“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: December 5-11


Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 5-11: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Happy December! In the midst of pre-holiday chaos, a menu plan can help keep your sanity and keep your family eating well through the holidays. This week I’m going easy on Monday and Tuesday with some 15 minute meals. Then, later in the week, I’m making a super simple, comforting recipe my husband’s mom taught me years ago: No Peek Stew. It really doesn’t get easier than this stew recipe.

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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 12/6):

Monday

(Meatless)

 

make-ahead lunch wraps

Guacamole

  • Orange slices
  • 3 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Tortillas select varieties, 14 to 17 oz.earn 3¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 68¢ Mrs. Grimes Beans select varieties, 15 or 15.5 oz.
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Select Rice select varieties, 20 oz.
  • $1.88 Hy-Vee Tortilla Chips select varieties, 9 to 18 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 98¢ per lb. Zeal Navel Oranges this week’s special, from California, lb.
Tuesday

Whole Grain Pizza Bread

  • Baby Carrots and Hummus
  • Pear slices
  • $1.49with fuel saver + perks® card; $1.99without fuel saver + perks® card Classico Pasta Sauce select varieties, limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 15 or 24 oz
  • $1.69 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz.
  • $2.88 Hy-Vee Select Hummus select varieties, 10 oz.
  • $1.69 per lb. Stemilt Rushing River Bartlett Pears from Washington, 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)

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal makes for a healthy, delicious breakfast for the whole family.

Easy oven omelet recipe

  • Raspberries
  • 49¢ Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs , 12 ct.
  • 88¢ with fuel saver + perks® card; $1.88without fuel saver + perks® card Driscoll’s Raspberries limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 6 oz.
Friday

 

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits

healthy oven roasted broccoli

  • $2.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural, lb.
  • 99¢ per lb. Golden Sweet Potatoes
Saturday

 

no peek stew

homemade wheat sandwich bread

  • Side salad with favorite dressing
  • $1.69 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz.
  • 4 for $2.00 That’s Smart! Corn or Green Beans select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz.
  • $4.49 per lb. Hy-Vee Angus Reserve Boneless Beef Stew Meat 100% natural
  • $1.48 Gold Medal All Purpose Flour bleached or unbleached, limit 2, 5 lb.
  • 2 for $5.00 Organic Hy-Vee Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $3.99 Marzetti Salad Dressings select varieties, 12 or 15 fl. oz.
Sunday

(Slow cooker)

Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken - A delicious and healthy slow cooker recipe!

  • Brown Rice
  • Veggie sticks and dip 
  • Grapes
  • $2.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural, lb.
  • 4 for $2.00 That’s Smart! Corn or Green Beans select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz.
  • $2.49 Hy-Vee Cream Cheese soft or whipped, 12 oz.
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Select Rice select varieties, 20 oz.
  • $13.00 Freshly Made Vegetable Tray with Dip 10″, serves 5 to 7earn 10¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.99 per lb. Columbine Vineyards Holiday Red Seedless Grapes from California, 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

For more recipe ideas, check out our past Menu Plans or our extensive Recipe Index full of healthy, family-friendly recipes.




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