“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 25-May 1

April 25-May 1, 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)

Here’s a fun promotion this month if you shop at Hy-VeePerk of the Month: Swipe your Fuel Saver+Perks card during April for a chance to win a $5, $10, or $20 Hy-Vee Gift Card. In fact, the cashier told me this morning as I was checking out that she gave one away just yesterday.

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 4/26):



spinach chicken lasagna rolls

wheat rolls from bread machine

oven roasted broccoli

    • Hy-Vee Shredded Mozzarella
    • Galassi Pasta Sauce
    • Popeye’s Spinach (2 for $4)
    • Hy-Vee Pasta ($.88)
    • Bird’s Eye Frozen Vegetables ($1.88)
  • Organic Earthbound Farm Broccoli ($2.99)
  • Store-Bought, All-Natural Chicken Tenders (or make your own) (FF)

Chicken Tenders-7 low res


  • Pear slices
  • Golden Platter Chicken Tenders (frozen, GF) ($6.49)
  • Nutritious sweet potatoes ($.99/lb)
  • Stemilt Rushing Rivers Anjou Pears ($1.98/lb)


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is hearty, healthy, delicious, and fairly adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Plus, leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days. Serve it up as a tasty start to your day or as a “breakfast-for-dinner”, along with bacon and a fruit salad.

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Hy-Vee Coconut Oil new, gluten free, 14 fl. oz. ($6.49)
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Coconut Sugar ($5.29)
  • Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs , 12 ct. ($.88)
  • Value Pack Driscoll’s Organic Strawberries this week’s special, 16 oz. ($3.99)
  • Granny Smith or Pink Lady Apples ($1.68/lb)

how to grill pork tenderloin

Oven Fries Recipe

  • Peas

  • Whole Boneless Pork Loin ($1.69/lb)
  • Natural Choice Russet Potatoes , 4 lb. bag ($.88)



shrimp scampi recipe

homemade balsamic salad dressing

  • Hy-Vee Raw Shrimp, 100 natural peeled and deveined, 51 to 60 ct. , 16 oz. ($7.99)
  • Hy-Vee Pasta ($.88)
  • Organic Earthbound Salad Mix ($5.49)





(Slow cooker)

Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken - A healthy and delicious slow cooker recipe!

  • Brown rice
  • Fresh tomato slices 
  • Honeydew slices
  • Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Tenders or Thighs, 14 or 20 oz.  ($4.99)
  • Hy-Vee Canned Corn (5 for $3)
  • Swanson Broth or Stock, 24-32 oz ($1.98)
  • Hy-Vee Salsa (2 for $3)
  • Hy-Vee Cream Cheese (2 for $3)
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese, 6-8 oz (3 for $4)
  • Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Honeydew Melon ($2.99)

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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