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22 Crock-Pot & Instant Pot Dinners That Are Packed With Produce

Whether you're fully vegetarian or just trying to eat less meat, save these for later.

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Whether you're fully vegetarian or just aiming to eat less meat, the slow cooker can be really useful.

And that's especially true when it comes to drop dinners or dump dinners: meals where you can toss everything into the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot, then let the appliance do all the heavy lifting.

Below you'll find several of our favorite vegetarian options for one for both. (Reminder that since the Instant Pot has a slow cooker setting, any of these can be adapted for it!)

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1. Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese With Broccoli

thegirlonbloor.com

Your favorite comfort food dinner — plus some extra veggies tossed in.

Recipe: Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese With Broccoli

2. Crock-Pot Chickpea & Sweet Potato Chili

sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Packed with protein and fiber.

Recipe: Crock-Pot Chickpea & Sweet Potato Chili

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3. Portobello Mushroom Pot Roast With Noodles

Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later.

Recipe: Portobello Mushroom Pot Roast With Noodles

4. Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

yummymummykitchen.com

Just 10 minutes of prep — then dinner cooks itself.

Recipe: Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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5. Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

pinchofyum.com

Topped with plenty of avocado.

Recipe: Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

6. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

gimmesomeoven.com

A fall staple — but good enough to eat year-round, if you ask me.

Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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7. Slow Cooker Veggie Fajitas

amuse-your-bouche.com

Load these up with all of your favorite toppings!

Recipe: Slow Cooker Veggie Fajitas

8. Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Serve this with rice, naan, tofu — or enjoy on its own.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala

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9. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

lecremedelacrumb.com

Packed with protein, thanks to a base of black beans and quinoa.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

10. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Best served with plenty of Italian bread.

Recipe: Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

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11. Instant Pot Vegan Chili

Raise your hand if you know that lentils are seriously underrated.

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Chili

12. Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

This version sneaks in extra frozen veggies with a steamer pack. (But feel free to use fresh ones if you have them on hand!)

Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

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13. Crock-Pot Vegetable Soup

pocketchangegourmet.com

The vegetables cook low and slow in a tomato-based broth for eight hours, then the pasta drops in at the end.

Recipe: Crock-Pot Vegetable Soup

14. Slow Cooker Barley Risotto

foxeslovelemons.com

Chickpeas give this extra protein and fiber.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Barley Risotto

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15. Instant Pot Black Beans

asweetpeachef.com

Customize these to your liking — then enjoy as a dinner side (or on their own!)

Recipe: Instant Pot Black Beans

16. Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

peasandcrayons.com

You can make this chunky by leaving the potatoes cubed. Or try it smooth by breaking out the immersion blender once all is done cooking.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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17. Veggie Crock-Pot Lasagna

http://pinchofyum.com/super-easy-skinny-veggie-crockpot-lasagna

Layer up!

Recipe: Veggie Crock-Pot Lasagna

18. Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

cookingclassy.com

The secret ingredient in the slow-cooked tomato sauce? Carrots, to add a bit of sweetness and visual brightness.

Recipe: Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

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19. Crock-Pot Quinoa and Vegetables

momswithcrockpots.com

This would also work well for meal prep.

Recipe: Crock-Pot Quinoa and Vegetables

20. Slow Cooker Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

veggieprimer.com

A few minutes from the immersion blender at the end makes everything smooth and creamy.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

21. Lentil Butternut Squash Curry

hellonatural.co

If you want to get extra efficient with Crock-Pot cooking, consider bulk-prepping several meals all at once, then freezing them.


Recipe: Lentil Butternut Squash Curry

22. Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

Our advice? Ditch your hot oven this summer. By making this in the slow cooker instead, you can keep your kitchen cool.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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