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My slow cooker challenge has been very meat-heavy. There have been some meatless recipes but not a lot. So we are going to give you a few more options!
Slow cookers make it so easy to prep and plan your meals, not to mention cooking when you aren’t even home. When you are switching to a brand new diet, such as going meatless, it can be helpful to make the cooking process as simple as possible. So here are some healthy and delicious slow cooker vegetarian meals to try out.
Chili is often associated with being a meaty dish, but it doesn’t need to be. You can use your slow cooker to make a delicious vegetable chili that is hearty with lots of beans and veggies instead of meat. Use all the basic ingredients you would in any other chili recipe, such as chili powder, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, celery, garlic, cumin, and other seasonings. You can then use some lentils, pinto beans, and other beans you like in your chili. To thicken it up a bit, add in some quinoa to the slow cooker as well. Make sure you have some water in there to cook the chili properly.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Earlier in the month, I included a version of stuffed bell peppers that included meat. Here is a meatless one.
If your family likes bell peppers, and you are switching to a vegetarian diet, this is a great slow cooker recipe. They can still have their favorite meal, but it won’t contain meat, and you can make it in the slow cooker. For vegetarian stuffed peppers, you are going to make a mixture that contains black beans, rice, and tomatoes. You can use any rice you like, but for higher protein, go for brown rice or even quinoa. You can then use your favorite seasonings, such as onion powder and garlic, cumin, cilantro, and chili powder to make it a little spicier. If you eat cheese, go ahead and add some shredded cheese on top.
Lo-men is an Asian-inspired noodle dish that can be made into a slow-cooker vegetarian meal. Many people enjoy beef or chicken lo-mein, but you can also make a killer vegetarian-friendly one as well.
The trick here is in the seasonings and spices since you don’t have natural seasoning from the meat added. So make a thick sauce with soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, chili paste, ginger, and sesame oil. Add in veggies like snow peas, celery, carrots, broccoli, and water chestnuts. You can also go with any other veggies you like.
Remember that with slow cookers, you need to have the timing down right — don’t overcook things. Also, make sure you don’t overfill the ceramic pan.
Do you have a favorite vegetarian recipe in the slow cooker? Tell me about it in the comments!
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