Slow cooker season is here and we couldn’t be more excited by the endless vegetarian slow cooker recipes available. If you’re a Crockpot newbie or have been using the “set it and forget it” technique for years, fall is a great time to get reacquainted with this cooking tool to make some veggie slow cooker recipes. Using a slow cooker is a great way to prepare healthy, hearty meals that make plenty of leftovers you can eat throughout the week. While meat is often used as a base of slow cooker recipes, there are plenty of slow cooker vegetarian recipes to choose from. Here are 9 of our favorite veggie slow cooker recipes for tailgates, potluck parties, special occasions, family dinners and more. These no meat slow cooker recipes are going to be on your family’s most-requested list this fall and winter.
1. Southwestern Bean Medley
This slow cooker vegetarian recipe gathers inspiration from south of the border. It’s rich with a trio of beans (garbanzo, black, and cannellini) and accompanied by fiery chilis and other spices. Beans are a great source of fiber, can help lower cholesterol, and provide natural protein. Experts recommend you eat three cups of the legumes a week, and this recipe is a great way to get a serving in! Consider serving it as a side to or on top of quinoa, a complete plant-based protein so you’ll stay satisfied for longer.
2. New York Salt Potatoes
New York is the home of the salt potato: a young potato slathered in yummy salt and butter. You may not have considered cooking potatoes in the slow cooker, but it’s a great technique for when you’re craving these starchy veggies and don’t have time to wait for them to bake in the oven. Potatoes are a good source of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, and many other minerals and nutrients. Get the recipe for this flavorful, delicious side dish.
3. Bean and Chili Enchiladas
This Mexican chili enchilada recipe from Real Simple is a good source of protein and fiber from the black beans. Spinach helps fill you up for less calories while adding vitamins A and K. Use sharp Cheddar to maximize flavor and serve this spicy recipe on corn tortillas, topped with your favorite add-ons, like low-fat sour cream and jalapenos, then pair with a salad for a complete meal.
4. Crockpot Minestrone Soup
Nothing warms our insides on a cool fall day like a bowl of steamy soup and this veggie slow cooker recipe from SkinnyTaste hits the spot. It’s chock-full of nutrient-packed veggies, like spinach, carrots and celery. Portion out the leftovers in single-serving containers and have this soup as part of your lunch this week or freeze it to save it for a day when you don't want to cook!
5. Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers
If you’re an omnivore you may have already made our meat version of slow cooker stuffed peppers, but this recipe from Martha Stewart packs vitamin C rich peppers with couscous and beans to fill you up without filling you out. We like that Martha’s version is Greek and uses traditional ingredients like feta cheese and lemon wedges to drizzle on for more flavor.
6. Vegetarian Lasagna
We love this Italian vegetarian slow cooker recipe for a comfort food meal that's so tasty, your family will never miss the meat! This EatingWell recipe maximizes your time because you start with raw veggies, and the cheesy dinner can be ready in under three hours if you cook it on a high setting. This hearty recipe is a great way of hitting your veggie serving goals for the day!
7. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Gumbo
While traditional gumbo is often made with spicy Andouille sausage, this veggie gumbo recipe on OhMyVeggies.com gets its heat from Cajun seasoning and hot sauce. Low-calorie veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, okra and bell peppers will fill you up, while beans provide protein. If you’re truly missing the meat in your gumbo, recipe creator Kiersten Frase suggests adding meatless sausage, like Field Roast’s Mexican Chipotle Sausage sliced up and tossed on top when the gumbo has finished cooking.
8. Slow Cooker Chana Masala
Craving Indian food? This vegetarian slow cooker recipe is great to eat as a post-recovery meal after you’re done working out. Chickpeas provide protein and your tastebuds will wake up with the fiery spices. Serve with a side of rice and naan bread.
9. Vegetarian Chili
Slow cooker chili is a must-do recipe for fall. Our vegetarian slow cooker chili recipe is a muscle-building one that’s packed with beans, jalapenos, and couscous. Make it for a tailgate or serve with whole grain tortilla chips, low-fat sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese as an appetizer.
If you’re craving sweets, learn how to make Slow Cooker Cherry Cola Bread or a Slow Cooker Cobbler recipe.
Now that you're armed with an arsenal of veggie slow cooker recipes, the hard part is going to be deciding which one to make first! You'll fall in love with the convenience of tossing a few ingredients into your Crockpot, then coming home to a fragrant kitchen and dinner that’s ready to eat. Just be sure to send us an invite once in a while!