I’m also making the transition from vegetarian to vegan and always looking for recipes to help.

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446 eesh October 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I used to be vegan. But I fell off the wagon. I recently got 2 slow cookers and have been wanting to get back on that wagon. I feel like this is kismet because I just had a vegan supper tonight and realized how much I’ve missed it. I would really like to win this book to help give me a jump start and take me back to where I know I belong.

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447 Maria J October 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Yum! I’ve been on a soup kick and my hubby has revolted but this may just bring him back to soup-loving again! I’d love a copy of the book as we have been increasing our vegan meals each week and as a mom of an energetic toddler and also a full-time work from home mom, slow-cooker recipes may just save my sanity! :)

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448 Aastha Madaan October 6, 2011 at 1:35 am

This looks delicious! I would love and truly appreciate a copy of the Vegan Slow Cooker because as a student, I often don’t have time to make food everyday. I usually make food a few days ahead of time, like vegetarian chili, minestrone soup and even carrot/cardamom oatmeal! I would love the opportunity to try some new recipes in a slow cooker, which will hopefully save me time and still let me eat delicious food on a student budget!
Thank you, Susan.

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449 Ian Blake October 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

1. I love to make black bean soup in my crock pot.
2. I need more inspiration to use my crock pot

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450 Christy October 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

I’ve only recently come into the veggie lifestyle, but when I ate meat, I used my slow cooker all the time! I’ve been at a bit of a loss for veggie recipes for the slow cooker, so this book would be great for diving into vegan slow cooking! Thanks for the post!

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451 Kim in MD October 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’d love a copy of the book to get some ideas on meatless meals I can make in the slow cooker!

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452 Mel J October 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

This looks like an absolutely delicious and easy version of Hot and Sour Soup, so I’m going to give it a try this week! I’d love to have a copy of “Vegan Slow Cooker” because I’ve recently shifted to vegetarian cooking, with a penchant for vegan recipes. I love my slow cooker, especially in the winter, when it’s nice to come home to something warming and satisfying! Thank you for your wonderful blog and recipes. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve made so far!

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453 Jeanette Eichele October 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

I would LOVE to win the copy of this book!! I’m a pregnant vegan, and I’ve been loving your site for healthy, tasty recipes to keep me and growing baby-to-be satisfied and happy! With fall coming up and me heading into my 3rd trimester, a slow cooker cookbook would help me out so much on those chilly days where I won’t have the energy or time to stand around the kitchen cooking for too long. This book is the perfect thing for me and I really hope I win!! :)

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454 Melissa Murdock October 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

This recipe is awesome. I’d love to win a copy of this book! :-)

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455 Alexis Cornell October 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

Yum! I’m not usually a fan of hot & sour soup, but that sounds soooo good.

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456 Jessica October 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

My favorite slow cooker recipe is chili. However I have to be honest – I’ve had a crockpot for 9 years and have only used it twice. The first time I failed miserably (I swear I cooked those beans for 48 hrs and they still weren’t tender!) so I never use it because I don’t know how. I work full time for a nonprofit during the day, during the evening I am volunteering with other community groups, or I am rushing home to somehow make my family (longterm boyfriend and his 9 year old son) dinner and hoping to go to the gym. I didn’t realize how hard it was to be a full time working mom! Using a slow cooker would save me so much time. I would be able to still provide nutritious meals for my family, and have more time to spend with them and even time to go to the gym! Thanks for the opportunity.

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457 Angela Coffer October 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

I would LOVE to win a copy of this cookbook! Winter will be here soon, and there’s nothing better than coming home to a warm, healthy dinner ready in the crockpot!

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458 Pamela Hobbs October 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

I’d love to win a copy of the “Vegan Slow Cooker.” I started full time grad school this fall and we have not had access to a refrigerator or microwave. I’ve been spending $$$ eating out. I’ve discovered a thermos-style bento box for bringing my meals, so I can start bringing my own food…but I have almost no time to cook. Vegan crookpot cooking would be the perfect solution!

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459 Marsha October 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

Oohh. Looks great.

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460 Christina October 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I am 6 months pregnant (Due Dec 24th) and this would be the perfect way to make sure we are still eating healthy meals after the baby arrives, when time in the kitchen will decrease significantly. Thanks so much!

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461 Rebecca Peters October 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

The hot and sour soup looks so good! I’ll have to try it. I would love a copy of the Vegan Slow Cooker book because I love to use my crock pot, and it’s really hard to find recipes for it that are either vegan or low-fat/fat-free. Just one that didn’t call for a can of cream of chicken soup, or some really high sodium soup/dip mix, would be an improvement! Thanks for the opportunity!

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462 Tammy October 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

I would love a copy of her book because most of my former fav slow cooker recipes involve meat (before I made the switch). Would love to have new vegan recipes to try! Thanks for the chance and for your great blog, Susan!

