These vegan slow cooker recipes are sure to warm you up this winter
Slow cookers are life savers when you’re too busy to cook but still want to make comforting meals. All you need to do is prepare the ingredients, add them to your slow cooker and let it do all the work for you.
Not only do one-pot recipes save time spent in the kitchen, they’re also perfect for eating vegan on a budget and batch cooking. You can make just about anything in a slow cooker, from curries and stews to bread and desserts.
If you’re looking for some cosy vegan slow cooker recipes, here are 10 of our favourites to tuck into this winter.
1. Red Tofu Curry
Spice up boring weeknight dinners with this simple red tofu curry. This sweet, creamy and full-flavoured dish really hits the spot and the tofu makes a delicious meat alternative.
If you’ve never used a slow cooker before, this is an easy beginner curry that you can’t really mess up. Cook on low heat for six to eight hours, or on high for three to four hours.
2. Brazilian Black Bean Stew
A veggie-packed stew is one of the best comfort meals to enjoy at this time of year. Feijoada (black bean stew) is a classic Brazilian dish that traditionally uses pork, but this vegan twist is just as tasty as the original.
Loaded with sweet potatoes, carrots, beans and spices, it’s a fragrant dish that the whole family will love.
3. Vegan Butter Chicken
Vegan butter chicken is great for weeknight dinners or a weekend treat and it packs plenty of hidden veggies too. Use your favourite plant-based chicken for this family favourite.
As the thick, creamy sauce is simmering away in your slow cooker, the flavours will infuse to create a heavenly taste. Serve this with rice and naan for an instant upgrade.
You just can’t beat a comforting korma! This sweet, creamy curry is healthy and indulgent at the same time, making it one of the best vegan slow cooker recipes.
When you’re craving an aromatic and rich dish, look no further than this easy recipe. Enjoy it with chapattis and basmati rice for a real treat.
5. Curried Lentil Soup
Thick, hearty soup is always a welcome addition to a winter day. This curried lentil soup is the ultimate warming lunch or dinner and packs plenty of veggies (and flavour).
As far as soups go, this one really ticks every box thanks to the mild spices, protein-packed lentils and seasonal ingredients like carrots, celery and onions. Why not freeze the rest and save it for a rainy day?
6. Chickpea and Sweet Potato Tikka Masala
When you need a warming meal, you can always turn to a tikka masala. This chickpea and sweet potato curry is sweetly and beautifully spiced with chilli, making it a delicious mid-week meal.
On those days when you want an easy meal with minimal preparation, you can always turn to this versatile dish.
7. Irish Vegetable Stew
This vegan take on the traditional Irish stew celebrates seasonal produce like turnips, parsnips, onions, celery and carrots. The result is a filling, hearty dish that will have you going back for more!
It’s a straight-forward recipe, so it’s ideal if you’re new to vegan slow cooking. Serve this with crusty bread to soak up all that flavour.
8. Sweet Potato and Ginger Mash
Did you know you can make mash in a slow cooker? This method makes deliciously creamy potatoes you can serve as a side dish any day of the week.
Sweet potato combined with ginger creates a rich, spicy mash for an added kick to your meals. You only need four ingredients for this recipe!
9. Herby Stuffed Squash
Butternut squash is yet another seasonal staple you can prepare in your slow cooker. Instead of roasting it in the oven, you can cook it on a low heat for five to six hours, or on high for three to four hours.
This stuffed squash is a yummy dish to tuck into when the cold weather creeps in. The lentils and quinoa offer a tasty protein boost, while the cranberries and thyme add a festive feel.
10. Veggie Pot
You won’t struggle to get your five a day with this healthy veggie pot! Use your favourite plant-based sausages and seasonal root vegetables for a chunky, filling winter warmer.
The mustard adds a pleasing kick of flavour, making this a stand-out stew that will sure to be a hit with the family.
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