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7 Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes So *Everyone* Can Netflix & Chill

No muss, no fuss (no meat).

November  6, 2018

When we last rounded up our best slow-cooker recipes, we may have gone a little meat-heavy. But for good reason: Slow cookers are a godsend when it comes to breaking down tough, cheaper cuts of meat like brisket and shoulder into soft, luscious dinners. I can't stop making old-fashioned meals like beef stroganoff in mine, for instance. (Can you?)

But when community member Ann S. commented, "I wish this list included some nice vegetarian slow-cooker options. After all, people who don't eat meat also like to solo-binge TV, too," many others echoed her sentiment.

So we're coming back to the Crock-Pot, this time armed with hearty, soul-satisfying vegetarian recipes for soups, stews, and even slow-cooker artichokes (who knew?). All ideal accompaniments to your next stay-at-home Netflix binge. Because everyone could use a break, a little set-it-and-forget-it cooking to get through the workweek.

As for me? I'll be relying on Hal (my slow cooker) to simmer away the butternut squash shakshuka recipe below, while I spend my evening on what really matters: binging my latest obsession, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Our Best Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes

Recipes excerpted from Better Homes and Gardens Fast or Slow and EatingWell Soups © 2018 by Meredith Corporation. Photography © 2018 by Meredith Corporation. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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Nan G. November 11, 2018
OK, cooked the artichoke recipe yesterday for HOURS and then just had them at lunch today.
They were really great!
Better than most versions (grilled is still my tops) and the long steaming made them edible up further on each leaf than usual.
A lovely unexpected pleasure.
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Eric K. November 11, 2018
Nan, that's so great to hear! Glad you liked them.

Don't you just love those unexpected pleasures in the kitchen?
Georgine November 9, 2018
I LOVE the vegetarian content--thank you!--but I think you need to check the definition of Netflix & chill :)!
sue November 13, 2018
Oh, my!
Nan G. November 9, 2018
That artichoke recipe sounds wonderful.
And all of them, really.
I love meatless meals and when they are good for you plus taste great that makes them keepers.
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Eric K. November 9, 2018
Me too, Nan.
Maria L. November 7, 2018
Is pancetta suddenly vegetarian? It's in the lentil soup.
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Eric K. November 7, 2018
Hi Maria, the pancetta's listed as optional!
Ann S. November 6, 2018
Hey, thanks, Eric! That hot and sour soup has my name all over it 😋
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Eric K. November 6, 2018
Me too, Ann. :)