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Slow-Cooker Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole

May/June 2014

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As this layered slow-cooker squash casserole recipe cooks, the liquid from the tangy tomatillo salsa and summer squash is absorbed by the quinoa, adding tons of flavor to the final dish.


Slow-Cooker Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole

7 Reviews for Slow-Cooker Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole

10/06/2014
Anonymous
Surprising

I had never cooked with tomatillos before, so when I was putting this together, the stickyness and the smell was quite off-putting. By the time I filled my slow cooker, I was skeptical that this would turn out. But it did turn out! It was more delicate than I anticipated, with wonderful texture and nice squash/feta flavor.

I used a mix of zucchini and summer squash but didn't have enough, so I supplemented with about half a pound of sliced frozen zucchini. I used sheep's milk feta, which is milder and less salty than goat's milk. This paired very nicely with sauteed chicken thighs.

I don't have kids, but I seriously doubt they will like this.

Tip: if you're concerned about bitterness, rinse your quinoa. Not all brands need rinsing, but you only need to experience a bitter batch once to know the extra step is worth the time.

Flavorful, low cal, quick for a slow-cooker recipe
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08/15/2014
Anonymous
Tasty

I was really impressed with the flavor even though it didn't have any spice, it still had a great taste. Next time I will add a can of rotel or change to a hotter pepper, we like spice at our house. Great, healthy dish that can be eaten as dinner with salad. Cooking time was right on and didn't leave the veggies all soggy - I will definitely make again.

Quick & Easy
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07/07/2014
Good but tart

Good, but tart. I added extra feta to leftovers to counter that. Didn't have fresh oregano, so I put ~ 1 tsp. dried in the dish to cook. I will use more next time (or buy fresh). Also may add more tomatoes.

Make ahead
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06/02/2014
Anonymous
Surprisingly delish

Tasty, easy, healthy!

easy, flavorful, not mushy
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05/23/2014
Anonymous
Plain Jane, didn't meld

I won't make this recipe again. I thought the tomatillo tomato mixture would break down creating a bit of a sauce over the squash, combining with it. Instead nothing broke down, everything was separate so it was just a crock of squash on top of quinoa topped with chunks of tomatillos. YUK. Maybe blending the topping would be better but I won't waste my time again.

crock pot recipe and quinoa cooked
Served with grilled chicken thighs which were yummy
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