Fall is the time of year when I leave my Crock Pot out on the counter 24/7 instead of on the top shelf of my pantry. Maybe it’s the fact that I spend so much time outdoors in the fall (instead of in the kitchen). Maybe it’s the fact that the cooler weather makes me crave those foods that are meant to simmer all day; hearty soups, chilis and stews that exemplify comfort food.
At any rate, I use the Crock Pot more in fall that at any other time and I’m always looking for great new vegetarian crock pot recipes. The lovely Myscha Theriault at the frugal site WiseBread.com has a great post sharing 25 of her go-to vegetarian crock pot recipes.
If you haven’t tried using a crock pot lately, these might convince you to pull it out and dust it off.
Here are some of the ones I’ll be trying:
Corn Chowder: Myscha likes this dish as a way to use up cheap pantry foods. I love corn chowder, though I’ve never done it in the slow cooker. By the way, you can easily sub soy milk in chowders. I do and it comes out beautifully creamy and rich.
Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili: I make a lot of vegetarian chili and I’m about ready for something new. This sweet potato version is something I never would have thought of.
Meatless Sloppy Joes: Myscha makes these with brown lentils. Huh. Definitely on my list of must-try recipes.
Chickpea Curry: I love curry and make a lot of vegetarian curry and rice dishes, but I’m going to have to check out the black chick peas that Myscha recommends for this recipe.
Enchiladas: I’ve never tried making vegetarian enchiladas and I wouldn’t have expected them to make a good crock pot recipe, but here you go.
Broccoli Risotto: Risotto is another dish that I’ve never tried with a crock pot. This one uses frozen broccoli, making it economical as well as yummy.
Polenta and Vegetable Casserole: This dish looks great and I haven’t made polenta in a while. It’s a great company dish that will let you spend your time with your guests instead of stirring at the stove.
Check out WiseBread for the rest of her 25 vegetarian crock pot recipes and definitely try making some delicious comfort food in the slow cooker this fall. There’s nothing quite like coming home on a chilly day to find dinner waiting for you. It’s also far more economical than running the stove, so you can help defray the cost of running your heat by using the slow cooker instead of the oven or stovetop.