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kid-friendly sloppy joes - mjandhungryman

Kid-friendly Sloppy Joes

Made with lean beef, vegetables, and a super easy homemade sauce with pumpkin, this quick and easy meal can be on your table in 30 minutes! 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 3-4 medjool dates see note
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup no salt added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree

beef mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper can add less or leave out

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook for 3 minutes or so until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the vegetables and cook until soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, place all the sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender and puree until completely smooth.
  • Add sauce to the pan. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 20-25 minutes, until mixture gets thickened. If too thick, add reserved soaked date water to desired consistency.

Notes

note: for the dates, remove the pit and soak in hot water for at least 15 minutes to soften. Reserve the soaked water and add at the end to thin out the sauce, if necessary

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Sodium: 112mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 5mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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