Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” (3.2.18)


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From salmon to roast beef to pork chops…there’s something for everyone on this week’s menu plan. You’ll even find freezer friendly recipes with simple sides. We offer free menu plans each week so that you can easily get dinner on the table each night. By having a menu plan you will save money, time, and live in a little less chaos. We call that having a Thriving Home.

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Tips for Using Our Plan:

Pick and Choose: Just by having a simple plan in place before the week begins, you’ll be saving money and time. Pick and choose what meals work best for your family from our list and include in your own plan.

Double and Freeze: Every week you’ll see “FF (meaning freezer-friendly) next to several recipes in the menu. Simply double and freeze one batch for another dinner later. Read Freezer Cooking 101 to learn more.

Plan Around the Sales at Hy-Vee: Our menu plans are sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) and are focused around their sale items to help our local readers save money. You’ll find a grocery list of sale items that are included in the recipes under each day.

Stock Up and Save: Scroll to the bottom to discover our pick’s for “Hy-Vee’s Top 5 Real Food Deals” of the week. Stock up, store, and then use these later using our suggestions.

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  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/6/18):

  • 99¢ Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.
  • $1.59 Ragu Pasta Sauce select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 to 24 oz.
  • $5.99 Hy-Vee Chunk Natural Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 4 for $5 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.48 per pound Royal Gala or Fuji Apples from Washington, lb.

  • Oven Roasted Asparagus
  • Cantaloupe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/6/18):

  • $12.00 Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops fresh Blue Ribbon, 10 ct., 35 oz.earn 10¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $4.49 Hy-Vee Whipping Cream or Half & Half 32 or 64 fl. oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.98 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag
  • $1.99 Jumbo Cantaloupe each

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  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Raspberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/6/18):

  • $11.99 Carrington Farms Coconut Cooking Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $4.48 Hy-Vee Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Driscoll’s Raspberries or Blackberries 6 oz. pkg.

  • Mangoes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/6/18):

  • $5.99 Fresh Farm Raised Skinless Atlantic Salmon Portion Responsible Choice, 4 oz.
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Worcestershire, Soy, Tartar or Teriyaki Sauce, select varieties, 10 or 12 fl. oz.
  • Birds Eye Vegetables buy 1, get 1 FREE!, select varieties, price varies by store, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $5.99 Hy-Vee Chunk Natural Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 3 for $3 Mangoes ripe and ready to eat, each

  • Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/6/18):

  • 2 for $4 Chi-Chi’s Tortillas select varieties, 8 or 10 ct.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $5.99 Hy-Vee Chunk Natural Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.88 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $3.88 Mini Seedless Watermelon eachearn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/6/18):

  • $1.88 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.98 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag
  • Birds Eye Vegetables buy 1, get 1 FREE!, select varieties, price varies by store, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $5.99 Choice Navel Oranges from California, 4 lb.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase

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 (sale ends 3/6/2018)

2. Bone-In Pork Shoulder Roast Hormel Always Tender, lb. (sale ends 3/6/2018)

3. Ragu Pasta Sauce select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 to 24 oz. (sale ends 3/6/2018)

4. Hy-Vee Sliced Deli Ham select varieties, lb. (sale ends 3/6/2018)

5. Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz. (sale ends 3/4/2018)

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!


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