Friday, 3 December 2010

Have Yourself a Vegan Little Slow Cooker... Breakfast

Goodbye cold cereal, I will see you again around May. Right now it is dark when I wake up and the kitchen floor is cold on my tootsies. Hot cereal is where it's at while we are waiting for Santa or snow or for someone to shovel us out (I'm talking to you, Buffalo). But who has the wherewithal to make hot cereal in the morning? Don't even try to tell me that you do, I know you, microwaving doesn't count. You need something nourishing, from scratch and yet easy. Is there such a thing? Yes! Steel cut oats made in the slow cooker while you sleep! Steel cut oats do not resemble the large flakes that you are used to seeing. They are little kernels, are  far more intact and thus much better for you. The closer to nature the better, n'est pas? 

But they do take a long time to cook. Enter the slow cooker. It will do the cooking for you while you sleep. It's handy like that. It cares about you. Personally I have three. I am like that. But I do find it handy to have different sizes. This Irish Porridge from The Simple Little Vegan Slow Cooker is the perfect start to a chilly day. And the Warm Apples with Walnuts? Make a tasty dessert, but also works double duty as a nice topping for your oatmeal.

Page Count: 96
Width: 7 inches
Height: 8 inches
Format: Softcover
Publication Year: 2005
Chapters include:
  • Passions of Italy
  • The Colors of Mexico
  • Asian Delights
  • Irish Epicurean Favorites
  • America's Favorites 
  • Slow Cooker Desserts
Irish Porridge
Serving size: 1 cup, serves 4
No time for a nourishing breakfast? Have warm, delicious porridge waiting for you in the morning and get your day off to a healthy start. Use steel-cut oatmeal in this recipe. Steel-cut oats are oat groats (whole grain oats that have been cleaned, toasted, and hulled) that have been cut into two or three pieces rather than rolled. The result is a hearty, chewy texture that puts this porridge in a completely different category from the instant mush many of us have become accustomed to.

4 cups water
1 cup steel-cut Irish oatmeal
½ cup brown sugar, plus additional for serving
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus additional for serving
Nondairy margarine, optiona.
Soymilk, optional

Combine the water, oatmeal, sugar, and cinnamon in a slow cooker and stir well. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with additional brown sugar and cinnamon and the optional nondairy margarine and soymilk to taste.

Warm Apples with Walnuts
Serving size: ½ cup, serves 4-6
If you are pressed for time, you may substitute canned apples for the fresh apples in this recipe. Serve the apples warm or chilled, plain or topped with granola, soy ice cream, or nondairy whipped topping (or if you are feeling extremely decadent, try all three).

3 tablespoons nondairy margarine
2 cups peeled and diced apples (any variety)
1 cup sugar
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Coat the bottom and sides of a slow cooker with a little of the nondairy margarine. Place the remaining margarine and all of the ingredients in the cooker, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.