“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 11-17

April 11-17, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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Family not crazy about seafood? I implore you to try our simple and delicious Mediterranean Shrimp Skewer recipe in this week’s menu. It’s made a believer out of my kids. With wild shrimp on sale, now’s the time to stock up on this healthy item. And, yes, meatballs made it on the menu again. When 9-year-old boy asks, 9-year-old gets. My son loves these little orbs of deliciousness. Try them over pasta or as a Meatball Sub Sandwich.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

Weekly Menu Plan

(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.


Dinner menu:


Sale Items (thru 4/12):



corn chowder

homemade wheat sandwich bread

  • Grapes
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Canned Corn
  • Hy-Vee Vegetable Stock
  • Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots
  • Melissa’s Baby Potatoes select varieties, 24 oz.
  • Red seedless grapes

Chicken Penne Pasta

  • Cantaloupe slices
  • Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 
  • Hy-Vee Parmesan Cheese
  • Barilla pasta
  • bell peppers
  • asparagus
  • cantaloupe


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.




banana split smoothie

  • Full Circle Omega-3 Eggs
  • Organic Horizon Milk
  • Hy-Vee Select Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • bells peppers
  • Hy-Vee cottage cheese
  • 80% lean Ground beef OR Jennie-O’s ground turkey
  • Hy-Vee Parmesan Cheese
  • Barilla pasta
  • Ragu Sauce 0R Prego Farmer’s Market Pasta Sauce
  • Hy-Vee frozen peas
  • Red seedless grapes


This light, citrusy dressing is easy to whip up and delish over a spinach salad. #real food

  • Wild Gulf Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Full Circle Quinoa
  • Organic Earthbound Farm Salad Mix
  • Ocean Spray Craisins 
  • Hy-Vee Select Crumbled Feta Cheese

(Slow cooker)

Chicken Parmesan Sliders is the easiest crockpot meal you might ever make. The family will go nuts for this one!

  • Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 
  • Ragu Sauce 0R Prego Farmer’s Market Pasta Sauce
  • Hy-Vee Sliced Natural Cheese
  • Hy-Vee Parmesan Cheese
  • Cocktail Buns bakery fresh, white or wheat, 12 ct.
  • Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cantaloupe

Shop Online Now

New 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…


For a step-by-step tutorial, read Polly’s post about using Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online. It’s so easy!

Printable Menu Planner

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

Free printable menu planner

More Healthy Recipe Ideas

For more recipe ideas, check out our past Menu Plans or our extensive Recipe Index full of healthy, family-friendly recipes.

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