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OK, kids – it’s another easy slow cooker meal. I added a little fresh Mint-Basil Pesto – but you need not. I used a fuckton of garlic & a shitload of lemon – but you can tone these down, if you prefer. I used the always awesome Beyond Meat – of which (full disclosure) – I am not officially a SuperFan! Check it out HERE – but you can use real chicken, if that’s your bag. I served it over pasta but rice would work, too, or this could be served as a sort of white chili. It is all up to you! Isn’t that nice?
2 cups fresh basil
1/2 to 1 cup fresh mint leaves (depending on your passion for mint)
1/4 cup almonds (or walnuts or cashews)
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup Parmesan (or vegan alternative)
Olive oil (Use just as much as you need to get the pesto to the consistency you like. I used very little – maybe 1/8 cup – but you might like your pesto thinner.)
1 TBS lemon juice
Puree all in a food processor. Season with S&P.
Vegan Mega Lemon and Garlic Chicken and White Beans for the Slow Cooker
Serves 6-8 with rice or pasta
2 cups dry white beans (or canned)
9 oz vegan chicken – thawed & shredded
1 onion – sliced or chopped
20 cloves of garlic – smashed
zest of one lemon
juice of two lemons
5 cups vegetable stock
1 TBS crushed red pepper (or less – to taste)
Garnish – Mint-Basil Pesto (recipe above), lemon wedges, fresh basil, cooked pasta or cooked rice.
Do not put the lemon halves in your slow cooker – like you see above. I think this added a touch of bitterness.
Put everything except the cornstarch into a slow cooker & leave it on high for 6 hours. If it is too thin – add 1 2 TBS cornstarch to 1/4 cup water & whisk together. Add to the slow cooker – on high – and it should thicken nicely. If it is too thick – add a bit of water. Season with S&P.
Stove-top – just use canned beans & cook until the onions are tender & the flavors meld – maybe 45 minutes.
Serve with rice or pasta or on its own. Top with the pesto & garnish as you desire.