Squashy Sloppy Joes

This veg-heavy version of the classic stove-top casserole – featuring both winter and summer squashes – is served over whole-wheat buns to sop up every delicious drop.

Squashy Sloppy Joes

Squashy Sloppy Joes

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  • 6Servings


  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch diced butternut squash
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 ½ cups 1/2-inch diced tomatoes
  • 1 each green and golden zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 6 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 4 1/2 tsp arrowroot, dissolved in 2 tbsp cold water
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet on medium-high, add beef and cook, breaking up with a spatula or spoon, for 1 minute. Add butternut squash and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and onion is becoming translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, zucchini, broth, tomato paste and soy sauce, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until vegetables are tender and mixture is saucy, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange a rack 3 to 4 inches from top heat source and preheat broiler to high. Arrange buns, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Toast until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add arrowroot mixture to beef mixture, stirring until sauce thickens, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Season with salt.
  4. Arrange buns on plates and top with beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cup sloppy joe
  • Calories: 347
  • Carbohydrate Content: 38 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 54 mg
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 5 g
  • Sodium Content: 514 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 4 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 1 g