What a wonderful invention the slow cooker was! Here are 3 vegetarian crockpot recipes to accompany that lovely kitchen appliance. There are so many days when I don’t really have time to think long and hard about cooking a great meal, but that doesn’t mean I want to give up my quest for eating a great meal. :P
The crockpot is the answer. It’s a super easy, time-and-money saving tool that will help you out on days when you want to push a button and forget about the rest. With these vegetarian crockpot recipes you really can have your cake and eat it too.
Crockpots can be used easily for soups, sauces, main dishes and even desserts. Here we'll see it used for a main dish (acorn squash), a snack or side dish (apple sauce) and a useful ingredient into other dishes (chickpeas).
This crockpot squash recipe is a super simple way to cook those hearty vegetables so omnipresent in the fall and winter months. It will work with nearly any squash (even pumpkin!) and you can change up the spices if you prefer the sweeter cinnamony flavor.
Homemade applesauce is a staple of the best at home chefs. It’s so inviting and yummy when the weather starts to change and when you make it in your crockpot it couldn’t be easier!
Applesauce is also very handy to have around to add to vegan baking pursuits. Even if you’re just trying to decrease the dairy a little bit in your cake recipes, applesauce is the best healthy replacement there is as it brings extra moistness.
While cooking dried chickpeas isn’t a vegetarian crockpot recipe per se, it is definitely a great trick to have up your sleeve. I don’t know about you but I always want to use beans in recipes, and know that if I go the extra mile and prepare them from the dried state it always turns out way better. However, I often seem to be too lazy to actually do it (or don't plan far enough ahead). This is the best compromise I’ve come up with so far.