Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes and our Menu Plan

Welcome to another great Menu Plan Monday! How is your Summer going? Are you staying cool? It’s been hot here in Indiana, but we are managing the heat pretty well.

I’ve been trying to use the stove and oven less. And if I do have to cook, I’m trying to make several meals at a time, so that I’m only heating the stove up once. These Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes are a perfect Make-Ahead Meal. I cooked up several pounds of Ground Beef at the same tme, used part of it for Taco Ring and then made the rest of it into Sloppy Joes.

If you are looking for a yummy no-bake dessert to add to this meal, I made a Cool N’ Creamy Lime Pie this weekend that was to die for!

I shared this recipe with you awhile back when I did my Make-Ahead Meals for a Week. I love Jane’s Cookbook, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, I have used it over and over again.

Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes
Make dinner time easier with this Make-Ahead Sloppy Joe recipe from
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 celery ribs, finely diced
  • ⅔ cup onion, finely diced
  • ⅔ cup green bell pepper, finely diced
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Barbecue Sauce (Bull’s Eye or your favorite)
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 hamburger buns
  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, celery, onion and green pepper, until beef is cooked through.
  2. Drain the fat.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except hamburger buns (of course).
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until ready to reheat or freeze in labeled freezer bags, freeze flat.
Cooking Directions:
  1. Reheat in microwave.
  2. Serve on buns.

Note: This time I cooked the Ground Beef ahead, so I sauteed the celery, onion and green pepper in a little butter until soft, then added the cooked meat and other ingredients.

We also made a big pot of these and took them to the Lake with us for Fourth of July. The boys all love them, and they are actually getting a few veggies in them too…shhh, don’t tell them.

Now for a couple announcements!

I was so excited when my blogging friend, the very beautiful and talented Rachel from A Southern Fairytale asked me to be part of the Holiday Bake, Craft and Sew Along! How fun! Preparing for Christmas in July!! I’m ready to get started! Wouldn’t it be nice to have even half of your shopping and gifts made before the holidays hit?

Join A Southern Fairytale, Skip to My Lou, and According to Kelly as they feature over 3 dozen bloggers and help you prepare a little ahead for the holidays! The fun starts Monday, July 19th on each of the blogs, so you will for sure want to be following them, and follow along with us on Twitter using hashtag #handmadeholiday. 

I will also be hosting a Christmas in July Linky Party over at It’s A Blog Party, starting on Friday, July 23 and running through the end of the month. Which should give you lots of time to gather some ideas at the Holiday Bake, Craft and Sew Along, and then link them up for everyone to see!

And now for our Weekly Menu Plan…

Monday ~ Sloppy Joes, Pretzels and Fruit

Tuesday~ StrawberryCream Cheese Stuffed French Toast, Fruit Smoothies

Wednesday~ Chef Salad and Homemade Bread

Thursday~ Burgers, Roasted Corn Salsa

Friday~ Mostacolli, Parmesan Knots, Salad

Saturday~ Sandwiches and Pasta Salad

Sunday~ Grilled Chicken BLT Sandwiches, Fruit, Chips and Dip

What’s on your Menu this week? 

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  1. Holly says:

    Those look great! I need to schedule a make-ahead cooking day to get my freezer stocked.

  2. Megan says:

    I made your mostacolli last week. It went over well, but the parmesan knots were a HIT in a big way!!!! Thanks for the recipes!
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  3. Lauren says:

    Sounds delicious!! The grilled chicken blt sounds like something my family would enjoy.

  4. Angela says:

    I want to try the Roasted Corn Salsa.

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  5. Janet says:

    Love the make ahead idea to keep you out of the kitchen in the summer. This sloppy joe recipe looks good.
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  6. Ann Kroeker says:

    Sounds like some fun food you’ve got cooking here! Sometimes my kids eat and enjoy Sloppy Joes, and sometimes they’re less interested in them. I wonder why they are inconsistent–maybe it’s the different sauces?
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  7. Pat says:

    I make these also, almost the same receipe but I also add a can of chopped carrots or fresh if you want to take the time to chop and micro till tender. Really can’t tell they are even in there and they are getting more veggies!!!


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