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The colder months call for deliciousness in the kitchen filled with warmth. Something I miss as we head into winter are the longer days filled with endless light. But each phase of the year brings about a time to embrace the beauty of what it beholds, and so I’ve focused on the ways this time of year shifts your perspective, routine, and so much more.

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The slow cooker is often associated with slow-cooking meat. But it is capable of so much more! As someone who doesn’t eat meat, I find myself slicing and dicing constantly to create an array of veggie-focused meals. When the colder months arrive, I love the idea of keeping it simple with minimal work required. By throwing all of the season’s foods into the slow cooker for a stew, casserole, or other meal and making multiple meals out of it to save time and energy, I can focus more on catching that last bit of light the day gifts us. The slow cooker allows you to toss in all of your ingredients, set the time, and go on with your day.

Whether it’s a hearty stew, sensational curry, or even a decadent dessert that’s on your mind, you can save time by taking advantage of these 10 simple and delicious vegan slow cooker recipes.

1. Chard, Lentil & Potato Slow Cooker Soup

There’s a “meatiness” to foods like lentils, chard, and potatoes that both nourishes you as well as satisfies a desire for substantial texture in food. The ingredients are super straightforward, yet combine to offer you a hearty soup to enjoy on a cold evening.

2. Vegan Chili

Chili is a wintertime staple, but a lack of meat won’t sacrifice the integrity of the meal. A combination of vegetables and beans makes for a filling meal. The warmth and flavours of this dish will be something the entire family can enjoy all winter long.

3. Vegan Herb Pound Cake

Making dessert doesn’t have to be a messy, complicated, or long process. Slow cooker dessert recipes are perfect when you are making a batch for the entire family or for a dinner party. All you have to do for this vegan pound cake is throw the ingredients in the slow cooker and you’ll soon be able to indulge in a hands-off sweet treat.

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4. Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili

Utilizing one of winter’s most abundant foods, butternut squash is the shining star in this delectable chili recipe. Try topping it with this vegan cashew poblano cream for a truly flavourful dish.

5.  Crockpot Vegetable Curry with Tofu

Curry makes the perfect slow cooker meal. This option, complete with vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers, and peas, will fill you up and warm your soul while tofu, which will soak up the flagrant flavours of the curry, will give you that extra boost of protein.

6. Hot Fudge Chocolate Pudding Cake

Dark chocolate is loaded with health benefits, making it the perfect addition to a dessert-focused meal. In this recipe, your two fan-favorites become one: dark chocolate cake and gooey chocolate pudding.

7. Vegan Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is a crowd-pleaser, and this vegan option is sure to have people talking with its layers of warm and flavourful vegetables that give you comfort as well as a healthy plate of goodness.

8. Vegan Stuffed Peppers

You can pack in plenty of peppers for the whole family and then some into the slow cooker for this recipe. With quinoa that you don’t even have to cook beforehand, salsa, cumin, and black peppers, these stuffed peppers will serve as a compact meal that’ll keep you satisfied for hours.

9. From-The-Pantry Pot Pie

Pot pie isn’t normally a vegan-friendly comfort food, but this vegetable-packed version is a must-try. It even offers a biscuit vegan topping that will add another layer of love to this slow cooker concoction.

10. Curried Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that is so insanely versatile, filling, and perfect for vegans who want a bit of creaminess and the substance of something hearty. This soup is sure to satisfy you from its depth of flavours to its comforting warmth.

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