Author Archive: Jennifer

  • Real Food Menu Plan for August 7 to August 13 : Real Food Menu Plan for August 14 -August 20: 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.

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

    Normally, we promote freezer cooking because it saves time, money and your sanity. We’ve written a cookbook all about it, after all. (Have you heard about From Freezer to Table!?!?) But this week, while our menu plan is full of freezer meals, it also contains My Favorite Cobb Salad. This

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for August 7 to August 13 : Real Food Menu Plan for August 14 -August 20: 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.

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

    One of our favorite things about summer is the fresh produce. Is there anything better than fresh corn or peaches or zucchini? Several of these items are on sale this week at Hy-Vee. As summer is winding down and fresh produce is getting less and less, the best way to

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for August 7 to August 13 : Real Food Menu Plan for July 24-July 31: 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.

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

    Summertime is the best time to throw something on the grill for an easy, time-saving, budget-friendly meal. Did you know that we have 30+ Real Food Grilling Idea to help with this task? Combine these recipes with the great prices on steak, chicken, and corn on the cobb at Hy-Vee

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for July 24-July 30: EReal Food Menu Plan for July 24-July 31: 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.

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

    Long summer days are upon us, but summer time seems to be slipping away. Want to know a great way to spend a little time in the long days of summer? Freezer cooking! Pick one or two days a week and just make a little extra. With fall right around

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for July 24-July 30: EReal Food Menu Plan for July 17-July 23: 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.

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

    Is anybody else right in the middle of summer? Maybe your summer is relaxed or maybe your summer is filled with road trips and vacations or maybe you are spending your summer at the ballpark…whatever the case, there is always time for healthy meals. We plan it out for you

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for July 17-July 23: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Do you know what real foods, shopping the Hy-Vee sales ad, and a diet full of fruits and vegetables have in common?? They can all be found on our weekly, Real Food Meets Reality Menu Plans. Each week we take the sale ad from Hy-Vee and great recipes to make

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for July 10-July 16: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Summer activities keeping you busy? We get it! From vacations to baseball games to pool parties, time in the kitchen can be limited. Even with limited time, you can still plan great meals…all while staying on a budget. Just follow along with us. Each week we offer real food, kid

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for July 3-July 9: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    As the temperatures begin to heat up, there is no need to heat up the kitchen. You’ll notice this week’s menu plan has meals that are quick and easy, prepared in a slow cooker, or on the grill. While there is certainly a season for soups and chili and comfort

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for June 26-July 2: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) We often joke in our family that, “Prior proper planning prevents poor performance.” By putting forth a little “prior proper planning,” you can save time, money, AND dinnertime stress. An added bonus is, your family will eat nutritious, homemade meals all week long! Join us in the

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for June 11-June 16: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) You can always tell what season we are in by the fruits and veggies that can be found in our weekly menu plan. You will see clearly that it is summer with the addition of zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes on the menu this week. While these

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for June 11-June 16: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) There are many different ways to use the “lazy days of summer”.  Some of our favorite ways to use these days are: Swimming at the pool. Staying up late. Going on vacation. Watching movies as a family. But, one of our favorite ways to spend the lazy

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for June 4-June 10: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Welcome to summer…officially! Summer is a time for swimming pool parties, summer camps, fishing, sleeping in (occasionally), grilling, having friends over for dinner, and just generally relaxing. But, did you know summer is also a great time for fresh produce and freezer cooking? This week at Hy-Vee there are great

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for May 29-June 3: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) With a holiday weekend coming up, you’ll notice several things on the menu plan that will feed a crowd. Not planning on feeding a crowd?? You can still eat real food and freeze some for later. With mouth-watering dishes like Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and Grilled Pork

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  • 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.

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

    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

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Eggs are on a killer sale this week.  You’ll notice that they are listed in the “Stock Up and Save” section of this post.  While eggs don’t have a very long shelf life, you can find some great recipes that use eggs that are freezer friendly, like Spinach

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week, again, you will find a menu packed with fruits and veggies.  Literally, everyday has servings of fruits and vegetables.  From Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiche to Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potatoes to Crowd Pleasing Green Beans, this week has it all.  Plus,

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

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Each week we plan real food weekly menus.  Our goal is three-fold:  To save you time. To save you money. To get your family to the table together. Wait…did I say three-fold?  I meant four-fold. 4. To help bring a little bit of peace to your life.

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for April 24-30: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Spring has finally sprung. We’ve been in our kitchens making smoothies (thank you Hy-Vee for the frozen fruit sale) and at our grills grilling up some real food. Firing up the grill not only saves you time during this busy season for most families, but you can even plan ahead by using a

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for April 17-23: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + “Stock Up and Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Easter is around the corner.  When most people think of the grocery store around Easter they think of candy and Easter baskets, but did you know Hy-Vee still has some really good sales on real food items this week like spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and many other

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for April 10-16: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Spring is upon us, which means grilling season.  Grilling season is the perfect opportunity for real food.  Don’t believe me? Check out this post on 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas.  We’ll make a believer out of you! If you need us we’ll be outside…on the patio… by

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