If you are looking for a great selection of warming and hearty meals for the winter, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’ve gathered together a selection of vegetarian crockpot recipes, all of which are meat-free yet full of protein. I love how easy these dishes are to create, and they don’t require any pre-cooking or much preparation time at all. You’ll have a delicious, healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy without spending hours in the kitchen after a busy day.
30 Delicious Vegetarian Crockpot Meals
1. Easy Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup
For those really hectic nights during the fall or winter, I love to cook a huge bowl of hearty soup and serve it with a massive chunk of buttered bread. This butternut squash soup recipe from Delish creates a smooth and creamy dish that puts your excess seasonal vegetables to good use. One of the best things about soups like this is that you can meal prep it on a Sunday and then use it all week long for your lunches when you’re in a rush.
2. Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos
Mix up your Taco Tuesday with a new meat-free recipe that uses quinoa as the main topping. Combining quinoa, black beans, corn, and tomatoes, you’ll have a colorful meal that’s a healthier alternative to your previous taco nights. The best thing about tacos is that you can top them however you like, so add cheese, avocado, salsa, or anything else that you’re craving to these quinoa tacos from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
3. Veggie Crockpot Lasagna
Lasagna is one of my favorite meals, and it’s the perfect comfort food for the whole family on a cold winter evening. This recipe from Pinch of Yum is super easy to make, using simple ingredients and plenty of vegetables. It’s the ideal recipe to prep around lunchtime, and by dinner, you’ll have a warming pasta dish that kids and teens will love.
4. Homemade Minestrone Soup
This is one of the easiest yet most satisfying soup recipes I’ve ever tried, and it simply involves throwing together your ingredients into a crockpot. You’ll combine vegetables, beans, and pasta with a unique addition of sundried tomato pesto, for a flavorful dish with only minutes of prep time in the kitchen. Check out this recipe from Little Spice Jar for a delicious, warming winter soup.
5. Crockpot Baked Apples
You might not always think about making dessert in a crockpot, but this baked apples recipe from Delish will change your mind about that. These are ideal for a family dinner or gathering, and you won’t take up even more oven space preparing them. You can get these ready in advance of your guests arriving, and following dinner, you’ll have a warm dessert that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with the whole family. This recipe recommends serving topped with ice cream and a heavy drizzle of warm caramel sauce.
6. Crockpot Madras Lentils
Peas and Crayons shows us how to cook this comfort food dish which requires minimal effort in the kitchen. It produces up to six full servings and is a simple Indian dish that allows you to adjust the texture and spice level to taste so the whole family will enjoy it. This dish is best served with rice and a side of naan bread, and it’s even a low-calorie main course that takes only ten minutes of prep time to create.
7. Ultimate Creamy Crockpot Sweet Potatoes
The crockpot is great for creating main dishes as well as sides, and these sweet potatoes are ideal for serving alongside any main entrée or alone for a light lunch or dinner. With just five minutes of prep time, Sweet Peas and Saffron shows us how to make this one ingredient meal that can be stuffed in many different ways to suit your tastes.
8. Enchilada Quinoa
For a new recipe to add to your Mexican inspired dinners, check out this delicious enchilada quinoa. It’s a meat-free dish that contains plenty of cheese and protein which is sure to be enjoyed by everyone in your family. Creme de la Crumb shares this enchilada quinoa recipe that needs just five minutes of prep time before being left to cook by itself.
9. Veggie Omelet
Crockpots aren’t just reserved for dinnertime, thanks to this veggie omelet recipe from Diethood. Throw all of the ingredients together when you first wake up, and two hours later, you’ll have a simple yet satisfying brunch or breakfast that will give your partner and family a great start to the day. The recipe calls for broccoli, onion, and pepper, to make a tasty, protein-packed breakfast that will keep you going all day long.
10. Crockpot Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodle Bowl
The Skinny Fork shares this spaghetti squash Thai noodle bowl recipe which is ideal for prepping in the morning, and by the time you finish work, you’ll have a nutritious dinner that’s ready to serve. Squash makes a healthy alternative to spaghetti, and this low-calorie dish is served with broccoli and a tasty peanut dressing.
11. Crockpot Cauliflower Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles
For a healthy alternative to a Bolognese dish, try out this recipe from Inspiralized. With just ten minutes of prep time and three and a half hours in the crockpot, you’ll have an ideal dish to serve all year round. This vegan Bolognese uses cauliflower to mimic meat, without adding any heaviness to the dish. The cauliflower complements the tomato sauce perfectly in this fresh and tasty meal.
12. Crockpot Mushroom Stroganoff
This mushroom stroganoff recipe from Easy Cheesy Vegetarian adds smoked paprika into the dish, giving it a unique twist on the classic recipe. It’s a rich and creamy meal that can be served alongside your carb of choice. It would go perfectly with a big bowl of rice, pasta, or quinoa.
13. Barley & Chickpea Risotto
Foxes Love Lemons shows us how to use the crockpot to create an exceptionally tasty risotto dish. The barley slowly simmers in the vegetable broth, giving a final result that’s very similar to traditional risotto. You’ll only need to leave it to cook for two hours, otherwise you risk it overcooking in the crockpot.
14. Crockpot Peach Cobbler
For a warming dessert after a cold fall or winter day, this peach cobbler recipe is an excellent choice. Eating Well shares with us how to create this dish that features spiced peaches with a light and cakey topping. It’s best served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, which provides the perfect contrast to this warm sweet.
