Cut garlic head in half through the middle to expose centers of cloves. Place garlic in slow cooker. Trim white parts from green onions, and add white parts to slow cooker along with kombu and ginger. Finely chop green tops of green onions, and set aside.
Add tamari, mirin, cane juice (if using), and 8 cups water to slow cooker. Cover, and cook on low for 4 to 8 hours. Strain, and discard solids. Return broth to slow cooker, add mushrooms and carrots, cover, and cook 1 hour more, or until vegetables are tender.
Divide noodles among 4 large bowls. Top with snow peas, then ladle broth over top. Garnish with chopped green onions and, if using, oil and seeds.
Few things can instantly warm you up on a cool day like a comforting bowl of soup. Forget sodium-filled canned varieties and put together our spiced cauliflower soup, enlivened with turmeric, cardamom and saffron, with only 15 minutes of hands-on work.
Earthy lentils, a staple in many meatless diets, give this simple yet hearty soup a substantial helping of protein and fiber. Unlike larger legumes, there’s no need to presoak lentils before adding them – just pick out any pebbles or broken pieces and give them a rinse in a sieve. Sauté the onions and garlic for the soup while you prep the rest of the veggies – then set the slow cooker and go.
Improve Your Life: Tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, is rich in beneficial minerals such as copper. In fact, a single serving of this recipe offers almost 30% of your daily value (DV) of the mineral. Copper plays a key role in the production of collagen – a component of bones and connective tissue – as well as hemoglobin, the main form of iron in red blood cells.
Cooking times can be vary quite a bit depending on your crockpot, so give yourself some extra time, if possible. For a side or snack, you can easily prepare the slow-cooked chickpeas separately (through Step 2) and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, enjoying them alongside other entrées throughout the week.