Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast

This Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast will save your busy life and give you more time to spend with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen.


Now before we get started here, let’s just address the big ol’ elephants in the room here:

1. This is the most unpleasant looking food ever: Let’s face it. Food that comes from a slow-cooker is not gorgeous. It sometimes looks unappetizing. There’s really no getting around it. So face the music and move on.

2. Vegetarian Pot Roast?? What the??: Yup – vegetarian pot roast it is. I rarely use meat substitutes here, but for heartier slow-cooked meals, sometimes it’s just called for. And these meatless beef tips are seriously ON POINT. My meat-lovin’ spouse craves that stuff!

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast - a super comforting meal that is prepared while you're busy taking care of the things you want to. And it'll taste like you've slaved in the kitchen all day.

This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach, but thoughts and opinions are completely my own, as always.


So there’s those two things. We can now move on to the more important things at hand, such as the fact that I am finding less and less time to actually make dinner these days. Seriously – I am freaking busy!

Psssst! Not to be blunt here, but if you make it to the end of this post, you may get to win an awesome 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker… just sayin’

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast - a super comforting meal that is prepared while you're busy taking care of the things you want to. And it'll taste like you've slaved in the kitchen all day.


As if working a full time job outside the home wasn’t enough, my plate is ridiculously full:

* trying to live an active and healthy life
* trying to be present in my son’s life because he’s growing so fast before my eyes
* trying to be a good and involved wife because it’s only a matter of time before she’ll be deployed and I’ll wish she was back home
* trying to make some order out of the home (which I’m seriously just really not good at!)
* trying to keep this blog afloat, working on it during every possible free second I can.

I assume you see my point. There is just not enough time for it all. I’m sure many of you can understand and relate.

My 6-Quart Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker is seriously my saving grace. Whether it’s this vegetarian pot roast (that I just love so much), a huge batch of chili, or cheesy ravioli, it always saves the day. Some days I’m not home for dinner because of some meeting or blogger get-together, and its those nights that I really cherish this thing. Being able to add all the ingredients, set a timer for the day, and walk away is just a life-saver. I especially love the fact that if it’s done before we get home to eat, the setting automatically goes to WARM, and everything stays pretty dang hot for hours. SUCH a great feature.

Side note: I’ve had a few people ask me about a delayed-start feature and how they’d love that on their slow-cookers. I just want to point out the reason why you’ll probably never see them exist, or why it’s pretty rare at least. Think about it. Most of you are putting meat in your slow cookers, right? That meat then will have to sit out for however long before your delayed-start actually starts. That puts a bit of a risk on your health, depending on how long you have the meat sitting out before it actually begins to cook. Just thought I’d mention that since I’ve heard people bring it up before.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast - a super comforting meal that is prepared while you're busy taking care of the things you want to. And it'll taste like you've slaved in the kitchen all day.


Knowing that I can create a home-cooked meal to my family even when I’m busy and about to lose my mind brings me so much happiness. Eating together as a family is one aspect of our lives that I always try to make time for, and my slow cooker definitely helps make that happen, despite the chaos going on in my life on a daily basis. I love being about to catch up on each other’s days and hear about the things that happened at school and work. It’s where my mind can recharge and I can feel a bit more grounded.

This particular vegetarian recipe may not be for you (although really, you should give it a try, it’s freakin’ amazing!), but there are so many options for slow cooked meals. If you aren’t taking advantage of the time you could save by using a slow cooker to spend time doing the things that really matter in your life, you are truly missing out. A slow cooker could give you time to hug your kids a little bit longer. Have more of a meaningful conversation with your spouse instead of having to rush to make dinner. Or getting in one last family tickle fight before the night is through.

Head on down to the bottom of this post to find out how to enter to win a 6-Quart Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast
Servings: 6 servings
  • Gardein Beefless Tips (in the freezer aisle with the health-food or other meat-less foods)
  • Slow Cooker Pot Roast Sauce (I use Campbells)
  • 4-5 red potatoes , washed and cut into quarters
  • 1 yellow onion , chopped roughly
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup mushrooms , sliced
  • 4 celery stalks , sliced into small pieces
  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir to be sure it is all combined.
  2. Set on low for 6 hours.
  3. Serve over cooked quinoa or brown rice.
Recipe Notes

obviously, you are free to use a real pot roast instead of a meatless variety. Results may vary, as I have not tried this with meat.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast - a super comforting meal that is prepared while you're busy taking care of the things you want to. And it'll taste like you've slaved in the kitchen all day.


