A slow cooker can be a busy parent's best friend -- especially on busy school nights when you want to serve your family a hot meal, but have no prep time whatsoever. Slow cookers are capable of doing a lot more than just slow-cooking meat. There are delicious vegan meals you can make in your Crockpot or slow-cooker as well. The best part is, you can toss in all of the ingredients, set the timer and forget it, at least until dinner time. And after long school and work days, dishing up a home cooked, vegan meal that is ready and waiting is the perfect way to savor the evening without having to rush around trying to throw a last-minute meal together. Here are ten delicious, vegan slow-cooker dishes (including desserts!) to add to your family's menu. These dishes are perfect for winter and will warm up your family on snowy nights.
#1: Vegan Cabbage and New Potatoes
If you are looking for a meal that only takes a handful of minutes to prep for the slow cooker – a vegan cabbage and new potatoes recipe fits the bill. You can add any combination of vegetables to go along with the cabbage and new potatoes, making this a versatile recipe for using up whatever vegetables you have on hand.
#2: Vegan Chili
Everyone should have a yummy vegan chili recipe on their family’s dinner rotation. Chili is fantastic because it is a great way to enjoy a combination of vegetables and beans, it’s best served piping hot, which is perfect for fall — and it’s a meal that the whole family will definitely enjoy. Add a hot vegan roll and you have a dish that will be a hit all autumn — and winter long!
#3: Vegan Herb Pound Cake
One of my favorite things to make in a slow-cooker is dessert! And if you are planning on having a get together, family dinner or party on the weekend, throwing all of the ingredients in a slow-cooker and then enjoying a sweet treat as a family is perfect fun. So, this weekend when you are at the farmer’s market, pick up some berries and make this yummy pound cake.
#4: Thai Salad with Slow Cooked Tofu in Pineapple Barbeque Sauce
Sometimes nothing is better for dinner than a yummy, crisp salad. This Thai salad has a little sweetness since it is topped with tofu seasoned with pineapple barbeque sauce. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and cool.
#5: Vegan Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling
Every family needs to have a yummy taco recipe to enjoy together. This vegan lentil-quinoa taco filling is what you are looking for – just add to your favorite vegan taco shell. Garnish with tomatoes, lettuce, salsa and your other favorite taco toppings and everyone is happy!
#6: Vegan Mojito Pinto Beans
If you are looking for a yummy side dish to go with your favorite dinner, look no further than vegan Mojito pinto beans. Or make them a main meal by serving them atop a mound of rice and adding some vegetables.
#7: Vegan Vegetable Lasagna
Yet another recipe that all families will enjoy: vegetable lasagna. Making a lasagna in a slow cooker may not give you those beautiful layers, however you will have a meal that tastes delicious but doesn’t require a lot of time to put together. And everyone loves lasagna — it’s a comfort food that is perfect for cool, fall weather.
#8:Vegan Bourbon Maple Baked Beans
Warm baked beans are the perfect autumn side dish and you will definitely want to add this recipe to your menu. Don’t worry that there is Bourbon in the recipe, all of the alcohol cooks off and you are left with thick, delicious baked beans that will have everyone begging for more.
#9: Vegan Vanilla Poached Pears
Okay, I couldn’t help but add another yummy dessert to this list. These vegan vanilla poached pears scream autumn and they contain the sweetness that everyone will love. This is a recipe that you should grab and save for Thanksgiving too. Wouldn’t this be a delicious dessert to share with family and friends?
#10: Vegan Stuffed Peppers
If you are looking for a meatless Monday recipe that will leave you full and satisfied – look no further. This dish is perfect for making ahead of time for a lot of people too – since you can add many peppers to the slow-cooker.
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