On my last crockpot themed recipe exchange, you guys shared a lot of great ideas and recipes – thank you all!
Today, I wanted to send out a call for pareve or dairy recipes (no meat or chicken) that work in the crockpot. On the KOAB Facebook page, there was some discussion after I posted about the $10 crockpot on Amazon as to why I’d want one for dairy.
Well, here’s the deal: Crockpots make your life easier. Much easier. Many slow cooker recipes don’t require you to do anything more than chop, dump and push a button. By 10 a.m., your dinner can be prepared and all you have left to do is toss a salad.
But during the week, we prefer to eat primarily dairy. It saves money, plus we’re so used to it now, that on the rare occasion we do eat meat for a weekday dinner, we all feel kind of over-stuffed when we’re done.
The question is: Can I combine the convenience of a crockpot with our preference for non-meat meals during the week? You bet I can!
Here are five things I do in my pareve crockpot:
1. Make up a big batch of tomato sauce, then freeze it in pareve tuppewares, so I can use it for either a dairy or meat meal. When I pull out my last tupperware from the freezer, I know it’s time to put a new batch of sauce into the crockpot.
2. Make up chickpeas and beans, then freeze them in ziploc bags for use in either dairy or meat meals. We usually have pinto beans, which are great for burritos or “refried” beans; and black beans, which I like for cold salads or beans and rice.
3. Make vegetarian cholent – Sephardi style, with all the ingredients in separate bags.
4. Make Indian style curries and soups, like Quinoa and Red Lentil Soup…. yum!
5. Make vegetarian chili, topped with corn bread, shredded cheese and real sour cream.
What are your favorite dairy or pareve recipes to make in your crock pot?
Please feel free to link up to a post on your blog with the Mr. Linky or leave your recipe in the comments section. I’m hoping for a lot of recipes, you guys. I could really use some new ones in my weekday rotation!