Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake (Low Calorie, Low Fat)

 Get out the slow cooker without delay and have a deliciously, healthy taste of Mexico with low calorie, low fat Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake.

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My favorite crock pot recipe! Heart Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake - Low Calorie, Low Fat - Healthy

Today I am joining Sunday Suppers to bring you heart healthy recipes for Heart month. If you follow Food Done Light, you know that this is a cause near and dear to me heart. (Pun intended) To begin with, my husband had a heart attack a few years ago. He was 46 years old at the time, and he wasn’t overweight. He has never smoked, but it still happened. If you want to read about the day he had his heart attack, I go through that fateful day in this post.  As a result, that was the day everything changed.

I know some of you are probably thinking “Yeah, yeah! It won’t happen to me.”  On the contrary, have you seen the recent statistics?  I heard recently that 1 in 3 women die from heart disease.  If you think about it, that means potentially either your grandmother, mother or sister.  When you think about it those terms, it makes it much more of a reality.  In my husbands case, we knew it would happen some day.  His mother died during a botched angiogram.  His Dad has had multiple heart surgeries and is happily going strong. Due to his genetics, it was going to happen.  In spite of that, we were not prepared.

 

My favorite crock pot recipe! Heart Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake - Low Calorie, Low Fat - Healthy

Even though I started Food Done Light to help me deal with my own issues with food and to lose weight, before I ended up with some sort of medical condition because of it, the result of his heart attack has taken me in a different direction. It is ironic that it was his medical condition that has really come to define Food Done Light. It has been my outlet to talk about heart disease and the fear of losing the man I love and the Daddy my daughter so dearly loves. By sharing my experiences, fears and stresses, I’ve heard from so many of you that are in the same boat. I was able to see that I was not alone. Surprisingly Food Done Light became a way for me to receive support and give support. What a gift!

So even though I really, really want to preach to you about heart health, I am not going to. What I am going to ask, is that you think about what your life would be like without the ones you love. Then think about what their lives would be like without you. Truly think about it. By not taking care of your health, you may not only harm your heart but you may break the hearts of the ones you love. We were lucky that my husband has survived and is healthy. Now by taking care of his heart, he not only prolongs his life but he safeguards our hearts and the love we hold in them for him.

Please learn more about heart disease and visit the American Heart Associations website  before something happens. You can learn about the warning signs and symptoms. In my husband’s case, he did not have chest pain. We did have a warning that we did not see. Also learn about ways to keep yourself healthy. After all the ones that love you want you around for a long time. Protect their heart as well as your own. Pretty, please!

My favorite crock pot recipe! Heart Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake - Low Calorie, Low Fat - Healthy

 

 

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Slow Cooker  Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake

My favorite crock pot recipe! Heart Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake - Low Calorie, Low Fat - Healthy

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake (Low Calorie, Low Fat)

Course Chicken, Dinner, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 401 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup enchilada or taco meat sauce
  • 1 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 16 oz frozen broccoli thawed, optional

