Your crockpot can be used for sweets too, and nothing could be easier than rice pudding. Dump 2 quarts vanilla soy milk, 1 cup rice, 1 cup sugar, 3 tbsp margarine, 1 tsp vanilla, ½ tsp cinnamon and a dash of salt into the pot. Add raisins, nuts, or cranberries if you like. Now just let the sweets simmer for six hours, and enjoy a hot sweet treat after dinner.
Root Veggie Stew
We are all a little lazier in the winter time, so it’s important to get in all your veggies. This super stew is perfect, low fat and sticks with you. Chop 3 yellow potatoes, 2 large carrots, 2 turnips, 3 garlic cloves and 3 celery stalks. Add in a package of thawed frozen spinach and ¾ cup lentils. Now go crazy with the spices- fresh basil, chili powder, paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, salt, pepper- whatever your fancy. Fill the pot with water to cover the veggies, and 8 hours later you have a spicy root veggie stew that will take you through the day.
For a different veggie stew, try a Mediterranean flair. Chopped butternut squash, eggplant, zucchini, okra, tomato and onion are added to 1 can tomato sauces, ½ cup vegetable stock and a mixture of garlic, cumin, turmeric, crush red pepper, cinnamon and paprika to taste. One last ingredient-raisins- will give the stew a little sweet kick that is sure to please.