Slow Cooker Vegan Irish Stew - 5.2 Diet Recipe

A simple Irish stew full of flavourful winter vegetables and lentils in a rich gravy made in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Vegan Irish Stew

Comforting stew

You can't beat a comforting bowl of stew in the winter months when your body is craving comfort food and this Irish stew ticks all the boxes.

A traditional Irish stew is made with lamb or beef, potatoes and lots of winter vegetables. In place of the meat I have used lentils for the protein and added texture.

It's  rich and comforting with a tasty gravy. Serve it with mashed potatoes or just crusty bread for the perfect weekend dinner.

Apologies for the photos, they are a bit dark and grainy. We don't have much daylight in Scotland at the moment, so it is always a fight against the clock and the dark, however I think they will give you a good idea of what to expect.



Making Slow Cooker Vegan Irish Stew

Adding beer to stew

I made the gravy in this stew by adding beer, vegetable stock cubes, spices an tomato puree to the vegetables and lentils in this stew.

You could add either a lager or beer to a stew like this.

You may remember I added a light beer to my vegan sausage birra, which was also made in the slow cooker.

Both work and add a lot of extra flavour to a casserole.

Beer as an ingredient

Beer is also handy to have in the kitchen (apart from slurping) for beer batter, which I used in my beer battered mushrooms and chip shop battered tofu or for making quick no-knead bread like my cheddar and dill beer bread (you could also use vegan cheddar).

Leftover beer

I have a tasty tip for you.

If you have leftover beer after making this stew, add some raspberry syrup to the beer for a quick and tasty cocktail. It's a drink that's popular in Poland and I love it.

Look in the Polish aisle of your supermarket for the syrup.

The syrup tastes so good with beer or lager. It was my friend Margot over at Coffee and Vanilla who tipped me off about it. You can read more about the Polish Style Beer with Raspberry on her blog.

Irish stew in the slow cooker

Slow cooker dump recipes

This is a slow cooker dump recipe. A recipe where you just 'dump' the ingredients into the slow cooker, turn it on and walk away.

You don't need to pre-cook or saute anything, just throw it all in, hit the switch and go.

My slow cooker has all sorts of settings like saute, roast and steam, but I still like recipes like this one that are super-easy with little effort apart from some chopping.

On Christmas day I made my carrot and coriander soup as a starter in my slow cooker, but as I wanted to cook it quicker, I used the saute setting and cooked the soup that way, just like the cooker top without a lid, just stirring it occasionally. It freed up space on my cooker, which was handy.



digital panel on slow cooker

Slow living

I'm still working on this.

I feel my life is too stretched and hectic, which leaves me stressed and tired.

I need to be more organised and slow down. Enjoy some slow living with quality time off. Slow cooking is a part of this. Being more organised, but spending less time in the kitchen after work.

As I said it's a work in progress.

12 Slow living tips

  1. Be more organised and expend less energy. 
  2. Try and be less distracted by social media. 
  3. Spend more time with family and less time working (work smart and to schedule).
  4. Build in quiet time to read or have a bubble bath.
  5. Plan meals ahead and set them to cook saving time later. 
  6. Do a little housework each day so day's off are less like a full day of work (housework) and more about free time.
  7. Have a spring clean, the mind feels more relaxed when your surroundings are less cluttered.
  8. Be frugal, use up what is in the fridge or cupboard and buy what you need and not to excess, this extends to other purchases too.
  9. Remembering you can't change other people, they are on their own life journey. Don't let other people influence how you feel or act.
  10. Spend time with and appreciate family and friends.
  11. Drink lots of water.
  12. Try wind down and get to bed earlier for better quality sleep.
It takes work but it makes sense and will make life easier and happier once I master it.

Do you try to follow many of these points?

