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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

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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.

f 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


Tools to Make Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

Programmable 6-Quart Crockpot

My Favorite Cutting Board

8-inch Chef Knife


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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

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Description

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


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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

13 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Uncover, add the kale, cover, and cook on high for the kale to wilt, about 15-30 minutes.
  4. Uncover and add the vinegar, stirring to combine. Taste and additional salt or vinegar if you like.
  5. 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.

 

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  • 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!

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