When people think about Crock Pot cooking, savory stews and slow-cooked roasts often come to mind. But why not use the Crock Pot for vegetarian meals? If you think about it, slow cooking is ideal for vegetarian dishes, allowing the flavors to slowly and gently meld together. And consider the convenience. You can set up your crockpot, leave for work or errands, and come home to a hot, homecooked meal. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
If you’re still not convinced about the advantages of Crock Pot cooking when it comes to vegetarian meals, let’s look at three simple, nourishing, delicious Crock Pot favorites below.
Lasagna’s one of those dishes just about everyone loves, but it can take quite a while to cook in the oven. Rather than sit around and glare hungrily at your oven every few minutes, make your lasagna in the Crock Pot instead. Take your favorite lasagna recipe, and instead of layering the ingredients into a pan, place them into an oiled Crock Pot. The noodles will soften in about three to four hours (no need to pre-boil), and dinner will be ready with limited fuss and easy cleanup. If you don’t have a tried-and-true lasagna recipe you use, this spinach and ricotta lasagna and winter squash lasagna are excellent choices.
Tacos are a family favorite, and there’s no better place to cook vegetarian taco filling than a Crock Pot. If you’re looking for a simple recipe that involves little more than opening a few cans and tossing the contents into your slow cooker, then this recipe is for you. Once the filling is ready, warm up corn or flour tortillas, spoon the delicious filling into them, and top them off with cheese, cilantro, sour cream, chopped tomato…whatever you prefer.
Using the Crock Pot to make breakfast? Interesting, right? It’s also a great time saver and allows you to wake up to a hearty, healthy vegetarian breakfast without taking up precious time in the morning since all the (simple) prep is done the night before. Here is a mouthwatering recipe for apple cinnamon oats, but if apples and cinnamon aren’t personal favorites, here’s another option. Keep in mind, if you’re vegan, you can substitute your favorite nut milk for the dairy listed in these recipes.
Whether it’s a vegetarian breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Cock Pot has you covered, and the above favorites are sure to please you and your family.
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