3 Slow Cooker Meals: Bean Soup, Coconut Curry, Tomato Basil

No time to cook? Try some of these quick soup and meal base Ideas with coconut curry or tomato basil options!

Some days there simply isn’t time to prepare a gorgeous home cooked meal, right? Wrong. If you have a slow cooker and just 10 minutes of prep time you can actually create a savory nutritional dish or meal base that will provide few days’ worth of eats by letting the slow cooker do the work while you get to the rest of your day. It’s simple, and you can really get creative using spices, veggies, and sauces.

First, choose a type of bean to use, buy them DRY in bulk or in bag. You’ll need 2 cups for a 4 Qt slow cooker

  • black beans
  • cannellini beans (white beans)
  • chickpeas
  • pinto beans
  • kidney beans
  • navy beans
  • lentils

A few benefits of Beans:

Beans are a gluten free food known for being a good source of protein and fiber as well as low in fat. Fiber contributes to satiety and can help with weight loss and maintenance.

Beans are also rich in vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and the B vitamin folate, which is essential for proper brain function and plays a role in emotional and mental health.


3 Slow Cooker Meals: Bean Soup, Coconut Curry, Tomato Basil

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Bean Base Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry beans of your choice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 quartered onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt or celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Basic Soup

  • 4 stalks chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (or baby carrots cut in half)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups broccoli, spinach, or cauliflower (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Optional add-ins:
  • 2 sliced sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander

*note: if you have a little extra time, stir fry the onion pepper and garlic before adding to slow cooker- it adds a nice roasted flavor.

Coconut Curry

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained rinsed
  • 1 package Asian stir-fry veggies
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (or baby carrots cut in half)  
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger (powered is ok)
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic salt

Optional add-ins:

  • 1 can bamboo shoots
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas

3. Add fresh to individual bowl

chopped chive onion

Tomato Basil

  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1–2 tablespoon sweetener
  • 2 teaspoon garlic salt

Optional add-ins:

Stir fry 1 onion, 1 pepper, 2 cloves garlic in the olive oil before adding.


Basic Bean Base Directions

1. Choose 1 type dry bean—measure 2 cups

2. Rinse thoroughly by submerging in a bowl of water then drain using a colander.

3. Pour rinsed beans into 4-6qt slow cooker

3. Add 4 cloves garlic, 1 quartered onion, 1 teaspoon salt or celery salt, 1 teaspoon pepper

4. Fill slow cooker to 3/4 full with water

5. Turn on high for 4 hours (2–3 for lentils)

Basic Soup

1. Prepare bean base as instructed above

2. At least one hour before eating add in the rest of the basic soup ingredients.

Coconut Curry

1. Prepare bean base as instructed above, but use 1 cup less water

2. At least 1 hour before eating add in the rest of the coconut curry ingredients.

Tomato Basil

1. Prepare bean base as instructed above (Cannellini beans recommended)

2. At least on hour before eating add in the rest of the tomato basil ingredients.

NOTE: If you have a 2qt slow cooker, prepare beans first, then add them to a stovetop pot with the remaining ingredients and cook for thirty minutes.

For an after dinner snack, you've got to try these raw vegan Oreos!

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