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Health food fads may come and go, but quinoa mania seems to be sticking around a lot longer than the rest — and for good reason. Quinoa is as versatile as it is good for you. Not only is it loaded with essential amino acids but it’s incredibly easy to make in big batches to help get your meal prep game on point. Worried about eating meals and snacking healthy on a day-to-day basis? Cook up a ton of quinoa at the start of the week and follow these simple and delicious recipes to stay healthy and well fed with ease.

1. Kale and Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


Courtesy of Cristina Cavanaugh/Begin Within Nutrition

Mushrooms, kale, dried cranberries, garlic — okay, yum! While this scrumptious recipe is vegetarian, it can easily be made vegan by omitting the cheese and egg. Recipe here.

2. Garlicky Zucchini Quinoa Cakes


Courtesy of Holy Cow Vegan

Dinnertime, brunch and between meal snacking is about to get a whole lot better. Whip up a whole bunch of these delectable veggie cakes for the family or for make and freeze them for later when you’re feeling your hunger hit you. Recipe here.

3. 6-Ingredient No-Bake Quinoa Peanut Butter Crunch Cups


Courtesy of Blissful Basil

Even when you’re trying to eat healthy, your sweet tooth can just really call to you. Answer that call with this drool-worthy no-bake snack. Combine puffed quinoa, peanut butter, coconut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in muffin tin liners and enjoy! Recipe here.

4. Quinoa Breakfast Porridge


Courtesy of Detoxinista

Swap out your usual bowl of morning oats for a hot, filling and tasty quinoa porridge instead! Made with ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, your choice of maple syrup or honey and almond milk, this recipe is naturally gluten-free and oh-so satisfying. Recipe here.

5. Caprese Quinoa Bake


Courtesy of Domesticate-Me

Toss quinoa with roasted tomatoes, shallots, garlic, basil and mozzarella cheese (or vegan cheese) for this Italian dish. A sprinkle of fresh basil and a little bit of balsamic reduction on top complete the medley of flavors in this easy dinner. Recipe here.

6. Quinoa Fruit Salad

fruit salad

Courtesy of Chungah Rhee/Damn Delicious

Quinoa and fruit? You bet! Add some zest to protein-packed quinoa with fresh blueberries, mango and strawberries. Finish everything off with a vinaigrette and some chopped mint for a refreshing kick. Recipe here.

7. Cocoa-Nut Quinoa Bites


Courtesy of Jackie Sobon/Vegan Yack Attack

Wrap up the weekend with a sweet treat by whipping up these guilt-free truffles. Made with maple syrup, coconut oil, peanut butter, cocoa powder and vanilla extract, these yummy bites are vegan and packed with protein and fiber. Recipe here.

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