Happy Marvelous Monday!! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and your not feeling too much like this………

Ha ha…..these ecards get me every time!

Last night we had a really great family-friendly meal with a touch of Fall {pumpkin in sloppy joes, that’s right!} and can totally be adapted as a make-ahead meal. Prepare this on Sunday night and then after a busy Monday, all you have to do is warm everything up. Love those kind of meals!

This recipe is adapted from Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. Her cookbook has lots of great recipe ideas for sneaking in more veggies into kid-friendly meals. The only complaint that I have, is that her recipes call for pureed fruits and veggies and pureeing all of these foods is very time consuming. I’ve adapted this one to make it super easy for you and believe me your kids will think your using Manwhich, but will wonder why their Sloppy Joe is so much tastier. Heck, you’ll even want to partake in having Sloppy Joes for dinner! These would pair great with Sweet Potato Bakes! However, if you are in a super hurry try Alexia brand sweet potato fries. I really like this brand, as they use all natural ingredients.

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Pumpkin Sloppy Joes
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
So tasty the adults will want to eat sloppy joes right along with the kids!
  • 1 tbsp. evoo
  • ½ of a medium red onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef turkey, chicken, or bison (I used lean beef.)
  • ½ cup butternut squash red pepper, or sweet potato puree. (I used butternut squash. At some grocery stores you can find canned butternut squash puree.)
  • ½ cup pumpkin or sweet potato puree I used canned pumpkin puree. Be sure not to use canned pumpkin pie filling- it’s full of sugar.
  • Raw finely chopped carrots (optional) (I did not use these.)
  • ½ cup reduced-fat low-sodium beef chicken or vegetable broth or water (I used chicken broth.)
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/8 cup or a few squirts of ketchup Use ketchup with no corn syrup.
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. chili powder or to taste
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 100 % whole wheat grain, or Ezekiel hamburger buns or hot-dog buns
  1. Add evoo to a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion starts to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the meat and cook until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Drain excess oil from meat and return meat to skillet.
  3. Add the veggies, broth/water, tomato paste, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Spoon the mixture over buns and serve.
Recipe Notes

For a make-ahead meal; cook the meat the night before or several hours before and store in the fridge until your ready to serve. When you're ready to serve; warm in a large skillet for 5-10 mins over med-high heat.

Author: Kim Lee @hungryhealthygirl, adapted from Jessica Seinfeld from Deceptively Delicious
Course: Main

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Hope you have some Marvelous in your Monday “diva style”! Here’s what’s making my Monday Marvelous.

  • So excited for some fun stuff planned for this weekend, but it’s a secret. I fill you guys in next week.
  • The weather that is allowing for more outdoor workouts. I ran 7 miles on both Saturday and Sunday (the rain stopped in time) and honestly could have probably kept running for another hour.
  • Fun family game night last night! We played the game Beat the Parents and it was pretty tough.
  • Pumpkin colored nails……definitely getting into the Fall season and the beautiful weather is helping!


Happy week before Fall!
What’s Marvelous in your Monday?