Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

Woohoo, its Friday! It’s a Friday before a gorgeous fall weekend and we don’t have any plans on Saturday for the first time in a century and we can do whatever we want! woohoo!  Let’s scream a little more for these sloppy joes! They have BUTTERNUT SQUASH in them and cute little green peppers that we grew ALL ON OUR OWN and they were DELICIOUS, woohooo!

Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

We don’t have one of those awesome gardens that some people have where they can go out and harvest every species of vegetable, we just have a few items in containers but it makes them that much more precious.  Our little peppers are like shiny green gems, I feel like I have to treat them with the utmost respect.  Like let them hang out with butternut squash and tomatoes and beef cause we all know how fun beef is.

Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

I just happened to have some butternut squash leftover so I decided to add it in there and I’m so glad I did! It added a great sweetness without having to add much extra sugar.  BTW- can I just tell you how much use I got out of this butternut squash?  I made some roasted butternut squash for dinner one night, then we had people over on Monday and I made a squash, carrot parsnip purée, and then I used it in the sloppy joes and THEN, last night I made a curried squash carrot soup with it.  Yup, one butternut squash. It was like the clown car of vegetables.

Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

The meat was so flavorful, it was delicious just eating it out of a bowl but I figured I’d photograph it in a bun for you because there’s not much you can do to make a pile of meat photograph well.

Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

SO, you should totally give these a try because they are quick and easy and delicious which makes it the best weeknight meal! I served it with a little side of kale & beet salad so we could get some more veggies in there.

 

WHAT MAKES MAKE HAPPY:

Bootcamp.

Bootcamp

I’m sure you guys have heard me talk about my bootcamp on here before.  Its an amazing fitness family I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of for the past 2 1/2 years.  I joined 2 summers ago when I wanted to get in shape for our wedding and figured I would do it for a month or two, but here I am almost 3 years later, still waking up at 5:15 in the morning to go work out on the beach.  They found a great new space to rent for the winter which is super exciting for them but unfortunately for me it means I won’t be able to continue participating.  Its about 35 minutes each way which just makes for a lot of driving in the morning and getting up before 5:00.  I’m motivated and all, but not motivated enough to get up at 4:45 when I work from home.

Its been such an amazing experience, it has taught me so much about myself, pushing my limits and of course I’ve made great friends along with way.  I’ve been working out with the same girls almost every morning for over 2 years so it was definitely tough to say goodbye to them this morning after my last session.  Hopefully I’ll be back out with them on the beach next summer but until then, so long bootcamp :( Love you guys!

Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  • 1lb grass fed beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Medium onion (diced)
  • 3/4 cups butternut squash (peeled & finely diced)
  • 1 Medium green pepper (diced)
  • 14.5oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Directions

1. In a large sauté pan heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, green peppers and butternut squash to the oil. Cook for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally.
2. Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Add the ground beef to the onion mixture and cook for 5-10 minutes until meat is cooked through and lightly browned stirring occasionally. Evenly add the spice mixture and stir to coat the meat.
4. Add the tomatoes and worcestershire sauce to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes or until reduced.
5. Serve sloppy joe mixture on a roll.

 

One Response to Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

  1. mrsblocko says:

    I made this recipe for butternut squash sloppy joes and wrote about it here. It was a great way to use a gifted veggie that my family dislikes! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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