When talking about slow cookers, the benefits of slow cooking meat can sometimes dominate the conversation.
But don’t be fooled, slow cookers can work wonders on a ton of vegetarian meals as well! These meals are loaded with slow simmered flavours that have been drawn out of vegetables and spices–sure to be enjoyed by herbivores and omnivores alike. There are a million vegetarian slow cooker recipes out there, but here are 5 great ones to get you started.
Coconut Quinoa Curry
This curry recipe is full of vegetable nutrients, quinoa protein, and coconut creaminess that will have everybody coming back for seconds. Get everything ready in the morning, then all you have to do is get some rice going before serving. Voila!
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili
If you’re trying to ease your family into eating more plant-based meals, a veggie chili is a great place to start. This recipe is unbelievably easy to make, protein-rich, and definitely won’t leave anyone complaining that they’re still hungry.
Pumpkin, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Curry
Just in time for fall–a pumpkin curry! This vegan, Indian-inspired slow cooker dish is creamy, hearty, and full of flavor. A perfect weeknight dinner for fall (or any season).
Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Get your family excited about green vegetables with these deliciously sweet and roasted Brussels sprouts! Cooking these in the slow cooker will free up some space in the oven for whatever else you’re cooking up that night.
Butternut Squash Soup
This smooth and spicy butternut squash soup made in the slow cooker is the perfect vegetarian soup to get into the spirit of fall. Granny smith apples, onions, and carrots give this soup a nice well rounded flavor, while a hint of cream provides a luxurious velvety taste!
Anyone who owns a slow cooker knows the transformatory effect it has had in terms of being able to provide beautiful, nutritious and delicious dinners in the midst of relentlessly busy days. Sure, it takes a little prep, but all that requires is getting out the ingredients, maybe browning some meat, and chopping up some veggies. Besides that, stick everything in, and by the time you get home later that day, dinner is served. Doesn’t get much better than that!
What are some of your favourite vegetarian slow cooker recipes?