Slow Cooker Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole

After almost 6 months out there, I decided to revise this recipe.  I've made some changes--eliminated the almond ricotta and substituted a cilantro-scallion infused tofu ricotta.  And I've gotten rid of the potatoes, and added in spinach.  And even though I don't love vegan cheese, I added more to this version.  All-in-all, I prefer this version to the original, and feel like it's a home run for hearty, healthy family meal time.

It's still creamy, gluten free, loaded with fiber.  It tastes great with some sliced avocado, hot sauce and/or fresh salsa on top.  If you prefer a spicier enchilada sauce, throw a jalapeño into the blender with the pumpkin puree, or double down on the hot sauce.

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole

1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree

1 cup water

5 garlic cloves

¼ cup onion

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp chili powder

½ - 1 tsp hot sauce

½ cube of fake chicken bouillon

Dash of salt

9 yellow corn tortillas

1 14 ounce package of extra firm tofu, drained 

½ tsp onion granules

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ cup scallions (plus more to serve)

1 cup chopped cilantro, divided evenly

1 ¼  cup shredded vegan cheese (I used Daiya Mozzarella)

1 15 ounce can of pinto beans

2 medium zucchini, chopped

1 cup fresh spinach, torn

1 avocado (optional)

1.  Mix everything through "dash of salt" in a blender until smooth.  Pour pumpkin sauce into a mixing bowl, and set aside.

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2. Add tofu, onion granules, garlic powder, ¼ cup scallions, ½ cup cilantro and salt to a food processor or blender.  Blend until mostly smooth. If it's too thick to blend, add a little water.  Set aside.

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3. Pour ¾ cup of pumpkin sauce into the bottom of slow cooker, and spread evenly.  Layer 3 corn tortillas over the sauce--cutting one in half to cover the edges.  

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3. Next, spread the tofu mixture evenly over the top of the corn tortillas.

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4. Layer zucchini, spinach, and ½ cup vegan shredded cheese over the tofu mixture.  Layer 3 corn tortillas over the top of it.

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5. Add ¼ cup shredded cheese over the tortillas.  Top with pintos and the remaining cilantro.  Layer last 3 corn tortillas over the top.

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6.  Add the rest of the sauce over the top of the tortillas, and spread evenly.  Top with the remaining shredded vegan cheese.  Secure the lid, and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.  Top with scallions, and serve with sliced avocados.

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