“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 18-24

April 18-24, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Enjoy this week’s delicious and freezer-friendly meals. Remember, simply double the ones that have the (FF) symbol by them and freeze for later! By cooking at home most nights (and strategically using Freezer Cooking), you’ll be eating healthier and saving money. Snaps for that!

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 4/19):



homemade wheat sandwich bread

  • Tomato slices
  • Mixed fresh berries
  • Di Lusso Premium Sliced Cheese OR Hy-Vee Cheese Slices
  • Hy-Vee Natural Sliced Cheese
  • Bushel Boy Tomatoes on the Vine
  • Driscoll’s Strawberries, Raspberries. Blackberries

Beefy Baked Ravioli

  • Whole grain baguette
  • Peas
  • Strawberries

  • Ground Beef 90% lean, 10% fat, 16 oz. roll
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 12 oz.
  • Hy-Vee Select Cheese Tortellini or Ravioli 42 or 48 oz.
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables, select varieties, 16 oz.
  • Driscoll’s strawberries


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


pumpkin baked french toast

how to cook bacon

  • Grapes
  • Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs, 12 ct. OR Eggland’s Best Large Eggs, 12 ct.
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Fruit, select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • Oscar Mayer Sliced Bacon, select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • Red Globe Seeded Grapes

Super Sloppy Joes - A much healthier and tastier version of the canned stuff!

  • Corn on the cob
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Ground Beef 90% lean, 10% fat, 16 oz. roll
  • Green Giant Vegetables (fresh broccoli), select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.

This Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin is a lean, flavor-packed, crowd-pleaser. It's been part of our family dinner rotation for years. #freezermeal #realfood

baked potatoes in the crock pot

homemade balsamic salad dressing

  • Boneless Pork Tenderloin, Hormel Always Tender, lb.
  • Organic Russet Potatoes
  • Fresh Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Butter or Romaine

(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos are super easy and a kid favorite!

creamy avocado dip

  • Apple slices 
  • Organic Smart Chicken Boneless Skinless OR Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, fresh from our service case
  • Mission Ripe Hass Large Avocado this week’s special, each 
  • Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • Jonagold Apples from Michigan, lb.

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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