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.



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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.

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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

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.

Potassium


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

ingredients


  • 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

instructions


  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!

NOTES:

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.
calories
226
fat (grams)
0.8
sat. fat (grams)
0.1
carbs (grams)
42
protein (grams)
7
sugar (grams)
7
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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.

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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)  

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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.



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Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup


Seasonal Vegetables


It's a chunky vegetable soup made with seasonal winter root vegetables. The only vegetables that were available in the winter before vegetables were flown in out of season and before the birth of the freezer and year long access to whatever you want.

Our families used to eat seasonally and it's a good tradition to follow. Vegetables taste better when they're in season and of course they're cheaper too, never mind all the air miles it saves.

We try to eat as seasonally as we can, but like all families there are a lot of our staple ingredients that come from other countries. I think just do what you can and fruit and vegetables are a good place to start.

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Vegetable Soup ingredients in a slow cooker

Dump Soup


This is what is so elegantly named dump soup in the US. As in all the vegetables are dumped in and not pre-cooked first. That's right just chop them and throw them in.

Of course dump has other connotations, it is a recycling centre for rubbish (trash), it's when you tell someone you aren't seeing them any more and it has one more meaning we won't discuss in polite company.

Dump recipes are all the rage right now and you can understand why these days when we are all so busy and pushed for time.

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Vegetable Soup ingredients in a slow cooker with stock



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Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup A traditional Scottish winter root vegetable soup made in the slow cooker. Fat free, low calorie, satisfying and very tasty. A hug in a bowl. #slowcookervegetablesoup #slowcookersoup #crockpotsoup #crockpotvegetablesoup #fatfreesoup #lowcaloriesoup #52diet #scottishvegetablesoup #vegetablesoup

Soup Ingredients


For this soup, I chopped and added onion (I usually add white onion, but I only had red), garlic, leeks, carrots, turnip and potato.

I gave it all a good mix, added enough vegetable stock to cover it and set it to slow cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Of course you could make this on the cooker top in a pot too, but I would saute the onion and garlic until soft first since it doesn't have that long slow cook.

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a Scottish turnip

What is a turnip?


Before you hit the recipe, lets clear up the enigma that is a turnip.

What is a turnip?

It is a Scottish root vegetable with a yellow flesh. It's a big brute and hellish to cut, but tastes wonderful in soups or mashed with lots of butter (vegan spread), salt and pepper.

To confuse things, in Scotland we also call it a neep as in neeps and tatties (potatoes). We also have a nickname for it, the tumshie.

Now this is where it gets complicated. We quarrel with our neighbour England about many things and one of them is the humble turnip. They call them swede and are obviously misguided (waits for ranty comments).

In the US they are called rutabaga.

Yes it's one that confuses many people.

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Bowl of Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup


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related - Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew

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Calories and Nutrition in Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

This soup is virtually fat free, low calorie, high in dietary fibre and potassium. It also has a good source of iron and calcium.

It is perfect for those on a budget and anyone who is watching their weight on a calorie controlled diet like the 5:2 diet.


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Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup
A traditional Scottish winter root vegetable soup made in the slow cooker. Fat free, low calorie, satisfying and very tasty. A hug in a bowl.https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XhdaOJx6I_0/XAkchFY6yFI/AAAAAAAAxvA/MVTC2CVz7owrkhi9bNtJr4BurzxpXUHuQCLcBGAs/s1600/best%2Bslow%2Bcooker%2Bvegetable%2Bsoup.jpg2018-12-06
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Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup in white bowl with grey napkin and soup spoon

Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

A traditional Scottish winter root vegetable soup made in the slow cooker. Fat free, low calorie, satisfying and very tasty. A hug in a bowl.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 hours and 15 mins

ingredients


  • 1 red or white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large leeks, halved length ways and sliced
  • 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium to large turnip (rutabaga), roughly chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 pints/ 1 3/4 litres/7 cups vegetable stock
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper

instructions


  1. Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker pan.
  2. Mix well and add the stock, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 6 hours.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 6 servings.
calories
167
fat (grams)
0.7
sat. fat (grams)
0.1
carbs (grams)
37.6
protein (grams)
4.4
sugar (grams)
8.7
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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
£20.99



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
£35



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
£5.95




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
£6


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
£7

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
£8


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
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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

£16.50




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
£4.49


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
£32

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


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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.
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