Meal Solutions – A Twist to Sloppy Joes

I know from experience how chaotic & busy life can be and trying to find something to make for supper should be at least one thing you don’t have to worry about.   Walmart wants to help with their new Meal Solutions and as a Walmart Mom, I’m here to give you my take and spin on the meal solution that works for our family.   Having such a diverse group of friends and readers, I’ve learned that there are a million different things you can to do to recreate a meal.

First off, the list of foods that Walmart gave for this particular meal solution are:

  • Manwich Original Sloppy Joes 26.5 oz for $2.12
  • Lipton (Knorr) Rice Sides, Cheddar Broccoli 5.4 oz for $1.00
  • Great Value Hamburger Buns 12 oz $1.06
  • Lipton (Knorr) Rice Sides, Chicken 5.45 oz for $1.00
  • Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese 12 oz $1.75
  • Bush’s Original Baked Beans 16 oz $.94

Now by just looking at the ingredients, you can clearly see that there isn’t any vegetables involved (aside from the bits of broccoli in the Rice Sides & beans–are beans a vegetable? hehe), which is a problem for us. I always have a good helping of vegetables in every single meal I make so I needed to find a way to incorporate those.  I also see that if I choose to pick the Cheddar & Broccoli Rice Side, then I probably don’t need another helping of Velveeta Shells & Cheese.


For my meal solution, I will be not using the Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese or the Lipton Rice Sides, Chicken.

I will be using the Manwich, the Great Value Buns, the Lipton Rice Sides-Cheddar Broccoli, and the Bush’s Beans.  We have NEVER had Manwich to be honest.  We’ve always made our sloppy joes with ketchup and mustard with a little salt & pepper and seems to be quite popular here in the Falcon home so I wanted to not mess with our sloppy joe tradition so I found a new way to use the Manwich.




  • Can of Manwich
  • Roast (we use a 5lb roast)
  • Water and Salt & Pepper
  • Great Value Hamburger Buns
  • Butter


  1. Add a roast to a crock pot.  I used a 5lb roast to have plenty for leftovers.  Add the can of Manwich, some water to cover, and a little salt & pepper. Cover and cook on low or high until done.  We wanted it for lunch the next day so started it late at night, placed on high and cooked overnight.
  2. Right before you are ready to serve the roast, butter & toast the Great Value Hamburger Buns on both sides.  (I sprayed with Smart Butter)

Serve your sloppy joe roast on the toasted buns.



  • Lipton Rice Sides, Cheddar & Broccoli
  • A bag of frozen broccoli or broccoli & cauliflower mix.
  1. Cook the Lipton Rice Sides just like the directions call for except add more broccoli.  I chose to add Great Value’s Broccoli & Cauliflower mix to it.  For two bags of Rice & Sides, I added a whole 16 oz. bag.

You can see the added vegetables. It’s a great way to sneak a few more in and since it’s mixed with rice & cheese, the kids won’t even notice.

Serve both with Bush’s Baked Beans, warmed.

So as you can see, I still used the ingredients they provided for their meal solution but added a couple of twists to the actual sloppy joes and the Rice Sides.

I’d love to know what YOUR meal solution would be. What would you do to change it up?

If you want to see how other Walmart Moms put a twist on their meal solutions, check out Denise from Wholesome MommyJenn at Frugal Upstate, and Heather at Domestic Diva.

Disclosure: Walmart has provided me with compensation and a gift card in return for this post. Participation in this program is voluntary.  All opinions are my own, always have been, always will be.  Read my full disclosure and blogging ethics. There will be more meal solution posts to come so be on the lookout!

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  1. 1

    Cara says

    I like these ideas that WalMart has put together– nice to see them coming up with some examples of real life meals!

    • 2

      I agree Cara! And if you go to the website, you’ll find other meal solutions for breakfast, etc. I’ll also be posting more here in the coming weeks:)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Lauralee Hensley says

    I often switch up the Rice like that with an added bag of broccoli, or broccoli and cauliflower, if it had been spanish rice I would have added in a can of beans or corn along with some fresh chopped tomato’s or fresh chopped bell peppers on top.
    Now I tend to feel like if you have bread/buns than you don’t really need 3 starches in a meal, so I too would have omitted the macaroni and cheese.
    I think Beans are always good because they tend to help lower cholesterol and if you’re eating meat that’s probably a good idea.
    So I think you did a great job.

  3. 5

    Sloppy Joes with roast. Interesting idea Lori! thanks for sharing.

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    Heather says

    I love the idea of the Manwich with roast…definitely going to try that. My favorite tip is to serve sloppy joes or sloppy roast :) on hotdog buns for kids…helps them make a little less mess.

    I would remove a rice dish and the beans because mac & cheese is such a favorite here….and then I’d add cooked carrots or corn on the cob or something like that.

    Shame they didn’t add a sweet treat…that would be more helpful than 4 starches.

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    Mary E.S. says

    My boys like the Lipton cheddar & broccoli(2 bags) add a pound of browned ground chuck and a bag of cooked broccoli,a side of mashed potatoes and we have a meal that fills them up completely.

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    Daphne says

    It’s not easy to make my kids eat brocolli. But with cheese they eat up everything. LOL. The cheese makes it yummier. Sometimes I add up strips of omelet or minced carrots. It looks pretty too with the mixture of green and yellow. More meal solutions please.

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    Marielle says

    Thanks for the recipes! I tried the one with the Lipton Rice Sides but I switched to a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella. It added a different taste and texture to the dish. I like it because it’s easy to prepare and very affordable.

  8. 12

    These sloppy joes look very tempting! Great twist! :D

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    Loretta says

    Manwich pot roast, love that idea! We usually make our own sloppys in the crockpot too, and when I was in a rush and bought a can of Manwich my kids were confused by the taste LOL I can see the Manwich roast being enjoyed here though, might have to give that a try on Sunday.