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If you’d like to win a Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid, please leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to make in a slow cooker. If you don’t have one yet, tell me what you’d love to make in one if you had one.

For an extra entry, pin an image from this post and post the link as an additional comment.

Contest ends Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Contest Rules: This giveaway is open to US residents. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified.. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. This is a giveaway sponsored by Hamilton Beach. Any and all social media outlets used are not sponsors of the giveaway nor are responsible for this giveaway in any way. Prize will be sent via Hamilton Beach distribution center. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. If you are contacted as the winner, you have 48 hours from the time the email is sent to respond to the email and claim your prize. If no response is received, a new winner will be picked without further notice to you.


    • Holly Waterfall says

      ooh, i’ll definitely have to check out the yogurt video. i’ve heard of people doing that in the crockpot and have been intrigued.

  1. Donna B says

    My favorite thing to make crock pot style … such a hard question. I have a few favorites: corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, green chili beef for my husband, and root beer bbq pork! I also love to make apple butter. But my crock pot is old, like handed down to me from an ex boyfriends grandma, and has a messed up lid. The thought of a crock pot switching to warm would be wonderful for those poorly planned busy crock pot days!

  2. Faye Hoffpauer says

    I don’t have a slow cooker… But I would love to try cooking Braised ShortRibs .. Or maybe Beef Barley & Mushroom Soup 🙂

  3. Ashley says

    I’ve never made anything in a slow cooker because I’ve never been able to afford one. 🙂 And, I’m just beginning to enjoy cooking in general. Never was a fan, but I’m definitely interested in learning. I love to bake for people, but would love to make real meals too.

    If I had a slow cooker I would probably do soups, dips, and try all new things often. I’m just beginning to branch out of eating the same 10 things, each week my challenge to myself is to try something new. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. However, the ability to have the time to cook is often difficult to find. I want to make healthy items (which, I have tried things off your blog), and I hate touching raw meat so your foods are definitely good to try!

  4. says

    I love my slow cooker! I get it out almost daily. I cook a lot of beans from dry and the slow cooker makes that easy, or I love to throw a bunch of chicken breasts in there, and then I shred the meat and freeze it in dinner size portions so it’s all ready to go. I have to say, though, that my favorite thing to cook it in is overnight steel cut oats. I throw them in at night before bed, set it to warm, and by morning they are perfect! Ready to scoop and serve. It doesn’t get better than that!

  5. Jim Kottke says

    I’ve seen several ways to make corned beef using a slow cooker and would like to try one. Boiling it with cabbage and potatoes doesn’t cut it anymore.

  6. Crystal Lego says

    i love making chili, meatless lasagna, chicken noodle soup and vegetable soup. Also do homemade tomato sauce, apple butter and applesauce for canning.

  7. Mandy Sexton says

    Slow cooker meals are my FAVORITE!!! I got one as a wedding gift years and years ago, and I have absolutely worn it out! I would love to have a modern one. My favorite thing to make in it is black bean cream cheese chicken. I agree it and serve it on tortillas, and it’s one of my favorite dishes, ever!

  8. gracie says

    I like to use my crock pot during the holidays to keep cider drink warm, its tasty and it smells good! Or i use for a christmas boil – the aroma is amazing!
    p.s. the stew looks delicious, i am in my stews/casserole phase now.

  9. Monica Carr says

    …chef’s Dinners Done workshops and I’ve done mostly chicken dishes. We season the meat add additional ingredients and put them in ziplock bags in the freezer. It’s so convenient to take out a bag, throw it in the crockpot and voila, dinner is ready when I come home. I love everything I’ve made so far!

  10. Jeannette T. says

    I use my slow cooker all of the time. We make all kinds of chicken recipes, chili, pork and beef recipes. Apple sauce and butter. So many things. Hard to choose a favorite.

  11. Donna Roach says

    I love my slow cooker but there are so many new ways and recipes for me to try. You woild know that my cooker is on its last leg. It got really hot on the outside the last time I used it and now I can not leave it on unless I am home to watch it.
    I love your recipes, I have been tring to cut meat out of my husband and I diet. I have been experimenting with tofu. It is really good it takes on the flavor of the marinad or sauce. Thank you again for the healthy recipes have.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      I’m so happy that you’ve been enjoying my recipes! Going meatless can still be super delicious. Sometimes it takes some experimenting, but you’ll get it!

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