Is your Crock-Pot collecting dust in a top kitchen cabinet? Pull it out, and get ready to transform the way you cook in 2017. If you haven't already invested in a slow cooker, it's time to get on board. Reducing the effort that goes into cooking doesn't mean you have to compromise on nutrition or flavour. Slow cookers instantly take the effort out of crafting a delicious, healthy meal, so you can focus on what you need outside of the kitchen while still leading a healthful lifestyle.
To help you integrate the slow cooker into your day to day, we've rounded up four simple slow cooker recipes to take you from breakfast to dinner, so you can easily see how the kitchen contraption can meet your meal-planning needs. Did we mention every recipe below is vegetarian? Whether you've committed to a meat-free lifestyle or simply want to upgrade your intake of veggies and healthy proteins that aren't meat, these recipes will prove a meat-free meal can be just as satisfying.
Keep scrolling to discover four vegetarian slow cooker recipes to take you from breakfast to dinner.
Slow Cooker Baked Oats with Bananas and Nuts
The Hero Ingredient: The nuts—pecans or walnuts, your choice—make this sweet and healthy morning meal.
The Recipe: Apple sauce and banana slices (for a subtle, natural sweetness) are added to the slow cooker along with nuts before whipped eggs, milk, and oats are poured over. Everything is cooked on low for four to six hours or on high for two.
The Clincher: Serve hot with milk and maple syrup drizzled over the top.
Crockpot Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup
The Hero Ingredient: The spices harissa, paprika, and cumin give exotic flair to this hearty Moroccan dish.
The Recipe: Combine all the ingredients except lemon juice, chickpeas, and cilantro, and then cook on low for six to eight hours, or on high for four to six. Mix in those last three ingredients to taste.
The Clincher: Top with whipped goat cheese, nuts, and fresh corriander right before serving.
Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh broccoli florets are the star of this heartwarming soup.
The Recipe: The potatoes are cooked first before the broccoli is brought in until al dente. Replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth to keep the recipe meat-free.
The Clincher: Toss the cheese with the flour before adding to the soup last, just one cup at a time, and stirring until melted before adding more.
Crockpot Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Alla Vodka
The Hero Ingredient: Tomatoes—both canned whole and sun-dried—take this vodka sauce to the next level with robust flavour and extra texture.
The Recipe: The sauce is cooked on low for six to eight hours, or on high for four to five. The cream and Parmesan are stirred in last before pouring over pasta.
The Clincher: Top with fresh oregano and grated Parmesan to your liking.