As it continues to get colder outside, cooking in my slow cooker is a must. It makes my whole home smell wonderful and has a very comforting feel to it. Lots of times meals made in the slow cooker are heavy or more comfort food based. However, this dish is comforting but not a heavy meal at all. It's packed with vegetables and a good-for-you grain — quinoa. It's also a vegetarian dish, but trust me, you will not miss the meat.
If you aren't a vegetarian and want to add some meat, then you need to cook the meat separately and add it to the finished mixture. I would suggest making chicken, but I'm sure other meats would do well with this flavor combination. You can also make this dish as spicy or as mild as you want. To make it spicier, use a hotter enchilada sauce and more seasonings. To make it more mild, use a less spicy enchilada sauce and fewer seasonings. It is definitely an adaptable meal as far as the flavors go.
Feel free to substitute some of the vegetables for similar types of vegetables, as long as you keep the quantities about the same. Some other vegetable ideas include onions, different beans, green bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, chopped squash, peas or broccoli.
You won't miss the meat in these hearty vegetarian quinoa enchiladas. And the best part is, the slow cooker does all the work for you for this easy meal.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 3 hours | Total time: 3 hours 15 minutes
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