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Simple Supper Series: Sloppy Joes

Simple Supper Series: Sloppy Joes || Homemade Dutch Apple PieToday I am kicking off my simple supper series.  We all need a few go-to meals that take very little time to make, include nourishing ingredients and the whole family enjoys.  This is especially important around the holidays when things get very busy.  So I’m sharing my favorite meals that fit the bill.

First up is a family favorite – sloppy joes or barbeque (which do you call it?).  This really could not be any easier.  Brown the meat.  Add a few  ingredients.  Simmer 5 minutes and you’re done.

I also love that you can serve it in many ways to meet a lot of dietary needs.  For those that can have bread I serve it on buns.  For those that can’t I serve it with tortilla chips or potato chips.  My kids also like to eat it plain.  Or I think it’s great on a bed of pureed butternut squash.

Want to know the best part about my version of sloppy joes?  It includes broth and vegetables!  And my kids love it!  I love including broth in our meals whenever possible.

You can make these without the squash and without the broth if you don’t have either on hand.  They are still delicious.  But you bump up the nutrition factor a lot by adding the squash and broth.

This is a great freezer meal.  Make a big batch and freeze it in dinner size portions.  Then all you have to do is heat and serve.

Sloppy joes are also great for school lunches.  Whether it’s on a bun or plain with something to dip kids love it and it’s easy to eat. 

 If you are like me and don’t tolerate night shades you can make this nightshade free by leaving out the ketchup, adding a little extra squash and a bit of coconut sugar or honey.   You’ll never know the difference!

 Growing up I did NOT like sloppy joes at all.  I never tasted any I liked until I made my own. Now I’m sharing this simple version with you.  I hope you enjoy it too.Simple Supper Series: Sloppy Joes || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Supper Series: Sloppy Joes
Serves 5
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, lard or tallow
  2. 1 lb. ground beef
  3. 1/2 cup pureed squash or pumpkin
  4. 1/2 cup ketchup
  5. 3 Tbsp. mustard
  6. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with the coconut oil.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Add the squash, ketchup, mustard, salt and broth. Stir.
  4. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve on a bun, over a bed of squash or with tortilla chips.
Notes
  1. You can substitute ground turkey, pork or chicken for the beef.
  2. You can make a double or triple batch and freeze some for a future meal. It reheats very well.
  3. To make this nightshade free replace the ketchup wit 1/2 cup squash and 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar or honey.
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