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

    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!)

    1. Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese With Broccoli

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

    Recipe: Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese With Broccoli

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    Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later.

    Recipe: Portobello Mushroom Pot Roast With Noodles

    4. Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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    Just 10 minutes of prep — then dinner cooks itself.

    Recipe: Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

    5. Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

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    Topped with plenty of avocado.

    Recipe: Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

    6. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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

    Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    7. Slow Cooker Veggie Fajitas

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    Load these up with all of your favorite toppings!

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Veggie Fajitas

    8. Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala

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

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala

    9. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

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

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

    10. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

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    Best served with plenty of Italian bread.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

    11. Instant Pot Vegan Chili

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

    Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Chili

    12. Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

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    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

    13. Crock-Pot Vegetable Soup

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    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

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    Chickpeas give this extra protein and fiber.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Barley Risotto

    15. Instant Pot Black Beans

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    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

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    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

    17. Veggie Crock-Pot Lasagna

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    Layer up!

    Recipe: Veggie Crock-Pot Lasagna

    18. Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

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    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

    19. Crock-Pot Quinoa and Vegetables

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    This would also work well for meal prep.

    Recipe: Crock-Pot Quinoa and Vegetables

    20. Slow Cooker Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

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    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

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    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

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    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