It’s the dead of winter, and everyone is whipping out their Crock-Pots to get the most of them before we launch into spring. If you are vegan, you might be wondering where all the vegan Crock-Pot recipes have gone to keep you warm through the rest of the winter, too. Wonder no more, my friends, because I have rounded up the ultimate list of yummy winter food ideas that will keep you warm and satisfied through the end of these last few brutally cold days we still have in front of us.
Using ingredients like lentils, beans, and hearty vegetables, the Crock-Pot is the perfect way to simply prep it, set it, and forget it. Coming home to a house filled with the delicious scent of dinner should be something everyone gets to enjoy, no matter what their diet.
Take my advice, and explore the infinite variety that a vegan Crock-Pot recipe can provide. Why not? I mean, that slow cooker pulled pork ain’t got nothing on the lentil barbecue sandwich I have in this roundup. It’s about time we embraced the power and deliciousness of a vegan lifestyle, and put it in a Crock-Pot. Winter may not exactly be your favorite season, but there’s no reason why your food should suffer.
1. Slow Cooker Naked Apple Butter
Apple butter is a serious weakness of mine, and being able to make this version from Oh She Glows in the Crock-Pot is a dream come true. Just imagine that apple butter spread all over some sesame crackers…
2. Crock-Pot Refried Beans
Think refried beans can’t be made vegan? Prevention RD proves you wrong with this oh-so simple and tasty version that’ll pair with those seitan tacos you have planned this week.
3. Stampede Barbecue Lentil Sandwich
Forget the pulled pork and get down on some serious BBQ flavor with this sandwich from Healthful Pursuit. You can’t beat those delicious slow cooked lentils. I can already taste the smoky goodness.
4. Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew
A hearty stew is just what the doctor ordered on a cold winter’s night. The Kitchn has you covered with this curried stew that’ll bring just the right amount of heat.
5. Slow Cooker Lentil Cauliflower Stew
This slow cooker stew from Tori Avey will warm up your heart and soul with every spoonful. The rich flavors make it hard to believe it’s such a simple, natural comfort food.
6. From-The-Pantry Pot Pie
Pot pie doesn’t have to just be for those non-vegans anymore. You can cuddle up with a vegetable-packed version, complete with biscuit vegan topping from Cara’s Craving tonight.
7. Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Bourbon. Maple. Beans. There’s not much more a person could want than a heaping serving of these baked beans from Averie Cooks.
8. Easy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Did anyone else grow up with split pea soup as a child? I used to hate the stuff as a kid but now that I’m older, I find myself craving it. This recipe from Oatmeal with a Fork is a vegan version of the classic that could rival my own mother’s recipe.
9. Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Curry
I refuse to give up on the pumpkin, even in the dead of winter. Pumpkin curry from The Kitchn looks like the ultimate way to shake up that boring weeknight meal this week.
10. Slow Cooker Tomato, Kale, and Quinoa Soup
Comfort food has a new name, and it’s this soup from Damn Delicious. This nourishing meal will keep you full all week long, and it’s all made easy in the slow cooker.
11. Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
Skip the sour cream, and you’ve got a light and hearty black bean soup to keep you lean and mean. A Spicy Perspective serves up a go-to recipe that I’m already drooling over.
12. Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili
Obviously you won’t be topping your chili with cheese and sour cream, but who needs that when Damn Delicious’ chili rocks so much flavor in such a small bowl?
13. Vegan Lentil Barley Stew
The red wine in this barley stew from Making Thyme for Health brings a whole other element of deliciousness to the party. I can only imagine how rich, earthy, and satisfying a bowl of this stew would be.
14. Immune-Boosting Vegetable Soup and Broth
There’s been a cold going around lately so I plan to lock myself up with a huge bowl of this immune-boosting soup from Averie Cooks. Getting sick is the worst, and if I can eat my way to being healthy, you bet I’ll be on that train in a hot second.
15. Curried Cauliflower Soup
If you’re looking for a great creamy soup to warm up with, look no further than this curried cauliflower soup from Cookie and Kate. The curry and coconut milk come together to create a truly dreamy meal.
For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
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