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


Real Food Menu Plan for January 8 to January 14: 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.

Welcome to 2018! Hopefully, you made it through the holiday season unscathed. Hopefully, you are staying warm this winter. And hopefully, your freezer is fully stocked. But, just in case your freezer is not stocked, no worries…you’ve come to the right place. Have you gotten a chance to snag our Top 10 Easy Real Food Freezer Meal Recipes yet? If not, grab your copy today by clicking here. Either way, plan your menu with us each week as we combine real food and freezer cooking.

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Monday: Broccoli, Red Pepper and Cheddar Chowder, French Baguette, Apples

Tuesday: Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken, Brown Rice, Oven Roasted Broccoli, Mandarins

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

Thursday: Double Chocolate Zucchini WafflesBoiled Eggs in the Instant Pot, Blueberries

Friday: Everything Greek Pork Pitas, Mediterranean Layered Dip with carrots, Grapes

Saturday: Cheddar Chive Burgers, Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges, Apples

Sunday: Slow Cooker Gumbo, Tossed Salad, Cantaloupe

(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.

  • French Baguette
  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 1/15/17):

  • 5 for $5 Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. pkg.
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. bagearn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 2 for $3 Red, Yellow, or Orange Peppers Greenhouse grown, each
  • $2.99 International Delight, Dunkin Donuts Coffee Creamer or Land O’Lakes Half & Half, select varieties, 32 fl. oz. 
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunks select varieties, 16 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Baking Stone French Bread 2 ct.
  • 58¢ per pound Red Delicious Apples from Washington lb.

  • Brown Rice
  • Mandarins

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 1/15/17):

  • $4.99 Just BARE Chicken Breasts 14 oz.
  • 2 for $6 Garden Fresh or Margaritaville Salsa or Chips select varieties, 13 or 16 oz.
  • 5 for $5 Bush’s Best Beans select varieties, 15 to 16 oz.
  • $1.38 per pound Fresh Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb
  • 5 for $5 Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • 3 for $4 Hy-Vee Cream Cheese Bars select varieties, 8 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Minute Rice or Success Rice select varieties, 4.4, 12 or 14 oz.
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunks select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $6.99 Halos Mandarins from California, 5 lb. bag

Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

It's like magic! These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs really are cooked perfectly and peel easily. I can't believe it!

  • Blueberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 1/15/17):

  • $4.98 Crisco Coconut Oil 27 fl. oz.
  • $2.38 Eggland’s Best Large Eggs 1 dozen
  • $5.99 Organic Full Circle Milk select varieties, gallon earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.38 per pound Fresh Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb
  • 2 for $5 Driscoll’s Family Sized Blueberries or Blackberries, 12 oz. pkg. 

Mediterranean Layered Dip Recipe

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 1/15/17):

  • $2.99 per pound Boneless Top Loin Pork Roast or Chef’s Prime Roast lb.
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. bagearn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 2 for $5 Popeye Spinach 10 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $3 Red, Yellow, or Orange Peppers Greenhouse grown, each
  • 2 for $1 Fresh Lemons or Limes each
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Crumbled Feta Cheese select varieties, 4 oz.
  • 69¢ Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee HealthMarket or Full Circle Organic Tortilla Chips, select varieties, 12 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.88 per pound Green Seedless Grapes lb.

Crispy parmesan potato wedges. A great side dish!

  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 1/15/17):

  • $6.99 per pound Strauss Grass Fed Fresh Ground Beef 85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz. 
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunks select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. pkg.
  • $3.48 Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese Cup select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $8.49 Kraft Athenos or Classico Olive Oil 25.3 fl. oz.
  • 58¢ per pound Red Delicious Apples from Washington lb.

homemade balsamic salad dressing

  • Cantaloupe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 1/1517):

  • $2.99 per pound Hy-Vee True Chicken Boneless Skinless Thighs lb.
  • $9.99 Peeled and Deveined Raw Shrimp 31 to 40 ct., lb.
  • 2 for $3 Red, Yellow, or Orange Peppers Greenhouse grown, each
  • $1.28 Dole Celery each
  • 4 for $3 Hy-Vee Canned Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Organic Earthbound Farms Salad Mixes select varieties, 5 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Jumbo Cantaloupe 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 Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast regular or family pack, lb. (sale ends 1/15/2017)

2. Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg. (sale ends 1/15/2017)

3. Organic Earthbound Farms Salad Mixes select varieties, 5 oz. (sale ends 1/15/2017)

4. Driscoll’s Family Sized Blueberries or Blackberries, 12 oz. pkg.(sale ends 1/15/2017)

5. Hy-Vee HealthMarket or Full Circle Organic Tortilla Chips, select varieties, 12 oz. (sale ends 1/31/2017)

  • Deal: 2 for $5, earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • How to Store: In the pantry for up to a year
  • Ways to Use This Item: Eat it with Texas Caviar Dip or Avocado Lime Salsa

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 January 8 to January 14: 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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