“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 4-10

April 4-10, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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With grass-fed beef and loads of vegetables on sale this week, I’m cooking up freezer-friendly, veggie-rich dinners all week long. My husband’s and my favorite recipe on the docket is probably the Cancer Fighting Soup. The kids would vote for the Meatball Subs and Baked Nachos as their winners (yes, even those meals are veggie rich!).

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 4/5):



Cancer Fighting Soup

wheat rolls from bread machine

  • Hunt’s Tomatoes
  • Fresh Zucchini
  • Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots
  • Organic Earthbound Farm Celery
  • Sweet Yellow Onions
  • Dole Broccoli
  • Organic Greenhouse Grown Pepper
  • Midwest Grown Monterey Sliced White Mushrooms
  • Hy-Vee Broth
  • Baked Nachos (Note: Top with taco meat, beans, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, avocado, plain Greek yogurt, etc.)

Baked Nachos Recipe

  • Grapes
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Tortilla Chips
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Thousand Hills Grass Fed Ground Beef
  • Vine-ripened tomatoes  
  • Dole iceberg lettuce
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Salsa
  • Hy-Vee Plain Greek Yogurt OR Hy-Vee Sour Cream
  • Green seedless grapes


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

  • Scrambled eggs

The Best Everyday Smoothie Ever

  • Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs
  • Fresh Zucchini or Yellow Squash
  • Horizon Organic Milk
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Raspberries, Peaches, Blueberries, Cherries
  • Organic Kalona SuperNatural Yogurt

healthy meatball recipe

  • Hummus with veggie sticks and chips

simple blender hummus recipe

  • Thousand Hills Grass Fed Ground Beef
  • Sweet Yellow Onions
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Pasta Sauce OR Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce
  • Kraft Sliced Natural Cheese
  • Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots
  • Organic Earthbound Farm Celery
  • Hy-Vee Select Hummus
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Tortilla Chips

Balsamic Herb Grilled Chicken-3

healthy oven roasted broccoli

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Bertolli Olive Oil
  • Green Giant Vegetables
  • Green Giant Russet Potatoes
  • Dole Broccoli
  • Red Ripe Strawberries

(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

  • Salad with tomatoes, mushrooms, & peppers with favorite dressing
  • Grapes 
    • Barilla Pasta
    • Hy-Vee Cottage Cheese
    • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Pasta Sauce OR Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce
    • Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese
    • Organic Earthbound Farm Salad Mix OR Dole Salad Blend
    • Vine Ripe Tomatoes
    • Organic Greenhouse Grown Pepper
    • Midwest Grown Monterey Sliced White Mushrooms
  • Green seedless grapes

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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  1. Stacy Jones says

    I love your blog! So very helpful and makes me want to start writing one too. Where in the world I would find the time to do so is another story, but it is still fun to read yours and consider it.

    • Polly says

      Thanks, Stacy! You should join our Thriving Blogger’s Newsletter! It’ll give you a good idea of how to start a blog if you ever decide to pull the trigger.