When it's too hot to turn on the stove, either grilling or using the slow cooker are my preferred ways to cook and keep the kitchen cool. On a hot day earlier this summer I made this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl, where the rice is cooked in the slow cooker with onions, canned black beans, diced green chiles and seasonings. I had the wild idea of cutting up some string cheese and stirring in the last half hour of cooking, for bites of melted cheese throughout the dish, but skip the cheese if you want a dish that's vegan. When the rice is cooked, it's served with cooling additions like salsa, avocado and sour cream, for a Meatless Monday main dish without even turning on the stove!
Image: Courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen
Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl from Kalyn's Kitchen.
Have you made something interesting for Meatless Monday this week? If so please share the recipe link or your recipe in the comments. You can find more Meatless Monday recipes by clicking the tag Meatless Mondays.
BlogHer Contributing Editor Kalyn Denny is proud to be an official Meatless Monday blogger. She blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen, where she's committed to low-glycemic cooking, and also at Slow Cooker From Scratch, where she features "from scratch" slow cooker recipes. Kalyn probably won't ever be a vegetarian, but she does love to make meatless dishes such as this one.
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