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Crockpot Cooking: Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

Updated on July 12, 2011

Something for everyone can be found on Crockpot Cooking: Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes because vegetables are not only for vegans and vegetarians, but for meat lovers too.    Cooking vegetables in a crockpot can be quick, easy, and simple.  For example butternut and winter squash (spaghetti squash) can be washed, placing the whole plant in the crock pot, and cooked on low for 6 to 7 hours.   As one can see vegetarian cooking can be made simple by throwing everything in the crockpot; and coming back hours later to a hot meal.

Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/puamelia
Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/puamelia

I am not a vegetarian or vegan; however, the food pyramid requires that an individual have 3 to 5 servings of vegetables daily. The above picture is a great vegetable soup with a little meat in it. Of course if your family prefers strictly vegetarian, then this can be prepared without any meat and just vegetables.

Presently, crockpots are relatively inexpensive, which can allow one to have multiple slow cookers. Ideally if you have two or three cockpits you could fix a complete dinner of vegetables, an entrée of meat or a tofu dish, and a dessert. Throughout this series I have revealed to you different steps and techniques that can assist one in saving time and money while preparing delicious and nutritious meals.

Here are some additional ways to make crockpot cooking a breeze:

Cooking time can be extended – If you are away from home for more than the allotted time required to cook a certain dish, try plugging you crockpot into a digital timer and set it to be turned on at a time that will have the meal hot when you arrive home.  

Make preparations the day before – One dish meals can be prepared the night before for cooking the next morning.  Place ingredients in a bowl or the crockpot itself, place in the refrigerator and start the crock before leaving the next morning.  This step may require an extra hour of cooking time.

Timely meals via using both crockpot and stovetop - One can also utilize time by keeping in mind that some vegetables like beans or potatoes like to be slow cooked. However, carrots or canned vegetables will not require much preparation.   So slow cook some ingredients while microwaving or using the stovetop for other ingredients.

Save time by cooking an additional meal - If you have a large slow cooker, while cooking beans, vegetable soups, and other dishes, double the recipe and freeze the additional meal for a quick meal on another day.

Health Benefits of Eating Vegetables

According to mypyramid.gov, health benefits from eating vegetables are that they may reduce risks of:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases, such a stroke
  • Mouth, stomach, and colon-rectum cancers
  • Developing kidney stones and assist in reducing bone loss

Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/SandyAustin
Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/SandyAustin

Lentil Walnut Veggie Burgers

Cooked Stuff Peppers in a Crock

Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/startcooking kathy & amandine
Photo courtesy of: flickr.com/photos/startcooking kathy & amandine

Slow Bean Soup with Roasted Veggies

Spicy Chunky Vegetable Chili

2 15 oz. cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup frozen corn

1 onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 carrot, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

1 4 oz. can diced green chilies, undrained

1 tbs. chili powder or cayenne pepper

2 tsp. dried oregano or thyme

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 cup water

Instructions - Place all ingredients into the crockpot and stir in water last.  Cover and cook in a 2 ½ to 5 quart slow cooker on low for 5 to 6 hours or until the vegetables are tender.

Alternatives – Feel free to replace the northern beans with your favorite beans that have similar cooking time.  Also, note that one can use dried beans just was and soak beans properly. You can find those instructions on Crockpot Cooking: Organic Beans and Rice.  This is an example of a meal that could be placed in the crockpot the night before and turned on in the morning.

In Closing

This concludes Crockpot Cooking: Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes. I hope you’ve found this hub useful in providing some inexpensive recipes that you and your family will enjoy. Remember for the most part the recipes on the videos are different from the recipes I’ve given therefore you might like to bookmark this hub for future reference.

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      This sounds yummy! I'm going to share your link on my facebook page. Thanks!

