Fall is the most opportune time of year to break out the slow cooker. Nighttime comes sooner, temperatures are cooler, and nothing hits the spot better than a soul-warming, cozy comfort meal.
Whether you’re a veteran vegetarian, implementing a new “meatless Monday” routine, or just want to mix up your meals, we’ve rounded up seven crockpot meals that are not only good for the soul - they’ll fit right into your diet.
Food with Feeling’s Vegetarian Crockpot Lasagna
If you thought lasagna meant turning on the oven, think again. The best part about this recipe is you can use whatever veggies you like (or happen to have on hand, in a pinch!). The recipe calls for mushrooms, carrots, and frozen spinach - just give your fresh veggies a quick sauté before you layer everything up in the slow cooker, and get ready for a cozy Italian feast. Don’t forget the garlic bread! Recipe here.
Angie’s Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Lentil and Quinoa Chili
This chili comes together effortlessly - just throw all your ingredients in your slow cooker and turn up the heat. The hardest part will be waiting all day to be able to eat this! Add a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on top and you’re all set. Recipe here.
Cookin Cannuck’s Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup
Not only is this soup vegan, it’s also freezable - cook once, eat twice (or three or four times!). You can use whatever veggies you’ve got on hand for this one - fresh, frozen, or canned. This is also another recipe where all you have to do is add your ingredients and turn on your crockpot - just save the fresh parsley for last. Recipe here.
Life Currents’s Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Pie
What’s cozier than a pot pie on a cool fall night? This one has a couple of extra steps, but the finished product promises to deliver. There’s also an option to make dumpling biscuits to add to this dish. If you want to pack in some extra protein, you can also add white beans, lentils, tofu, or edamame. Recipe here.
Pinch of Yum’s The Best Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup
Do not let the word “detox” fool you into thinking this recipe won’t deliver full comfort food satisfaction - Lindsay at Pinch of Yum recommends eating this delicious soup with extra cheese on top and a side of yummy bread (or a mixed greens salad, if that’s what you want!). But the soup is also chock full of veggies, lentils, and flavor. Have a blender nearby to wrap up this soup once it’s done in the slow cooker. Recipe here.
Build your Bite’s Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Mac
You’ve had vegetable chili - now get ready to add in the mac(aroni). With two types of beans and a double dose of tomatoes, you won’t even miss the beef. Just sauté a little garlic and onion, add everything to your slow cooker, and add your pasta in toward the end. Just keep an eye on your crockpot while your pasta is cooking to avoid soggy noodles. Recipe here.
The Diary of a Real Housewife’s Slow Cooker Cheesy Vegetable Casserole
This four-ingredient, ooey-gooey cheesy goodness is another dump-it-and-forget-it recipe - the only added step is to add even more cheese at the end and cook a little longer. It works perfectly as a side dish to round out any weeknight dinner. The best part? It calls for frozen veggies, meaning you don’t need to make an extra trip to the store. Win, win. Recipe here.
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