Slow cookers are popular and an easy dinner option. Slow cooking is exactly what it sounds like—a process of cooking slowly. Using a slow cooker can retain some of the nutrients typically lost when frying or boiling.
Plant-based slow cooker meals focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. Plant-based meals are a great way to focus on choosing foods from plant sources, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating meat and dairy.
Research has shown plant-based diets reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers (specifically colon, breast, and prostate cancer), depression, and a decreased risk of frailty, along with better mental and physical function.
Here are a few tips to get started with a plant-based slow cooker meal:
- Add a whole grain with root vegetables, like potatoes and turnips, for soups and stews.
- Try dry beans for soups and stews.
- Layer vegetables, starches, and sauces for a casserole-style meal.
- Use a variety of herbs and spices to add flavor.
Enjoy a nutritious and delicious plant-based recipe perfect for slow cooking at Spend Smart. Eat Smart., go.iastate.edu/FR22GX.
Source: Harvard School of Public Health, go.iastate.edu/OYSCUO