Quinoa has been the latest rage lately! It has been everywhere, everywhere, everywhere!  Quinoa is pretty awesome if they think about it. It has the highest amount of protein of any grain and has no gluten! It is a great grain to incorporate into our diet in general, but is even more important if you have a gluten intolerance, are working out, or are just trying to watch what you are eating.


Quinoa is really easy to add into any recipe and I have seen a lot of them lately! Here’s the thing I haven’t seen, quinoa recipes that KIDS would love! So I present to you Quinoa and Bean Sloppy Joes! What kid do you know that doesn’t love sloppy joes?


These sloppy joes are a little different not just because they are meat-free, but also because they don’t just have the traditional tomato sauce flavor. These definitely have the tomato sauce, ketchup flavor, but they also have a nice smokey barbecue flavor. Your kids will love my sloppy joes because they are just as messy and fun as the traditional one, but better!!

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Quinoa and Bean Sloppy Joes
Author: Nicole Nilsen
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Serves: 6
Add a minimal amount of apple cider vinegar to start with and then increase as everything has been combined. Depending on what your barbecue tastes like you may not want to add the full 4 tablespoons.
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to directions on package
  • 1- 15 ounce can of black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I used my homemade barbecue sauce–>
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, depending on how tangy you want it (SEE NOTE)
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 medium sized yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 8 ounce package of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 stalks of green onion, chopped
  • 6 whole grain buns or lettuce to wrap them up
  1. In a large skillet melt the coconut oil
  2. Add the onions and garlic and cook until they are translucent, about 3 minutes
  3. Add the barbecue sauce, ketchup and tomato sauce and mix well
  4. Then add the apple cider vinegar, worcestershire sauce, coconut sugar and red chili flakes
  5. Allow the sauce to cook on low for 10 minutes
  6. Add the cooked quinoa and beans, combine well and cook on low for 5 minutes
  7. Lastly you will add in the tomato paste mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes
  8. If you want the sloppy joes thicker then you can add more tomato paste
  9. To assemble, top each bun with the sloppy joe mixture and then top with shredded cheddar cheese and green onions.


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