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Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes That Prove This Mighty Machine Isn't Just For Meat

33 meatless slow cooker recipes that will put your meaty ones to shame.
12/05/2014 07:00am ET | Updated November 29, 2015

Slow cookers have the reputation of being meat machines. While they have the unique ability to tenderize meat with minimal effort, the assumption that slow cookers are best for meaty dishes overlooks the amazing ways they can transform your vegetables.

First of all, it recently came to our attention that you can steam food in your slow cooker, so beyond steaming vegetables, you can also steam things like vegetarian dumplings and buns. And just like slow-cooking meat, slow-cooking vegetables will draw out flavors and turn your dishes incomparably moist. The slow cooker is a great way to imbue extra flavor in your vegetarian soups and stews, but the possibilities don't stop there. You can make everything from caramel to spinach and artichoke dip with the thing. It's sort of a miracle-maker.

Winter is the perfect time to experiment with slow cooking. There's nothing more satisfying than returning home from a long day of work, coming inside from a day out in the cold or waking up when it's still dark out, to find a hot, fully cooked meal waiting for you in the pot. Just take one look at the first recipe on our list and you'll see what we mean. There are a million vegetarian meals you can make in your slow cooker, and we narrowed it down to 33 to get you started.

1
Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Damn Delicious
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2
Crock Pot Coconut Hot Chocolate
How Sweet It Is
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3
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup With Whole Wheat Orzo
Kalyn's Kitchen
4
Crockpot Red Lentil Curry
Pinch Of Yum
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5
Slow Cooker Potato And Corn Chowder
Damn Delicious
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6
Spiced Pumpkin Butter
Teenie Cakes
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7
Slow Cooker Chex Mix
Gimme Some Oven
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8
Slow Cooker Eggnog French Toast Monkey Bread
Pass The Sushi
9
Overnight Steel-Cut Oats With Almond Butter And Honey
Sarah Shatz/Food52
10
Crock Pot Caramel
A Beautiful Mess
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11
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
Budget Bytes
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12
Apple Butter Yeast Rolls
A Spicy Perspective
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13
Slow Cooker Enchilada Orzo
Damn Delicious
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14
Slow Cooker Roasted Red Peppers
Cook The Story
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15
Poached Figs With Blackberries
Elizabeth Zeschin
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16
Slow Cooker Spinach And Artichoke Dip
Damn Delicious
17
Parsnip And Split Pea Soup
The Simple Veganista
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18
Rich Maple Crème Caramel
Elizabeth Zeschin
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19
Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce With Fennel
Cafe Johnsonia
20
Slow Cooker Indian Curry Potato Soup WIth Cashew Cream
Connoisseurus Veg
21
Crock Pot Yogurt
Macheesmo
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22
Slow Cooker Apple Cider
Gimme Some Oven
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23
Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dal
Cafe Johnsonia
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24
Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Cafe Johnsonia
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25
Crock Pot Tomato Basil Soup
Running In A Skirt
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26
Slow Cooker Salted Date Caramel Apple Butter
Yup It's Vegan
27
Moroccan Chickpea Stew
Foodie Fiasco
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28
Chocolate Cherry Crock Pot Cake
Pip & Ebby
29
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
The View From Great Island
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30
Crockpot Vegetable Curry With Tofu
Hummusapian
31
Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini
Nosh And Nourish
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32
Slow Cooker Italian Vegetarian Bean Soup
Around My Family Table
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33
Slow Cooker 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Cookin' Canuck
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Correction: This post originally listed this Sweet Potato And Quinoa Chili recipe from The Simple Veganista as a slow cooker recipe, when in fact it is made on the stove.