Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” (3.23.18)


In a little over a week, we will celebrate Easter Sunday. Can you believe it? Time just really flies by, doesn’t it? Seriously, didn’t we just put our Christmas decorations away? But here we stand at the dawn of a new season. If you are wanting a few books to read to prepare for this holiday, hop on over {no pun intended} to this post with 15 Meaningful Easter Books.

Need a little extra time to read Easter books? Well, that’s where we come in handy. We have your menu all planned out for you. All you have to do is go to the grocery store…and if you’re lucky enough, like us, to have a Hy-Vee close to you, you don’t even have to go to the grocery store. They will come to you. A planned menu, groceries delivered, and reading book with our children?!? Sign me up!

 

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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.

Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/27/18):

  • $3.77 Hy-Vee Select Frozen Pasta select varieties, 14.5 to 25 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Barilla Pasta Sauce select varieties, 14.5 or 24 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.88 Hy-Vee Organic Salad Mix select varieties, 5 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $5.99 per pound Hy-Vee Quality Sliced Deli Cheese select varieties, lb
  • $2.99 Pero Family Farms Green Beans 12 oz. pkg.
  • 2 for $3 Greenhouse-Grown Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers, each
  • $1.29 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions lb.
  • $2.48 per pound Green Seedless Grapes lb.

  • Navel Oranges

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/27/18):

  • $4.99 Just Bare Chicken Boneless Chicken Breasts,Tenders or Thighs, 14 or 20 oz.
  • $3.49 Sunset One Sweet or Zima Tomatoes pintearn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $6.88 Bertolli Olive Oils select varieties, 17 fl. oz.
  • $2.88 Hy-Vee Organic Salad Mix select varieties, 5 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.88 per pound Cara Cara Navel Oranges from California, lb.

Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/27/18):

  • $3.49 Smithfield Sausage 16 oz. roll
  • 2 for $3 Greenhouse-Grown Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers, each
  • $2.48 Hy-Vee Frozen Potatoes select varieties, 19 to 32 oz.
  • $1.29 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions lb.
  • $2.28 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Grade A Brown Eggs dozen
  • $5.99 per pound Hy-Vee Quality Sliced Deli Cheese select varieties, lb
  • 2 for $6 Musselman’s Apple Sauce select varieties, 46 or 48 oz.
  • Spice Island Gourmet Spices $1 OFF regular price. select varieties, price varies by store, .10 to 3.5 oz.
  • $2.49 per pound  Stemilt Artisan Organic Pinata Apples lb.

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Raspberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/27/18):

  • $1.28 Contadina Pizza Sauce squeeze bottle, 15 oz.
  • $7.99 per pound Di Lusso Premium Thin-Sliced Deli Ham select varieties, lb.
  • $2.49 Monterey Whole or Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms 8 oz. pkg.
  • $2.88 Hy-Vee Organic Salad Mix select varieties, 5 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 2 for $3 Greenhouse-Grown Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers, each
  • $5.99 per pound Hy-Vee Quality Sliced Deli Cheese select varieties, lb
  • $2.48 Dole Broccoli each
  • 2 for $5 Driscoll’s Blackberries or Raspberries 6 oz. pkg.

  • Cantaloupe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/27/18):

  • $5.99 Sesame-Encrusted Fair Trade Ahi Tuna Steak Responsible Choice, Fair Trade Certified, 8 oz.
  • $6.88 Bertolli Olive Oils select varieties, 17 fl. oz.
  • Spice Island Gourmet Spices $1 OFF regular price. select varieties, price varies by store, .10 to 3.5 oz.
  • $2.99 Mann’s Sugar Snap Peas 8 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.99 Jumbo Cantaloupe each

wheat rolls from bread machine

  • Pears

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/27/18):

  • $4.98 per pound Beef Boneless Chuck Roast or Stew Meat Hy-Vee Choice Reserve, USDA Choice, lb.
  • $2.49 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 32 oz. pkg.
  • $1.29 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions lb.
  • 4 for $3  Hy-Vee Cream of Soups select varieties, 10.5 or 10.75 oz.
  • 79¢ Green Giant Vegetables select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz.
  • $1.69 per pound Ripe Anjou Pears from Washington, 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. Fresh Brussels Sprouts lb. (sale ends 4/1/2018)

2. Hy-Vee Canned Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz. (sale ends 4/1/2018)

  • Deal: 5 for $4, earn 5¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • How to Store: In the pantry for up to a year
  • Ways to Use This Item:Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce, Tomato Bisque

3. Hy-Vee Fish Market Cooked Shrimp Responsible Choice, 71 to 90 ct., 12 oz. pkg. (sale ends 4/1/2018)

4. Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. (3/27/18)

5. Hy-Vee Long Grain, Instant or Brown Rice select varieties, 14 or 32 oz. (sale ends 4/1/2018)

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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