Chicken Vegetable Soup with Quinoa

I remember watching a show where Giada added quinoa to thicken her vegetable soup and thought it sounded like a great alternative to pasta, so when I saw this recipe I was ready to try it out! I love that you can throw everything in the crock pot without sauteing onions or making more than one pot dirty. Next time I am going to add some tasty green spinach~

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Quinoa

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 yellow onion, chopped 
2 ribs chopped celery
3 diced carrots
2 bunches fresh spinach, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced 
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa,rinsed
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 sprig fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan Cheese to put on top

Spray a crock pot with nonstick spray. Add chicken breasts (mine were frozen and they worked out great!), chopped veggies (except spinach), quinoa, tomatoes, broth and herbs. Cook on high for 4-5 hours. 
Remove chicken from soup, shred it and pop it back into the soup. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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