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Slow Cooker Vegan Irish Stew. A simple Irish stew full of flavourful winter vegetables and lentils in a rich gravy made in a slow cooker. Low calorie and fat free, this recipe is perfect for the 5:2 diet. #52diet #irishstew #veganstew #slowcookerstew #crockpotstew #fatfreestew #lowcaloriestew #fatfree #lowcalorie #veganrecipe

Slow Cooker Vegan Irish Stew

Nutrition and calories

Nutrition and calories in Vegan Irish Stew - 226 calories per portion and fat-free

Fat free stew

This stew is fat free and low in calories. 

The onions and garlic are not sauteed in oil before they are added to the slow cooker, so that removes fat from the recipe. There are very low traces of it, perhaps in the stock cubes.

Low calorie stew

This stew is only 226 calories when divided into 6 generous portions or 170 calories when divided into 8 standard portions. 

Of course you will need to add extra calories if you serve this with mashed potatoes or crusty bread, but it is still a really low calorie and nutritious meal. 

Perfect for low calorie diets like the 5:2 diet.

5:2 Diet

The 5:2 diet, which is also called the fast diet is an intermittent diet where you eat normally for 5 days a week and reduced calories for 2 days a week. 

The original 5:2 diet allowed 600 calories for men and 500 calories for women on a fast day. 

The updated fast diet allows 800 calories for men and women, you just tweak the timescale of each fast day.

This type of diet is said to (by scientists) give the body a chance to repair and protect against diseases and illness. 

When the body is fasting the cell generation slows down production and repairs cells instead. You can read more about it on my 5:2 diet page where I have links to articles and recipes.

Slow Cooker Vegan Irish Stew

Nutrients in Vegan Irish Stew

Vitamin C

This stew is high in vitamin C, which helps protect cells, maintains healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage. It also helps wounds to heal.

Vitamin A

This stew is high in vitamin A which is important for good vision, immune system and reproduction. It also helps the lungs, heart, kidneys and other organs work properly.

Dietary Fibre

This stew is high in dietary fibre which keeps the digestive system healthy and slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the blood stream, which keeps our blood sugar from surging.


There is also a good source of potassium in this stew which helps to regulate blood pressure, reduces water retention and protects the kidneys.

This stew is also a source of calcium and iron.

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Yield: 6-8
Crockpot Vegan Irish Stew

Slow Cooker Vegan Irish Stew

A simple Irish stew full of flavourful winter vegetables and lentils in a rich gravy made in a slow cooker.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 hours and 10 mins


  • 4 medium potatoes, cut into large pieces
  • 3 medium red onions, cut in half and into wedges
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into thick slices
  • 400g can of green lentils (265g when drained)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 vegetable stock cubes
  • 2 heaped tbsp tomato puree
  • 500ml/2 cups beer
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker pot.
  2. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir well and set to high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed potatoes or crusty bread.
  5. Enjoy!


This can also be cooked in a pot or casserole dish on the cooker top or in the oven. The cooking time is 30-40 minutes. You may need to add a little more liquid, hot water or stock can be added.
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Aubergine and Onion Masala

Aubergine and Onion Masala

A masala spiced curry. This Masala is made with aubergine (eggplant) and onion in a light creamy sauce. It's made in a slow cooker, but could be made in a pot on the hob too.

For more vegetarian and vegan slow cooker recipes, check out my page Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes.


Leftover Panettone Chocolate & Cranberry Pudding

A simple indulgent pudding made with leftover panettone paired with chocolate and cranberries.

Leftover Panettone Chocolate & Cranberry Pudding

Looks good doesn't it?

A luxury pudding made from leftover panettone and some store cupboard ingredients. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare then you just pop it in the oven to bake. It comes out all gooey and delicious. 

The perfect winter pudding to serve hot with creamy vanilla ice cream.


Fudgy Pineapple Chocolate Brownies - vegan recipe

A simple recipe for luxurious fudgy chocolate brownies studded with chunks of golden pineapple.

Fudgy Pineapple Chocolate Brownies

I'm calling these fudgy brownies as some people mistakenly call cake slices brownies. Oh no, no, no!

