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


Real Food Menu Plan for April 24-30: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Spring has finally sprung. We’ve been in our kitchens making smoothies (thank you Hy-Vee for the frozen fruit sale) and at our grills grilling up some real food. Firing up the grill not only saves you time during this busy season for most families, but you can even plan ahead by using a pre-made freezer meal, like these delish Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs.

In case you haven’t heard, we’re kind of nerds when it comes to our love of freezer cooking. That’s why we always flag meals in our menu plan that are freezer-friendly with this symbol —> (FF), as you’ll see below. In fact, we believe in this way of cooking so much, we’re publishing our first cookbook called From Freezer to Table (Rodale Books). It comes out in September! Want to hear more?!? Check out this post about our cookbook progress.

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. 

4 Cheese Penne Pasta with whole wheat pasta is a healthier baked pasta that comes together quickly.

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/25/17):

  • 2 for $5 Classico Pasta Sauce select varieties, 15 or 24 oz.,earn 6¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 3 for $5 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 6 to 8 oz.
  • 10 for $10 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.,earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 10, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.88 Red Seedless Grapes from Chile, 
  • 10 for $10 Green Giant Steamers select varieties, 7 to 10 oz.

  • Sliced Cantaloupe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/25/17):

  • $4.99 Lean Ground Beef 93% lean, 7% fat, 16 oz. roll
  • $2.199 Hy-Vee Sliced Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.8 to 8 oz.
  • 10 for $10 Green Peppers each
  • 77¢ Vidalia Onions per lb.
  • 10 for $10 Ripe Hass Avocados each
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Sweet Grape Tomatoes pint earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips select varieties, 9 to 18 oz. earn 6¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $3 Jumbo Cantaloupe each

This quick, cheap, and protein-rich meal works for breakfast or dinner anytime.

The Banana Boat: The perfect after school snack!

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/25/17):

  • $4.48 Organic Full Circle Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • 2 for $4 Hy-Vee Bar or Cube Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.
  • 47¢ per pound That’s Smart! Bananas lb.
  • $3.99 Earth Balance Peanut Butter select varieties, 16 oz.

These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition!

Roasted Potatoes and Carrots Recipe

  • Steamed Green Peas
  • Sliced Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/25/17):

  • $2.99 Honeysuckle White Fresh Ground Turkey 85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz.
  • $1.28 Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots 2 lb. bag
  • 77¢ Vidalia Onions per lb.
  • 10 for $10 Green Giant Steamers select varieties, 7 to 10 oz.
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Bread Crumbs select varieties, 6 or 10 oz. earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.49 per pound Stemilt Royal Gala or Golden Delicious Apples from Washington, lb.

  • Brown Rice
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Navel Oranges

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

  • $9.99 Raw Shrimp Responsible Choice, 31 to 40 ct., peeled and deveined, lb.
  • 10 for $10 Green Giant Steamers select varieties, 7 to 10 oz.
  • $1.48 Zeal Navel Oranges lb.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast has no processed ingredients. Just real food that's really good!

homemade wheat sandwich bread

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/25/17):

  • $3.99 per pound Boneless Beef Arm Roast Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb.
  • $2.49 Green Giant Idaho Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag
  • $1.28 Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots 2 lb. bag
  • $4.99 per pound Hy-Vee Sliced Bacon select varieties, 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. Boneless Top Loin Pork Chops, fresh Blue Ribbon, 4 oz. (sale ends 4/25/17)

  • Deal: 10 for $10
  • How to Store: In the freezer, well wrapped for about 3 months
  • Ways to Use This Item: One of the recipes in our 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas

2. Green Giant Steamers select varieties, 7 to 10 oz. (sale ends 4/25/17)

  • Deal: 10 for $10
  • How to Store: In the freezer for 6 months
  • Ways to Use This Item: As a side dish or in any of our soup recipes

3. Lean Ground Beef, 93% lean, 7% fat, 16 oz. roll (sale ends 4/25/17)

4. Hy-Vee Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips select varieties, 9 to 18 oz. (sale ends 4/25/17)

5. Hy-Vee Frozen Fruit select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.. (sale ends 4/25/17)

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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