“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 15-21

August 15-21, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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It’s the start of school for us next week. So, I’m planning to make several batches of the Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches (below) and freeze them for easy, on-the-go breakfasts. Looking for more grab and go breakfast ideas? Check out my Pinterest Board called Easy School Morning Breakfasts with lots of ideas.

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 8/16):





  • Salad
  • Nectarines
  • 2 for $3.00 Ragu Pasta Sauce select varieties, 16 to 24 oz.

  • $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.

  • $4.88 Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Salad baby spring mix or baby spinach, 10 oz.

    $1.68 per lb. Family Tree Farms White Peaches or Nectarines lb.

  • Tacos with Homemade Seasoning

taco seasoning mix

  •  Grapes
  • $4.99 Lean Ground Beef 93% lean, 7% fat, 16 oz. roll
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Hard Taco Shells12 ct.
  • 2 for $4.00 Chi-Chi’s Tortillas select varieties, 8 or 10 ct. earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased

  • $2.59 Kraft Shredded, Chunk, Cubed, Crumbles, CrackerCut Natural Cheeses, select varieties, 5 to 8 oz.

    $1.88 per lb. Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes lb.earn 1¢ a gallon w/each lb purchased, minimum 1 lb purchase



  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Breakfast Sandwiches--freezer friendly

  • Blueberries 
  • $2.99 Farmland Bacon uncooked or cooked, 12 or 16 oz., or 2.1 oz.

  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.

  • $5.99 Glutino English Muffins16.9 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase

  • $1.88 Hy-Vee Fresh Blueberriesthis week’s special, from Michigan, pint

crispy baked drumsticks

  • 99¢ per lb. Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs Value Pack this weeks’ special, 100% natural, lb.

    $1.38 per lb. Colombine Vineyards Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

  • $3.69 Organic Russet Potatoes3 lb. bag

    $1.88 Dole Broccoli bunch

  • Sweet and Savory Salmon

Freezer Friendly Sweet and Savory Salmon Recipe

  • Brown Rice
  • Sautéed Zucchini and Asparagus 
  • $4.99 Fresh Farm Raised Atlantic Salmon Fillet Responsible Choice, 4 oz.
  • $1.88 Birds Eye Frozen Rice or Vegetables select varieties, 8 to 16 oz.

(Slow cooker)

slow cooker pulled pork

  • Chips and Veggie Sticks with Ranch or Hummus Dip
  • $1.77 per lb. Boneless Whole Pork LoinHormel Always Tender, lb.

    88¢ Fresh Green Bell PepperMidwest grown, each

    99¢ Greenhouse Grown Cucumber each

  • $1.88 Dole Broccoli bunch

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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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