Ahhh the magic of a crock pot.. err slow cooker…err one pot wonder. You know what I’m sayin ya’ll. Whoever invited the crock pot is pure genius and I only wish I had invested stock in it in 198o. Okay I wasn’t born yet (1983 baby), but still. What would we do without that little pot of magic. Especially during the Holidays. We’d have to actually wait around the stove. Who has time for that? So I’d like to thank my crock pot for making me feel like an overachiever in the kitchen. Ahh…. the confident boost was needed. Haha. Kidding, kinda.
But I digress..
Back to magic and all things slow cookin. This Crock Pot Autumn Quinoa Pilaf is another one of my Fall glow salads I’m diggin lately. But this time, the glow comes from those golden beets and some extra special vegetarian style nourishment. The whole point of this quinoa pilaf dish is nourishment for that holiday table. Gluten free REAL food nourishment. Yep, and it’s IMPOSSIBLY EASY thanks to the crock pot. Have you ever cooked quinoa in a crock pot? I’ve done it once with my pumpkin quinoa porridge. Well, today,you’re about experience some awesome earthy nutty crock pot goodness with this Autumn quinoa pilaf.
I combined it with the best veggies of the season ya’ll! Golden beats, broccoli, cranberries, shallots, and wild rice. One cooked, you toss it with a little feta and sunflower seeds. It’s definitely a plant strong quinoa pilaf suitable for a meal. And might I add, an awesome vegetarian dish to add to your holiday table.
Okay, but here’s the thing about quinoa and wild rice that you might not know. And will get your super excited to eat!
Wild rice is a grass. Yes, a grass. the seed of long-grain marsh grass. Quinoa is also a “pseudo-grain,” which means it comes from seeds and grasses.
Do you see where I’m going with this? PLANT BASED perfection all in one quinoa pilaf dish. When quinoa and wild rice are slow cooked or soaked, it’s easier to digest and really absorb those nutrients. Remember my phytates talk with that detox bowl? Yep, same concept there.
Okay, so let’s get to some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G facts about quinoa and wild rice . Are ready to feel all healthy and schtuff?
- Rich in lysine (an essential protein) and B vitamins.
- Protein rich (plant based protein)
- Rich in folate! Now remember, that’s different that folic acid. Folic Acid is the synthetic form. Folate is the real deal and found in plant based foods.
Quinoa is equally amazing!!
- Excellent source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and B vitamins to name a few.
- It’s also a complete protein. Which means it has all the 9 essential amino acids our bodies need.
Let’s not forget the other crazy good autumn vegetables I packed in this dish. Golden beets, broccoli, and cranberries. Think Vitamin C x 100! And fiber to boot! When you pair Vitamin C rich veggies with iron rich quinoa, it helps you absorb more of that plant based iron. Why I ADORE these protein bars too.
Today I’m using Better BodyFoods tricolor organic quinoa in this quinoa pilaf. Yes, this beauty white, red, and black ancient grain is the perfect combination of taste and texture. And as mentioned above, it packs in some MAJOR plant based protein.
Now, when you combine it with it’s cousin, wild rice; and plant based neighbors, Autumn veggies, you get one MAJOR nutrition packed quinoa pilaf TRIFECTA! Excuse the run on sentence and excitement.
Okay, let’s layer up those pilaf ingredients and get crockin. Aka crock pot cookin.
Throw in some spices, broth, and bam! Your holiday side dish or vegetarian main is served!
Nutrition. Check out that Plant Protein Ya’ll!
Tip: Save some extra raw veggies and cranberries to toss on top after. It gives this quinoa pilaf a little extra crunch and tartness. I spiralized my other portion of golden beets, just for the heck of it, then added it on top. LOVE!
Ya’ll, this dish gets a gold star. Ahem… golden beets and all! Sorry, corniness slipped in.
When was the last time you made quinoa? Ever tried it with other grains in a crock pot? HOP to it!
This delicious Autumn quinoa pilaf is sponsored by my friends over at Better Body Foods! Thank you for allowing me to share their wonderful products and talk about this caring company.
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