12/05/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Nov 29, 2015

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes That Prove This Mighty Machine Isn't Just For Meat

33 meatless slow cooker recipes that will put your meaty ones to shame.

Slow cookers have the reputation of being meat machines. While they have the unique ability to tenderize meat with minimal effort, the assumption that slow cookers are best for meaty dishes overlooks the amazing ways they can transform your vegetables.

First of all, it recently came to our attention that you can steam food in your slow cooker, so beyond steaming vegetables, you can also steam things like vegetarian dumplings and buns. And just like slow-cooking meat, slow-cooking vegetables will draw out flavors and turn your dishes incomparably moist. The slow cooker is a great way to imbue extra flavor in your vegetarian soups and stews, but the possibilities don't stop there. You can make everything from caramel to spinach and artichoke dip with the thing. It's sort of a miracle-maker.

Winter is the perfect time to experiment with slow cooking. There's nothing more satisfying than returning home from a long day of work, coming inside from a day out in the cold or waking up when it's still dark out, to find a hot, fully cooked meal waiting for you in the pot. Just take one look at the first recipe on our list and you'll see what we mean. There are a million vegetarian meals you can make in your slow cooker, and we narrowed it down to 33 to get you started.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

Correction: This post originally listed this Sweet Potato And Quinoa Chili recipe from The Simple Veganista as a slow cooker recipe, when in fact it is made on the stove.