Slow Cooker Garlic Mushroom Quinoa is a creamy, cheesy, mushroom filled quinoa dish that is made in the slow cooker wiht just about 5 minutes of prep time. I am always trying to create new slow cooker vegetarian dishes since it is something that can be hard to find and after playing around with quinoa in the slow cooker for a couple of weeks, I fell in love with this garlic and mushroom quinoa dish. It makes the perfect meatless meal with a nice green salad or cut the serving in half for a side dish.
Now let's talk about this dish. The secret ingredient to create a creamy, almost risotto like quinoa dish, is reduced fat cream cheese. It adds tons of creaminess to the dish and makes it taste indulgent. Plus paired with the earthy mushroom, bright green onions, and salty Parmesan cheese - yum! And you can definitely pack in some extra veggies if you want - spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or red bell pepper would all work and add great flavor.
It's also one of those dishes that get better after a night in the fridge. So if you live in a household like mine, where your loved ones turn their noses to mushroom, you can hoard the leftovers for yourself and be confident that they will taste even better for lunch the next day.
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