While slow-cookers are traditionally used for braising meat — pork shoulder, short ribs, or pot roast, they can also be used for hearty vegetarian meals. This Meatless Monday use your slow-cooker to make delicious meals loaded with vegetables that will make you consider becoming a vegetarian.
Slow-cookers are amazing because you are able to throw all of your ingredients in, go off to work, and have dinner done when you walk in the door. If you are going the meatless route this Monday, enjoy vegetarian slow cooked lasagna, macaroni and cheese, or vegetarian chili. Don’t worry about pre-cooking your lasagna noodles for the Slow Cooker Lazy Day Lasagna recipe, use no-boil noodles that you can add to your slow-cooker straight from the package. Layer noodles, cheese, and sauce and cook on low. Poof — you have a delicious and meet-free meal ready to eat when you arrive home from work. Add in-season vegetables — like eggplants for summer, pumpkin for fall, or artichokes in spring for an even healthier, heartier vegetarian lasagna.
Looking for delicious and filling vegetarian side dishes to cook in your slow cooker? Try making scalloped potatoes. These potatoes smothered in creamy Gruyère cheese make a perfect side dish to accompany a black bean burger.
Now that you have your slow-cooker all fired up don’t put it away so quickly. Here are 10 vegetarian slow-cooker meals to enjoy on Meatless Monday, or any day of the week for that matter:
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
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Thin slices of potato, smothered in creamy, delicious Gruyère cheese — there's no way that could be bad. This is the perfect dish to serve on a cool fall night. — Carly Goldsmith
Slow-Cooker Jalapeno Spinach Dip
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Everyone loves spinach dip, and this version is as easy as it is delicious. Just mix the ingredients together in the slow-cooker for a savory and creamy dip. — Michaela Debelius