What’s in the Crock-Pot Tuesday?

I arrived at my door at 8:30 this evening to the warm aroma of Sweet and Spicy Lentil Chili. Another delicious recipe from Robin Robertson’s Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. I crossed two fingers when preparing this one and was pleased to find it a home-run hit, and super easy to make, just throw it all in the crockpot!



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • One 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup dark unsulfured molasses
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple juice

Saute the veggies with the oil in a pan over medium heat until soft and add the chili powder the last 30 seconds. Toss with the rest in the slower cooker and cook on Low for 8 hours.

Does it get any easier? If you’re really pressed for time you can forgo to pre-saute but I think it brings out the flavors.

The best part about this recipe, it’s totally vegan and gluten-free. I think it may be a little high on the glycemic index, so if you’re watching your blood-sugar, skip sweet and just go with the spicy. Maybe add a little curry powder or thyme instead.

Happy Cultivating!

3 responses to “What’s in the Crock-Pot Tuesday?”

  1. This looks delicious. You did it again. I would just have to leave out the molasses. This is definitely one to try. I think Dom would also love this one. Thanks again.


  2. There are so many ways you can alter this recipe. Lentils are so versatile and healthy, and cheap! They are definitely a staple in my pantry. Wish we could have you over for dinner. One day. Enjoy!

  3. I love the simplicity because I don’t have a lot of time & I’m not very handy in the kitchen… Can’t wait to try it!

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