“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: Christmas Week (and a Meal for a Special Friend)

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Christmas week is rapidly approaching, and I’ve got my game plan ready. It strikes me more than ever this year at just how much God has given our family. So, one thing we’re going to do this year is double one of our meals and take it to an elderly gentleman I became friends with last year. He was released from prison about a year and a half ago and doesn’t have family in town.

Rachel and friend

Let me tell you, this man of God is such a blessing to me (and seemingly anyone he is around). His life has been forever changed, and he loves and lives to “give glory to my Father in heaven” as he eagerly tells those around him.

Is there someone in your life you could bless with a meal (fresh or frozen) this holiday?

Check out my “taking it easy” plan…

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):



  • Ragu Pasta Sauce
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables
  • Red Seedless Grapes

(Breakfast for dinner)

 *Note: Double this fruit salad and serve tomorrow  night, too.

  • Farmland Sliced Bacon
  • Kiwi
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Zeal Navel Oranges
  • Organic Blackberries
  • Organic Anjou Pears
  • Del Monte Gold Pineapple


  • Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast
  • Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes
  • Organic Sweet Potatoes
  • Organic Valley Butter
  • Pero Family Farms Snipped Green Beans

(Christmas eve)

 *Note: My plan is to make both of these soups the  weekend the beforehand and freeze.

  • Hy-vee Chicken Broth
  • Organic Bunny-Luv Whole Carrots
  • Freshly Pre-Cut Vegetables (in bag)

(Christmas Day)

 Christmas Morning Breakfast:

 *Note: You can make ahead and refrigerate for up to  3 days. Let them come up to room temp before  baking.

Christmas Dinner: Leftovers

  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.
  • Midwest Brown Sugar
  • Farmland Sliced Bacon
  • Hy-Vee Greek Yogurt
  • Hy-Vee 100% Orange Juice


  • Hy-Ve Ready to Eat Shrimp Tray
  • Freshly Pre-Cut Vegetables (in bag)
  • Kraft cheese slices
  • Midwest Brown Sugar
  •  Boneless Pork Tenderloin
  • Organic Sweet Potatoes
  • Organic Bunny-Luv Whole Carrots
  • Organic Earthbound Farm Salad

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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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