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Meatless Monday: Vegan Slow Cooker Bar-B-Que (Spring is Coming)

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It looks like the slow cooker is the new most popular kitchen gadget of the year! Every cookbook and magazine is featuring slow cooker recipes. Don’t tell them…but the slow cooker has been around for like a hundred years. Okay, maybe not that long, but for a very long time.  

This month’s Meatless Monday Supper Club featured slow cooker recipes.  I have been playing with some of the recipes in Give Them Something Better and have learned that many of them can be converted to the slow cooker.  For example, the Mac & Cheese recipe I posted here works great in the slow cooker.  You don’t even have to pre-cook the noodles! Amazing but true.  I just blended the sauce, added the noodles, and cooked on high for 1 ½ to 2 hours on high.  Of course, the time depends on your cooker.  We also learned that it does not work with every Mac & Cheese recipe, so be careful.

In hopes of an early spring and the warm weather I am sharing with you one of my favorite summer recipes to do in the slow cooker, Bar-B-Q Chicken Sandwich. I love these sandwiches, they make me think of summertime and hot weather, lemonade, swimming….and NO snow!

Bar-B-Q Chicken Sandwich


  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 cups prepared Soy Curls or other chicken substitute
  • ½ medium onion, sliced (optional)
  • ½ medium pepper, green or red, sliced (optional)
  • 6  whole grain buns, toasted if desired

1. Mix Bar-B-Q Sauce ingredients together in the bottom of your slow cooker;

2. Add onions and peppers and Soy Curls and mix well.

3. Cover and cook on medium heat for 2-3 hours

4. Serve on a toasted bun.

Makes 6 servings.

If you are in a hurry, you can use a bottled Bar-B-Q sauce. Just make sure to read your labels carefully—they are usually full of high-fructose corn syrup and other questionable ingredients.

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