This Slow Cooker Vegan Pot Roast will save your busy life and give you more time to spend with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen.
Now before we get started here, let’s just address the big ol’ elephants in the room here:
1. This is the most unpleasant looking food ever: Let’s face it. Food that comes from a slow-cooker is not gorgeous. It sometimes looks unappetizing. There’s really no getting around it. So face the music and move on.
2. Vegan Pot Roast?? What the??: Yup – vegetarian pot roast it is. I rarely use meat substitutes here, but for heartier slow-cooked meals, sometimes it’s just called for. And these meatless beef tips are seriously ON POINT. My meat-lovin’ spouse craves that stuff!
So there’s those two things. We can now move on to the more important things at hand, such as the fact that I am finding less and less time to actually make dinner these days. Seriously – I am freaking busy!
As if working a full time job outside the home wasn’t enough, my plate is ridiculously full:
* trying to live an active and healthy life
* trying to be present in my son’s life because he’s growing so fast before my eyes
* trying to be a good and involved wife because it’s only a matter of time before she’ll be deployed and I’ll wish she was back home
* trying to make some order out of the home (which I’m seriously just really not good at!)
* trying to keep this blog afloat, working on it during every possible free second I can.
I assume you see my point. There is just not enough time for it all. I’m sure many of you can understand and relate.
My 6-Quart Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker is seriously my saving grace. Whether it’s this vegan pot roast (that I just love so much), a huge batch of chili, or slow cooker jackfruit tacos, it always saves the day. Some days I’m not home for dinner because of some meeting or blogger get-together, and its those nights that I really cherish this thing. Being able to add all the ingredients, set a timer for the day, and walk away is just a life-saver. I especially love the fact that if it’s done before we get home to eat, the setting automatically goes to WARM, and everything stays pretty dang hot for hours. SUCH a great feature.
Side note: I’ve had a few people ask me about a delayed-start feature and how they’d love that on their slow-cookers. I just want to point out the reason why you’ll probably never see them exist, or why it’s pretty rare at least. Think about it. Most of you are putting meat in your slow cookers, right? That meat then will have to sit out for however long before your delayed-start actually starts. That puts a bit of a risk on your health, depending on how long you have the meat sitting out before it actually begins to cook. Just thought I’d mention that since I’ve heard people bring it up before.
Knowing that I can create a home-cooked meal to my family even when I’m busy and about to lose my mind brings me so much happiness. Eating together as a family is one aspect of our lives that I always try to make time for, and my slow cooker definitely helps make that happen, despite the chaos going on in my life on a daily basis. I love being about to catch up on each other’s days and hear about the things that happened at school and work. It’s where my mind can recharge and I can feel a bit more grounded.
This particular vegetarian recipe may not be for you (although really, you should give it a try, it’s freakin’ amazing!), but there are so many options for slow cooked meals. If you aren’t taking advantage of the time you could save by using a slow cooker to spend time doing the things that really matter in your life, you are truly missing out. A slow cooker could give you time to hug your kids a little bit longer. Have more of a meaningful conversation with your spouse instead of having to rush to make dinner. Or getting in one last family tickle fight before the night is through.