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.
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 covers food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.