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463 katehopeeden October 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’d love a copy! Winter is coming up! No time like winter for breaking out the slow cooker!

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464 Shana kurz October 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

After starting a vegan diet, I’ve missed the convenience of my slow cooker. Cooking for my family of 6, it’s great to get a head start in dinner and I miss the delish recipes I could use back when I threw meat in there. This cookbook would inspire me with new recipes, and help me stay ahead of my 4 hungry boys and husband.

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465 Heather Heij October 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hello! I’d love a copy of the book because I am trying to incorporate more unprocessed, vegan meals into my week, and I’m so busy that slow cooker recipes would be perfect!

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466 Bridget Meltesen October 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

i would love a copy of the book because i am trying to show my family (particularly my meat and potatoes eating husband!) that vegan food does not have to be flavourless or boring but, rather, is tasty and healthy!

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467 Brenda Hagel October 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

I have never had good luck with slow cooking, my attempts have been rather blah. Would love to be successful at it, what a joy it would be to walk in the house in the afternoon with a delicious meal waiting and yummy smells wafting through the kitchen!

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468 Michelle Hanlon October 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

I would love to win your Vegan Slow Cooker book. I have been a vegan for four weeks and the only recipes I have so far are from the Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease and Engine 2 books.

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469 Morgan Haley October 6, 2011 at 10:33 am

I would love to win this book. I absolutely love slow cooked meals but have not used my slow cooker in over two years since becoming vegan. I think I should dust it off and get cooking!

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470 Anke October 6, 2011 at 10:33 am

I’d love to win a copy of the book because I was just given a slow cooker but have never used or eaten a meal made in one so some inspiration would be helpful.

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471 mizzay06 October 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

The only thing my slow-cooker has had in its ceramic belly is the cheese sauce for nachos (I teach high school and have advised several clubs and classes, and selling nachos is a cheap, easy way to fundraise). It hungers for something more, something different. And I, as a high school teacher, love the idea of coming home (after a 10-hour day at school and another 2-3 hours of grading essays at home) and being greeted at the door by the aroma of a hot, delicious, homemade meal ready to eat.

Thank you. :-)
Ludy

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472 Samantha October 6, 2011 at 10:43 am

I would LOVE some slow cooker recipe ideas and would love to win this cookbook! I must survive thru LONG, FRIGID WI winters and delicious warm soups and stews would really hit the spot – please select me ;)

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473 Stacey October 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

I would love to win the cookbook due to the simple fact that I miss my slow cooker. Ever since becoming a vegetarian almost 2 years ago my slow cooker too has been collecting dust:( Please oh please let me start using one of my favorite cooking appliances again!

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474 stac October 6, 2011 at 11:08 am

Yummy! What could I use instead of bamboo?

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475 Michele October 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

My favorite slow-cooker food is hearty stew! Mmmm!! I’d absolutely LOVE a copy of the book. Why? Because since becoming a full-fledged vegan eater over 15 months ago, I’ve been longing to use my slow-cooker more often. I’m a mother of two amazing boys. They are both very active. My oldest is a joiner and loves sports, boys scouts, etc. My youngest is disabled and requires tons of therapies and such. Therefore, we’re full-time chauffeurs and I miss being able to count on my convenient slow-cooker for healthy, hearty meals! I’m copying the sweet and sour soup recipe right now. SOUNDS WONDERFUL! :)

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476 Carol October 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

Recipes like this make me want to get a slow cooker. Good to know that there is a vegan slow cooker cookbook out there… it seems most slow cooker recipes I come across are for meat-eaters! Thanks for sharing.

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477 Andi Lockhart October 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

I’d love a great vegan slow cooker cookbook! We’ve loved everything I’ve made from your recipes, and my current slow cooker cookbook only had one truly tasty recipe in it. With two kids and a schedule full of violin lessons, ballet, Budo, social skills classes and music ensembles – I’d love to have more slow cooker options!!!!!! Thanks for making this book!

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478 alua October 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

This looks so good…. it doesn’t help that I have been lazy about cooking the past few days and photos like these ones make me wish someone could make this FOR me! Serious tofu and shiitake cravings now…

Really like the layout of the book too (from what I can see from that picture). I will add it to my amazon wish list (as well as the slow cooker, since I don’t actually have one).

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479 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 8, 2011 at 6:47 am

Looks great! You had me at “slow cooker”

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480 GetSkinnyGoVegan October 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I would like it so I can continue my slow cooker tradition!!!! The Indian Slow Cooker devirginized me to the crock pot and I am READY for more!!!!!

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481 paula October 9, 2011 at 1:02 am

This looks like a delicious recipe. Thank you.

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482 donna October 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Made this for dinner today. It was really good. Next time, I might add a bit more veg though, perhaps a diced carrot or two. THANKS for sharing.

