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


Real Food Menu Plan for March 20-26: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This week frozen veggies are only $.99 at our Hy-Vee grocery store, so I’m using those in three different dishes: Hearty Vegetable Soup, On-the-Go Chicken Burritos, and Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry. I’m also using the $.99 Barilla pasta that’s on sale to make a new slow cooker recipe that sounds amazing. Check it out!

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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.

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

hearty vegetable soup recipe

  • Whole grain bread
  • Apple slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/21/17):

  • $2.28 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes Hy-Vee donates a portion from this One Step product to help plant gardens for communities, 5 lb. bag
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $1.49 per lb. Stemilt Royal Gala Apples or Jonagold Apples Gala from Washington, Jonagold from Michigan

creamy avocado dip recipe

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/21/17):

  • $2.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural, lb. OR  $4.99 per lb. Hy-Vee True Boneless Skinless Chicken BreastTenders, lb.
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Tortillas 10 ct., 12 oz.
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $2.49 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 2 lb
  • 2 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips select varieties, 9 to 18 oz.
  • 99¢ per lb. Red Seedless Grapes from Chile, lb.

Use up leftovers to create this delicious make-ahead Banana Pecan Baked French Toast.

how to cook bacon

The Best Everyday Smoothie Ever - Our family never gets tired of this delicious combination of juice, milk, fresh spinach, and tons of fruit.

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/21/17):

  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs 18 ct.
  • 2 for $6.00 Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice select varieties, 59 fl. oz., earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $6.88 Hy-Vee Frozen Fruit select varieties, 48 oz., earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase

Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe

  • Brown Rice
  • Orange slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/21/17):

  • $4.99 per lb. Boneless Beef Petite Tender Steak Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, value pack, lb.
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $1.49 per lb. Zeal Navel Oranges

Baked Dijon Salmon Recipe

These may be healthier than mashed potatoes, but these Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes will have your family coming back for more! #realfood #freezermeal #delicious

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/21/17):

  • $5.99 Fresh Farm Raised Seasoned Skinless Atlantic Salmon Portion, Responsible Choice, select varieties, 4 oz. OR $12.99 per lb. Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fillet Responsible Choice, previously frozen, lb.
  • 99¢ per lb. Golden Sweet Potatoes
  • $2.99 per lb. Fresh Asparagus
  • 99¢ per lb. Red Seedless Grapes from Chile, lb.

homemade balsamic salad dressing

  • Kiwi slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/21/17):

  • $2.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural, lb. OR  $4.99 per lb. Hy-Vee True Boneless Skinless Chicken BreastTenders, lb.
  • 5 for $10.00 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 6 to 8 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $3.99 Dole Premium or Chopped Salad Kit select varieties, 8 to 14.4 oz.
  • 2 for $1.00 Fresh Kiwi Fruit each

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 Frozen Vegetables, select varieties, 10 to 16 oz. (on sale through 3/21)

2. Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Leg Quarters value pack, 100% natural, lb. (on sale through 3/21)

  • Deal: 99¢ per lb.
  • How to Store: In the freezer in original packaging for up to 6 months for best quality (it’s safe in the freezer indefinitely)
  • Ways to Use This Item: Crispy Baked Drumsticks

3. Just BARE Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs 20 oz. (on sale through 3/21)

  • Deal: $2.99 plus earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • How to Store: In the freezer in original packaging for up to 6 months for best quality (it’s safe in the freezer indefinitely)
  • Ways to Use This ItemCrispy Baked Drumsticks, Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

4. Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese, select varieties, 6 to 8 oz. (on sale through 3/21)

  • Deal: 5 for $10.00 plus earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • How to Store: In the freezer in original packaging for up to 6 months for best quality (it’s safe in the freezer indefinitely)
  • Ways to Use This Item: Citrus PastaEasy Breakfast Casserole Muffins, Pizzadillas

5.  Barilla Pastaselect varieties, 12 to 16 oz. (on sale through 3/21)

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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