“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: December 14-20 (+ Free Printable!)

For Dec 14-20: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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Welcome to all our new followers from our Favorites Christmas Giveaway! Each week I post a mostly “real food” menu plan to help you think about one less thing in your already busy life. If this is your first time to check it out, please know that our meal plans are…

  • Intentionally simple, kid-friendly, and full of variety.
  • Mostly homemade, “real food” (vs. processed food) meal options, so you can feed your family healthy and delicious food around the table most nights.
  • One of the best strategies for saving you time and money!
  • Full of freezer-friendly recipes that you can double and freeze for later (look for the notation “FF”), saving you even more time and money!
  • Accompanied by a grocery list of Columbia Hy-Vee sale items for each meal, as an added bonus for our local readers.

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Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a free printable Menu Planner!

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 12/15):



  • Tomato Bisque (FF)
  • Grilled Cheese Dippers (I cut whole wheat grilled cheese sandwiches into sticks for dipping. My kids love them!)
  • Raw veggies with ranch dip
  • Hy-Vee 33% Less Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes 28 oz. Can
  • Hy-Vee Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • Freshly-Made Vegetable Tray w/ Dip
  • Ground Beef Roll 90% Lean 10% Fat 
  • Hy-Vee Sliced Provolone Cheese
  • Organic Green Beans
  • Holiday Red Seedless Grapes (domestic)

(Breakfast for dinner)

  • Hy-Vee Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • HealthMarket Blanched Almond Flour
  • Hy-Vee 100% Natural Pumpkin
  • Fuji Apples


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.
  • Fresh Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fillets
  • Hy-Vee Long Grain Brown Rice OR Hy-Vee Natural Whole Grain Instant Brown Rice
  • Hy-Vee HealthMarket Organic Baby Spinach 5 oz Clamshell
  • Organic Harvest Crisp Grape Tomatoes
  • Frigo Feta Crumbled Cheese
  • Halos Mandarin Oranges
  • Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans (recipe will post tomorrow!)
  • Homemade Corn Bread
  • Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Breast 99% Lean 1% Fat 
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Hy-Vee No Salt Added Black Beans
  • Hy-Vee 33% Less Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes 15 oz. Can
  • Yellow Onions
  • Chicken Breasts Boneless & Skinless
  • Hy-Vee Cream Cheese
  • Hy-Vee Finely Shredded Reduced Cheddar Cheese
  • Hy-Vee Long Grain Brown Rice OR Hy-Vee Natural Whole Grain Instant Brown Rice
  • Hass Avocado, Large
  • Freshly-Made Vegetable Tray w/ Dip OR Bunny Luv Fresh Organic Carrots and Red/Yellow/Orange Bell Peppers

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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