Weekly Menu Plan + “Stock Up and Save” Deals


Real Food Menu Plan for April 17-23: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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Easter is around the corner.  When most people think of the grocery store around Easter they think of candy and Easter baskets, but did you know Hy-Vee still has some really good sales on real food items this week like spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and many other things?? Below you’ll find a menu full of real food items that line up with the weekly sale.  We think you’ll really like it…even if it doesn’t contain any Easter candy.

And hey, with Easter coming up, you might need an easy Easter craft to do with your kiddos or an Easter book to read with them.  Our hope is that these posts will help you as you celebrate this holiday with your family.

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. 

Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/18/17):

  • $3.99 Buitoni Refrigerated Three Cheese Tortellini select varieties, 9 oz Tray, earn 4¢ off per gallon
  • $3.99 Buitoni Marinara Sauce select varieties, 15 oz Plastic Tub, earn 4¢ off per gallon
  • $1.49 per pound Fresh Green Beans 
  • $2.99 Black Seedless Grapes from Chile, lb.
  • 2 for $6 Dole Salad all natural, select varieties, 5 to 12 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased

Cobb Salad

  • Whole grain dinner rolls
  • Sliced Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/18/17):

  • $7.99 per pound Dilusso Oven Roasted Chicken select varieties, 1 lb
  • 2 for $7 Hy-Vee Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $3.49 Cabot Natural Cheese select varieties, 6 or 8 oz.
  • $2.48 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 32 oz. pkg.
  • 2 for $5 Green Giant Vegetables select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.earn, 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.88 Red Ripe Strawberries from Florida, 16 oz. pkg.

Apple cinnamon french toast recipe

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sliced Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/18/17):

  • $8.97 Organic Full Circle 100% Pure Maple Syrup 12 fl. oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 2 for $6 Brownberry or Oroweat Bread select varieties, 24 oz.$2.99 
  • $1.69 per pound Granny Smith or Fuji Apples from Washington, lb.

This Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin is a lean, flavor-packed, crowd-pleaser. It's been part of our family dinner rotation for years. #freezermeal #realfood

A better mac and cheese with sneaky sweet potato

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Navel Oranges

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/18/17):

  • $3.99 Boneless Pork Tenderloin Hormel Always Tender, lb.
  • 88¢ per pound Golden Sweet Potatoes lb.
  • 2 for $5 Green Giant Vegetables select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.earn, 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.68 per pound Jumbo Zeal Navel Oranges lb.
  • $4.99 Chobani Greek Yogurt select varieties, 32 oz. earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $3.49 Cabot Natural Cheese select varieties, 6 or 8 oz.
  • $1.38 Creamette or Ronzoni Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.

This light, citrusy dressing is easy to whip up and delish over a spinach salad. #real food

  • Pineapple

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/18/17):

  • $11.99 Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fillet Responsible Choice, previously frozen, lb.
  • 88¢ per pound Golden Sweet Potatoes lb.
  • $1.99 Del Monte Gold Pineapple, each
  • 2 for $6 Dole Salad all natural, select varieties, 5 to 12 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased

  • Sweet and Savory Carrots

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/18/17):

  • $4.99 Hy-Vee True Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenders, lb.
  • $2.49 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 32 oz. pkg.
  • $1.99 per pound Fresh Asparagus lb.

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. Bird’s Eye Vegetables, select varieties, 10 to 16 oz. (sale ends 4/18/17)

2.  Creamette Pasta, select varieties, 12 to 16 oz. (sale ends 4/18/17)

3. Golden Sweet Potatoes, per lb.(sale ends 4/18/17)

4. Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket or Full Circle Beans, select varieties, 15 oz. (sale ends 5/2/17)

5. Hy-Vee Frozen Fruit, select varieties, 48 oz. (sale ends 4/18/17)

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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