“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: December 12-18


Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 12-18: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Meatballs are a win every time in our house, so this week I’m doubling the recipe and creating two meals out of them. Do my kids need to know they are loaded with sneaky spinach and other vegetables? Nope. Then, I’m looking forward to trying out a new recipe from a food blogger I really trust–Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes. Mmmm.

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Weekly Menu Plan

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(FF) = Indicates a freezer-friendly recipe. Save time and money by doubling and freezing this recipe for another dinner later. Read Freezer Cooking 101 to learn more about this helpful strategy.

Night:

Dinner menu:

HY-VEE COLUMBIA

Sale Items

(thru 12/14):

Monday

(Meatless)

 

  • Tortilla Soup (FF) with toppings (i.e. crushed chips, shredded cheese, plain Greek yogurt)

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup recipe

creamy avocado dip recipe

  • $1.49 with fuel saver + perks® card; $1.99 without fuel saver + perks® card; Hy-Vee Vegetables select varieties, limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 32 oz., 12. oz. or 4 ct.
  • 2 for $5.00 Organic Muir Glen Tomatoes select varieties, 28 oz.earn 6¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 3 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 6 to 8 oz.
  • 68¢ Swanson Broth select varieties, 14 or 14.5 oz.
  • $2.99 Freshly Made Tortilla Chips select varieties, 15 oz.
  • 88¢ Fresh Avocados each
  • $2.98 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 2 lb. bag
  • 4 for $1.00 Choice Lemons limit 4 w/coupon, purchase of 4 required
Tuesday
  • Sneaky Meatballs (FF) with Whole Grain Spaghetti and Marinara (Note: Double the meatballs for Friday’s meal.)

Delicious meatball recipe for either subs or to go on pasta. Not only are the meatballs super flavorful, but they are also packed with veggies! Make a freezer meal out of them by doubling the batch and freezing them (uncooked).

homemade balsamic salad dressing

  • Grapes
  • $1.99 Ground Beef 80% lean, 20% fat, limit 2 total, 16 oz. roll
  • $1.99with fuel saver + perks® card; $2.99without fuel saver + perks® card; Organic Earthbound Farm Spinach select varieties, limit 1 total per card
  • 2 for $5.00 Barilla Pasta Sauce select varieties, 14.5 or 24 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz
  • $2.69 Alessi Balsamic Vinegar select varieties, 8.5 fl. oz.
  • $2.88 per lb. Columbine Vineyards Holiday Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.
Wednesday

(Leftover night)

  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.
 

  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

THURSDAY

(BREAKFAST FOR DINNER)

  • Fruit salad
  • $1.99 with fuel saver + perks® card; $2.99 without fuel saver + perks® card Organic Earthbound Farm Spinach select varieties, limit 1 total per card, 5 oz.
  • $3.99 Hormel Black Label Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. 
  • $4.49 Organic Full Circle Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $2.88 per lb. Columbine Vineyards Holiday Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.
  • 99¢ Fresh Blackberries 6 oz. pkg.
  • $2.88 Fresh Cantaloupe each
Friday

 

healthy meatball recipe

  • Apple slices
  • $1.99 Ground Beef 80% lean, 20% fat, limit 2 total, 16 oz. roll
  • $1.99with fuel saver + perks® card; $2.99without fuel saver + perks® card Organic Earthbound Farm Spinach select varieties, limit 1 total per card
  • $2.98 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 2 lb. bag
  • $2.69 Honeycrisp Apples from Washington, each
Saturday

 

How to Roast Asparagus

  • Grapes
  • $5.00 Hy-Vee Raw or Cooked Shrimp Responsible Choice, 41 to 50 ct. raw, 51 to 60 ct. cooked, 12 oz.
  • 4 for $1.00 Choice Lemons limit 4 w/coupon, purchase of 4 required
  • $5.99 per lb. Short Cuts Garlic Lemon Asparagus or Stir FryBlend, lb.
  • $2.88 per lb. Columbine Vineyards Holiday Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.
Sunday

(Slow cooker)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Reduction

  • Pear slices
  • $1.99 per lb. Smart Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks lb.
  • 99¢ per lb. Gold Potatoes lb.
  • $2.69 Alessi Balsamic Vinegar select varieties, 8.5 fl. oz.
  • $3.99 Hormel Black Label Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. 
  • $1.99 per lb. Organic Stemilt Artisan Anjou Pears from Washington, lb.

Shop Online Now

New Online Shopping feature! Save time and hassle by ordering your groceries online from any Hy-Vee of Columbia. If you spend $100, delivery is FREE!! (What!?) If not, it’s only $4.95 for delivery or $2.95 to pick up! (What!?) Listen to Polly explain how she uses it to save time and money…

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For a step-by-step tutorial, read Polly’s post about using Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online. It’s so easy!

Printable Menu Planner

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!

Free printable menu planner

More Healthy Recipe Ideas

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