Between evening classes, appointments, social commitments and your fave TV series starting up again this fall, finding the time to cook a wholesome meal after a hard day of work can be tough. You *could* always go the one-pot pasta route — but wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a dinner that’s already made and ready to eat? We think so. Slow cooker dump dinners are a godsend; not only are they delicious, but they basically cook themselves. But if you’re looking for something easy and healthy, then you’re in luck. We’ve found 17 hearty, cheesy and swoon-worthy vegetarian slow cooker meals that are perfect for your #MeatlessMonday… or any other day of the week.


1. Crock Pot Low Carb Lasagna: Comfort food is all about the cheesy and the saucy. Sadly, with that usually comes the carb-y and the heavy, but not in this case! This meatless slow cooker lasagna replaces noodles with eggplant, and it’s kind of the best thing ever. (via Well Plated)


2. Slow Cooker Indian Butter Lentils: Life is good when you can throw fewer than 10 ingredients into a slow cooker, let them hang out for 6-8 hours and come home to the smell of a rich and buttery Indian classic gone veg. Just stir in some cream before serving, kick back and chillax with your amazing dinner. (via Peach and Plenty)


3. Vegan Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup: A hot bowl of soup is what chilly weather is all about. Whether you’re enduring a hectic week or relishing a lazy Sunday, this protein-packed vegan spin on minestrone soup is a tasty way to nourish your bod. (via Honestly Nourished)


4. Buffalo Crock Pot Mac and Cheese: Not all vegetarian meals are focused on veggies; indulging in this divine Buffalo mac will prove that. Ease your hesitant family into #MeatlessMonday with this delicious bad boy. (via Whitney Bond)


5. Slow Cooker BBQ Chickpeas: Now that football season is here, Sunday football parties will be ALL the rage. You’ll be exposed to a lot of saucy and cheesy eats — most of them meat-y — but you don’t have to miss out. Traditional BBQ flavors make this plant-based chickpea sandwich a total touchdown. (via Real Food Whole Life)


6. Slow Cooker Enchilada Cornbread Casserole: Casseroles, as we know them, tend to be heavy on the cheese, potatoes and canned soups. This recipe switches things up by scratching all that jazz and filling up on the good stuff — like beans, quinoa and fresh veggies. (via Some the Wiser)


7. Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Lo Mein Noodles: When your weeknight schedule feels daunting, it can seem like takeout is the only option. Instead, consider this veg-packed Lo Mein; it’s flavorful, wholesome and — best of all — ready when you are. (via Life Made Sweeter)


8. Crockpot Lentil Bolognese: If you’re hankering for a Bolognese sauce but could do without the heft and greasiness, lentils will do the trick. This slow-cooked sauce is a healthy and substantial option — you may never consider a classic Bolognese again! (via Begin Within Nutrition)


9. Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers: The best way to enjoy bell peppers? Stuff ’em! Stuffed peppers are always a crowd-pleaser. They’re delicious, nutritious and utterly overflowing with goodies. (via Slow Cooker Gourmet)


10. Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes With Broccoli and Cheese Sauce: If you’re going to dig into a baked potato, you’ve got to go big or go home. But going big doesn’t have to mean being *bad.* This recipe ensures you get your dose of greens along with all of that melty cheese. (via Baking Mischief)


11. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Dal: Jumping on the #MeatlessMonday train is the perfect way to discover how cheap, delicious, hearty and wholesome plant-based meals can be. If you’ve been toying with the idea of incorporating more meatless meals into your life, this Indian dish is a fab place to start. (The Girl on Bloor)


12. Slow Cooker Spinach Ricotta Lasagna: If you’re not quite ready to ditch the lasagna noodles for eggplant or zucchini, worry not! There are ample vegetarian lasagnas out there that cater to plant-based diets, and this spinach and ricotta lasagna will make sure you don’t miss out on the meat. (via Kristine’s Kitchen)


13. Slow Cooker Ratatouille With Fried Eggs: Topping a wholesome dish with a fried egg is some kind of heaven, and this ratatouille welcomes it. This belly-warming blend of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes *just* might end up on your weekly menu. (via Turnip the Oven)


14. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa: Be sure to add this recipe to your weekly rotation — your family will thank you. You’ll also be thanking yourself, since this beauty only calls for 15 minutes of prep. If you can handle minimal chopping and a little can opening in the morning, you’re golden. (via Two Peas and Their Pod)


15. Slow Cooker Veggie Tortilla Soup: This slow cooker soup is the perfect make-ahead meal. It freezes well, so you can set your family up with a nourishing meal weeks in advance. What’s better than a wholesome and hearty bowl of crispy tortilla soup on a chilly evening? (via Oh My Veggies)


16. Cashew Whole Cauliflower Curry: This is *just* the thing to fill up on this fall and winter. An entire head of cauliflower is slow-cooked in a coconut-based curry with sweet red peppers and potatoes. Top it all off with crunchy cashews and allow yourself to sink into a state of pure bliss. (via Eat Well)


17. Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa: Anyone who dubs quinoa as “boring” needs a wakeup call — and this cheesy Italian-seasoned bowl full of quinoa, mushrooms and peppers ought to do the trick. It’s full of flavor and *super* simple to make. (via Creme de la Crumb)

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