15. Coconut Hot Chocolate
You might not expect to see hot chocolate on this recipe list, but you simply must try this recipe from How Sweet Eats. It’s a great drink to serve to kids and adults to keep them nice and warm over the holiday season, and preparing it in the crockpot gives you the thickest and most luxurious hot chocolate drink you’ve ever tasted.
16. Spiced Pumpkin Butter
This is the perfect recipe for using up any of that leftover pumpkin puree in your kitchen, and it creates delicious jars of pumpkin butter that are ideal for gifting to your family and friends. Teenie Cakes shares this recipe that makes a rich and thick butter that will be enjoyed by anyone you share it with.
17. Crockpot Caramel
I absolutely loved dipping apples in caramel sauce growing up, and this recipe from A Beautiful Mess is the perfect dipping sauce. You’ll simply combine your ingredients and leave them cooking for eight hours on the lowest setting. When you return, you’ll have a bowl full of luscious caramel that can be used as a dip, spread, or topping for desserts and cakes.
18. Crock Pot Yogurt
Yogurt may seem super simple to make, but it actually can be incredibly challenging. If you are anything like me, I’m sure you’ve tried various different methods over the years. Macheesmo has created this easy-to-follow crockpot recipe, which involves little hands-on time to make a large portion of yogurt that can be eaten as is or combined with your choice of added toppings.
19. Crockpot Tomato Basil Soup
For a classic soup recipe that is both warm and filling, try this tomato basil soup from Running in a Skirt. It’s the ideal year-round soup that can be enjoyed by vegans and vegetarians alike and involves only minutes of time in the kitchen to prepare and cook.
20. Chocolate Cherry Crockpot Cake
I couldn’t believe how easy it was to create a cake using my crockpot until I tried this recipe from Pip and Ebby. The chopped cherries add a little tartness to this otherwise sweet cake, and it’s best served warm with a massive scoop of vanilla ice cream and some cherries on top.
21. Crockpot Vegetable Curry with Tofu
This is such a satisfying curry dish that involves little of the preparation and cooking time that’s usually involved with cooking curry on the stove. Hummusapien shares this recipe that uses tofu for protein and is packed with fresh vegetables, including peas, pepper, and eggplant.
22. Vegan Chicken Pot Pie
The Hidden Veggies shares this recipe that you won’t believe is suitable for vegans, as well as being gluten-free. It’s the ultimate comfort food dish that can be enjoyed by everyone, and you can even use any chicken substitute in strips for this dish.
23. Vegan Crockpot Fried Rice
Perfect for kids and teens alike, this vegan crockpot fried rice recipe mixes together rice, seasoning, and vegetables. After only a few hours in the crockpot, .this recipe fromWhat Vegan Kids Eat is ready to be served alone, or alongside any vegan or vegetarian main course.
24. Vegan Stew from the Crockpot
Using just simple, everyday ingredients, this recipe from Vegan in the Freezer creates a super tasty vegetable stew that’s suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It combines two different varieties of mushroom to make a dish that will keep you warm throughout the winter.
25. Crockpot Breakfast Potatoes
If you need a side dish for your next potluck brunch or dinner and are short of time and energy, these crockpot breakfast potatoes are a fantastic choice. Well Plated combines baby red potatoes, peppers, and onion for a flavorful side dish that goes well with a variety of entrées.
26. Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole
Cook Nourish Bliss shares this breakfast casserole that would make the perfect start to any weekend day. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free and is filled with eggs, black beans, and potatoes. You can serve it with the toppings of your choice, and there’s also a dairy-free recipe available.
27. Crockpot Vanilla Cake
For a classic dessert or an afternoon treat, throw together this vegan vanilla cake recipe from Eat Plant-Based. For the frosting, you’ll create a delicious cashew topping that’s vegan-friendly yet creamy to finish this cake off flawlessly.
28. Crockpot Lasagna Soup
Lasagna is just as enjoyable in soup form, thanks to this recipe from Connoisseurus Rex. You’ll create a chunky tomato soup filled with lentils and noodles. It’s topped with vegan pesto ricotta, for a creamy and cheesy flavor. For the finishing touch, I’d serve it with a massive chunk of regular or garlic bread on the side.
29. Crockpot Potato Chickpea Tikka Masala
This Indian-inspired curry dish from The Recipe Well is a warming vegan meal that combines potatoes, chickpeas, bell peppers, and green peas. It’s cooked in a tomato sauce, along with a mixture of spices. To give a creamy texture to the dish, you’ll blend together cashews as a vegan alternative to cream. This dish would go perfectly with a plate full of rice and a side of naan bread for a great Friday or Saturday night feast.
30. Crockpot Chinese Hot Pot
Noshing with the Nolands shares this hearty soup, that’s inspired by a Chinese hot pot. It uses firm tofu and plenty of vegetables to create a vegan meal that is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s a low-calorie dish that’s warming and filling for the winter months, and the great thing about this soup is that you can add and remove ingredients to use what you have in your kitchen. It’s packed with vegetables, including carrots, celery, and onion, for a healthy and tasty meal.
Your crockpot is the ideal tool for the winter months, and most of these recipes involve minimal prep time, before simply being left to cook the perfect meal. You’ll find that you can create soups, entrées, and desserts in the crockpot, as it’s such a versatile and effective piece of equipment. I can’t wait to try out these recipes over the next few months, allowing me to serve my family delicious and nutritious food with minimal time and effort spent in the kitchen.