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      Easyword 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Finally, something to do with my crockpot! I am vegan and I've been struggling with eating out lately, because I'm too tired to cook when I come home. This is a great solution. Thank you!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      craftybegonia 6 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Very nice hub! Love your photos! Thank you for sharing.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      smakram 6 years ago

      so many ways to cook vegetable - like the ideas and pics!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome, thanks for stopping by. :)

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      libby gleason 6 years ago

      I love cooking in my crock pot. I will add these ideas to my collection of recipies.

      thanks

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Hi, Lakeerieartists, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great resource. Eating vegetables is much easier in the summer than the winter because they are readily available. With the diet I am on, most winter vegetables are off the menu because they are too starchy, but your ideas are a good step in the right direction. :)

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

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      FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

      Your recipe looks amazing ! Am looking forward to trying this soon !

      prasetio30 Yes my friend rice sounds great with this one :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      You're welcome TheListLady. Thanks for stopping by for and read and it is great to meet you as well. :)

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      This is so super. After living in S. Korea, where people do not use ovens I have gotten rid of mine and don't miss it. I can use a rice cooker, steamer, wok on top of a cooker and a crock pot - and I was looking for some healthy recipes. Thanks so much.

      Great to meet you too!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks sanjeeta for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

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      sanjeeta kk 7 years ago from India

      Very interesting and informative Hub. Nice to be here and read all about vegan and vegetarian food.

      Best wishes.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Bk, I'm glad to share vegetarian and vegan recipes for the crockpot. Because there are so many ways to use a slow cooker, I feel that I need to get another one. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Finally! I have so many friends who are vegan or vegetarian, myself included. And it is so nice to be included in the crockpot recipes. This is truly easy cooking especially in the hot summer. That chili is definitely on my guest list!

      Your crockpot hubs are super. Thanks so much! Again! Rated up of course and more!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Joni Douglas - Hi Joni, thanks for stopping by and commenting. It does give an individual at least an hour of free time in the evenings. :)

      @psychicdog.net - Hi Psychic, This is the way I prefer to do during the weekdays. I always leave room for my crockpot in the frig, then just take it out and turn it on when leaving. :) Thanks for your support. :)

      @Peggy W - I enjoy using the crockpot in the summertime, because I really hate being in a hot kitchen that eventually heats up the entire house. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @stephhicks68 - Wow, Steph, I can only imagine that with 4 young ones, quick and easy healthy meals would be a priority. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @anglnwu - Hi Anglnwu - Good luck with your crockpot shopping. I think soon, I will be purchasing a second one, because now I can see why my sister has more than one. :) Again, good luck on this week's nominee selection, I'm pulling for you. :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have a relatively new crock pot that has only been utilized a few times. This hub is a reminder to get it out and use it more often...especially in the hot summer months. Good sounding recipe! Thanks!

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      psychicdog.net 7 years ago

      Night before preparation of meals using a Crockpot - you may be onto something Money Glitch.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Especially for working parents.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      All your crockpot hubs had me looking at crockpots in a brand new way. Since this form of cooking is not quite down my alley, I'm learning so much from u, I actually went to the store to look at the different types of crockpots today! I would like to put everything in the pot and come back ,as you say to a hot meal. Rated it up.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I am a huge fan of crockpot cooking with 4 young kids. Vegetarian recipes like these are perfect for our family which plans and prepares healthy meals.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @nifty@50 - LOL!, I agree Nifty, this would be a great side dish for me as well. Thanks for your support. :)

      @prasetio30 - Great idea, prasetio to serve over rice, that does sound good. Thanks for sharing your insight. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99 - Thanks Pamela, there are lots of great vegetables that can be cooked in the crockpot. I may have to do another hub at a later date. :)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I got first impression from the picture. I also not a vegan but this recipes so delicious. My mother also cook like this food and we ate this with rice.....Yummy. You made me hungry, my friend. Thanks for share this recipes. Thumbs up for you.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great information Money Glitch! Although I am usually a devote meat eater, these would make great side dishes.Voted up! & useful!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Money Glitch, Those pictures of food looked great. I have decided my crock pot is way under used. This is a very good vegetarian hub.