If you've got a crockpot, you already know the joys of set-it-and-forget-it cooking. With this handy appliance, you can whip up delicious, nutritious meals that are ready whenever they're needed without worrying over food getting cold or burnt. Vegetarian families can take advantage of the slow cooker to create soups that are full of flavor and minimal on prep time. Add some crusty bread and perhaps a green salad on the side and you've got a full, stomach-warming meal.
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Hearty and warming crockpot lentil soup makes a great weeknight dinner or a filling thermos lunch on colder days. Lentils are inexpensive, quicker to cook than dried beans, and full of healthy fiber and protein, making them a great choice for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking for a comforting low-calorie meal. This classic recipe includes carrots, onion, and celery, but you can add extra vegetables if you like to make it even more filling.
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Looking for a meat-free and fat-free split pea soup? With no added oil, this flavorful vegetarian and vegan spin packs in the spices—including thyme, sage, and bay leaves—for one that's a lower in fat, but still big in flavor. To make it gluten-free, omit the bouillon cubes and use a gluten-free vegetable broth.
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Sophisticated asparagus soup makes a lovely starter for dinner parties. You only need a few ingredients to whip up this velvety pureed vegetable soup, which includes potatoes for added vitamin C. If you're okay with serving dairy, a swirl of sour cream on top would make a great finishing touch. Or skip this step and make it vegan by using vegetable broth.
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Taco soup is a fabulous stomach-warmer on chilly days and so easy to prepare in a slow cooker. With plenty of protein from kidney, pinto, and black beans—plus great taco flavorings—it's a wonderful budget-friendly meal for vegetarian families. Keep it vegan by omitting the optional cheese and sour cream toppings or use dairy-free and vegan substitutes.
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This soup is so thick and rib-sticking, no one will miss the meat. It's also super healthy, thanks to fiber-packed barley and loads of nutritious veggies, including sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, carrots, onion, and celery. Enjoy it with chewy bread, a green salad, and a nice glass of red wine on a cold winter night.
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Brimming with black beans, red and green bell peppers, corn, and tomatoes, this colorful chili is one of those meals that really hits the spot when you're craving something warming to fill you up. It makes a great game day recipe too, with cumin and chili powder delivering a punch of Mexican flavor. Top it with fried corn tortilla strips and shredded vegan cheese for extra flavor and a fun presentation.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Crockpot Vegetable Soup (With Vegan Option)
Kids love this vegetable soup and parents will enjoy the ease of loading up the crockpot in the morning and coming home to a vegetarian family meal. The soup is packed with rich flavor and tons of protein, boasting seven different vegetables and two kinds of beans. Make it vegan by using vegetable broth and top with croutons or serve with crackers on the side.
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A creamy, lightly-spiced sweet potato soup makes an elegant first course for holiday meals. Sweet potatoes cook in the crockpot with vegetable broth until tender and then are pureed silky smooth. The puree goes back into the slow cooker, along with some light or heavy cream, brown sugar, cloves, and nutmeg, for a final hour of cooking before soup is ready to serve.