Vegetable Parmesan Quinoa in the Slow Cooker

This is one of those healthy recipes that is so ridiculously easy to prepare and delicious rolled into one. This dish is gluten-free, vegetarian, healthy, quick and easy. It’s kind of perfection in a slow cooker. At least for me it is.
Many of my recipes are vegetarian or some even vegan. That’s mainly because many of you ask for lower calorie dishes (especially in January!) and I figured one easy way to cut calories to cut back on the meat.
Side note: I am not a huge meat eater. I eat chicken on occasion.

You can easily add some cooked shredded chicken (make it organic please) or even some cooked chicken or turkey sausage to this dish.  One thing to know, there is enough protein without the meat.  But before you ask me, I choose not to eat meat not for health reasons.  I cook meat for my family all the time.  I am just a super picky eater.  I think that’s why I work with a lot of children.  They relate to me because I totally get it.

Vegetable Parmesan Quinoa in the Slow Cooker

Yield: 8 servings

Vegetable Parmesan Quinoa in the Slow Cooker


  • 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


  1. In a 4 o 5 quart slow cooker, place quinoa and broth and top with remaining ingredients.
  2. Place on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.
  3. Fluff with a fork, top with Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin

This recipe is a perfectly well-balanced, healthy, vegetarian dish.  The quinoa and beans add enough protein to help keep you full and each serving has a generous helping of vegetables.  Oh and it’s pretty amazing.  Man I love sun dried tomatoes…

Make your life easier and chop the vegetables the night before. This way, it will take you minutes to put everything in the slow cooker and dinner will be ready a few hours later. This is my kind of dinner!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 642 g
Amount Per Serving

Calories from Fat

% Daily Value*
Total Fat

Saturated Fat

Trans Fat



Total Carbohydrates

Dietary Fiber




*Nutrition information is provided by and isn’t 100% guaranteed accurate

Hope you like it too~

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


    • lauren says

      Absolutely Wendy! I would stir in the raw spinach or kale at the end. Just keep stirring it in until it wilts. Thanks!

  1. Maggie says

    This looks delicious! I’m just wondering how large a serving is, and what the nutrition facts are for each serving. Have you calculated that? Thank you! :)

  2. Tammy Dignan says

    This can be a wonderful dish, Quinoa is so healthy! And I love making things in the crock pot because it is easier.
    It cannot be called a vegetarian dish if you put in chicken stock, however, it woud be vegetarian if you used the vegetarian stock.
    I would also leave out the cheese and it would be a vegan dish!
    Adding kale would be an excellent idea, everything is better with kale. :)
    I did read your quote, “Side note: I am not a meat eater. I eat chicken on occasion.”
    If you eat chicken, you eat meat. Chicken is meat. Vegetarians eat no animals and fish and chickens are animals. Vegans do not eat or use any animals products, such as meat, dairy, eggs, leather, wool, etc.

    • lauren says

      Hi Tammy! I love quinoa so much too, it’s so versatile. You are correct, this would not be considered vegetarian with chicken stock. I just gave chicken stock as an option for those who may not have vegetable stock (and who aren’t vegetarians). And yes, I updated my quote to read “I am not a huge meat eater”. I am not vegetarian, I do eat chicken on occasion. I also don’t really label myself anything, I don’t eat much cheese, no red meat or pork, no seafood…I am just a picky eater :) Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like it!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *