While I would rather be on a beach in the Caribbean, basking in the sun and sipping rum drinks, there’s nothing like coming home on a cold New Jersey day and opening up that slow cooker and having a warm soup or stew for dinner.
It’s like getting back into bed when the sheets are still warm: it’s such a comforting feeling.
I’m sharing with you a recipe (you can grab the recipe on KitchenAid’s blog by clicking here) made with carrot rice and a slow cooker, perfect to make big batches and enjoy all winter long.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating – really, nothing compares with crystal blue waters, white sand and the heat of the sun warming your body.
So, if I had to name a close second, I guess it’d be slow cooker stews in the winter!
This spicy vegan carrot rice and lentil stew steps up the classic lentil soup – with a spiralized twist. Instead of monotonously cubing those carrots for the lentil stew, the carrots are spiralized and then pulsed into rice.
The carrots really infuse with the spicy Moroccan flavors in the rest of the ingredient list, such as spicy harissa sauce, ground cumin, turmeric and coriander. The cilantro and lemon juice at the end balance the spicy, robust flavors of the stew and add a lovely color!
This dish freezes and refrigerates very well, so make it last by making a big batch and storing it for those chilly winter days when you just don’t have it in you to cook. We’ve all been there.
If you haven’t added a slow cooker to your holiday wish list, I suggest you do! It’s one of my top picks for the healthy cook and is so helpful for meal planning.
You can find this recipe over on the KitchenAid blog.
What are your favorite types of meals to make in a slow cooker?