If you don’t have a slow cooker, you should consider getting one. You can make delicious food without much effort. I use my slow cooker often. It was only five bucks at a yard sale. (By the way, yard sales rock and so do used book sales. More on that later.)
I own one slow cooker recipe book, Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals that are Ready When You Are by Robin Robertson. I’ve only cooked one recipe in my slow cooker that wasn’t from this cookbook. One of my favorite recipes in this book is a rice pudding. It’s easy to make and Robin gave me permission to share it with you.
Before I do that, I want to mention that Robin has a new slow cooker recipe book coming out soon called Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free One-Dish Dinners. Notice the difference in the title? Love it!
Brown Rice Pudding with Golden Raisins and Toasted Almonds
Serves 4 to 6
Slow cooker size: 3-1/2 to 4 quarts
Cook time: 3 to 4 hours
2-1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1-1/2 cups vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar or a natural sweetener
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup golden raisins or other dried fruit
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Combine all the ingredients, except the raisins and almonds, in a lightly oiled 3-1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, stirring to mix well. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, stirring once about halfway through — add the raisins at this time.
Serve warm or cold garnished with the toasted almonds.
It’s Easy Being Vegan Note: I have made this recipe numerous times and have made the following adaptations with success:
- Used unsweetened vanilla soy milk
- Used dark raisins
- Used an equal amount of maple syrup instead of brown sugar
- Skipped the salt
- Used raw almonds, skipped the toasting.
- Added the almonds when I mixed in the raisins.
Now for the Giveaway Just for Subscribers!
As I mentioned I got my slow cooker at a yard sale. I have found some great things at yard sales. I also love used book sales. The Newberry Library in Chicago hosts a huge annual used book sale. This year I found a copy of Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker for a steal. It looks brand new. Since I already have a copy, I would like to give it away to a subscriber. For a chance to win the book, subscribe to receive blog post updates by email (not RSS feed) below. If you are already an email subscriber, you are automatically entered — lucky you! Contest closes on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:00am CDT. I will notify the winner via email. Contest open to US residents only.