Vegan Crockpot Lentil Stew

February 8, 2011 by Keri

I have to admit, it’s been bothering me lately how easy it is to incorrectly portray the vegan diet through blogging. I mean, most of us don’t share “food journal” style posts, and I know I’m always photographing the treats or new packaged, processed products I reviewed. While I love taking photos of baked goods (because they’re just attractive, aren’t they?) and treats, that definitely isn’t all, or even most, of what we eat. Still, I have a goal for 2011 ( I know it’s February, but I’m behind) to up our healthy eating and incorporate more nutritious and raw meals, snacks, and treats.

If you follow me on Twitter or read the blog often, you’ve probably seen me interrogating people about their food dehydrators and juicers, because those are additions I want to make to our kitchen. I know they aren’t necessary, but with my constant need to try new recipes and create, I think it would be fun. A few of my blog and Twitter friends were also looking for suggestions, so if you have a juicer or dehydrator you just love and haven’t already shared your tips, please do so in the comments below! Thus far, the Excalibur has come most highly recommended in the dehydrator category, but I saw the Sedona 9 Tray by Tribest and it looks so neat! I haven’t been able to find any reviews for that one though, so I have no idea if it would be a good investment. Juicer recommendations have been all over the place; I don’t think I’ve heard the same one twice. I definitely want a masticating juicer, and I’m leaning towards the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center or an Omega VRT. A lot of people have told me they love their Green Star juicer, too. With each suggestion keeps getting pricier and pricier, it really makes doing the research and picking the right one important! But I won’t be getting both anytime soon!

In non-appliance related news, I made a huge crock pot of lentil stew we just loved. I’ve probably posted something similar in the past, because I often make these types of one-pot meals, but I’m going to share anyway. The crock pot is perfect for busy days when preparing ahead is necessary, or days when your oven is being guarded by a grumpy fur-beast…

Crockpot Lentil Stew

  • 10 cups filtered water
  • 1 pound lentils
  • 1 large daikon, quartered and sliced
  • 1 large yucca, peeled, quartered, and sliced
  • 1 pound baby carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 4 vegetable bouillon cubes or 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large slow cooker and set to high for 6 hours. Grind extra black pepper over each bowl to taste.

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I have yet to set up some good lighting in my new place, so bear with me on the photos. And just as an end note, Tiger isn’t always quite so grumpy! Sometimes he even frolics!

Well, now that I think about it, maybe he does always look kind of grumpy, but rest assured he’s just a regular fur-ball of joy on the inside!

Keep the juicer and dehydrator recommendations coming!
How healthy do you consider your vegan diet? Do you avoid sugary and processed treats?

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  1. colleen says:

    I used to have a juicer, but it was not so good so out it went. but now i have a vitamix and it was the best thing i could have ever purchased for my kitchen. not only can i make my own juice now, i can make my own peanut butter. they are expensive, but you can save some $ by getting a refurbished model, and they are worth every penny

    • Keri says:

      I do *love* my Vita-Mix, and I make a lot of green smoothies now, but I really want to get into juicing greens and other vegetables as well.

  2. Sarah says:

    Yucca with lentils – nice!

    My mom has scored some amazing juicers (yes, that’s plural) at her local Goodwill store. Other cool appliances, too. Her theory is that other people get excited about new toys or health kicks, etc. and then dump the appliance when they realize it never gets used and takes up space. Just last month she and I went to Goodwill and I scored and 8 dollar juicer. It retails for about 60 bucks. I figure it’s a good way for me to see what kind of commitment I’m willing to make. Love it, by the way 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Thank you! That’s really great advice and now that I think about it, that’s so true! People want to think they’ll use those appliances, but then they just sit there for months untouched!

  3. Keri, your soup looks wonderful!

    I know what you mean about blogging. It’s a slippery slope. Overall I eat super-healthy, whole foods at home. But, because I don’t do a “food journal” type of blog, there may be weeks were it looks like I only eat high-calorie foods at expensive, vegan restaurants! LOL

    I’ve been eating higher raw (feel sooooooooo good!) and have found my dehydrator and juicer invaluable. I got a L’Equip dehydrator last spring. It was fine, but awkward in design. This fall a vegan blogger offered 50% off the Excalibur in her OpenSky store and I jumped on in. I love it. I try to fill up five trays and have it running over the weekend. I use it to “warm” up (105 does feels warm! LOL) raw foods for dinner. (this weekend I made raw macaroons, dehydrated burgers, sunflower bread, and dehydrated some peppers and tomatoes)

    I just got a basic Breville compact juicer and it’s a serious machine. Less than $100. It is loud, but it juices the heck out of root veggies, leaves, fruit. I like it (parts are dishwasher safe)

    I do NOT have a Vitamix. My basic Oster blender and Cuisinart food processor do just fine.

    • Keri says:

      Were the one who got Noelle’s 50% off? I was so jealous! I tried but it was too late. Haha.

      I’m really excited to get an Excalibur, though. I think we’re really going to enjoy it.

      Thank you so much, JL, for giving me all this great advice. You’re the best!

  4. I have a Breville I got off Craigslist. I don’t love it, but it does the job. I also got my Excalibur off craigslist and I do love that. I found a great deal – it hadn’t been used, but the seller (a college student) was moving and didn’t have room in her new place. It is huge, but I have a good place for it.

    Thanks for this recipe. We love lentils over here and I have yet to try a crock pot version.