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Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa in a Slow Cooker

Three sources of protein (black beans, quinoa, and ground turkey) smothered in cheese and enchilada sauce – what’s not to love?!

1 lb ground turkey*
1 ½ C uncooked quinoa
1 can black beans
1 C frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes & chilies
½ C salsa
2 cloves garlic, mincedDSC02278
½ C onion
½ C sweet bell peppers
1 C water
1 can (19 oz) enchilada sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 C cheese
*leave the turkey out for a vegetarian optionDSC02281


Cook the ground turkey until browned through. Drain the grease and place in slow cooker.

Add in uncooked quinoa, drained and rinsed black beans, frozen corn, tomatoes & chilies (undrained), salsa, and minced garlic.

Dice the onion and bell pepper and add to slow cooker. Jalapenos are a good option here, too!

Add in water, enchilada sauce, chili powder and cumin.DSC02284

Stir everything together. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours (depending on your crock pot!) or until all the liquid is absorbed.

Once the mixture is done cooking, stir it again. Add in cheese and other desired toppings (like lime juice!).

Serve as is, or wrap in tortillas and smother with more cheese and sauce for a traditional enchilada. I recommend putting it on a bed of arugula and topping it off with fresh avocado!




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Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

3 C butternut squash, cubed (an entire squash will probably give you significantly more than 3 cups)
1 C uncooked quinoa (or slightly less. This make a LOT of quinoa!) DSC02220
1/3 C dried cranberries
1/3 C red onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
Salt and pepper to taste

¼ C olive oilDSC02226
¼ C balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400.

Toss butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out evenly on a tray and roast at 400 for about 25 minutes, until very tender.

While the squash is roasting, prepare the quinoa according to package directions.

Combine all ingredients for the dressing and set aside.DSC02225

Mix together salad ingredients (squash, quinoa, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and red onion). Cover with dressing and stir until thoroughly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.



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