17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners Anyone Can Make

17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners Anyone Can Make
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If you’re on the hunt for a few plant-based slow-cooker recipes, you’re not alone. Plant-based diets are gaining popularity, although there seems to be some disagreement on what a plant-based diet actually is. In my book, it means eating mostly plants—fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices—but still leaves room for a little bit of meat, fish and dairy. To other people, it means eating only plant foods, and eliminating animal foods altogether. In other words, veganism.

To make things simple, all of the plant-based slow-cooker recipes below are vegan, made with plenty of veggies, legumes and whole grains—plus various fun ingredients like coconut milk, peanut butter, tortilla chips and even some dairy-free cheese. That’s not to say that a plant-based eating style means eating vegan all the time, it’s just to give everyone some recipe ideas that are meat-free and heavy on plants.

Whether you’re looking to follow a plant-based diet, or just want to try adding a few more plant-based meals to your week, the recipes below are a great place to start. All are foolproof, since your slow cooker does all the work. Plus, each one yield several servings that can easily be refrigerated or frozen for future meals.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Chickpea Pumpkin Curry

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1. Chickpea Pumpkin Curry

It may not be peak pumpkin season, but if you can find winter squash at the farmer’s market, this slow-cooker plant-based curry is a great way to punch up its flavor.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Black Bean and Rice Soup

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2. Black Bean and Rice Soup

Give slow-cooker black bean soup a little extra something by adding rice.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Mexican Quinoa Tacos

Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

3. Mexican-Style Quinoa Tacos

Who needs ground beef when these slow-cooker plant-based tacos have all that texture from beans and quinoa.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Vegetable Lentil Soup

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4. Vegetable Lentil Soup

Slow-cooker vegetable lentil soup might not be the most out-of-the-box idea, but you really can’t go wrong with it.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

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5. Loaded “Baked” Sweet Potatoes

Instead of cranking up your oven for a whole hour, “bake” your sweet potatoes in a slow cooker. Then, fill ’em with corn, beans, herbs and tasty cashew cream.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Rice and Beans

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6. Rice and Beans

If you need a low-fuss, budget-friendly meal, look no further than slow-cooker rice and beans.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | African-Style Peanut Stew

The Girl on Bloor.

7. African-Inspired Peanut Stew

This filling slow-cooker stew is thickened with peanut butter, and filled with chickpeas and all kinds of vegetables.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

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8. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Hard to believe, but this hearty slow-cooker casserole is totally vegan!

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

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9. Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

Not only is this slow-cooker curry stew tasty, it’s also freezer-friendly.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Vegan Jambalaya

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10. Vegan Jambalaya

Vegan jambalaya might seem counterintuitive, but it’s possible. This one’s made with vegan sausage, plus tons of spices.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Quinoa Tortilla Soup

Making Thyme for Health.

11. Quinoa Tortilla Soup

The more tortilla chips you add to garnish this slow-cooker soup, the better.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Vegan Lasagna

Vegan Chickpea.

12. Vegan Lasagna

What’s the secret to vegan lasagna, you ask? Vegan cheese, for starters—and plenty of veggies. The recipe calls for gluten-free noodles, but you can use regular if you don’t have a gluten allergy.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Lentil Sloppy Joes

Simply Quinoa.

13. Lentil Sloppy Joes

What’s more fun than a nostalgic sloppy joe dinner?

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Tofu Tikka Masala

Yup It’s Vegan.

14. Tofu Tikka Masala

Tikka masala is a classic Indian dish, and you can make a pretty convincing version in your slow cooker.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Curried Kale Soup with Cauliflower Rice

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15. Curried Kale Soup with Cauliflower Rice

There are so many plants happening in this slow-cooker curried kale soup.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Pinto Bean Enchiladas

Oh My Veggies.

16. Pinto Bean Enchiladas

Wouldn’t it be great to come home to a slow cooker full of warm, plant-based enchiladas at the end of a long day?

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Vegan Stuffed Peppers

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17. Stuffed Peppers

Trade the usual beef-and-rice stuffed pepper filling for beans and quinoa, and you have an easy plant-based meal.

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