A brownie must always be a rich chocolatey slice of heaven that is on the fudgy side. If you want a slice of cake, have a slice of cake. Leave our brownies alone!

There, rant over.

To make these fudgy brownies even more special I folded some golden pineapple into the brownie batter and once the tray bake was cool, I topped it with chocolate fudge icing and finished it with slices of pineapple and some dark chocolate strands.

The prefect luxury slice for your guests this festive season.

  related - Chocolate Caramel Tart (vegan, dairy-free, vegetarian)  


Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

A simple dump recipe for a traditional Scottish vegetable soup made in the slow cooker. 

Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup ingredients in a slow cooker

I make a lot of soup. Usually it's in a pan on the cooker top and involves lentils and spices. Yes I'm talking about my favourite carrot, lentil and spinach soup

I've made so many soups over the years, but that's the one I make the most. It's thick, spicy, satisfying and delicious.

However, this is the soup my husband craves. A traditional Scottish vegetable soup. The kind made by our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on.


Amazon Handmade Christmas Gift Guide

Introducing Amazon Handmade gift shop with Christmas gift ideas for adults and kids.

Have you noticed a new category on Amazon? It is Handmade and it does what it says on the tin. It's all products from artists, crafters and small family businesses. Move over Etsy.

If you're like me you spend a fair bit of time on Amazon, stocking up on books, music and gifts. So why not check out the handmade section next time you are there?

The new shop is divided into Jewellery; Clothing, Shoes & Accessories; Stationary & Party Supplies; Home & Kitchen and Gifts.

Christmas Gift Ideas

I've pulled together some interesting gift ideas from their new Handmade gift shop. Hopefully there will be some inspiration for your Christmas shopping.

Living Roots Handwoven Turkish Towel

Living Roots Handwoven Turkish Towel

Handwoven & pure cotton Turkish throw blanket or towel. These fascinating pieces are being created on handloom that has not changed for centuries. The towel absorbs water easily, the scarf that heals you, the blanket that embraces your sleeping baby gently, the swiftly drying beach towel and a throw that adds color to your seats... 

Size - 80 x 180 cm
Natural Cotton

Deluxe Handmade Crochet Blanket in Sage Green

Deluxe Handmade Crochet Blanket in Sage Green

A deluxe handmade crochet blanket, shown here in Sage. It is beautifully textured, soft and made with vegan friendly super chunky yarn. It features a pattern created by use of different stitches in a sage green colour which would make a great statement piece in the home.

Size - 125cm x 130cm
100% Premium Acrylic Yarn

Cufflinks Handmade with LEGO® Plates

These are brand new LEGO plates that have been attached to silver plated cufflink backs to create fun yet stylish cufflinks that will add a bit of colour to your outfit.

Size 1.5cm x 1.5 cm
Plastic and Silver plated

Gin and Tonic Drop Earrings

Gin and Tonic Drop Earrings

A quirky pair of drop earrings for all gin and tonic lovers! Matching necklace and bracelet also available.
Each drop earring comprises a 2.5cm bottle charm made from shrink plastic, which is treated with a lacquer to prevent fading. This is attached to a silver plated kidney wire measuring 25mm.
Size - 25mm long

Cat enamel pin

An adorable 'Cute but Stabby' hard enamel cat pin in baby pink, outlined in gold metal. This makes a great gift for any bass-ass who still likes pretty things!
Size - 30mm
Hard Enamel

Book Lovers Canvas Shopper Tote Bag

Book Lovers Canvas Shopper Tote Bag

The perfect gift for any book lover. This lovely shopping bag features an illustration of a pile of books and a vintage style bird and features the wording 'If you're wondering what's in my bag, it's probably books'. 
Size - 38cm x 43cm
100% cotton

wooden watch

Wooden Watch

Ebony Watch Case and Leather Strap, Laser Engraving on the Back Cover. FREE Engraving. Optional laser engraving of your custom messages on the back of the wooden case making it one-of-a-kind watch.

