By Carl Hanson
February 13, 2019

Whether your vegetarian for a day or vegetarian all the way, these vegetarian slow cooker recipes are the best of the best. They're top-rated meatless main dishes that cook while you're away living your busy day. Fire up the slow cooker for healthy vegetarian and vegan dinners that are always ready when you are.

Black lentils get it done with carrots, turnips, tomatoes, and ginger in a vegetable broth. "Super easy and super delicious soup recipe," says Buckwheat Queen. "The ginger and spices are subtle but pleasant. I used coconut oil instead of butter to keep it vegan."

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"For vegans and anyone else who wants an interesting and healthy version of pulled pork," says SarahVictoria. Meaty jackfruit slow-cooked in BBQ sauce "satisfied the craving of this 9-year vegetarian. You may eat this right away by making a sandwich with coleslaw or however you choose, but it is best to let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Then, reheat it."

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This slow-cooked sweet potato and chickpea stew with green beans, fresh jalapeno peppers, and a little peanut butter is perfect for a hearty, healthy weeknight dinner. "This wonderfully slightly spicy stew is true comfort food of the highest order," raves fluffy-not-fat. "Great with sauteed greens!"

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Here's an eggplant Parmesan recipe for the slow cooker! It's made with layers of marinara sauce, breaded and browned eggplant slices, and cheese. "This was a huge hit!" raves TAWANNAM. "Made it exactly as written, but I really only needed three eggplant for my cooker. On low for 4-5 hours was perfect. I will try it without frying as someone else did, but loved the finished product!"

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Seitan and vegan sausage combine with Cajun seasoning, garlic, tomatoes, celery, onion, and bell pepper for an easy weeknight jambalaya. "A good meal to freeze and throw back into the slow cooker on a busy day," says Maggie Huffman. "I prefer the rice cooked separately. You can substitute Creole seasoning for the Cajun seasoning and bok choy for the celery, if desired."

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Loaded with wholesome ingredients, this minestrone is the perfect weeknight vegetable soup. "Slow cooking this family favorite soup allows all the flavors and spices to intensify and delivers a delicious, hearty meal every one is sure to enjoy," says laura. "Serve with a green salad and garlic bread for dipping."

This slow cooker black bean soup features rice, lentils, tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic, and seasonings. "This soup is bursting with healthy goodness, never mind that it tastes so wonderfully yummy," says Beezie. "The soup loves to change, so if you're cleaning out your refrigerator, be creative. It has gained rave reviews from my non-veggie friends and family."

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"Veggie packed pasta sauce prepared in the slow cooker," says DEBNJAMES. "Note -- this is a sweet and spicy tomato sauce so adjust the seasonings (salt, pepper and garlic) to suit your taste!"

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Colorful peppers, zucchini, three kinds of beans, and plenty of spices make an irresistible vegan chili. "We are contemplating a transition to a more vegan or at least vegetarian lifestyle," says sampstar. "This one definitely will be added to our rotation, vegetarian or not. Seems like you can add whatever you have or want."

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"This crock pot recipe is easy to assemble and needs no attention while it cooks," says diggergirl. "The flavors blend nicely to give it a wholesome earthy flavor that is unbelievably vegetarian. Serve with garlic bread."

Photo by Crystal Dearing

Check out our collection of Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes.