Sneak Peek From My New Cookbook!


The first volume of my new cookbook series: The Groovy Green Kitchen will be available at Amazon before the end of August! 🙂

This first book in the series features menu combos of slow-cooker main dishes paired with quick and easy side dishes.

I’m including the cover photo recipes with this post (see below) so you can give them a try now:

 Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice.

One of my fav menus from the book; I hope you’ll love it too.

This project has been a LOT of work but so rewarding.

It’s been many years since my first cookbook:  Not Just for Vegetarians was published and if anything, I think my love of cooking and baking has only increased. I LOVE IT ALL! And what a great feeling when a new recipe comes together and turns out great. 

I’m already working on the 2nd volume of the series too. 😉



 Here’s the link to: The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Now available in print and Kindle versions.

Happy Cooking! 🙂 


Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Comfort food with a kick!

If you love yams, you will love this hearty, colorful stew with an intriguing blend of spices.

Serve with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice for a special treat. A perfect main dish when company is coming too. Serves 6.

1-2 teas. ground turmeric (to taste)

1 teas. ground cumin

1/2 teas. cayenne pepper

1 teas. ground cinnamon

1/4 teas. ground nutmeg

2 teas. Mrs. Dash Original Blend seasoning

2 T. vegetable oil

1 large onion, diced

4-6 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)

4-5 medium yams (3- 3 ½ pounds in total) cut in 1” cubes

4 large carrots, diced

1 C. vegetable stock

1 C. precooked chickpeas

15 oz. can diced or stewed tomatoes with juice

1 C. raisins

2 bay leaves (remove before serving)

3-4 T. regular or vegan sour cream

In a small bowl or cup, combine spices and set aside.

In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add spice mix and stir to combine ingredients thoroughly. Cover, reduce heat to MEDIUM and steam for 5 minutes to release flavours. Transfer to slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients except sour cream. Stir to combine thoroughly.

Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours or until vegetables are all tender but not mushy, adding sour cream for last 10 minutes of cooking time on HIGH. Adjust seasonings if required and serve.

 Note: Cooking times for the yams can vary a bit, depending on the variety you are using.


Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice

A perfect rice side dish that’s good with all kinds of main dishes especially the Moroccan Vegetable Stew and spicy curries. Colorful, with a wonderful fragrance and flavor. Serves 6.

2 T. vegetable or olive oil

4 C. precooked basmati rice (preferably brown)

4 T. fresh orange juice

zest of one large navel orange

½ teas. ground coriander

4 T. finely chopped fresh parsley

In a large skillet, heat oil over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add rice and sauté for 3 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and continue to sauté for 2 more minutes, just to heat through.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.

20 responses

  1. Yay! Congrats! The book looks great. Thanks for sharing a couple of recipes – they sound very tasty! 😀

  2. Congratulations again. The book looks great and you are really on a roll.

  3. Geraldine,
    My sincere congrats on this new book. It looks like a very good one, and I will look for it on Amazon when it comes out.

  4. mmm printing out that recipe to get T to try…cool on your cookbook series…that is awesome geraldine….

  5. Hi Jackie, Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you like the cover and hope you try these sample recipes too! 🙂

    Hi Teri, I am full of creative energy lately, nice that you noticed that. 😉 What a great feeling to have those creative “juices” flowing. No pun intended LOL. Thanks Teri!

    Hi Brenda, Thanks for your good wishes. The print copy is completed and I’m finishing up Kindle version right now. A lot to learn when you enter the world of ebook publishing but I’m getting there. 😉

    Hi Brian, I hope your family loves the recipes above Brian. And all the others from the book too! 🙂 Thanks for your continued support at all my blogs.

    Happy Cooking, G

  6. Congratulations, what an awesome accomplishment. I’ve tried all the recipes from this book and loved them all. You are a terrific cook.

  7. Well done, Geraldine. This is a must have book for me.

  8. wow you never cease to amaze me when I bet 24 hours is not long enough to do all that you do, wow G. you should get a medal!!!

  9. Hi Joe, And thanks for being such a helpful and oh so willing recipe tester! 😉

    Hi Val, Thanks Val. I hope you’ll enjoy all the recipes!

    Hi Lorraine, You’re so nice, thanks L! 24 hours in a day isn’t enough. I guess that’s why I have insomnia on so many nights. LOL

    Happy Cooking, G

  10. WONDERFUL — you are on a roll!! Congratulations ~~ look forward to trying your new recipe! 😀

  11. Well done. I will try your recipe.. sounds great.

  12. I would gladly give you 10 of min but you know we don<t control that oh well

  13. Hi Becca, Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the recipes too.

    Hi Tiger, Thanks and happy cooking.

    Hi Lorraine, I wish I slept better but I’m not as bad in the fall and winter. Summer heat doesn’t make for a good sleep unfortunately, thanks for the offer though. 🙂

    Happy Cooking, G

  14. Congrats lady!! A wonderful accomplishment! I tried cooking a pork roast for the first time in a slow cooker the other day and I’d love to branch out into more recipes. It’s perfect when you get home and all you have to do is lift the lid and ladle dinner out!

  15. mmmmm…. well done! The recipes look delicious.

  16. Congratulations on your book! And the Moroccan Vegetable Stew sounds awesome! Thank you!

  17. Hi M aka C, 😉 Love the mystery!!!

    I wasn’t a big fan of slow cookers until the past couple of years, now I’m hooked! The set and forget part is only one of the big perks. Cooking this way, really gets every ounce of flavour out of foods. It was so much fun creating these new slow cooker recipes. Thanks for your kind words!

    Hi Lady Fi, Thank you!

    Hi Jack, Welcome and thank you. Hope you give this recipe a try soon, it is delish. 🙂

    Happy Cooking, G

  18. Reblogged this on Bookin' It and commented:
    Geraldine Hartman, author of Haiku Reflections, has a wonderful veggie cookbook out. This post gives you a sneak peek at one of her recipes, and frankly, I think it sounds delicious!

  19. […] made me promise to make it again, and I surely will.  One of the more popular dishes in the book is Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice.  Please visit the link to find this recipe and see a sample of the many yummy meals you will be […]

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