Ebony & Leather
45mm diameter

Personalised Kids Star Baker Set

Personalised Kids Star Baker Set

A beautiful set of child friendly sized utensils, comprising a rolling pin, spatula, pastry brush, spoon and cutting board, all wrapped with a gender neutral ribbon ready for gifting.
Each utensil (except the pasty brush) will feature your chosen name creating a fabulous gift for the child in your life. Cotton drawstring bags will be personalised with your chosen name. If you opt for one of our beautiful aprons, it will be personalised with your chosen name.

Utensils: (cutting board) w7.5 x length 16 x d0.7cm (spoon) length 19cm (spatula) length 20cm (rolling pin) length 14 x dia 3cm (pastry brush) length 18cm. Cotton Drawstring Bag: w20cmx h24cm. Apron: w34 x L51cm


Personalised Xbox Contoller Gaming Word Art Print

Personalised Xbox Contoller Gaming Word Art Print

These unique personalised gifts are suitable for any occasion, such as Christmas, Birthdays, Mothers Day, Weddings, Anniversaries and make a great memorable keepsake present.
See the options for the personalisation you can add to this print. Click on the 'Select Options' button to see these.
A5 & A4 framed print with white wood effect edging and safe high quality acrylic glazing, that is similar to glass

The DETRAY flexible tray

The DETRAY Flexible Tray

The DETRAY is a flexible tray that takes the shape of the arm of your sofa or of most unstable surfaces to turn them into a stable, useful space where you can leave your glass or cup without fear of spilling your drinks all over the place. It is made of plywood birch strips placed on a piece of fabric, making it possible for the tray to adapt to the arm of the sofa, whatever its size, and also allowing you to fold it in half or roll it up in any way you wish. The DETRAY is available with a finish of four different types of wood veneer: maple, oak, cherry, or wenge.

Size - 30cm x 48cm

I hope that has given you some ideas to make gift buying easier this Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Follow the conversation on social media with the hashtags:

Check out my Ultimate Veggie Christmas Guide with all the recipes and tips you could need for a vegetarian or vegan Christmas.

Disclosire: I created this post to promote Amazon Handmade. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

Luxury Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese (vegetarian & vegan recipe)

A luxury slow cooker macaroni cheese. The best mac and cheese I've made in years and the best part is this is a dump recipe. Dump in the ingredients, switch the slow cooker on and walk away.

Macaroni cheese. We all love it. It's like a comforting hug in a bowl.

When I was growing up my mum regularly made mac and cheese, although growing up in Scotland it was always called macaroni cheese. Whatever you call it, it's always a winner.

This recipe is one of the easiest. No longer do you need to stand stirring a sauce and have several pans to clean. Now you can just dump in all in your slow cooker, turn it on and walk away. Leaving it to get on with making the most heavenly mac n cheese.




Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté

An easy mushroom and chestnut pâté made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pâté.

Easy Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté with oatcakes

When I'm shopping I often waste time looking in the pâté section of the chillers for a mushroom pâté or any veggie pâté really and yes it's a waste of time.

Although I've found them in the past, the supermarkets don't seem to stock them anymore.

I used to like the original Tartex, which is a paste or pâté made with nutritional yeast and is sold in a tube in health food shops, but they changed the recipe and I really don't like it now.

Plus the pâté in tubes is just too smooth for my liking. I like a bit of texture to a pâté.

It was time to make my own and as it's so easy to make there is no excuse really.

3 large flat cap mushrooms

Mushroom foraging

November is the perfect time to go mushroom hunting.

This traditionally damp time of year is the time when forests are full of mushrooms. Of course you need to know what you're looking for as you can easily make a mistake and eat a poisonous mushroom which can cause stomach cramps, make you severely ill or even cause death.

If you're not an expert, you should really go mushroom hunting with an organised group led by a professional forager.

Which mushrooms?

If you're foraging in the supermarket for mushrooms, look our for portabello mushrooms or large flat cap mushroom for flavour.

Chestnut mushrooms can be good for flavour too, but the cheaper white closed cup mushrooms don't have a lot of flavour. 

