Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals


Real Food Menu Plan for March 13-19: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Two recipes I’m excited to throw back into our dinner rotation this week are the Chicken Apple Bites and Pizza Stromboli. They take kid favorites and add a little interesting twist. If you haven’t tried the Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef yet, that’s about the easiest and tastiest slow cooker meal I’ve ever made. Hands down.

P.S. To Everyone: Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

(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.

Note: These menu plans are focused around Hy-Vee sale items to help our local readers save money. 

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/14/17):

homemade wheat sandwich bread

  • Orange slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/14/17):

  • $7.99 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 2 lb. earn 15¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • buy 1, get 1 FREE Green Giant Cut Vegetables buy 1, get 1 FREE, select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.
  • $3.99 Sunkist Navel Oranges 4 lb. bag

chicken apple bites

  • Chips
  • Carrot sticks with hummus or ranch dip
  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/14/17):

  • $1.68 per lb. Braeburn or Granny Smith Apples from Washington, lb.
  • buy 1, get 1 FREE Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots buy 1, get 1 FREE, 16 oz. pkg.
  • buy 1, get 1 FREE Fresh Ripe Strawberries buy 1, get 1 FREE, 16 oz. pkg.

apple cinnamon french toast

  • Pear slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/14/17):

  • 2 for $6.00 Jennie-O Ground Turkey 85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz. roll
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $5.99 Organic Full Circle Butter salted or unsalted, 16 oz.
  • $1.68 per lb. Braeburn or Granny Smith Apples from Washington, lb.
  • $1.99 per lb. Organic Red or Green Bartlett Pears from Argentina, lb.

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/14/17):

  • $2.99 per lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from our service case, lb.
  • 17¢ per lb. Green Cabbage lb.
  • $1.99 per lb. Organic Red or Green Bartlett Pears from Argentina, lb.
  • $3.99 Sunkist Navel Oranges 4 lb. bag

  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/14/17):

  • $7.99 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 2 lb.earn 15¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • buy 1, get 1 FREE Fresh Ripe Strawberries buy 1, get 1 FREE, 16 oz. pkg.

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/14/17):

  • $4.99 per lb. Boneless Beef Chuck Roast Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb.
  • $2.99 Green Giant Red Potatoes 5 lb. bag
  • buy 1, get 1 FREE Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots buy 1, get 1 FREE, 16 oz. pkg.

Shopping for “real food” in bulk and utilizing the freezer or pantry for storage is another super smart way to save money and eat healthier! Simply fill your cart with these Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals from Hy-Vee while the price is hot, then store and use later. We’ve even given you ideas of how to store and use each of them.

1.Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 32 oz. (on sale through 3/14)

  • Deal: $7.99 + earn 15¢ off per gallon with purchase
  • How to Store: Freeze for up to 6 months for best quality (it’s safe in the freezer indefinitely).
  • Ways to Use This Item: Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups, Whole Grain Pizza Bread, Burrito Pie

2. Hy-Vee Tomatoes, select varieties, 14.5 oz. (on sale through 3/14)

3. Hormel Pork Loin Filet buy 1, get 1 FREE, select varieties, 24 oz. (on sale through 3/14)

4. Cascadian Farm Granola or Cereal, select varieties, 8.6 to 16 oz.(on sale through 3/14)

  • Deal: $3.39, plus coupon for $1.00 off of two cereals
  • How to Store: In pantry
  • Ways to Use This Item: quick breakfasts or snacks

5. That’s Smart! Vegetables, select varieties, 12 oz. (on sale through 3/14)

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!

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

Free printable menu planner

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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Comments

  1. Your meal plan looks amazing! I really appreciate the sweet shout out on my Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties. They are my boys favorite and I literally have to make them every week. LOL! So glad y’all are enjoying the recipe too! With blessings, Kelly 🙂

    • Rachel says

      Thanks for letting us share your recipe, Kelly! Love you, friend.