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Summer Squash Sloppy Joes

    1 pound ground lean beef or turkey
    1/2 onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
    1 carrot, chopped
    1 1/2 cups summer squash, diced
    1 6-ounce can tomato paste
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tablespoon mild chili powder
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    3 ounces cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
    6 hamburger buns

  Preheat the broiler. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute
 the ground beef or turkey until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the
 onion and saute 2 minutes. Add the carrot and saute 2 minutes. Add
 the squash and saute 1 minute more.

  Stir in the tomato paste and 1 1/2 cups water, stirring until the
 paste has dissolved. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika, and
 oregano, and season with the salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium
 and continue to cook until the mixture has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.

  Divide the cheese among the bottom halves of the hamburger buns.
 Transfer both halves of the buns to the broiler, open-faced, and toast
 until the cheese has melted and the top buns are toasted.

  Remove the buns from the oven and fill each sandwich with the
 squash-and-meat mixture. Serve immediately.