19 Healthy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep You Cozy

For simple, nutrient-dense dishes, try these vegetarian slow cooker recipes tonight.
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It can be tricky to meal plan as a vegetarian: It requires a little creativity to keep meals interesting as well as to include important nutrients — like protein, iron and vitamin D — that are more readily available in animal-based foods.

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That's why busy weeknights could use some help from your slow cooker. "It lets you just throw ingredients into the basin the night before or that morning. And when you come home at the end of the day, the house smells great and dinner is ready," Kelly Jones RD, CSSD, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

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"Your slow cooker opens the door to doing so many different things with vegetables, which can keep vegetarian meals exciting," Maggie Michalczyk, RD, adds. "It's especially great when the weather starts to get cooler because you can add in a lot of fall veggies like sweet potato, butternut squash and kale, and have a really cozy, nutritious meal from just a few simple ingredients and spices."

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For nutrient-dense dishes made with little effort, try these vegetarian slow cooker recipes.

1. Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

This hearty vegan chili has 17 grams of plant protein.
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"Vegan bean chili is my favorite slow cooker recipe. If you're short on fresh ingredients, you can swap out the fresh peppers with frozen pepper strips and basically rely on your pantry and freezer if you haven't restocked your fridge yet," says Jones. Plus, this recipe is rich in plant-based protein and fiber to promote heart and gut health, she adds.

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Get the Slow Cooker Vegan Chili recipe and nutrition info here.

2. Slow Cooker Vegetable 'Pasta' Lasagna

Layers of zucchini and cheese make this meal a veggie-filled yet comforting classic.
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"Using zucchini amps up your vegetable intake and making this in the slow cooker versus the oven allows for a more consistent texture," says Jones. If you'd like, you can add noodles and layer them with the zucchini to provide more energy and still get your produce in, she adds. It's super filling and rich, so you probably won't feel the urge to go in for seconds.

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Get the Slow Cooker Vegetable 'Pasta' Lasagna recipe and nutrition info here.

3. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Fajitas

There are 27 grams of protein in these fajitas.
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Whip these up with some guac and chips (and maybe even a low-sugar marg!). "Using dry beans keeps sodium levels down. And thanks to the fiber and potassium, this dish is heart-friendly, says Jones. Just top it with some avocado, and this easy vegetarian fajita recipe will be a staple in your house.

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Get the Slow Cooker Vegetarian Fajitas recipe and nutrition info here.

4. Cherry-Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal

This slow cooker oatmeal will keep you full with 15 grams of healthy fats.
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Yes, you can totally use your slow cooker to make oatmeal for breakfast.

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"‌Oatmeal is great to prep overnight in the slow cooker if you want your oats warm versus the trendy overnight oats that set in your refrigerator," says Jones. "Both the oats and tart cherries promote heart health and muscle recovery, while the almonds add satisfying healthy fat, fiber and a bit of protein," she adds.

Get the Cherry-Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal recipe and nutrition info here.

5. Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Stew

This recipe has 26 grams of filling fiber.
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Stew is grounding and comforting, deeming it perfect for a chilly evening. "This is a great plant-based meal because it offers plenty of protein and fiber from the black beans and quinoa. And it's super simple to make," says Michalczyk. This vegetarian slow cooker recipe is very filling, so you won't have to worry about the munchies in between meals.

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Get the Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Stew recipe and nutrition info here.

6. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Moussaka

This dish is perfect for weeknights, as it's ready in 27 minutes total.
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"I love this veggie version of Moussaka because it has more fiber, vitamins and minerals from the cauliflower, eggplants and potatoes versus a meat-based version," says Michalczyk. This is a fun way to switch up the way you eat vegetables when you feel like you're getting into a rut.

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Get the Slow Cooker Vegetarian Moussaka recipe and nutrition info here.

7. Slow Cooker Asparagus Soup

This soup is prepared in just 13 minutes.
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Need a creamy soup that's rich and luxurious but totally meat-free? This is the vegetarian slow cooker recipe you'll want to spoon into every night of the week. "Making soup in the slow cooker definitely shows how versatile the tool really is!" Michalczyk says, adding that tossing quinoa into the basin can help add richness and texture.

Get the Slow Cooker Asparagus Soup recipe and nutrition info here.

8. Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

This 15-minute soup makes for a delicious and easy weeknight meal.
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A slow cooker spin on a classic soup recipe, this minestrone soup is sure to warm you up on a cold winter day. It's also packed with nutrients thanks to carrots, onion, celery hearts, cabbage, zucchini and legumes that make this soup come together.

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Get the Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup recipe and nutrition info from Eating Bird Food.

