CHICK’N AND DUMPLINGS
Just because you don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean you can’t prepare a vegan dinner in a crock pot. I got this Chicken and Dumpling recipe from The Vegan Slow Cooker recipe book by Kathy Hester.
Instead of chicken, we use something called seitan. It has the texture of chicken but is made out of whole wheat flour, wheat gluten and soy sauce broth. It is also pretty good for you being high in protein and essential amino acids. Throw in the carrots and celery and you can’t go wrong.
The nice thing about this recipe is you prepare it the night before and you let it simmer the next day. So, when you get home, all you have to do is make the dumplings.
It’s comfort food at its best without meat, dairy or eggs and most of the family loved it. Enjoy some slow cooking and that vegan thing.
Ingredients for stew
1 1/2 cups cubed chicken-flavored seitan or tofu (you can always use a can of chickpeas instead)
2 tbs vegan chicken-flavored bouillon
1 cup water
6 medium-size carrots
2 stalks of celery
4 cups vegan chicken broth
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients for dumplings
2 cups white, whole wheat or gluten free baking mix
1 tsp dried thyme
Pinch of baking powder
1 cup of nondairy milk (we use almond milk)
Directions the night before
To make stew, store the prepared seitan or tofu and cut-up carrots and celery in an airtight container in the fridge.
Directions in the morning
Oil the crock of your slow cooker. Combine all the stew ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove the bay leaf, thyme and rosemary sprigs. Add salt and pepper.
To make the dumplings start preparing forty minutes before serving. Combine all the dumpling ingredients in a bowl and work until it comes together in a dough. Turn the mixture out onto a floured cutting board and roll to the thickness of a thick pie crust. Cut into rectangles and place in the slow cooker. Stir very slowly to incorporate the dumplings. Turn up the slow cooker to high and cook for thirty minutes more. The dough will thicken up as it cooks and more broth if needed.