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Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl with Feta

This Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl has asparagus, red bell pepper, zucchini, and Feta; and this is an easy meatless meal from the slow cooker. And this is a great way to use extra zucchini if you have some! 

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Summer means garden-fresh vegetables, and this Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl is a simple way to cook them without heating up the house.  I made this with my nephew Jake and even though we ended up tasting it at the end of a long cooking day when we had sampled lots of other things, we gobbled this up and I was excited to have the leftovers another day.

The recipe couldn’t be simpler.  Start by cooking brown rice in the slow cooker with vegetable stock, spices, and a chopped onion until the rice is nearly done.  While the rice cooks, chop up vegetables of your choice; we used asparagus, red bell pepper, and zucchini, but you could also substitute other vegetables that taste good with Feta such as yellow summer squash or green beans. (And if you have a lot of zucchini to be used, skip the asparagus and use more zucchini in this recipe!)

Add the vegetables and cook until they’re tender, then stir in some crumbled Feta and serve, topped with a little more feta sprinkled on top. Personally I think this would be fabulous for a Meatless Monday dinner! 

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How to Make Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl with Feta:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Chop up a medium-sized onion.
  2. Put the onion, brown rice, vegetable broth, Greek Seasoning (affiliate link), Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), and dried dill weed (affiliate link) in the slow cooker and cook for 1 1/2 hours on high. (I used Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice (affiliate link); other types of brown rice may take longer to cook.)
  3. Cut up about 2 cups of short asparagus pieces.
  4. Also cut up about 1 cup of zucchini pieces and chop up one red bell pepper.
  5. We cooked the rice mixture for 1 1/2 hours, until it was close to done but still had some bite.
  6. If you like your asparagus quite tender, you might want to add it a little sooner than the other vegetables. We cooked all the veggies about 45 minutes, and the asparagus still had a slight crispness that I actually didn’t mind at all.
  7. While the vegetables cook, chop up about 4 oz. Feta, more or less to taste.
  8. After 45 minutes stir in most of the crumbled Feta, saving enough to sprinkle a little on the top of each serving,  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl with Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, Zucchini, and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Meatless Dinners with Rice:

Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta ~ A Family Feast
Cheesy Vegetarian Brown Rice Casserole with Broccoli and Mushrooms ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Risotto with Roasted Chickpeas, Mushrooms, and Kale ~ Carrots and Cake
Slow Cooker Vegan Brown Rice Mexican Bowl with Black Beans, Bell Peppers, and Poblano-Avocado Salsa ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl with Feta

Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl with Feta

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

This veggie bowl has asparagus, red bell pepper, zucchini, and Feta and it cooks in a few hours in the slow cooker to keep your house cool.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 C Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice
  • one 14 oz. can vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. Greek Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  • 2 cups asparagus pieces (or green beans)
  • 1 cup diced zucchini cubes (see notes)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz. crumbled Feta

Instructions

  1. Chop onion into pieces slightly less than 1/2 inch square.
  2. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with non-stick spray or mist with olive oil.
  3. Put the chopped onion, rice, vegetable broth, Greek Seasoning (affiliate link), Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), and dried dill weed (affiliate link) into the slow cooker and stir.
  4. Cook on high for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the rice is nearly tender but still has a little bite.  (If you’re using a different type of rice it will probably take longer to cook.)
  5. While the rice cooks, cut up the vegetables into short strips or cubes about 1 inch square.
  6. It’s important to have vegetables in pieces about the same size so they cook in approximately the same time.
  7. When the rice is nearly done, add the vegetables and continue to cook on high for about 45 minutes more.
  8. (If you want all the vegetables to be well-done without any crispness, you might want to add the longer-cooking vegetables like asparagus (or green beans) after an hour and 15 minutes, and then add the zucchini (or summer squash) and red bell pepper 15 minutes later.)
  9. While vegetables cook, crumble about 4 oz. of Feta.
  10. After 45 minutes, check to see if vegetables are done to your liking.
  11. When they are, stir in most of the crumbled Feta, reserving a few tablespoons of Feta to sprinkle some on the top of each serving.
  12. Serve hot. This wasn’t bad when it had been refrigerated and reheated, but it was definitely best when freshly made.

Notes

I'm a fan of Uncle Ben's Brown Rice (affiliate link); other brown rice may take a bit longer to cook. You can use either zucchini or yellow summer squash. If you have a lot of zucchini this is a good recipe to use more zucchini and skip the asparagus!

I used a Crock-Pot 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe, but any slow cooker that’s 3-4 quarts will work.

This recipe created by Kalyn with suggestions and tasting assistance from Jake.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 1146mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The vegetables in this Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl are good low-glycemic choices, but the use of rice makes this limited to Phase 2 or 3 for the original South Beach Diet. (I like Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice (affiliate link) in recipes like this, and the converting process makes the rice lower on the glycemic index. This is too high in carbs for traditional low-carb diet plans.

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    8 Comments on “Slow Cooker Brown Rice Veggie Bowl with Feta”

  1. Ann, hope you enjoy!

    Thanks Zerrin! We really liked it.

  2. What an amazing combination! Would make a great light lunch.

  3. This sounds delicious and I have all the ingredients so will give it a try.
    Ann

  4. Thanks Lydia and Joanne. We really loved this for an easy meal that's heavy on veggies. I'm going to try it again with fresh green beans when they're in season.

  5. Whoa! This is veggie loaded in a crazy way. Love it!

  6. I always forget about making rice in the slow cooker. What a great way to keep the kitchen cool in the summer, and still incorporate summer veggies into a completely cooked in the slow cooker meal.

  7. Janel, hope you enjoy!

  8. I love bowl meals. What an easy way to make rice. I definitely want to give this a try.