Simple, Quick & Cheap Vegetarian Crockpot Meal Prep

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Crockpot meals are delicious. Vegetarian crock pot meals are highly nutritious, tasty and appetizing. Not too mention affordable. They may take a little longer to prepare but when the preparation is complete then there is little else to do but switch the crockpot on to heat. If you choose to use seasonal vegetables for your vegetarian crockpot meal, this will make it inexpensive – so check your local grocer for seasonal veggies.

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To make a vegetarian crockpot meal appealing it is wise to use plenty of colorful vegetables. Add some intrigue by adding a mixture of pulses and serve the dish with a large chunk of warm crusty bread.

Select a range of vegetables that you would like to incorporate in your meal.

Include a selection of colorful vegetables such as carrots, courgettes, red and green peppers, fresh tomatoes and aubergine. Include some finely chopped onion, two or three cloves of finely chopped garlic, parsnip and some potatoes. Add freshly chopped herbs of your choice.

If you intend adding pulses, soak them overnight in some cold water. Pearl barley, split peas and butter beans are superb additions. Red lentils offer more color and these can be tipped straight into the crockpot without being pre-soaked.

Pulses include beans, lentils and peas. They’re a cheap, low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and count towards your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. via (NHS)

Wash and slice plenty of vegetables. Place the clean sliced veggies into a deep frying pan with a knob of butter and lightly sauté them. Take a dessert spoon of plain flour and sprinkle it over the top of the lightly sautéed vegetables. The contents of the pan form the base for your vegetarian crockpot meal.

Tip the lightly sautéed vegetables into the crockpot and cover them with a good quality vegetable stock. If your meal is going to include pulses then add them to the pot. Turn the crockpot on and leave the dish to cook. Vegetarian crock pot meals cook far quicker than meaty casseroles. Once it comes to boil turn the heat down and let the contents simmer. Leave the meal simmering until the vegetables and pulses are soft.

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Vegetarian crock pot meals smell delicious. Once the contents have cooked through then the meal will need to be seasoned to taste. Add the finely chopped herbs about a half an hour before you thicken the meal, this means that you enjoy the full flavor of the pungent herbs. Your veggie crockpot meal will look appetizing but you can add a small amount of tomato purée for extra flavor and color. The starch in the sliced potatoes thickens the stock but it may need a little more thickening. Use a small amount of plain flour and mix this with a little cold water. Add the paste to the stock and stir well.

Vegetarian crockpot dishes can be enjoyed with fresh warm bread or vegetarian dumplings served on top. Enjoy!

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