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


Real Food Menu Plan for March 27-April 2: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This week I’m going easy with recipes like Baked Potato Bar (in the slow cooker!), taco night, and some of our favorite paninis. With 77¢ pasta at Hy-Vee this week, I’m also cooking up some Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta on Monday night. This is such a sneaky and yummy way to pack in nutrition for picky eaters!

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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. 

Healthy Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta: Skip the canned junk and make this delicious and nutritious pasta dish for your family instead.

  • Steamed broccoli
  • Pear slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/28/17):

  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.49¢
  • Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, select varieties, 8 oz. OR 3 for $5.00 Organic Muir Glen Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce, select varieties, 14.5 or 15 oz.
  • 2 for $5.00 Green Giant Vegetables, select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.69 per lb. Stemilt Red or Green Anjou Pears from Washington, lb.

Guacamole

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/28/17):

  • 2 for $10.00 Honeysuckle White Fresh Ground Turkey Breast 1.2 lb., earn 20¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 10¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $6.00 Wholly Guacamole Dip, select varieties, 8 oz.
  • 3 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Tortilla Chips, select varieties, 11 or 13 oz.
  • $2.48 per lb. Green Seedless Grapes 

I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/28/17):

  • $2.88 Hy-Vee Oats old fashioned or quick, 42 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $5.99 Old Home All-Natural Peanut Butter, creamy or crunchy, 24 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.88 Red Ripe Strawberries 16 oz. pkg.

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/28/17):

  • $3.99 per lb. Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb. OR  $5.99 Boneless Beef New York Strip Steak Hy-Vee Choice Reserve, USDA Choice, 8 oz.
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Russet Potatoes proceeds from this product help plant gardens for communities to eat healthier, 5 lb. bag
  • $1.49 per lb. Fresh Green Beans

simple blender hummus recipe

  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/28/17):

  • $8.99 per lb. Di Lusso Premium Thin Sliced Turkey select varieties, lb.
  • 3 for $5.00 Grimmway Farms Carrot Chips, Carrot Stixx or Shredded Carrots, 16, 12 or 10 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Sliced Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.8 to 8 oz.
  • $1.88 Red Ripe Strawberries 16 oz. pkg.

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/28/17):

  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Russet Potatoes proceeds from this product help plant gardens for communities to eat healthier, 5 lb. bag
  • 2 for $4.00 Kraft Shredded, Bar, Cubed, Crumbled or Cracker Cuts Natural Cheese, w/ coupon, limit 2, purchase of 2 required, LU 14460, see pg. 5 for details, 5 to 8 oz.
  • 2 for $5.00 Green Giant Vegetables, select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.99 Daisy Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.
  • $4.99 Oscar Mayer Bacon select varieties or fully cooked, 12, 16 oz. or 2.5 oz.
  • $2.48 per lb. Green Seedless Grapes 

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 Pasta, select varieties, 12 to 16 oz. (on sale through 3/28)

2. Honeysuckle White Fresh Ground Turkey Breast 1.2 lb. (on sale through 3/28)

  • Deal: 2 for $10.00 + earn 20¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 10¢ 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: Mini Turkey Cheese Burgers, Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatballs

3. That’s Smart! Canned Vegetables, select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz. (on sale through 3/28)

4. Ragu Pasta Sauce, select varieties, 16 to 24 oz. (on sale through 3/28)

5. Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables, select varieties, 10 to 16 oz. (on sale through 3/28)

  • Deal: 4 for $5.00 + earn 12¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • How to Store: Freeze for up to 6 months for best quality (it’s safe in the freezer indefinitely).
  • Ways to Use This Item: steamed veggies as a side dish, Hearty Vegetable Soup, Minestrone Soup

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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