The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking

My son decided that he wanted to give up meat for Lent and I have been hard at work trying to create recipes that he will enjoy that also have enough protein for a growing teenager. I recently received The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking (Complete Idiot’s Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))

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 and have found a number of great recipes in it to try. If you are interested in cooking more meatless meals or just want to learn more about vegan slow cooking I think this is a great choice of books.

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Title:  The Complete Idiots Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking

Author: Beverly Lynn Bennett

Publisher:  ALPHA (October 2, 2012)

ISBN:  978-1615642014

Format/Length: paperback 304 pages

My Rating: 4


This cookbook is full of over 240 vegan recipes designed for your slow cooker. The author gives a great introduction into the world of slow cookers, discussing the different types that are available, their safety features, and tips on using them for meal creation. She also provides a great list of pantry items you should consider keeping in stock if you want to be successful in your vegan slow cooking adventures. The recipes in this book range from warm and hearty breakfasts, snacks, appetizers, desserts and a ton of other options. She also includes recipes for things like sauces, spread, and dips that might make a great accompaniment to some of the other recipes.

The recipes themselves are very thorough and easy to follow. Ingredients and directions, yield, preparation time, cook time and variations you might consider depending on your dietary needs. I really appreciate the little tips, definitions, and other useful information that the author includes at the bottom of each recipe. I do wish there were some pictures in the cookbook but the core information in this vegan slow cooking guide is all very complete and easy to understand. I have a tendency to prefer the recipes that are vegan ‘naturally’ and don’t use artificial meat substitutes but there is a nice selection of both types of recipes so I had no trouble finding recipes I enjoyed.

If you are looking to reduce your meat consumption,  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking is a great place to start. Chaotic schedules make slow cookers a HUGE help and there is no reason you can’t have a meatless dinner just because you are choosing to use your slow cooker!


About the Author:

Beverly Lynn Bennett is an experienced vegan chef and baker, writer, and animal advocate who is passionate about showing the world how easy, delicious, and healthful it is to live and eat as a vegan. A certified foodservice operations manager, she earned her culinary arts degree in 1988 from the University of Akron, Ohio, and in the years that followed, gained much practical experience working in and managing vegan and vegetarian restaurants and natural foods stores.






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50 thoughts on “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking”

      • I buy the pre made as well. I make great turkey burgers, but I have yet to try my hand at veggie’s. I will probably give it a whirl this spring. That is when I am most adventurous with vegetables in the kitchen.

      • veggie burgers are very simple to make my favorite “sticky” base to use to keep all my goodness together is vital wheat gluten flour and then maybe i’ll throw in some tvp bbq sauce liquid smoke nutrtional yeast flakes… and don’t judge… but maple syrup and peanut butter idk how but it all works so great together and you would never know but if that scares you throw in some lentils or black beans and what ever spices you heart desires

        • that is an interesting combination! I have never tried homemade veggie burgers but have had brands like Morningstar farms which I think are pretty tasty. Although I do like them better with cheese!

  1. My favorite vegan meal? Cheeseburger pizza with Lightlife bacon, Yves ground ground, french fries, tomatoes, onions, and cheddar Daiya cheese!

  2. We *love* making sweet potato fajitas! Super easy, just cook the sweet potatoes whole in the oven or microwave, peel and dice, then use them in place of meat in your favorite fajita recipe. The combo of spicy/smoky and sweet/creamy is so good!

  3. I make a mean white bean chili, but probably our favorite is a veggie seitan ‘blood’ sausage made with smoked dried tomatoes (that I smoke in a stovetop smoker) served with homemade sauce and pasta


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