All About Slow Cookers with Kathy Hester

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Kathy Hester believes in making meals healthier, one slow cooker at a time. Not only can slow cookers create delicious and nutritious plant-based meals for any number of people, they also create more relaxed and happy cooks with spare time on their hands. In this way, Kathy says, slow cookers can help create mental well-being as well as physically healthy food. Kathy is the writer and chef behind the blog Healthy Slow Cooking, and she's the author of The Vegan Slow Cooker which came...

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Where do you get your protein?

I've been asked this question so many times since becoming vegan (heck, even when I became vegetarian!) that I've lost track. This seems to be such a big concern that I want to touch briefly on a few of the issues and possibly allay some fears. A friend of mine recently answered this questions by saying, "The short answer is 'everywhere'!" In fact, you may be surprised to know that most plant foods contain protein.

If you eat high-quality, nutritious, plant-based foods in standard portions,...

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Grilled Tempeh Reubens

Easy to prepare and relatively quick to make, these flavorful Reubens take about 40 minutes from prep to assembly.

I recommend serving these hearty sandwiches with a crisp, fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.

Grilled Tempeh Reubens
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Tempeh
1/2 teaspoon vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil
16 ounces tempeh, sliced width-wise, and then into thirds to make 12 thick sheets total

Caramelized Onions
1/2 teaspoon vegan...

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Vegan Scallops in Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

Braised in an oceany broth, these pan-seared King Trumpet mushroom stems are the perfect flavor and texture for vegan scallops. Tossed with spinach, and a rich, garlicky cream sauce brightened with lemon zest, this classic pasta dish is every bit as fulfilling as the original, Coquilles St. Jacques, while keeping the sea creatures in their rightful place—off the menu and in their habitats.


Creamy Garlic Scallops
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
Scallops
4 sheets...

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Epic Burritos Mojados

Get ready for the most epic of Mexican comfort food—the burrito mojado—or "wet burrito." Filled with garlicky pinto beans and quinoa, this loaded burrito is smothered with two fragrant sauces: cocoa-infused molé and chipotle-lime cashew cheese. Oh yeah, I've got this baby co.vered!


Burritos Mojados
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
Pinto Quinoa Filling
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons...

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Smoky Fried Tofu Bacon

Tired of hearing "But I could never give up bacon"? Feed 'em this recipe!

Whether for breakfast, as bacon bits on a loaded potato, or in a vegan BLT, this delicious vegan bacon really satisfies!


Smoky Fried Tofu Bacon
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
10 ounces extra-firm vacuum-packed tofu
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon tamari
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon natural smoke liquid (hickory or mesquite)
2 tablespoons onion, minced
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Deep-Dish Vegan Pizza

With its steaming hot, crisp, perfectly-tanned, chewy crust, one of my favorite meals has always been deep dish pizza. Crowned with your choice of toppings, this pizza is the perfect addition to Friday movie nights, friends, and family.


Divine Deep-Dish Pizza

By Allison Rivers Samson

Make 2 pizzas, serves 8

Equipment
Two 12-inch cake pans

Ingredients

Pizza Crust
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
4 1/4 cups unbleached flour, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
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Amazing Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Unlike the buttery and heavy Alfredo many of us remember from childhood, this oil-free recipe serves up an amazingly elegant, creamy and easy-to-make sauce! Capturing all the rich deliciousness of Alfredo without the cloyingly oppressive dairy, this is one our family's favorites. Try it over veggies, mixed with tomato sauce, or even as a creamy soup base!


Amazing Alfredo

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Pasta
4 cups cooked fettuccine (or other pasta of your choice)

Alfredo...

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Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Making this soup is a “souper” fun way to spend time with kids in the kitchen on a chilly day.

If broccoli isn’t your favorite soup ingredient, try something else! Carrots, potatoes, button mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus and corn all make excellent additions to this hearty soup. Or, use white cauliflower for the base and add orange (or “cheddar”) cauliflower as the finishing veggie. 


Cream of Broccoli Soup

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

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Allison's Famous Vegan Mac 'n Cheese Sauce

The now-famous vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese I developed in 2008 has thrilled vegans, surprised omnivores, and inspired countless variations. The original version was created many years ago by my friend and prolific vegan author, Jo Stepaniak. When I put my twist on it and published it as the inauagural recipe for my future award-winning column, "Veganize It!" in VegNews, it quickly became their most popular recipe ever and they crowned it "The best Mac 'n Cheese...

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