When your life is busy and hectic, thinking about coming home to spend hours preparing an elaborate meal sounds like a real chore that just isn’t possible. However, a busy life doesn’t mean you can’t have awesome dinners – just check out these slow cooker recipes that will make your meals a breeze! Toss the ingredients in, turn the cooker on, and leave for hours to cook while you get plenty of other things done! Trust us, these slow cooker recipes from our Food Monster App will be an amazing help in your busy routine.

1. Slow Cooker Kung Pao

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This Chinese takeout inspired recipe gets its rich flavor from the mushrooms and rice vinegar as well as a great crunch from the water chestnuts. Impress your whole family with this Slow Cooker Kung Pao from The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester!

2. High-Protein Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

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Slow cooked for maximum flavor and made high-protein thanks to a combination of red lentils and black beans. All you need to do is dump all the ingredients in and leave it there to cook. Serve this chili with avocado, black pepper, green onions and a good slice of bread for dipping. Bring on the comfort food with this High-Protein Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili from Caroline Doucet!

3. Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

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This is the kind of recipe you need on hand for those nights that you want a delicious meal, but don’t have any time to spend in the kitchen. The mixture, which is composed primarily of tomato paste, garlic, Medjool dates, and onion, simply needs to be blended before left in the slow-cooker. So, go on! Go about your day and look forward to the scrumptious Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes from Jennifer Harmon you’ll enjoy later!

4. Slow Cooker Creamy Eggplant Korma

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If you enjoy going meatless yet don’t want to miss out on flavor, this Slow Cooker Creamy Eggplant Korma from Jackie Newgent is for you! It has distinct Indian flair, calorie-friendliness, and a colorful, fragrant finish. It’s delicious as is or served over steamed brown rice or whole grain of choice. For an extra punch of protein, stir sliced toasted almonds or raw shelled hemp seeds into the cooked grains. And to transform this bowlful of plant-based goodness into a complete meal, serve this korma with a protein-rich appetizer, such as edamame or hummus!

5. Slow-Cooker Minestrone

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Comfort food wouldn’t be complete without this Slow-Cooker Minestrone from Sabrina Estafo! Each bite is filled with good for you ingredients, leaving you nourished and with a full, satisfied stomach. The vegetable broth mixes with the cans of diced tomato and paste to make a slightly thick, tasty broth. Bits of carrots, green beans, celery, zucchini, spinach, onion, beans, and pasta swim together to make each bite more appetizing. This delicious soup is sure to become one of your favorites, especially because it’s gluten-free, refined sugar-free, clean-eating, and easy!

6. Spiced Lentil Freezer Meal

Spiced Lentil Freezer Meal [Vegan, Gluten-Free] topped with rice and fresh herbs

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Slow cooked spiced lentils, cooked and frozen for later! These Spiced Lentil Freezer Meal packs of cooked spiced lentils from Crissy Cavanaugh are great because all you have to do is thaw them out and serve with rice, potatoes, or naan bread for a complete meal with plenty of protein!

7. Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised With Figs and Port Wine

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Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised With Figs and Port Wine from Kathy Hester embodies the best thing about slow cookers – very little hands on time and it cooks without supervision. Make it tonight!

8. Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

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This Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup from Ashley Madden is so easy to throw together in the morning before work. Come home to a spicy aroma and a hearty dinner perfect for any occasion.

9. Slow Cooker Smashed Potatoes

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Slow Cooker Smashed Potatoes topped with vegan butter

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This Slow Cooker Smashed Potatoes recipe from Steven Seighman takes a little while to make, but the payoff is totally worth it. And since there’s a slow cooker involved, you can set it aside and forget it. Let the potatoes soften while you’re out shoveling snow. These potatoes are super tasty and make the perfect side dish!

10. Slow Cooker Coconut Soup With Mushrooms and Jackfruit

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This Slow Cooker Coconut Soup With Mushrooms and Jackfruit from The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester is a vegan version of a Thai chicken soup called Tom Kha Gai. This one is mild, but you can add a little chili oil to spice yours up a bit. It’s worth a trip to the market, and it comes together fast once you have the ingredients. Check it out!

11. Slow-Cooker Spiced Apple Butter

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This Slow-Cooker Spiced Apple Butter from Larice Feuerstein is both wonderfully aromatic, and lick the spoon, well… jar clean delicious. It’s perfect for spreading on toast, topping oatmeal, dolloping on warm pancakes, smearing on fresh baked biscuits or muffins, in recipes, etc!

12. Seitan Pot Roast

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This Seitan Pot Roast from Dawn Kriss isn’t exactly like a traditional meat pot roast your mom would have prepared for dinner, but if you make this plant-based version for her, she’ll probably beg you for the recipe! Who wouldn’t want to know all the secrets to preparing tender homemade seitan in a lip-smacking vegetable stew? Plus, the 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.

13. Spicy Acorn Squash and Bean Soup

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Seasoned with a kick, this Spicy Acorn Squash and Bean Soup from Plant Tribe is sure to keep you warm through those cool brisk months. Basically, all this recipe takes is you chopping and throwing everything in a slow cooker and letting it work its magic!

14. Slow Cooked Italian Herb Bread

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Bread in the slow cooker? Oh yeah, this Slow Cooked Italian Herb Bread from Maryke Wylde is almost like focaccia and is best eaten next to a big bowl of soup or pasta. Start it when you get home from work and have a hearty, buttery bread ready for an evening night in!

15. Slow Cooker Chickpea Cacciatore With Potatoes

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Here’s a completely plant-based one-pot meal that will satisfy the hungriest at your table. The potatoes and chickpeas are filling and full of nutrients, and the sauce and the rest of the veggies pack a flavor punch! Check out this Slow Cooker Chickpea Cacciatore With Potatoes from The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester!

Need more slow cooker recipes? We highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Androidand iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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