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


Real Food Menu Plan for April 3-9: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

My friend, Kelley, gave me a great idea for this week–Make-Your-Own Oatmeal Bar! She made a big pot of oatmeal and then let everyone choose from a variety of toppings like blueberries, banana slices, raisins, nuts, and dried coconut. She said the best part was that no one complained. Boom! Easy weeknight meal, done.

P.S. 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. 

Anything Goes Tortilla Soup - A 10 minute one pot wonder!

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/4/17):

  • 99¢ That’s Smart! Frozen Cut Golden Corn, select varieties, 12 oz Bag
  • $1.98 Swanson Broth or Stock select varieties, 24 or 32 fl. oz
  • 3 for $5.00 Organic Muir Glen Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce, select varieties, 14.5 or 15 oz.
  • $1.68 per lb. Red Seedless Grapes from Chile, earn 5¢ off per gallon w/each lb. purchased, minimum 1 lb. purchase

broiled parmesan tilapia

  • Clementines

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/4/17):

  • $6.99 Sea Best Tilapia or Swai Fillets Responsible Choice, 2 lb. pkg.
  • 99¢ That’s Smart! Frozen Chopped Broccoli, select varieties, 12 oz Bag
  • $4.98 Wonderful Halos Mandarins 3 lb. bag

Make-Your-Own Oatmeal Bar (using the Instant Oatmeal Packs concept, just set out all kinds of toppings like nuts, fruit, dried coconut, etc)

Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/4/17):

  • $2.88 Hy-Vee Oats old fashioned or quick, 42 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $6.98 Family Tree Farms Jumbo Blueberries 9.8 oz. pkg., earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase

  • Whole grain angel hair pasta
  • Salad
  • Apple slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/4/17):

  • $7.99 Wild USA Gulf Peeled & Deveined Shrimp Responsible Choice, 40 to 50 ct., 16 oz. pkg.
  • 10 for $10.00 Creamette or Ronzoni Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 10, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $3.99 Taylor Farms Chopped Salad select varieties, 9.25 to 13.4 oz.
  • $1.99 per lb. Jazz or Pacific Rose Applesfrom Washington, lb.

Beefy Baked Ravioli Recipe

  • Steamed Green Beans
  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/4/17):

  • $3.69 Hy-Vee Select Tortellini or Ravioli select varieties, 14.5 to 25 oz.
  • 2 for $5.00 Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce select varieties, 15 or 24 oz.
  • $2.88 Hy-Vee Select Shredded Cheese select varieties, 5 oz.
  • 99¢ That’s Smart! Frozen Cut Green Beans, select varieties, 12 oz Bag

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

  • Brown rice
  • Peas
  • Clementines

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/4/17):

  • Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural, price varies by store, lb.earn 15¢ off per gallon w/each lb. purchased, minimum 1 lb. purchase
  • 99¢ That’s Smart! Frozen Cut Golden Corn, select varieties, 12 oz Bag
  • 99¢ That’s Smart! Frozen Vegetables, select varieties, 12 oz.
  • $4.98 Wonderful Halos Mandarins 3 lb. bag

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. Wild USA Gulf Peeled & Deveined Shrimp Responsible Choice, 40 to 50 ct., 16 oz. pkg. (on sale through 4/4)

2. That’s Smart! Frozen Vegetables, select varieties, 12 oz. (on sale through 4/4)

  • Deal: 99¢
  • 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:

3. Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce, select varieties, 15 or 24 oz. (on sale through 4/4)

4. Hy-Vee Oats old fashioned or quick, 42 oz. (on sale through 4/4)

5. Garden of Eatin’ Chips, select varieties, 7.5 or 8.1 oz. (on sale through 4/4)

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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