One of the benefits of plant-based diets is that they’re more sustainable than meat-based ones, so it’s always good to have meal ideas that don’t include meat. We’ve recruited our favorite kitchen appliance to celebrate this special day and invite you to try these 22 Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes.
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Forget the oven, baked beans are best prepared in your slow cooker. Bacon seems to end up in most baked bean recipes, but not this one from This Healthy Kitchenwhich claims creamier results and promises “you won’t miss the meat”.
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Chana masala, or chole masala, is a naturally vegetarian Indian spiced chickpea dish. It traditionally contains ghee, but this version of Delish Knowledge not, and therefore it is also vegan! Serve it with rice and/or naan.
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Who says vegan chili can’t contain protein? This version of Jessica in the kitchen gets protein from a can full of black beans and half a cup of quinoa, good for 10 grams of protein per serving! Each serving is also only 200 calories, so going back for a few seconds is an easy choice!
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These vegan enchiladas contain pinto beans, corn, green chiles and onions, and are covered in a sauce made with olive oil, tomato paste, garlic powder, chili powder and of cumin. Oh, My Veggies can explain the process, which involves putting a layer of sauce both under and over your rolled tortillas. Feel free to add cheese and/or sour cream if you want to go vegetarian but not vegan.
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Red bell peppers, green bell peppers, green chiles, sliced onions, diced tomatoes, and absolutely no meat products go into these fajitas, which are bursting with flavor. Lazy Oven recommends 2 hours on high or 4-6 on low and serve the vegetables with black beans, avocado, sour cream and, of course, tortillas.
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Lobster mac & cheese
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Cauliflower has been turned into a pizza crust, replaced with chicken wings, and slipped into other random dishes, but it’s time to let it be itself…sort of. This recipe for mashed cauliflower from Detoxinista is vegan and dairy-free, and it only requires five ingredients: cauliflower, water, garlic, sea salt and pepper, but also suggests thyme or rosemary if you have it on hand.
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Risotto can be a very tedious task, but not when using your slow cooker. Simply sauté butter, oil, shallots and garlic with mushrooms and rice, then add everything to the slow cooker with a little broth. This mash recipe asks for chicken broth but notes that vegetable broth works just as well.
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There’s nothing fancy about the ingredients for this oatmeal recipe from Rachel Cooks, as it only requires steel cut oats, water and a pinch of salt. The novelty – and benefit – is that oats take 7-8 hours to turn into oatmeal, which means you can set your slow cooker before bed and have breakfast ready and waiting for you in the morning. .
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Potato Corn Chowder
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Peppery Potato Soup
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Another for potato lovers, this potato and leek soup from Fit Slow Cooker Queen also starts with rousses but adds sliced leeks, garlic, ghee, salt, pepper and thyme to a vegetable broth base. Simply mix all the ingredients together, set it and forget it (for 2-3 hours on high).
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We have to include at least one dessert here, right? And we’re not going with something that’s slow cooker-friendly but doesn’t really need to be in there — we’re going with rice pudding, a dessert that was born to be cooked in a slow cooker. With this version of Good Housekeepingyou’ll still have to stir it a handful of times, but it’s much easier than the traditional casserole method, which has to be constantly stirred.
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Clam chowder is a classic, but when was the last time you had salmon chowder? Whether your answer is “a long time”, “never” or “earlier in the day”, we recommend this recipe from Krumpli. Along with a 10-ounce salmon fillet, this chowder features potatoes, celery, carrots and onions in a creamy broth flavored with chili and lime.
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Did you know you can make scrambled eggs in the slow cooker? And not just any scrambled eggs, but absolutely delicious eggs. Recipes that Crock has a version which has been reviewed by about 50 home chefs and has a perfect rating of 5.0! And they use the term “slow cooker” lightly, because these eggs can be ready in just 1-2 hours.
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Vegetarian, vegan, low calorie, low carb, and packed with vitamins and minerals, spaghetti squash is also easy in the slow cooker. As Well Plated by Erin will tell youit’s as simple as cleaning the outside of the squash, pricking it with a paring knife, and tossing it in your slow cooker for at least 3 hours.
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Tell Ham to take a hike, because this split pea soup from The Cheeky Chickpea is vegan! It also includes carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and a variety of spices. After clicking the link, be sure to keep scrolling to access the slow cooker instructions!
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The only thing better than pasta is giant pasta filled with multiple types of cheese. Our favorite variety is stuffed shells, which can be cooked to perfection in your slow cooker in just 2-3 hours on high power. Spend With Pennies can show you how to make both cheese filling and sauce from scratch.
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Tofu tikka masala
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A vegan take on the traditional chicken tikka masala, this dish is still packed with flavor thanks to the spice blend of garam masala, paprika, cilantro, cayenne pepper, turmeric, salt and pepper. This recipe from Yeah, it’s Vegan is also, of course, a slow cooker version of the traditional Indian dish.
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Tomato and basil soup
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Anyone can open a can of tomato soup (well, almost anyone), but making it from scratch is so much more satisfying and flavorful! And thanks to this slow cooker recipe from Damn Delicious, it doesn’t have to be difficult either. Warning: you will also need an immersion blender, as well as an oven if you want the homemade croutons too (and trust us: you do).
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We enjoy vegetable lasagna not because it lacks meat, but because it includes many vegetables not often found in the classic Italian dish. This version of Food with Feeling calls for both spinach and carrots, but also features our favorite mushrooms: baby bella mushrooms!