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


Real Food Menu Plan for December 1 to December 7: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home. Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Hello December! It is now officially the Christmas season…even though some stores have had Christmas decorations out since July. Anybody have any parties coming up? We have been looking at our calendars and utilizing our freezers. Surprise.

Did you know you can mix up cookie dough, flash freeze it, and then bake them whenever a need arises? By need, I’m thinking a last minute party or taking a gift to a neighbor. But listen, no judgement if you define need differently. Our Monster Cookies work great for this. Buy red and green M&M’s to make them festive. If you don’t have time to make cookie dough, you could try our trick with these Last Minute Holiday Cookies. Those are always a winner.

Speaking of winners…check out the menu plan below. It’s family-approved, kid-tested, and freezer-friendly.

 

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Monday: Hearty Vegetable Soup, HomemadeWheat Sandwich Bread, Apples

Tuesday: English Muffin Pizzas, Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing, Pears

Wednesday: Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

Thursday: Paleo Egg and Veggie Breakfast Hash, Bacon, Mangos

Friday: Savory and Sweet Salmon, Couscous, Bacon and Brussel Sprouts Salad, Blueberries

Saturday: Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Grapes

Sunday: Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken, Brown Rice, Navel Oranges

(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.

hearty vegetable soup recipe

homemade wheat sandwich bread

  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/5/17):

  • 99¢ per pound Sweet Yellow Onions from Peru, lb.
  • 4 for $3 Hy-Vee Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $3 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • 2 for $5 Dole Celery Hearts 16 oz. pkg.
  • 99¢ That’s Smart! Vegetables select varieties, 12 oz.
  • $1.58 Gold Medal Flour bleached or unbleached, limit 1 total, 5 lb.
  • $3.99 Kerrygold Irish Butter unsalted or salted, 8 oz.
  • 97¢ per pound Stemilt Red Delicious Apples from Washington, lb.

  • Pears

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/5/17):

  • 2 for $4 Red or Yellow Peppers Greenhouse grown, each
  • $3.49 Hormel Pepperoni select varieties, 3.75 to 8 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Kraft Shredded, Bar or Crumbles Natural Cheese select varieties, limit 2 w/coupon, purchase of 2 required
  • 2 for $6 Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Salad Mix select varieties, 5 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $6.99 Bella Maria Pecans, Walnuts or Almonds select varieties, 3 to 4.5 oz.
  • $3.48 Hy-Vee Honey 12 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase

how to cook bacon

  • Mangos

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/5/17):

  • 49¢ Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs limit 1 w/coupon, limit 1 coupon per customer
  • $1.39 Hy-Vee Steam Quick, Stir Fry or Mixed Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $3.99 Hormel Black Label Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. 

Freezer Friendly Sweet and Savory Salmon Recipe

  • Blueberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/5/17):

  • $5.99 Sockeye Salmon Portion Responsible Choice, previously frozen, 4 oz. 
  • $1.39 Hy-Vee Steam Quick, Stir Fry or Mixed Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $3.99 Hormel Black Label Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. 
  • $3.48 Fresh Blueberries 6 oz. pkg.

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

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/5/17):

  • $3.99 Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey or Patties select varieties, 1 or 1.2 lb.
  • 2 for $3 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • 99¢ per pound Sweet Yellow Onions from Peru, lb.
  • $3.38 Heinz Tomato Ketchup 38 oz.
  • $1.39 Hy-Vee Steam Quick, Stir Fry or Mixed Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $1.88 per pound Columbine Vineyards Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/5/17):

  • $2.99 per pound Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural, lb.
  • 2 for $4 Red or Yellow Peppers Greenhouse grown, each
  • $1.39 Hy-Vee Steam Quick, Stir Fry or Mixed Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • 98¢ per pound Zeal Navel Oranges from California, 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 Beef Bottom Round Roast Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb. (sale ends 12/5/2017)

2. Nestle Toll House Morsels select varieties, limit 2 total, 10 to 12 oz. (sale ends 12/5/2017)

3. Bone In Pork Shoulder Roast Hormel Always Tender, lb.(sale ends 12/5/2017)

4.Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, lb.(sale ends 12/5/2017)

5. Hy-Vee Peanuts select varieties, 32 oz. (sale ends 12/5/2017)

 

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!

Take a 60 second peek inside our cookbook, From Freezer to Table.

 

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!

We hope you enjoy this week’s menu plan!

Real Food Menu Plan for December 1 to December 7: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home. Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.


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