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483 Mel J October 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

This was a delicious (and easy!) recipe. It’s going to be a favorite this winter, for sure. I served this with some vegetarian egg rolls, and had a great meal with no fuss. I had some ume plum vinegar that I used instead of the vinegar in the recipe and it worked just fine. The teaspoon of sambal oolek gives it just the right note of spiciness, and I usually like things that are really spicy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, and I will be looking for this cookbook at my local library!

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484 Camille October 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Will definitely try this recipe but that is ALOT of sodium. You could cut alot of that sodium out by using a vegetable broth. Sure it wouldn’t taste exactly the same but Thats over 50% of your daily allotted sodium intake in one soup.

Id probably omit the peas too but thats just personal preference. Cant wait to try this. LOVE hot and sour soup. Im making the conversion to vegan starting next week but have tries hot and sour soup before, so cant wait to try this.

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485 Bali Cooking class October 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

nice receipt,,, i will try to cook for my family..
happy cooking

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486 ms_min November 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I made a version of this today but not in the slow-cooker. It was delicious even so…I’m not sure I see the real point of slow-cooking it as it tastes fine with about 15 minutes of cooking anyway (especially if you pre-soak the dried mushrooms in boiling water). I used salt-free vegan bouillon and freshly shelled peas. I also added white pepper–I think this gives it a more authentic hot and sour soup flavor…at least the hot and sour soup I am used to eating :-)

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487 Joan November 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm

While most of your receipes look yummy, they also seem to need many ingreidents someone with a lower income would not be able to have on hand or buy.
Much talk about the poor being obese is true yet if you were to look at their income vs foods needed to be healthy and eat so, they would never be able to do it, I know.
My sister works for minimum wages and even though she works 60 hrs a week, she still must resort to processed foods to just eat since many bills need paying.
I am retiired and on limited income now so the same for me.
If you could come up with a cookbook geared for people as us, yyou could sell!
We see cookbooks for meals we can afford where only 3 or 4 basic ingredients are needed and while the outcome of the meail is easy, cheap and filling….its talking a toll on ones health, causing weight gain for most are made with rice, pasta etc and calories are high a serving.
Just a thought!

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488 Brenda February 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Love this cookbook!!! :)

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489 allen stinnett February 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

I found your website through a search engine and started reading.i like it and I want to be considered for the free book.I cant afford to buy one,I had a triple bypass in 2009 and have convinced myself to go Vegan for the health benefits alone.

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490 Rachel March 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

This looks amazing! The only thing is that I REALLY dislike peas and mushrooms. Is there anything that I can substitute for those such as edamame?

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491 Susan Voisin March 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

Edamame would be a good substitute for the peas. You could just leave out the mushrooms.

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492 Deena April 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I was going to copy this recipe till I saw that it’s from the Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook. I have this cookbook! I love it! I have made several recipes from it and they all turned out excellent. Good choice!

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493 kim May 21, 2012 at 1:51 am

im a little wary of slow cookers as i hear the longer you have heat on food the more nutrients are diminished..would this work in a pressure cooker ?

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494 Rebecca December 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I made this for my Mom’s Christmas Eve dinner. Both omnis and veggies LOVED it!! I doubled it and took leftovers to my Dad’s the next day. This is pretty much what my plant-strong brother ate, since he was feeling a little sluggish from some richer foods. He said it saved the day, and he wanted the recipe to make himself.
It smelled amazing cooking all day!! I left out the chili paste entirely, and let folks put in what they wanted–worked out well that way.

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495 Nadja January 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I used the recipe as an inspiration for my own hot and sour soup. As stock I used the soaking liquid for the shiitake mushrooms I added to the soup. Yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Nadja (from Austria)

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496 Jane Valley October 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

What a great book idea! Love my slow cooker and eating smarter is just what I need! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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497 Anne October 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

I feel a little silly asking this but really want to make this soup and have seen this ingredient listed other places as well. What do you mean by “chili paste”? If you buy it already made, what section of the store is it in? Thanks!

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498 Susan Voisin October 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

Anne, chili paste is usually available where the Asian ingredients are. It’s a blend of chopped up hot red chilies, seeds and all. If you can’t find it, you could use red pepper flakes or some other hot sauce.

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499 Dani October 2, 2013 at 11:45 am

Ooh, that looks fantastic! I’d love a copy of the book, as my slow cooker has been mostly neglected since I became vegan…I could use some fresh ideas to bust it out again!

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500 Lisa January 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Silly question maybe… but how much water is added? I can’t seem to figure it out from these instructions. (Novice cook here!) Thanks. :)

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501 Susan Voisin January 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Lisa, it’s 4 cups of water. It’s a little hard to spot in the ingredients list, about half-way down.

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