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If you’re tired of ordering takeout every night or spending hours cooking a homemade dinner, a slow cooker meal is a perfect solution. This handy little tool makes it easy to have a fresh, healthy, delicious dinner. All you need to do is toss in a few ingredients, push a few buttons, wait a few hours, and enjoy. You don’t have to babysit your food, stirring and flipping it constantly. Instead, you just let the slow cooker do its own thing in the background, and sit down to a fully-made meal when it’s time for dinner.
Slow cookers are especially useful if you want to eat a healthier, plant-based diet. Their ability to cook items “low-and-slow” makes them ideal for beans, potatoes, butternut squash, and other vegetarian staples. Whether you’re just wanting to add a few healthier recipes to your weekday rota or plan on going entirely vegan, these vegetarian slow cooker recipes are must-try options.
If you’re cooking on a budget, it’s hard to find anything better than this recipe. Since you cook it in a Crockpot, you can start with dried beans which are incredibly cheap. You can make a whole pot of hearty, filling soup for around $5. In addition to being affordable, this is one of our favorite vegan slow cooker recipes because it’s so flavorful. A combination of aromatic garlic, zesty rosemary, smoky paprika, and sweet carrots adds plenty of delicious flavors to your soup. The rich aroma will have you drooling the second you walk into the kitchen.
Did you know that you can actually make a fantastic lasagna in a slow cooker? Though a lot of people just use their Crockpot for soups and stews, it also does a great job of cooking pasta. To make a Crockpot lasagna, you just layer everything in the pan and cook for around three hours. There are a lot of slow cooker lasagna recipes out there, but this one’s a favorite because it’s so simple and delicious. Using buffalo mozzarella instead of a bechamel sauce cuts back on cooking steps, and diced zucchini and eggplant make it more filling than vegetarian lasagnas that have nothing but pasta and cheese.
While we love a classic Crockpot chili, this recipe is also worth trying. It’s a fun spin on traditional chili that subs sweet butternut squash and tender farro grains for meat. The end result is a flavorful chili that’s packed with fiber, antioxidants, and protein. When you want a filling meal that will keep you going for hours, this is an excellent choice. While the butternut and farro chili is tasty on its own, it’s even better with rice, avocado, and other accompaniments. Depending on if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can top it off with cheese and sour cream too.
This unique recipe shows the flexibility of Crockpot cooking. Traditionally, French onion soup requires you to constantly stir onions in a pan for 30 to 45 minutes. However, the even, consistent heating of the Crockpot lets you skip sweating over a stove. Instead, you just toss in the onions and return to find them perfectly caramelized later. Another nice perk of this recipe is that you can make it vegan or vegetarian depending on your preferences.
Use your Crockpot to experience the rich flavors of Morocco. This recipe stands out from other vegetarian Crockpot recipes due to its unique spice profile. A combination of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, and cumin creates an aromatic broth. Thanks to the slow simmer in the Crockpot, the chickpeas and lentils gradually take on all the fantastic flavors of the sauce. This stew has a very thick texture similar to a curry, so you can serve it with rice or quinoa if desired.
Black bean soup is a delicious take on traditional Tex-Mex cooking. This recipe slowly cooks dried black beans until they soften into a tasty broth. Not only is it tasty and easy, but it’s also super budget-friendly. At a cost of just $0.79 per serving, this is one of the cheapest vegan slow cooker recipes we’ve found. It’s a perfect choice for when you want to feed a large crowd on a budget. One of the especially nice things about this soup is that you can customize your bowl with a variety of taco toppings.
While a Crockpot is great for making an easy vegetarian dinner, don’t forget about other meals too. You can also use a slow cooker to make sweet, spiced apples flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. This yummy breakfast recipe involves cooking apples in a blend of barley and spices. It creates a warm porridge that’s nice and satisfying for breakfast. You can eat it plain or top it with yogurt and honey to make it even sweeter and creamier.
The hardest part of this recipe is just wrapping up a yummy mushroom and lentil filling into individual cabbage leaves. While it takes a little more effort than some other Crockpot vegetarian recipes, using a slow cooker still saves a lot of time. You don’t have to do the lengthy process of making a tomato sauce on the stove and then turning everything into a casserole that you bake. Instead, you just pour the sauce ingredients over your premade rolls and let the slow cooker do the rest.
Enjoy the flavors of Louisiana with the vegetarian gumbo recipe. It starts out like traditional gumbo, with a blend of onion, bell pepper, and celery. Next, the recipe layers flavorful herbs, tomatoes, and peppers to add depth and complexity. To make the recipe vegetarian, this recipe substitutes okra and rice for traditional meat. If you have a vegetarian sausage you like, that can be a great addition as well.
Love the rich taste of traditional Japanese ramen but don’t want to simmer animal bones for hours on the stove? This Crockpot recipe simplifies things a lot. The shiitake mushrooms, miso paste, and dried kombu ensure you get a traditional flavor, while the addition of coconut milk adds extra body and flavor. Ramen’s an especially versatile meal, so once the broth is ready, you can top it with everything from fresh corn to soft-boiled eggs
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