Slow Cooker Vegetable Parmesan Quinoa – Guest Post from Lauren Kelly Nutrition

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Vegetable Parmesan quinoa is an incredibly easy slow cooker recipe that is a healthy, family favorite meal. It’s one of my favorite back to school crock pot recipes because this slow cooker vegetable Parmesan quinoa is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies!

Last week on Facebook, I asked what types of recipes everyone would like to see more of. One of the popular answers was recipes for getting your kids to eat their veggies. For this, I knew I had to go to my friend Lauren, from Lauren Kelly Nutrition. She’s sharing an amazingly easy and flavorful quinoa recipe with enough protein for a meatless main dish, or a fabulous, healthy side dish. I definitely have to try her Vegetable Parmesan Quinoa in the Slow Cooker!

Vegetable Parmesan Slow Cooker Quinoa

Lauren has a husband and three boys. And she is a nutritionist. So you know she is the master of finding ways to get the kiddies to eat the good stuff. But I love that she is also “real” – while I love recipes liker her Quinoa & Black Bean Stuffed Spaghetti Squash or Cornbread Taco Pie, she also has Healthy Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Peanut Butter Cake (to feed the chocolate and peanut butter addiction we both have). Head on over to find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Then head on over to Pinterest, too, where I pin all of my Guest Posts  on their own board, plus my Inspiration boards!

Take it away, Lauren…


Hello, my name is Lauren Kelly and my blog is Lauren Kelly Nutrition. I have three small kids and  a husband that I love to cook healthy meals for. I have written two cookbooks, The Everything Wheat-Free Diet Cookbook and The Greek Yogurt Cookbook. I love to share my passion for creating healthy recipes with others. I am also the staff nutritionist at The Bar Method in Montclair, NJ as well as own a private practice in nutrition counseling.

I have three small (very hungry) little boys so I feel that preparation and time management is crucial for maintaining a healthy regimen. I believe that we should all eat our vegetables and healthy grains but I always allow my kids to have a treat after dinner (which are mostly homemade and healthy). I believe in moderation, I mean, we all have to live a little, right? Life is about balance. And that is what I want to teach my kids. If you see me out somewhere you will see me enjoying a glass of wine and taking a bite of a dessert.
I decided to share this super easy and healthy Vegetable Parmesan in the Slow Cooker. If you are busy and haven’t invested in a  slow cooker yet, you need to. It will change your life. It’s my job to make other people’s lives a little easier.

And making vegetable Parmesan quinoa in the slow cooker is just one way of doing that.

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Vegetable Parmesan Quinoa in the Slow Cooker

A delicious, easy, and protein-packed meatless main or a veggie-packed side.


  • 2 cups quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups BPA-FREE organic vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 can BPA-FREE small white beans rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 cups broccoli florets chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped (not in oil)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large zucchini sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms wiped clean and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a 4 or 5 quart slow cooker, place quinoa and broth and top with remaining ingredients.
  • Place on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.
  • Fluff with a fork, top with Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



Thanks Lauren! The vegetable Parmesan quinoa recipe sounds and looks super-yummy!

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