Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew - Real Food Whole Life

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

September 20, 2016 (Updated on August 31, 2021)

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A simple and delicious plant-based meal, Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew is hearty, nourishing and packed with all the good stuff. 

Who else feels like they need a giant, warm, comforting bowl of soup right about now?

I know I do. 

We spent last week and weekend packing up our entire first floor and kitchen in preparation for a major renovation. 

I couldn’t be more excited to start work on what will be my dream kitchen, but in the meantime I’m slightly exhausted.

My parents are graciously allowing us to stay with them in their condo while the renovation happens, which is slated to last about 8 weeks.

Yep, that’s right, we’re crashing with my parents for 8 weeks.

I did my best to pack up all my photography supplies and props so I can carry on with posts, so I’m hoping I can get unpacked and back in the swing of recipe development over the next few days.

Luckily I worked on this stew before the move, and just looking at the photos again makes me want a giant bowl right this very minute.

It’s full of so many good things, and is substantial enough for a full meatless meal.

I personally love leftovers for lunch the next day, with an extra drizzle of olive oil and pinch of sea salt.

This combination of ingredients was inspired by this recipe from Love & Lemons, which I wanted to adapt for the slow cooker so it can be be prepared ahead and enjoyed on busy weeknights.

I hope you enjoy this hearty, plant-based stew soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!.

Now let’s make some Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew!


RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS

1 | If your child isn’t a fan of cooked kale, serve his or her soup prior to adding it in. Offer an alternative green veggie on the side.

2 | Serve with crusty bread for dunking.

3 | If you eat dairy, sprinkle the soup with freshly grated parmesan cheese prior to serving.


THIS RECIPE IS . . .

Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan


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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

Yield 4 -6

A simple and delicious plant-based meal, Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew is hearty, nourishing and packed with all the good stuff.

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1-3 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 14.5- oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • 2 to 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Fresh ground pepper and extra virgin olive oil for serving

Instructions

  • Combine the onion, butternut squash, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, tomatoes, broth and quinoa in the base of a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  • Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low, or until the onions and butternut squash are very tender and cooked through.
  • Uncover, add the kale, cover, and cook on high for the kale to wilt, about 15-30 minutes.
  • Uncover and add the vinegar, stirring to combine. Taste and additional salt or vinegar if you like.
  • Serve, drizzled with extra virgin olive and freshly ground pepper.

Notes

If your child isn’t a fan of cooked kale, serve his or her soup prior to adding it in. Offer an alternative green veggie on the side.
Serve with crusty bread for dunking.
If you eat dairy, sprinkle the soup with freshly grated parmesan cheese prior to serving.
Inspired by Butternut Squash, Kale and Quinoa Stew from Love & Lemons.

did you make this recipe?Mention @realfoodwholelife or tag #realfoodwholelife!

 

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12 comments to " Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew "

  • Michele

    Can I replace the quinoa with brown rice?

    • Robyn Downs

      Michele, brown rice doesn’t cook quite as well in the slow cooker for this recipe. You can definitely add cooked rice to the soup once it’s finished in the slow cooker.

  • Traci

    I’ve now made this twice in my IP and LOVE it! Followed directions exactly, cooking first time for 20 minutes on normal (medium) setting, manually released pressure, added kale then cooked another 3 minutes, manually released pressure then added vinegar. Perfection and delicious!!! Thank you!

  • Pat O

    My son who is vegan loved this recipe. He asked for leftovers to take home.

  • Sarah Poquette

    Do you know if this soup freezes well?

    • Robyn Downs

      Sarah, yes, is should freeze just fine! The quinoa will continue to soak up liquid as it sits, so you may need to add more liquid when you reheat it later, but otherwise should be good.

  • Jackie K

    5 stars
    Made the IP version posted by Traci tonight and followed the recipe exactly. So delicious! I’ll definitely make it again!

  • Chris

    5 stars
    How would you add a protein to this? Love vegetarian, but as a man, I need more protein.

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Chris, I think chicken would be a great addition to this one. Add 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs along with the other ingredients and cook according to the recipe instructions. Once the time is up, remove the chicken, shred or dice, and add back to the stew, stirring to combine. I hope you enjoy!

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