I love using my slow cooker at home. It’s the easiest way to cook a delicious meal. Just set it and forget it! From meatballs to pot roast, it’s not uncommon for people to cook meat-based meals in their slow cooker. But, it’s surprisingly simple to make delicious vegan meals in your slow cooker as well!
These vegan recipes for your slow cooker are all healthy and relatively easy to prepare. Most of the work comes from prepping the veggies. But, you can do this ahead of time if you’re meal prepping.
Next time you’re in the mood to “set it and forget it”, try one of these healthy vegan slow cooker recipes.
1. The Best Slow Cooker Vegan Chili
I make chili at least a few times a month in my house. It’s an easy way to get all your protein, nutrients and veggies. Dress this vegan chili recipe up with your favorite toppings or prepare it ahead of time for meal prep.
2. Slow Cooker Vanilla Coconut Granola (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Most people think of dinner recipes when they’re using their slow cooker. This no-fuss recipe makes for a perfect breakfast. There is very little work involved, and in just a few hours of hands-off cooking, you can have this tasty treat or breakfast prepared.
3. Easy Vegan White Bean Chili
This white bean chili is a unique variation on your standard red chili. This recipe uses salsa verde, fresh veggies, and vegan cheese for a mouthwatering comfort food that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.
4. Slow Cooker Potato and Chickpea Tikka Masala
Sweet potato and chickpeas are a match made in heaven. Did you know you could make tikka masala in the slow cooker? Try this recipe for dinner one night when you’re feeling adventurous for some new flavors.
5. Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup
It wouldn’t be a list of slow cooker recipes without a hearty vegetable soup. This comforting recipe is full of flavor and healthy vegetables to help keep you satisfied. This recipe involves sautéing the veggies beforehand, but its well worth it for the flavor payoff. Potatoes help keep the dish hearty, and a bit of lemon juice added at the end completes the flavor.
6. Butternut Squash Soup (Stovetop and Slow Cooker)
This butternut squash soup is perfect for a chilly winter night. It’s 100% vegan as written, but if your family is not plant-based, they can add bacon for extra flavor and crunch.
7. Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry
This is another recipe that uses unique flavors and takes very little effort. Spooned over a serving of white rice, you can’t go wrong with this simple dinner. I also like to add a dollop of vegan yogurt for creaminess.
8. Slow Cooker Apple Sauce
I love homemade apple sauce and I make it all the time in the fall and winter. It’s so tasty with fresh picked apples, and I find it tastes so much better than anything you can buy at the store. While it is easy to make on the stovetop, it’s even easier in the slow cooker! Use this applesauce on top of oatmeal in the morning, or spoon it over vegan pancakes for a sweet treat.
9. Easy Smoky Lentil Sloppy Joes
While sloppy joes definitely remind me of the cafeteria in grade school, these lentil sloppy joes are a huge step up! You can make them in your Instant Pot or your slow cooker. Lentils add fiber and protein, making this is a really satisfying meal.
10. Crockpot Spiced Chickpea Stew
This crockpot chickpea stew is oh-so-flavorful and filling. Hearty chickpeas come together with tasty spices, and fresh spinach is added at the end for a boost of nutrition. And, your kitchen will smell so heavenly as it cooks!
11. Slow Cooker Red Lentil Stew with Chickpeas
It’s no secret at this point that I love cooking with lentils. Throw this flavor-packed stew in the crockpot and you’ll have a tasty dinner ready for you and the whole family when you get home.
12. Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas
If you’re vegan and you have never cooked with jackfruit, I highly suggest trying it! The texture is very “meaty”, almost like chicken and it takes on the flavor of whatever you’re cooking it with. These jackfruit carnitas are a tasty place to start. And, they’re a good option for meal prep.
13. Slow Cooker Lentil Curry
This is a great “pantry staples” recipe and it is very easy to prepare. With minimal ingredients and prep work, you can have this in the slow cooker in no time. Serve over rice or even a baked potato for a satisfying meal.
14. Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
This healthy lentil soup is full of herbs and tasty, fresh ingredients. The slow cooker is the perfect way to cook soup when you don’t want to be in the kitchen all day. Lentils add protein and fiber, making this a delicious and complete meal all on it’s own. Serve alongside a crunchy salad for extra veggies and nutrition.
15. Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese
If you like Italian food, you’ll love this recipe for lentil Bolognese. With less than 15 minutes of prepwork, it’s a breeze to make in your slow cooker. Spoon over your pasta of choice for a tasty comfort food that will please the whole family. Garlic bread on the side? Yes, please!
16. Vegan Slow Cooker Baked Beans
This is a budget-friendly and vegan recipe that I like making as a side dish. The thick and tasty sauce is full of flavor, and you can easily incorporate this dish into your rotation.