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


Real Food Menu Plan for May 22-28: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, frozen vegetables, and frozen fruit…do you know what these four things have in common?? They are all featured on this week’s menu plan that is full of real food, freezer-friendly, kid-approved, healthy menu ideas. From Baked Nachos topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced avocados to Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna (that’s made in the slow cooker!!) you’ll find it all!

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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. 

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

  • Whole Wheat Baguette
  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/23/17):

  • 4 for $5 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $5  Frigo Cheese select varieties, 5 to 15 oz.
  • $2.99 Organic Bertolli Pasta Sauce or Rustic Cut Pasta Sauce, select varieties, 24 or 23 oz.
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Chunk Cheese select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $5.49 Organic Earthbound Farm Salad select varieties, 16 oz.
  • 3 for $4 Red Peppers each, earn 3¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.28 per pound Sweet Vidalia Onions from Bland Farms, lb.
  • 4 for $5 Hy-Vee Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.earn 12¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.49 per pound New Crop Red Seedless Grapes, lb.

Baked Nachos

  • Sliced Oranges

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/23/17):

  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Freshly Made Tortilla Chips select varieties, 15 oz.earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Chunk Cheese select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $5.49 Organic Earthbound Farm Salad select varieties, 16 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Dairy Pure Sour Cream all natural or light, 16 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  •  $1.69 Jumbo Navel Oranges, from California, lb.

Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach)

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sliced Bananas

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/23/17):

    • Huge roundup of homemade salad dressings. Keeping this handy for sure!!
      • Cantaloupe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/23/17):

  • 88¢ per pound Hy-Vee Split Chicken Breast value pack, 100% natural, lb.
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Chunk Cheese select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $5.49 Organic Earthbound Farm Salad select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $3.99 Organic Cantaloupe, each

Oven Baked Ribs

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/23/17):

  • $1.99 per pound St. Louis Style Spareribs Hormel Always Tender, lb.
  • $3.88 Hy-Vee Smart Bite Potatoes select varieties, 24 oz.
  • 4 for $5 Hy-Vee Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.earn 12¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.58 per pound Jonagold Apples or Gala Apples from Michigan or Washington, lb

Wilted Lettuce Salad Recipe

  • Sliced Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 5/23/17):

  • $1.99 per pound St. Louis Style Spareribs Hormel Always Tender, lb.
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Pork Sausage, select varieties, 16 oz. roll
  • 5 for $4 Hy-Vee Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz.earn 5¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 4 for $5 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Chunk Cheese select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $5.49 Organic Earthbound Farm Salad select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $1.99 Baking Stone Italian Bread 16 or 20 oz.
  • $5.88 Organic Seedless Mini-Watermelon 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 Vegetables, select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.(sale ends 5/23/2017)

2. Hy-Vee Berries, Cherries or Peaches, select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. (sale ends 5/23/2017)

3. Hy-Vee Cottage Bread, white or wheat, 20 oz. (sale ends 5/23/2017)

4. Hy-Vee Split Chicken Breast, value pack, 100% natural, lb. (sale ends 5/20/2017)

  • Deal: 88¢
  • How to Store: In the freezer up to 6 months
  • Ways to Use This Item: Any of our chicken recipes

5. Pork Loin Filet, Hormel Always Tender, select varieties, 1.5 lb. (sale ends 5/20/2017)

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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