Slow Cooker Veggie Stew
I love slow cooker anything! Basically it’s the only way I’m ever going to come home to a cooked meal. Thank you to Meeeee 🙂
I also love stew. My kids get an awesome amount of veggies all without complaining, you don’t need to serve it with anything else, it’s filling and it keeps well for leftovers or freezing.
I have also talked before about how you cook your food is as important as what your food is. Cooking changes the chemical composition of your food and different methods have a greater impact on the amount of nutrients that are retained. This is the premise behind a raw food diet, eating food as close to its natural form as possible to preserve the most amount of its nutritional quality. I try to keep mine and the kids diet as raw as I can but we still enjoy cooked food so I make soups and stews often as they have the greatest retention of nutrients. Cooking slowly over long periods is key to nutrient retention and the slow cooker does this perfectly!
I get this ready in the evening, keep the slow cooker pot in the fridge and then just pop it in the base, and turn it on for 8hrs on low, before we are running out the door in the morning.
All you need to do is put the following in your slow cooker pot:
2 finely diced small purple onions
Full bunch of celery, stalks diced
2 bags mini potatoes, washed and halved
Large bunch of carrots, peeled and diced
(I add a small bag of frozen organic peas in the last hour. If I haven’t made it home in time to add them I boil separately and add to the stew once cooked. Adding at the beginning usually means your peas will be mushy)
4-5 C organic veggie broth (I use my own. To learn how to make your own veggie stock go HERE)
1/4 C red wine (to see my recommended vegan wines go HERE)
1 can of organic stewed tomatoes, drained
Pinch of Red Pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tbsp Italian seasoning
Tsp cornstarch (optional. helps to thicken)
That’s it! Cover and set on low for 7-8 hrs
*If you have too much liquid add some brown rice or rice noodles
*This makes a very large batch but the recipe works just as well if you half it.