Slow cookers are awesome in the summer time because they don’t heat up the house like the oven. And, I know it freaks some people out to leave the house with an appliance on, but they are made for that purpose so I don’t worry about it.
This is the Cornbread-topped Southwestern Pot Pie from Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson. Yeah, the title says “vegetarian” but I think all the recipes are actually vegan. Oh wait, she does say “milk or soy milk” in the ingredient list for this recipe, but just forget she said milk, okay?
The pintos I used here were previously dry ones I slow cooked and then squirreled away in the freezer. Cook them off a pound at a time, then you’ll have several recipe’s worth. And it’s way cheaper than buying canned ones.
This was good. The cornbread topping was a little simpler than the ones I make baked alone. There was no sweetness added and it didn’t have any added all purpose flour, just the cornmeal. And I was wondering if it was really going to set up in the crock pot, but it did. It was almost more like a polenta crust than cornbread. No complaints though. Just for fun, I tossed in a fresh jalapeño along with the canned for a little more heat.
Sometimes I’m smart about menu planning. This particular week, I decided to make a chili, then a chili mac. It cuts the boredom of eating the same thing for days on end. I chose the Chili sans Carne from The Happy Herbivore. There were a couple of weirdish ingredients, like curry powder, but I just went with it to see how it would be. And it worked out well.
There’s a law or something that says you can’t have chili without cornbread, right? This batch is the recipe in Veganomicon with a drained can of diced green chilies tossed in.
A little Daiya on top.
And you can see the chilies in the cornbread slice. I might’ve also slathered it in coconut Earth Balance.
Last weekend we headed up the road to Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe to pick up some of those new Teese Mozzarella Sticks and other random bits.
There might have also been a baked good bonus for local folks, Peanut Butter Rocky Road Poundcake that Leigh baked from Hearty Vegan Meals For Monster Appetites. Which were delicious, by the way. Back to that cookbook though. Kevin picked it up and started flipping through it. Next thing I knew it was in the bag coming home with us. Yay!
As I was looking through trying to figure out what I wanted to cook from this book while making my shopping list, I may have gained 10 lbs. Banana Split Waffles? Maple Bacon Doughnuts? Crispy Mac & Cheese Balls? You get the idea. So one of the recipes I picked out was the Cornbread-Stuffed Poblanos. Okay, so they use mayo or sour cream for the moisture instead of soy milk. Still, they weren’t deep-fried so it seemed like a good place to start.
And they were really good. Using salsa in the batter made them extra tasty. And the pepper roasted up a bit while they baked. Even so, I think next time I make them I’ll back off the sour cream, the option I used, and just substitute soy milk to make them more of an everyday kind of dish.
The sides are Jicama Salad I had leftover from a potluck and we split a Gutenfleischer’s vegan steak that I heated up on the George Foreman.
Okay, so I still have a serious backlog of VeganMofo posts to read. But I have made it through a bunch of posts and marked a ton for future fixin’. One of those was Corndog Bread. Oh hell yeah! I knew I’d have to get on that pretty soon. And soon was a few days ago. There’s really nothing to it. I just cooked 4 veggie dogs on the George Foreman, sliced them and tossed them in a standard cornbread recipe. I think I used the one in Veganomicon. Next time, I think I’ll try it with seitan sausages for a more grown-up flavor. But I bet kids would go nuts over this. And what better to go with it than roasted sweet potatoes and a big pile o’ collards!