Quinoa Sloppy Joes have a smoky, savory chili flavor, that is delicious! This recipe combines protein-rich quinoa with a tangy tomato-based sauce, along with a medley of vegetables and spices. It’s a healthy and nutritious meal that can be enjoyed on hamburger buns, or choose a gluten-free option. For a lighter option use lettuce leaves. These Sloppy Joes make a great family dinner, or for casual gatherings. This recipe is easy to make, and they are sure to be a hit at your next meal.

What side dishes to serve with vegan sloppy joes

  • French Fries: Serving French Fries with quinoa sloppy joes is a classic combination. The crispy and savory French fries provide a satisfying contrast to the flavorful and saucy sloppy joes. These work really well together.
  • Coleslaw: A refreshing and creamy vegan coleslaw pairs well with sloppy joes. It adds a cool and crunchy element to the meal.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Fire up the grill and prepare some marinated or seasoned grilled vegetables. Zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, or eggplant can add smoky flavors and vibrant colors to your plate. Try roasting Brussels sprouts until they are crispy and caramelized enhances their natural flavors for a side.
  • Corn on the Cob: Boiled or grilled corn on the cob is a simple and tasty side dish. It really complements the hearty quinoa sloppy joes! Brush it with vegan butter or sprinkle with spices for added flavor.
  • Baked Beans: Serve some vegan baked beans on the side for a traditional and comforting accompaniment. They add richness and protein to the meal.
  • Salad: Pair with a fresh and crisp salad, such as a garden salad or a mixed greens salad. It provides a light and refreshing contrast to the heartiness of the sloppy joes. Add your favorite vegetables and a tangy dressing.
  • Pickles: Tangy and crunchy pickles are a great addition to any sandwich-style meal. Serve dill pickles or pickled vegetables as a side to add a burst of flavor.
  • Oven-Baked Potato Wedges: Seasoned and crispy potato wedges are a crowd-pleasing side dish. They pair well with the flavorful sloppy joes. Serve them with vegan dipping sauces or toppings like vegan cheese or guacamole.

How to serve quinoa sloppy joes

  • Burger Buns: Go traditional. Serve the quinoa sloppy joe filling on toasted whole grain or vegan burger buns for a classic sandwich experience. Serve with two buns like a burger, or serve on one as an open-face sandwich.
  • Over Baked Potatoes: Want to skip the bread? Try using quinoa sloppy joes as a topping for baked potatoes. It’s a fantastic idea that has amazing flavors. The combination of the savory, saucy filling with the fluffy potato is sure to satisfy.
  • Lettuce Wraps: For a lighter option, let the mixture cool a down a little. Then wrap the filling in large lettuce leaves, such as romaine or butter lettuce. It’s a refreshing and low-carb alternative.
  • Make a Quinoa Bowl: This makes a great lunch. It’s also the perfect way to use any leftovers. Serve the quinoa sloppy joe mixture over a bed of cooked vegetables. Then add quinoa for a hearty and nutritious grain bowl. Add some fresh vegetables, such as diced tomatoes, cucumbers, or avocado. A bit of a creamy dressing ties the whole dish together!
  • Sweet Potato “Boats”: Fill baked sweet potatoes with the quinoa sloppy joe mixture for a unique and flavorful twist. The sweetness of the potatoes complements the savory filling beautifully.

Storage tips

Transfer any leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate them. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When reheating, you may need to add a splash of water or vegetable broth to moisten the mixture. It’s not recommended to freeze this sloppy joe filling as the texture and taste may be affected. It’s best to enjoy them fresh or within a few days of preparation for optimal flavor and texture.

Quinoa Soppy Joes

Quinoa Sloppy Joes have a smoky, savory chili flavor, that is delicious! This recipe combines protein-rich quinoa with a tangy tomato-based sauce, along with a medley of vegetables and spices. It's a healthy and nutritious meal that can be enjoyed on hamburger buns, or choose a gluten-free option. For a lighter option use lettuce leaves. These Sloppy Joes make a great family dinner, or for casual gatherings. This recipe is easy to make, and they are sure to be a hit at your next meal.
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Quinoa Sloppy Joes on buns with lettuce and tomato
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 large skillet or frying pan
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 knife
  • 1 wooden spoon or spatula for stirring
  • 1 set of measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari (gluten free) or coconut amino
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (for smokier flavor use a full tsp.)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Hamburger buns or lettuce leaves for serving

Instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water. In a saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the diced minced garlic, red bell pepper and grated carrot to the skillet. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup or agave nectar, Dijon mustard, soy sauce or tamari, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet with the vegetables.
  • Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet and stir well to combine. Simmer for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
  • Serve the vegan quinoa sloppy joe mixture on hamburger buns or lettuce leaves for a gluten-free option.
Servings: 5

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