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I'm finally learning to like quinoa but haven't tried it in the crock pot yet. So, when I happened upon this easy, healthy and delicious looking recipe for crock pot vegetable quinoa from Amanda at Moms with Crock Pots I felt compelled to share.
It's just the kind of easy, light and healthy dish that appeals to me this time of year.
It's definitely a recipe you could modify, adding and/or subtracting vegetables and fresh herbs to suit your fancy. I think I would add a handful of fresh chopped grape tomatoes and drizzle of lemon juice or red wine vinegar at the end to add a burst of color and brighten up the flavor.
Skinny on Crock Pot Vegetable Quinoa
According to my calculations ¼th of the recipe has 315 calories, 8.4 g fat, 46.8 g carbs, 6.5 g fiber, 13.3 g protein and *8 Points Plus. This seems like a really big serving to me since the 1-½ cups of dry quinoa will expand to be 6 cups. If you divide the recipe into 6 servings, each one will have 210 calories, 5.6 g fat, 31.2 g carbs, 4.4 g fiber, 8.9 g protein and *5 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
This crock pot vegetable quinoa will work with Simply Filling as long as you count the oil as part of your good health guidelines for healthy oil.
As Amanda suggests, to turn this into a more satisfying meal and boost the protein even further you could stir in black beans, garbanzo beans or cooked chicken.
Get the recipe here…
*PointsPlus® for crock pot vegetable quinoa calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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