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Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup Recipe (vegetarian)

Slow Cooker Vegetable SoupHere’s an easy slow cooker vegetable soup made with chickpeas, tomato, sweet pepper and new potatoes. Fresh baby spinach is stirred in right before serving to add extra nutrition.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Soup
Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup Recipe (vegetarian)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium green or red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
12 ounces small white new potatoes, halved or quartered into bite-size chunks
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes or fire-roasted diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth (homemade or purchased)
3 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
1 package (5 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves

In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine onion, bell pepper, garlic, potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes, broth, smoked paprika, coriander, salt and cumin. Cover and cook on HIGH heat setting for 4 to 5 hours until potatoes are tender.

Turn off the heat. Stir in tamari. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings, if needed. Stir in spinach.

Makes about 8 cups soup

Tip: The sodium level of vegetable broth varies greatly among purchased products and homemade versions. I suggest adding a conservative amount of salt to the soup at the start, and add more, if needed, after cooking.Crock-Pot Vegetable SoupMore vegetarian slow cooker recipes:
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili with Butternut Squash
Slow Cooker Vegan Chili with Quinoa
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas from Bourbon and Honey

Harissa Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe

Harissa Sweet Potato HummusThis little bowl of hummus is big on flavor. It’s a chickpea hummus dip with the addition of roasted sweet potatoes, spicy harissa and bright Meyer lemon.

Harissa is a North African sauce made from hot peppers. I like my hummus spicy, so I added a few spoonfuls of harissa for a good hit of heat. Since purchased harissa varies in heat and consistency, start with a conservative amount and then add more if you want more kick.

Harissa Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe
1 medium sweet potato (8 ounces)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup sesame seeds or tahini
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons harissa hot sauce (I used Mustapha’s Mediterranean)
1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel sweet potato and cut into 3/4-inch chunks. Coat sweet potato chunks with 1 teaspoon olive oil; spread on prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes; stir. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more until tender and beginning to brown.

In a food processor, combine chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, sesame seeds or tahini, lemon juice, the 1/4 cup olive oil, harissa, salt, coriander and cumin. Cover and process until smooth. If the hummus is too thick, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the hummus is smooth and reaches your desired consistency. (I usually add 4 to 6 tablespoons water.) Taste and add more salt or harissa, if needed. If desired, garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sesame seeds and cumin. Serve with fresh cut veggies and crackers.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups
Sweet Potato HummusTips:
-In grocery stores, you’ll find both harissa sauce and harissa paste (the paste is more concentrated and tends to be spicier). If you use a strong harissa paste (rather than sauce), you may want to start with less harissa.
-For this recipe, I suggested a range of harissa sauce (not paste). My preference is to use the full amount of harissa sauce with the brand of harissa hot sauce I used since it has added tomato and other ingredients that makes it a bit milder.
-You can use sesame seeds or tahini to make the hummus. The dip will have a thicker, chunkier texture if you use sesame seeds. If you prefer a smooth texture, use tahini.

Harissa HummusMore hummus to snack on!
Thai Spicy Hummus from The Scattered Cook
Carrot Harissa Hummus from Aida Mollenkamp
Edamame Hummus from Eating Clean Recipes