You can also re-hydrate and chop some dried mushrooms and add them to the pot for extra flavour.

I used large flat cap mushrooms for this recipe.

roasted and shelled chestnuts


If you love Christmas traditions and have lots of time to potter about in the kitchen, ie you don't have a family, a job and a blog to look after, then roast your chestnuts and remove the shells.

If you're time poor like me, buy them pre-packed. 

I got my pre-roasted and shelled chestnuts from Asda.

They're from Merchant Gourmet, who do a fabulous range of larder products in sachets like puy lentils, mixed grains and these rather convenient chestnuts.

Tesco is supposed to stock them too (and I'm sure other major supermarkets), but my local branch didn't have them.

Mushroom, Lentil and Nut Wellington

How to serve mushroom pâté

Mushroom Wellington

As Christmas is approaching, why not use my mushroom pâté in a mushroom wellington?

Spread a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry with my Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté, top it with a mixture of mushrooms cooked with nuts, oats and herbs, then wrap the pastry in a sausage roll shape and bake or try my Mushroom, Lentil and Nut Wellington.

Scottish Oatcakes

The traditional way to serve a Scottish oat based pâté like this one is with oatcakes. 

There are so many fabulous oatcakes available to buy from fine to rough. Some circular biscuits and other types come in a rough triangle. They are all the perfect base for this tasty pâté.

You can also make your own oatcakes. Try these traditional Scottish oatcakes from Hamlyns. It's a super easy recipe for a rough oatcake.


A rich pâté like this is fabulous on toast, especially if you have a tiger loaf, bloomer loaf or a sourdough loaf to slice thickly and toast. 

You could be more extravagant and brush the bread with a little olive oil before toasting and then rub with a clove of garlic before spreading on the pate. Oh yes!

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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté with Oatcakes

Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté

To make this pâté, you saute shallots and garlic in olive oil, until soft, then add the mushrooms and fresh thyme and cook gently for lots of flavour. 

While they're cooking I season them well with salt and pepper and add some veggie Worcestershire sauce (which is suitable for vegans).

Once the mushrooms are soft, I add the roughly chopped chestnuts and oats and cook for another couple of minutes to give the flavours a change to absorb.

I then add cream cheese and blend the pâté in a food processor until it is quite smooth, but still has a bit of texture. 

You could use your favourite cream cheese. If you're making a vegan pate I recommend Violife Creamy.

Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats and Oatmeal

Hamlyns Oats

I created this recipe for and using Hamlyns Oats. I used the porridge oats but the oatmeal would work in this recipe too.

Hamlyns of Scotland is a family business, which has been owned by the same family for 14 generations. Last year it celebrated it's 50th birthday. 

So if you are reaching for a bag of oats in the supermarket, look for the Hamlyns logo for high quality grains and to support a family business.

Calories and Nutrition in Mushroom & Chestnut Pâté

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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté
An easy mushroom and chestnut pate made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes at Christmas, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pate.
Yield: 8-10

Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté

An easy mushroom and chestnut pâté made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes at Christmas, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pâté.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 25 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 250g/3 large flat cap mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp veggie worcestershire sauce
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 100g roasted chestnuts, shelled and chopped
  • 6 tbsp porridge oats
  • 5 tbsp cream cheese ( standard or vegan)


  1. Saute the shallots and garlic in olive oil gently until soft.
  2. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook until the mushrooms are soft. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper while they are cooking.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the oats and chestnuts and stir until well combined.
  5. Add the mushroom mixture to a food processor with the cream cheese and blend until fairly smooth.
  6. Serve or keep in the fridge for a couple of days until required.
  7. Enjoy!
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Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes

Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes

For more easy and delicious Christmas recipes visit my page Veggie Christmas, which I will be updating with new recipes throughout the season.

Check out the Hamlyns website for more oat recipes and ideas.

If you like this pate, try my spicy black bean pate or my spiced moroccan pate.

Disclosure: I created this recipe for Hamlyns. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.
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