Thursday, October 22, 2009

Comfort Food: Slowcooker Stroganoff

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Sometimes food just feels right, tastes right and since it is practically waiting for you when you walk in the door--is right. That doesn't always mean it's pretty, but beauty is more than photo deep. Case in point is the Slow Cooker Stroganoff....I hear a collective giggle from the PPKers and must admonish you all to get your minds out of the gutter! This is a Robin Robertson recipe from her Vegetarian Slowcooker cookbook and it rocks. My only substitution is fresh edame for greenbeans because it's what I had on hand. You basically brown a bunch of mushrooms, saute some onion and pepper together with spices and flour. Place the cooked onion and pepper mixture in the crockpot with tomatoes and your green vegetable and let it cook all day. When you get home, you toss in the mushrooms and turn up the heat on the slow cooker. Cook some noodles (I used rhombi cause of the cute shape and name). And stir in some vegan sourcream just before serving on the cooked noodles. Couldn't be easier or cosier for a cool fall night. I highly recommend this cookbook in general for busy people. The title says vegetarian but it is basically a vegan cookbook with the few recipes that include dairy products listing the vegan alternative. Some of the recipes are not really fix it and forget it workday things and get into fancier weekend or holiday menus but alll taste great and make the dishes simpler by not having to watch pots or worry about exact timing of cooking. This is a family favorite and brings me back to childhood dinners without all the animal cruelty. Enjoy! And really...go buy that book!

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