There's so much to love about celebrating meatless Monday...especially when it uses the slow cooker!
It’s really easy to get into a routine when it comes to eating healthy. Unfortunately, that routine often becomes a boring rut out of ease and convenience. Not only can that stall your weight loss progress, but it also keeps your body from getting what it needs. Your body craves all kinds of different foods, vitamins, and minerals, so it’s important to listen when your body is asking for something new. Lately, the trend of “meatless Monday” has been becoming more and more prominent, so why not try to integrate it into your diet with these slow cooker dinners for meatless Monday.
We’ve gathered up 20 amazing recipes for your next meatless Monday dish, and it gets even better—they can all be made in a Crock Pot! Delicious healthy meals that only require minimal effort? Sign me up! Find your new favorite recipe and have some fun experimenting in the kitchen with these slow cooker dinners for meatless Monday.
20 Slow Cooker Dinners for Meatless Monday
Who knew you could make lasagna in the Crock Pot? We even made this recipe gluten-free by swapping out the noodles and using thinly-sliced eggplants instead! You’ll have a delicious dinner in no time after you pack the slow cooker with eggplant, low-fat cheese, tomato sauce, and a few chopped vegetables. This Italian classic will become a new meatless Monday staple!
If you’re in need of a cleanse, this vegan slow-cooker detox coconut soup from PureWow will help you feel like brand new! Ingredients like coconut, baby spinach, bean sprouts, basil, and mint will nourish your body with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Along with being extremely nutrient dense, this recipe is sure to make your taste buds jump for joy!
Saag paneer is a traditional Indian recipe. This vegan version uses tofu and tons of spices to give it a delicious flavor that’s perfect for weeknight dinners. The rich, thick sauce makes this meal feel luxurious even though it’s ridiculously healthy. Serve it with a side of rice or naan!
Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and you won’t miss the meat when you add protein-packed broccoli to the mix! We adapted a classic recipe for the slow cooker, resulting in a deliciously creamy meal that requires zero fuss. The slow cooker does all the work, so you’ll have a family favorite on the table without any effort at all.
Chili doesn’t have to contain meat to be a hearty and filling meal for a meatless Monday. By packing the dish with sweet potatoes and chickpeas, you’ll still get delicious chili flavor but as a vegetarian version! Spicy and smoky, this meatless Monday meal is perfect for a cold fall evening.
Even the healthiest of eaters gets a craving for some comfort food every now and then! Luckily, PureWow has given us a solution that not only satisfies that craving, but also keeps your diet in check! This simple crock-pot stuffed shells recipes is under 500 calories per serving and offer 25 grams of protein, as well! Better yet, you can set the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a perfectly cooked dinner.
7. Chana Masala
This vegetarian version of the South Asian classic only takes 10 minutes to prep before letting your slow cooker do the rest of the work. It’s full of curry paste, peppers, and a blend of other spices to really pack a punch of flavor. Perfect for helping you warm up during those cold fall and winter nights!
Comfort food doesn’t have to be laden with fat to taste good—I promise. Simply mix up the sauce, pour it over the veggies in the Crock Pot, and let it cook. IT turns out thick, creamy, and totally tasty. Cook it low and slow for the best results!
This meatless soup is a recipe that will please kids and adults alike! It’s almost like combining grilled cheese and tomato soup in one meal. This homemade tomato soup will taste so good, you’ll never buy cans again. Plenty of basil, cheese, and tortellini offer a modern update of this beloved dish.
This super creamy (but totally healthy) risotto is perfect for fall when butternut squash is in season. It’s one of our favorite slow cooker dinners for meatless Monday because it tastes like it took forever to make, but the slow cooker did all the work! It’s the perfect meal for when it’s chilly outside and you want something comforting to keep you warm.
Curry is the ultimate comfort food in a lot of Asian cultures, so try this updated coconut version made with quinoa! Loaded with healthy veggies and tasty flavors like miso, ginger, and garlic, this curry is ridiculously easy to make. Simply dump everything in the Crock Pot and let it cook until it’s thick!
We love Broccoli Rice Casserole, and this healthy recipe frees up your oven by making it in a slow cooker. It doesn’t get much better than broccoli, rice, and plenty of creamy cheese, so make sure to keep this recipe on hand. Top it with crushed-up crackers, and you’re good to go—delicious, and perfect for the upcoming holidays!
This recipe is packed full of flavor, and the beans make the dish extra hearty to keep you feeling fuller for longer. There are a ton of nutrient-dense ingredients in this simple recipe, and you won’t have to worry about dealing with leftovers since it makes the perfect amount for two. Another easy and delicious vegetarian recipe!
A traditional French dish, ratatouille is essentially a delicious vegetable soup. It’s usually baked or sautéed, but this version is even easier with the help of a Crock Pot. Load up at the farmer’s market this week to make this dish extra tasty!
Don’t be afraid to use cinnamon in savory recipes—it adds a whole new depth of flavor to the dish! This Moroccan tagine is a perfect excuse to try it out. A combination of vegetables, spices, and even a few dried fruits make this meal unlike anything you’ve ever had. It’ll be sure to impress for meatless Monday this week!
Cold weather means you need a rotating arsenal of soups to keep your kitchen warm, right? Not every soup recipe has to been laden with meat, so cook up this luxuriously creamy mushroom soup. Wild rice soup is a comfort classic, so make a big batch of this to keep you warm and cozy all season long.
Yes, even enchiladas can be made in a Crock Pot—is there anything this miracle kitchen appliance can’t do? By using quinoa in this dish, you’ll get a hearty dose of healthy carbohydrates, but the punchy flavor of traditional enchiladas. Even better: This dish is totally vegan!
18. Split Pea Soup
Most people are skeptical of split pea soup, but fear not—this recipe will definitely convince any naysayers in the crowd. This new take on the classic recipe is a perfect update of the tired classic. By adding carrots and plenty of spice, split pea soup will soon become a renewed kitchen staple! Just omit the Canadian bacon to make it meatless.
Chilly, gray weather calls for bright dishes like this vegan gumbo, which is packed full of vitamins and minerals. That will keep you feeling energized, fueled, and focused (not to mention keeping your immune system at its peak during the start of the impending cold and flu season). Serve this dish over rice to create one of our favorite slow cooker dinners for meatless Monday.
Travel to Morocco with the flavors of this fantastic stew. Prepped in only 10 minutes, this dish is easy enough to create on a weeknight. Pair it with plenty of warm quinoa for a well-balanced meal of carbs, fats, and protein! Top it with some coconut yogurt and red pepper flakes for an impressive dish.
Eating healthy, vegetarian meals can be easy, flavorful, and delicious at the same time. Don’t be afraid to sub out your normal protein for something different! Changing your diet up frequently is a great way to keep your metabolism on its toes and running efficiently. So, go vegetarian (or even vegan) every now and then with these slow cooker dinners for meatless Monday. Your body will definitely thank you for the changes!