My omnivorous family eats meatless meals two or three times a week — not just for the grocery budget benefits, but also because it is a strategy to get my two young kids to routinely eat more vegetables. And because we're busy parents, we often rely on the slow cooker to help get these meals done.
These are 10 of the vegetarian slow cooker recipes that my family loves (and yours will too!).
This gorgeous chowder relies on frozen corn, which means there's no shucking, blanching, or chopping that you need to do to start the slow cooker. My kids tend to skip the red pepper topping and opt for shredded cheese — cheddar or Parmesan — instead.
If your family loves breakfast for dinner, this slow cooker migas casserole is just the ticket. It has all the best things in one dish: cheese, eggs, avocado, and tortilla chips!
Macaroni and cheese from the slow cooker is an obvious dinner win for kids. I usually throw some frozen broccoli or peas in at the very end, because again, the mission is always more vegetables.
Speaking of green vegetables, this soup is full of them but has all the desirability of chicken noodle soup — salty, a little sweet, and totally comforting.
Frozen ravioli does all the work in this slow cooker casserole — no blanching noodles or boiling sauce. And you can use your favorite sauce to fill the crock — even a sneaky vegetable one.
I make this recipe at least once a week at the urging of my minestrone-loving 6-year-old. It is so impressive that I've also served it to guests at dinner parties and been begged for the recipe.
This casual take on burrito bowls is super hearty and a great place to use up vegetables getting wrinkly in the crisper drawer. By using whatever beans you have on hand and mixing up this recipe by throwing in different vegetables and salsa, and you can make this a few times a month without getting bored.
This recipe is proof positive that a vegetarian chili can be just as hearty and filling as its beefy counterparts. We love to serve this one over a slice of cornbread and with lots of sour cream.
I'm obsessed with this recipe. It wouldn't have caught my attention if I hadn't tested it out last year and fallen in love with it. What looks like a pretty simple veggie stew is actually quite layered in flavor and oh-so-creamy. This makes a big batch so plan on freezer leftovers.
I swear you and the kids will not miss the chicken here. Veggie pot pie filled with mushrooms and potatoes is just the kind of comfort food that makes eating more vegetables feel luxurious.