A Sneaky Mom's Sloppy Joes

"I'm always looking for new ways to "sneak" veggies into my kids as well as reducing their sugar intake. This is the perfect way to accomplish both goals while the kids stay none the wiser. I've seen other sloppy joe recipes using carrots and thought, "Why not squash?" The natural sweetness from the squash eliminates the need to add sugar. What parent can't appreciate that? :) My daughter raved about this tweaked version of a classic kids' favorite--so much that she even asked for seconds."
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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until glistening hot. Add beef, onion, squash and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 10-15 minutes, occasionally stirring and flipping until meat is fully cooked and browned, and vegetables are tender.
  • Reduce heat to low-medium. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, liquid smoke, vinegar (optional), salt and pepper. Simmer for another five minutes.
  • Serve warm on a bun or without.

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<p>My name is Rebecca, but my family and friends call me Becky. I am&nbsp;33 years old and live in Rochester, New York, USA. I am a life-long resident of Western New York and can't say as I'd ever want to live anywhere else. I grew up on a small dairy farm in rural Western New York and love country living. Although my husband and I live in a suburb right now, we hope someday to move back to our roots and live a peaceful country life. <br /><br />My husband and I have been married for 10 years.&nbsp; We have a beautiful 5-year-old&nbsp;daughter and a 3-year-old&nbsp;son.&nbsp;&nbsp;I am amazed at how quickly our kids are&nbsp;growing and developing.&nbsp; I read a lot about and hold my own personal skepticism regarding the affects of additives such as&nbsp;preservatives,&nbsp;hormones, artificial colorings, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, allergens, etc.&nbsp; With the increasing number of children and adults with food allergies, I am suspicious that the last century&nbsp;of our nation's food industry improvements have contributed.&nbsp; I'm doing the best I can to protect my family&nbsp;from the risks, but it is difficult to avoid every additive.&nbsp; I have friends and family with food allergies and know how difficult it is to cope with food restrictions. I enjoy the challenge of&nbsp;cooking for those with food allergies but can't imagine making it an every-day affair.</p> 8727502"
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