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa well and place on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Top with onions and mushrooms.
  3. Pour the enchilada sauce and broth on top.
  4. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with chili powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the chicken on top.
  6. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  7. Take out the chicken and slice.
  8. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and top with broccoli.
  9. Cook on low 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 10 Weight Watcher smart points for a large serving.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake (Low Calorie, Low Fat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 9g
Protein 39g 78%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Ingredients are not listed in the recipe. This sounds delicious, but amounts are needed ;)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kathie, I'm sorry. There was a technical issue with the recipe program this morning and it didn't print the full recipe. It has been fixed. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
    • We love Mexican cuisine and what better way to have healthy food than made easily in the crock pot! Great post.
  2. I'm so glad to see a healthy Mexican dish because it is such a nice change from what you normally get in a restaurant (or make at home). Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
  3. Maureen Polson says
    What are the actual ingredients? I only see 1 cup of quinoa listed twice and nothing else.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Maureen, I'm sorry. There was a technical issue with the recipe program this morning and it didn't print the full recipe. It has been fixed. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  4. The list of ingredients is confusing: 1 cup quinoa & 1 cup quinoa. The instructions mention onion, mushrooms, chicken, broth, broccoli & enchilada sauce but no amounts. Could you assist? If nothing else--with the liquids. Thx
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Cindy, I'm sorry. There was a technical issue with the recipe program this morning and it didn't print the full recipe. It has been fixed. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  5. Ingredients not complete. Best health to you and your family.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kathleen, Sorry for the technical issues this morning. The recipe has been fixed. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  6. I've not thought of enchiladas with quinoa but it sounds really interesting and I like that it ups the protein content more too!
  7. What a great way to make your typical enchilada's more healthy!
  8. I don't understand the "ingredients" list? It has 1 cup of Quinoa twice? It also did not list any of the ingredients or amounts. Could you elaborate on that please? Thank you! It looks wonderful.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Andrea, I'm so sorry. This was a technical issue with the recipe program. It has been fixed. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  9. Incomplete list of ingredients
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Carol, The recipe program crashed this morning. It has been fixed. So sorry for the inconvenience, Christie
  10. Love that you make this in a slow cooker. I am always looking to expand my go to recipes for slow cookers. Yum!
  11. Christie, Your post is so touching and am grateful for you driving home solid heart points <3 As one whose hubby has been delivered to hospital more than once, I am simpatico to your feelings <3 And thank you for this deeeelicious slow cooker enchilada quinoa!
  12. I love healthy slow cooker options, great recipe, thank you!!
  13. I didn't know about your husband, Christie! So scary! I just knew you'd have a fabulous recipe--using the slow cooker is always a plus, and adding quinoa makes my taste buds very happy!
  14. Gotta love a great enchilada recipe!
  15. Looks great! Anything you can do in the slow cooker is a winning recipe
  16. This recipe has all the good stuff in there. Yum!
  17. I love eating light too - I will definitely have to try this one!
  18. Love a good recipe I can share with Dave and my friends with kids. I know a few that love a new slow cooker recipe! Ill be sure to share!! Thanks!
  19. I'm all for anything made in the slow cooker. The flavors here sound delicious.
  20. My family loves quinoa and loves chicken enchiladas...so this recipe is perfect for us! Plus the slow cooker makes it so easy. Can't wait to make it!
  21. I've been wanting to do something like this in my slow cooker -- yours looks perfect, I'm inspired!
  22. Thanks for sharing your experience with us Christie! I know my family would like this meal!
  23. Your story is so moving.... and an amazing gift that you give us all with your delish recipes! I love this one as I can not resist crock pot or tex mex recipes. :)
  24. Quinoa, Mexican, and slow-cooker--3 of my favorite things! Great recipe.
  25. I can always count on you to make our favorites more healthy! this is SO perfect for mexican night - better known as taco Tuesday
  26. This looks tasty! I love being able to indulge in mexican food, but in a healthier way. Thanks for the recipe!
  27. I can't tell you how happy I was to see a cheese free enchilada recipe! Can't wait!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Sarah, I didn't even realize there was no cheese until you mentioned it. You definitely won't miss it! Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  28. Thank you for sharing your story - I'm new to your blog. The recipe looks great too - satisfying!
  29. That was a lot of great information about needing and wanting to be Heart Healthy, but I'm not sure I learned anything about how you enjoyed the dish or what the benefit of adding quinoa was to it or anything like that. Im sorry you and your husband had to wrangle with a heart attack, it is something that is near and dear to my heart as well and it's very scary indeed. I hope you are both healthy and well ! !
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Alice, Sounds like you got the important part out of this post. It really isn't about quinoa but our hearts. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  30. Healthy and sounds good!
  31. I love finding new ways to enjoy quinoa. Looks like a great recipe.
  32. Quinoa and low-fat - two of my favorite things! Can't wait to try this recipe!
  33. Wow ... thanks for sharing your story! And this recipe sounds delish ... healthy food can truly be delicious food!

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