“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: Feb 29-March 6

FEB 29-March 6, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Do you think my kids will go for a new veggie burger from Cooking Light I’m trying next week? I sure hope so, because it sounds delicious and is loaded with quinoa and all kinds of good-for-you ingredients. And, hey, let me point out how much I like the Crispy Baked Drumsticks below, too. Don’t skip the dipping sauce, because it takes the recipe over the top.

Happy menu planning!

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 3/1):



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balsamic sweet potato recipe

  • Green Grapes 
  • Organic Tomatoes on the Vine
  • Dole Iceberg Lettuce
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Seedless Grapes

crispy baked drumsticks

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Steamed Green Beans
  • Value Pack Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs
  • Green Giant Idaho Russet Potatoes


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins Recipe

The Best Everyday Smoothie Ever - Our family never gets tired of this delicious combination of juice, milk, fresh spinach, and tons of fruit.

  • Hy-Vee White Milk or Hy-Vee Almondmilk
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese
  • Onions
  • Pre-chopped multi-colored peppers
  • Wright Bacon
  • Florida’s Natural Orange Juice
  • Frozen Hy-Vee Strawberries or Mango Chunks (16 oz)

Baked Meatballs

simple blender hummus recipe

    • Fresh Ground Beef (85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz. roll)
    • Ragu marinara sauce
    • Hy-Vee cheese slices
  • Bunny-Luv Organic Juicing Carrots 
  • Dole Celery


bread machine wheat rolls

  • Tossed green salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce/Creamette or Ronzoni Pasta (COUPON, FREE pasta with purchase of 2 pasta sauces, select varieties)
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce
    select varieties, 16 to 24 oz.
  • Creamettes or Ronzoni Pasta
    select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • Organic Earthbound Farm Salad Mix OR Dole Chopped or Premium Salad Kit
  • earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • Cherry tomatoes (or Organic Tomatoes on the Vine)
  • Organic English cucumbers
  • Hy-Vee Select Crumbled Feta

(Slow cooker)

cilantro lime chicken recipe

creamy avocado dip recipe

  • Just Bare Boneless Skinless Breast OR Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenders
  • Cilantro or parsley
  • Frozen Hy-Vee Corn
  • Swanson Chicken Broth
  • Chi Chi’s Salsa
  • Bunny-Luv Organic Juicing Carrots 


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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