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 marathon session. Because everyone could use a break, a little set-it-and-forget-it cooking to get through the week.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Eric Kim is the Table for One columnist at Food52. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he is currently working on his first cookbook, to be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2022. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can find his bylines at Saveur, Bon Appétit, and The New York Times and follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho. Born and raised in Georgia, Eric lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson.