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11 Easy and Healthy Quinoa Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Quinoa is a great source of protein, fibre, and iron, making it a beneficial grain option for all, but especially for vegetarians and vegans. Pair it with veggies, spices, and protein, and you have a healthy, delicious dinner. Here, we've rounded up our favourite quick and easy quinoa recipes that are perfect for weeknights when time is of the essence.

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Tahini Beet Green Bowl

Packed with fibre-rich carbs, energizing protein and satiating fats, this bowl is as nourishing as it looks.

Recipe: Tahini Beet Green Bowl

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Roasted Salmon and Quinoa

Roasted Salmon and Squash with Tricolour Quinoa

This brightly-coloured dish featured salmon and squash and is rich in beta carotene and omega 3s.

Recipe: Roasted Salmon and Squash with Tricolour Quinoa

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

Butter-Free Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

This risotto gets a boost of fibre and protein by swapping arborio rice for quinoa.

Recipe: Butter-Free Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Southwestern Quinoa Bowl

Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Bowl With Pulled Chicken

This quinoa bowl is like a burrito bowl, but full of nutrient-packed ingredients.

Recipe: Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Bowl With Pulled Chicken

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Mushroom and Quinoa Salad

Creamy Mushroom and Quinoa Salad

This creamy salad makes a wonderful side dish in the winter. Serve it alongside a roast chicken for a hearty, healthy dinner.

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom and Quinoa Salad

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Quinoa Cranberry Salad

Quinoa and Cranberry Salad

Featuring dried cranberries, nuts and beans, this filling salad makes a nutritious side dish. Make an extra serving to bring for lunch tomorrow.

Recipe: Quinoa and Cranberry Salad

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

With chickpeas and cherry tomatoes, and tossed in a honey and lime vinaigrette, this quinoa salad makes a tasty, hearty dish.

Recipe: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Black Eyed Pea Quinoa Salad

Quinoa and Black-Eyed Pea Salad With Tahini-Lemon Dressing

This salad is filled with nutrients—like those from pumpkin seeds—that will boost your mood and decrease your anxiety.

Recipe: Quinoa and Black-Eyed Pea Salad With Tahini-Lemon Dressing

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Quinoa Cabbage Rolls

Healthiest Slow-Cooker Quinoa Cabbage Rolls

This slow-cooker recipe updates a comfort-food classic by swapping white rice for protein-packed quinoa. And, the meat has been swapped for chopped mushrooms.

Recipe: Healthiest Slow-Cooker Quinoa Cabbage Rolls

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers

This stuffed-pepper recipe is packed with iron. Make ahead of time and freeze for a healthy dinner that can conveniently be de-frosted, re-heated, and served any day.

Recipe: Vegetarian Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe | Quinoa Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Black Bean & Quinoa Vegan Burgers

Enjoy this healthy meat-free burger created by holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy

Recipe: Black Bean & Quinoa Vegan Burgers

Next, check out the healthy Insta Pot recipes we’re loving this winter.