Packed full of protein these Slow Cooker Quinoa Lettuce Cups make a delicious, healthy and fun dinner for adults and kids!
Hi, it’s Ciara here from My Fussy Eater. I’m excited to be back once again on Super Healthy Kids sharing some of my ideas and recipes for picky eating families. This month I’m taking out my slow cooker and sharing my recipe for this delicious and healthy Slow Cooker Chili & Quinoa Lettuce Cups.
Quinoa is another one of those superfoods which has gained massive popularity in the last couple of years. And quite rightly so! Although we tend to use quinoa like a grain, it is actually a seed; making it ideal for gluten free and grain free diets. Nutritionally quinoa is pretty fantastic too. It contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein. It’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans and picky eaters who struggle to get enough protein in their diet.
I love adding quinoa to salads but I appreciate that the texture can be a little strange to children. And that’s what inspired this recipe. I wanted to find a meal that I knew my family already loved and somehow sneak in some hidden quinoa. And so my Slow Cooker Chili & Quinoa recipe was born! Not only does adding quinoa boost the nutritional value of ordinary chili but it’s also a really cheap way to bulk out the meat and make your meal go even further.
It’s worth noting that I kept the spices very mild so that this chili is suitable for children. If you like a bit more kick you can easily double the spices.
To serve I used romaine lettuce leaves and topped the chili with chopped tomatoes, avocado and spring onions.