I received my first slow cooker as a gift a few years ago and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. But then a friend recommended Kathy Hester‘s cookbook The Vegan Slow Cooker and things changed. I was making dinner and breakfast, cooking beans, and even serving warm drinks at parties out of my little slow cooker. Kathy just released her new book Vegan Slow Cooking for Two, and I have a chance for you to win her book at the bottom of this post. I’m honored to be hosting Kathy on her blog tour today. She’s here with Slow Cooker Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling. Enjoy! 




Slow Cooker Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling from Vegan Slow Cooking for Two by Kathy Hester
soy-free, gluten-free, oil-free

This recipe uses a 1 1/2- to 2-quart slow cooker (like all the recipes in Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just You)

  • 1/4 cup (48 g) brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) beluga lentils or brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup (43 g) quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups (475 ml) water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 soft or hard corn taco shells (use gluten-free shells to make this gluten-free and use fat free soft taco shells to keep it oil-free)

Add all the ingredients except the salt, pepper, and taco shells to the 1 1/2- to 2-quart slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Before serving, add salt and pepper. Taste and adjust any of the seasonings as needed.

Serve in taco shells with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, or any of your other favorite taco toppings.

per ½-cup (100 g) serving (without taco shell): 49.3 calories; 0.5 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 2.6 g protein; 8.8 g carbohydrate; 1.8 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol

yield: about 6 tacos
prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 7 to 9 hours



The contest is over. Congratulations, Ben! I’m giving away a copy of Kathy’s book Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just For You this week. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite slow cooker meal is. To increase your chances of winning, in addition to leaving your initial comment, you can do any or all of the following, and leave a separate comment here for each that you do:

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A winners will be chosen at random. Contest ends on Sunday, September 22nd at midnight, EST. US residents only please. Good luck!



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