I found a great new cookbook from the library called The Vegetarian SlowCooker.
I tried this new recipe and my whole family ate it. My hubby gave it a score of 7. Which is pretty good for a vegetarian dish. Because it was so healthy and easy I would give it at least an 8.5! I served it with a Thai Coleslaw.
Lentil Sloppy Joes (With my adaptations. I also doubled this and had enough leftovers for lunch the next day!)
1 T butter
1 onion, finely chopped
4 celery stalks, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c organic ketchup
1/4 c water (more if adding uncooked lentils)
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T sucanat or brown sugar
1 T Dijon mustard
2 c cooked brown or green lentils, drained and rinsed (I soaked my lentils for a couple of hours then put about 3 cups of the soaked lentils right into the crockpot.)
In a skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 min. Add garlic, oregano, salt to taste and cook for 1 min. Stir in ketchup, water, vinegar, sugar, and mustard. Transfer to slow cooker. Add lentils and stir well.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours until hot and bubbly. Add hot pepper sauce if you want. I didn’t. Serve over homemade buns!
This is from another cookbook I found at the library. The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook. I haven’t been as impressed with this one but have only tried 3 recipes from it. This dressing scored big with me. Again with my adaptations.
1/2 a head of cabbage shredded small
2 carrots shredded
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 c Sesame Orange Vinaigrette(below)
I think it would be yummy to add mango, peanuts, fresh pineapple or roasted sesame seeds. I didn’t as I was in a hurry and my kitchen was a mess with my husband trying to install a dishwasher, that’s another story.
Sesame Orange Vinaigrette
1/2 c orange juice (freshly squeezed yum)
1/4 c rice vinegar
1/4 c maple syrup
2 T grated ginger(don’t skip this)
3/4 c olive oil
1/4 c toasted sesame oil (I just realized I skipped this and it was still yummy)
1 T sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Mix all together and pour over salad!