Beans/Legumes

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Pork, Slow Cooker, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Winter

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

I really like this version of split pea soup because it’s brothy, rather than thick like a stew. Artisan rolls or slices of bread with a pat of creamy butter are a must for dipping in the filling soup. I usually serve a simple side salad of romaine mixed with escarole (or other bitter lettuce) and shredded carrots in a mustard vinaigrette.

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Stews, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Winter

Pumpkin Chili

Serve with arugula, grape and sunflower seed salad, skillet cornbread-

Maria A. from Merrimac, Massachusetts forwarded her pumpkin chili recipe to me a few years ago. It is a huge hit with her family and friends, an often requested dish during the long, cold months in Boston. I first made it for my book club and we all loved it. My friends were quite surprised to learn the chili included pumpkin. The original recipe called for ground turkey, but this version is vegetarian. An iron skillet cornbread and a crispy salad are the perfect sides.

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Quinoa with Gazpacho and Red Beans

I was looking for a vegetarian recipe that showcased the most common vegetables popping up in our gardens, farmer’s markets, and CSA’s this summer, but was filling enough to satisfy any carnivore’s appetite. Between the beans and the high-protein quinoa, this recipe fits the bill and is quite tasty too! I served this to relatives this summer, and both adults and kids went back for seconds!

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Slow Cooker Layered Vegetable Casserole

This was a surprise hit as the main course; the veggies were flavorful but it was the cheese that took it over the top for us. Seasonably adaptable depending on what vegetables are at your farmer’s market or grocer. Try this a side to your meat entrees.

All Seasons, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans

This is an extremely versatile bean dish. I have served this as a main meal over brown rice with lots of veggie sides and as a side dish to grilled meats. The leftovers are perfect for using in Wild Rice and White Bean Stuffed Tomatoes (see The Whole Meal for the recipe). The mashed garlic really adds unique flavor (as well as being great for cardiovascular and immune health).

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Slow Cooker Lentils

Although I usually think of lentils for fall or winter, this slow cooker version is also warm weather friendly, especially topped with cooling yogurt. I developed this when one morning I looked in my pantry for something to put in my slow cooker and found a bag of brown lentils. Bingo!