Slow Cooker Arroz non Pollo

For the next week Don and I are hosting two young men from a program called Up With People. Carlos is 23 and from California; Dylan is 19 and from South Dakota. One is vegetarian so we are eating vegetarian foods this week.

I tried a new recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. It’s a terrific cookbook. I have made several recipes from it, and all have been quite good. Everyone liked tonight’s supper, including my 2-year-old granddaughter, Taevi. I thought it was just a bit on the spicy side. Next time I will use a little less salsa. 

Rice, No Chicken

This casserole is delicious, filling and unusual.

Rice, No Chicken
Serves 4

2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
10 baby carrots (or 3 large)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 t ground cumin
1/8 t saffron threads
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
3 cups water
3 vegetable bouillon cubes
1 red bell pepper, diced
8 ounces green beans, trimmed
1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
Pepper to taste
3/4 c salsa (or 1/2 cup for slightly less spice)
1/2 c frozen peas, thawed
1/3 c sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained
1 c brown rice

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, garlic and spices and saute until onions are translucent and carrots are beginning to brown. Transfer cooked onion mixture to a lightly greased 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, water, bouillon, bell pepper, green beans and chickpeas. Season to taste with pepper. Cover, cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Cook the rice separately and add to the crock pot about 1/2 hour before serving. Stir. About 10 minutes before serving, add the salsa, peas and olives. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.


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About Lois

My husband, Don Crawford, and I love to cook. For me, it's more about eating delicious food than the actual cooking. I like to cook mostly because I like to eat, and I like the proud sense of accomplishment when the food I make is appreciated by others. For Don, it's all about presentation. So we make a good team. I'm too impatient to create beautiful presentations (usually), but he sweeps in and takes over so it all turns out great. All our recipes are tried and true!
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