Meatless recipes aren’t only good for vegetarians. They’re good for anyone on a budget. Whether or not you eat meat, here are some easy crock pot recipes that won’t heat up your kitchen this summer and will save you some money on meatless nights.

  1. Corn Chowder: here’s a great affordable meal that involves canned corn, dried onion and some simple herbs. It’s the perfect warm meal for a brisk day.
  2. Meatless Sloppy Joes: all you do for meatless sloppy Jose is substitute lentils for meat. Just cook up a batch of plain brown lentils in the crock pot with water until they’re a bit soft. Toward the end of cooking time, throw in a can of Manwich sauce and some chopped green peppers and onions.
  3. Meatless Stuffed Peppers: here’s a great crowd pleaser, and they’re especially great to make in the crock pot in the summer when the heat is oppressive. Try serving these with a side salad and a light dessert for a nice summer meal.
  4. Balsamic-Roasted Root Veggies: check out this great, and kind of “fancy,” idea that involves veggies like carrots, turnips and parsnips.
  5. Broccoli Risotto: you can easily add this to your list of things to do with frozen broccoli.
  6. Spaghetti Sauce: this homemade sauce is loaded with veggies, is easy to make, and is bound to be a lot healthier than most canned sauces.
  7. Polenta and Vegetable Casserole: polenta is a great way to bulk up many type of veggie-based dinners. Try this recipe that’s awesome for the crock pot.

Find many more recipes to add to your arsenal over at Wise Bread’s 25 Tasty Vegetarian Crock Pot Recipes.