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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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