A slow cooker should be a tool in everybody’s kitchen. It makes cooking flavorful dishes a breeze, and low-and-slow brings out the spices in so many different recipes! You can make a variety of things in a slow cooker from savory to sweet dishes. We’re here to help you start off your slow cooker journey to celebrate National Slow Cooker Month! Check out these 15 recipes, all found on the Food Monster App. Enjoy!
1. Seitan Pot Roast
This Seitan Pot Roast is made in a slow cooker, so you can just throw everything in, go about your day, and come home to a warm, comforting meal. So deliciously tender, everyone’s jaw will be dropping.
2. Slow-Cooker Spiced Apple Butter
This recipe is basically all the colder seasons combined into one comforting, heavenly-scented pot. This Slow-Cooker Spiced Apple Butter is both wonderfully aromatic, and of course, you’ll want to put it on everything. It’s perfect for spreading on toast, topping oatmeal, dolloping on warm pancakes, smearing on fresh baked biscuits or muffins, in recipes, the list goes on.
3. Slow Cooker Jalapeño Lentil Sloppy Joes
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Lentil Sloppy Joes are incredibly easy to prepare, all you need is a slow cooker, and some kitchen-staple ingredients. This is a healthy, protein-packed replacement for the classic sloppy Joe. This spicy and nutrient-dense filling will wow even the pickiest eater.
4. Slow Cooker Winter Squash Quinoa Curry
This Slow Cooker Winter Squash Quinoa Curry is a quick and easy, hearty, and healthy dish that will warm you from the inside out. A chilly day and this curry are a perfect combination that can really turn a day around. Thai curry powder makes this dish spicy while quinoa and butternut squash make it ultra-comforting.
5. Slow Cooker Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash
Slow Cooker Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash makes a great crockpot alternative for those who eat vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, or paleo. The deliciously nutty flavor of the root vegetables mixed with the creamy almond milk and coconut cream creates a satisfying dish to add to any dinner menu. Great for family parties!
6. Slow Cooker Enchiladas
These Slow Cooker Enchiladas are simple, oh-so-delicious, and easy to make! This healthy version of the Mexican classic is packed with spinach, black beans, corn, and a dazzling mix of spices. Slowly cooked so that all of the flavors have ample time to combine, you won’t even have to worry about it.
7. Cauliflower Vegetable-Bean Chili
The best thing about this Cauliflower Vegetable-Bean Chili recipe is that it’s so incredibly easy – everything goes into one pot and, four to six hours later, voila, we have amazing veggie chili. Go out and get things done while your meal is slowly being cooked to perfection. This chili is hearty, healthy, and delicious. It’s perfect for feeding a big group or you can use the leftovers for lunch during the work week.
8. Crispy Crockpot Chickpeas
These Crispy Crockpot Chickpeas are so addictive! They’re similar in texture to corn nuts but with all natural ingredients. This flavoring is spicy lemon cumin, but they’d be great with finely ground dried Harissa, Creole seasoning, or even cinnamon and sugar. They would be fantastic on top of soups, salads, or just alone. They are a great high-protein snack!
9. Easy Barbecue Lentil Stew
This Easy Barbecue Lentil Stew is one of those meals that improves the longer it sits, so it’s definitely wise to make a big batch and eat it throughout the week for a series of quick and delicious meals! You’ll also want to slather the homemade vegan barbecue sauce on everything. Minimal effort plus maximum flavor? We love it!
10. Creamy Millet and Cashew Pudding
This rich Creamy Millet and Cashew Pudding is not only good for you, but easy to make! Millet is loaded with nutrients.
11. Slow Cooker Lavender Rose Hot Chocolate
This floral and fragrant Slow Cooker Lavender Rose Hot Chocolate is an awesome treat to come home to after a long, cold day.
12. Smoky Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili
If winter has you wishing for sunny days and tropical paradise, then this comforting and smoky Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili may be just what you need. Pulled jackfruit brings the essence of comfort food to this smoky belly-warming chili. It’s also packed with three kinds of beans and seasoned with a homemade smoky spice blend that you will definitely find other uses for in your kitchen.
13. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
This recipe for Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup makes awesome leftovers when you’re rushing about and it’s the perfect winter comfort food. The slow cooker gives this soup the perfect balance between chunky and creamy so it’s well worth the wait. Plus, this soup is extremely healthy and will help with your digestion. Yay!
14. Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese With Eggplant and Cauliflower
This Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese With Eggplant and Cauliflower is a simple, hearty and healthy dinner for the whole family. Red lentils, tender cauliflower, and delicious eggplant are slow cooked in a savory tomato sauce with aromatic Italian herbs like oregano and parsley. This makes a big batch, so if you’re making it for just yourself you can freeze it orr save the rest for another day!
15. Slow Cooker Tomato and Chickpea Curry
This is a quick and easy recipe for weekday lunches. It does have to sit in a slow cooker for several hours, but aside from that, prep is easy peasy! Leave it overnight and wake up to some amazing smelling curry. Put in some sweet potatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk, throw it into the slow cooker, and you’re halfway to a delicious curry that you hardly have to lift a finger for!
Grab your slow cooker, set it, and forget it! You’ll have so much time on your hands you won’t know what to do. We have some suggestions, though. First, you can check out some soup recipes to put in your slow cooker! Here’s Our Ultimate Guide to Vegan Soup Recipes! Second, check out the Food Monster App! You can download it on the iPhone or Android, and conveniently have over 10,000 recipes with you wherever you go. Never hesitate on what to make for dinner again. Download it today!
Lead image source: Seitan Pot Roast