9. Slow Cooker Cauliflower Lentil Curry

This recipe can be prepared in just 15 minutes.
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Spice up your meal rotation with this feel-good and fulfilling dish. The warm spices, red lentils and cauliflower florets make this recipe the ultimate comfort food. It also comes with health benefits like improved digestion from the turmeric and ginger, plus a punch of protein from the lentils.

Get the Slow Cooker Cauliflower Lentil Curry recipe and nutrition info from Dishing Out Health.

10. Slow Cooker Potato and Chickpea Tikka Masala

Make this creamy vegan tikka masala when you need a comforting dinner.
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This vegan twist on tikka masala is creamy, colorful and comforting. Made with a blend of spices, potatoes, chickpeas and coconut milk, it's a nutrient-dense meal that can be paired with rice, naan or stand on its own. It also has about 18 grams of protein so you can be confident this will satisfy your appetite.

Get the Slow Cooker Potato and Chickpea Tikka Masala recipe and nutrition info from The Recipe Well.

11. Slow Cooker Mushroom Ragu

Weeknight dinners just got easier with this vegetarian pasta sauce.
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Elevate your pasta with a vegetarian take on ragu pasta sauce. The crimini mushrooms add texture, flavor and nutrients to this slow cooker recipe. Once it's simmered, just boil your pasta and cover it with this savory sauce. For an extra layer of flavor, add a dollop of ricotta to top it off.

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Get the Slow Cooker Mushroom Ragu recipe and nutrition info from This Savory Vegan.

12. Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

This creamy tomato soup has a surprising amount of vegetables that add to this recipe's nutrients.
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This may be a simple slow cooker tomato soup, but it's bursting with flavor that sets it apart from any canned version. Keep this dish vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken. The longer you allow it to simmer, the more flavorful it will be.

Get the Creamy Tomato Basil Soup recipe and nutrition info from Tastes Better from Scratch.

13. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe can be prepared in just 10 minutes.
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Butternut squash is the star of this recipe, but sweet potatoes and carrots help round out this dish with major nutrients. And with a short list of ingredients, this will be ready in no time. Garnish with pumpkin seeds for added texture and pair with crusty bread for some crunch.

Get the Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup recipe and nutrition info from Little Sunny Kitchen.

14. Crock-Pot Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup

This hearty and healthy soup can be prepped in just 10 minutes.
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Pasta e Fagioli means pasta and beans in Italian. The title is just as much of a mouthful as this hearty traditional soup. There's no need for fancy ingredients — just pasta, beans, vegetables and herbs. The ingredients list is short and inexpensive, making a hearty and healthy soup even if you're on a tight budget.

Get the Crock-Pot Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup recipe and nutrition info from Salt and Lavender.

15. Black Bean Soup

This recipe has 7 grams of protein coming from the beans.
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Flavorful and filled with good-for-you ingredients is what makes this soup a hit. Black bean soup offers plant-based protein and a good source of fiber, keeping you full and satisfied. Don't let the name fool you: Black beans aren't the only ingredient in this recipe that has a hidden amount of vegetables, adding to its nutrient density.

Get the Black Bean Soup recipe and nutrition info from Chelsea's Messy Apron.

16. Cabbage Soup

Prepare this cabbage soup recipe in just 10 minutes.

This soup with only six ingredients keeps your grocery list short without sacrificing nutrients and flavor. Not to mention it's dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. Cabbage is rich in vitamin C and vitamin K and fiber. This soup can also be altered in many ways by adding extra veggies or a can of beans for more protein.

Get the Cabbage Soup recipe and nutrition info from the Recipe Rebel.

17. Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Add more satiating protein to this recipe by stirring in a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
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A traditional dessert paired with a mainstay breakfast food makes this dish a unique and comforting combination. Steel-cut oats offer whole grains, fiber and protein — all great things to start your day with. Add in the aromatic ingredients and it comes together like a warm slice of pie.

Get the Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats recipe and nutrition info from Dishing Out Health.

18. White Bean Chili

This white bean chili recipe has 18 grams of protein.
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Chili might be a popular recipe for cold days, but what makes this chili different is its untraditional color. With no tomatoes used in this recipe, the base is white instead of red. White beans, green chilies and salsa verde are at the core of this recipe, plus tons of spices to make this chili sing. It's vegan, full of fiber and packed with plant-based nutrients.

Get the White Bean Chili recipe and nutrition info from Easy Chickpeasy.

19. Slow Cooker Lima Bean Tomato Stew

This recipe can be prepared in just 15 minutes.
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This is a well-rounded stew with vegetables, grains and legumes. Its hearty ingredients are all gluten-free and vegan but full of flavor. You likely already have all of the ingredients in your pantry, and if not, there aren't too many items that go into it, making it fairly hassle-free. Make the stew for the week ahead or freeze it for later for up to six months.

Get the Slow Cooker Lima Bean Tomato Stew recipe and nutrition info from Vegan Yack Attack.

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