“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 8-14

August 8-14, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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For our last week before school starts, I wanted to hit some home runs at home around the dinner table. Each night represents a family member’s favorite meal. It’s a hard call, but if you try just one, I’d say give the Baked Oatmeal a try. My next fav would be the Slow Cooker Pot Roast–a “real food” classic.

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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 8/9):




Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

3 Minute No Boil Corn on the Cob Method

  • Cantaloupe slices
  • 2 for $3.00 Hy-Vee Tortillas fajita or whole wheat, 16 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $4.00 Chi-Chi’s Salsa select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $7.99 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 32 oz.earn 20¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 4 for $1.00 Fresh Sweet Corn Midwest grown, each
  • 2 for $3.00 Jumbo Kandy Cantaloupe this week’s special, each

broiled parmesan tilapia

parmesan potatoes

  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Grated Parmesan Cheese regular or with Romano, 8 oz.
  • $3.99 per lb. Asparagus lb.
  • $1.68 per lb. Ripe Nectarines from California, 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.

Easy oven omelet recipe

  • $1.49 per lb. Red or Golden Delicious Apples from Washington, lb. OR $2.69 per lb. Sweet Crisp Jazz Applesfrom New Zealand, lb.
  • $5.28 Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Coconut Sugar 1 lb.
  • 2 for $5.00 Eggland’s Best Grade A Large Eggs 12 ct.
  • $7.99 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 32 oz.earn 20¢ off per gallon w/purchase

balsamic herb chicken

  • Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad - A quick and easy summer side to help use up all those delicious garden tomatoes.

Pesto cheese bread

  • $2.99 per lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from our full service meat case, lb.
  • $4.99 Hy-Vee Select Olive Oil, select varieties, 16.9 fl. oz.earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 99¢ per lb. Roma Tomatoes lb.

pizza stromboli recipe

  • Side salad with favorite dressing
  • Grapes
  • 2 for $4.00 Classico Pasta Sauce, select varieties, 15 or 24 oz.
  • $7.99 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 32 oz.earn 20¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 49¢ with fuel saver + perks™ card OR 99¢ without fuel saver + perks™ card Dole Classic Iceberg Salad, all natural, limit 1 per card per ad week, restrictions apply, 12 oz.
  • $1.98 per lb. Sweet Black Seedless Grapes from California, lb. OR $2.99 per lb. Organic Seedless Green Grapes from California, lb.



(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with no processed ingredients. Just real food that's really good!

homemade wheat sandwich bread

  • Peas
  • Watermelon
  • $3.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Angus Reserve Boneless Beef Chuck Roast 100% natural, lb.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag
  • $1.38 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • 3 for $4.00 Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables, select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.earn 9¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $3.99 Jumbo Whole Seedless Watermelon each

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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