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

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

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One of the advantages of being in a Freezer Club for so long was that our family got to enjoy a variety of meals each week–from vegetarian to Asian to seafood to Italian. Over the years, this helped expand our palettes and now my kids (although certainly picky in many ways) are much more likely to enjoy foods like shrimp, tilapia, or even–heaven forbid!, according to Honest Toddler–a casserole. That’s why I try to include a variety of different cuisines and types of foods each week in our simple menu plans. Pick and choose what works for your family, but I encourage you to challenge yourself and your family from time to time by branching out. You might be surprised at the results!

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 2/16):



Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe - Even better than Panera Bread's!

  • Grilled Cheese Dippers (Note: Cut sandwich into sticks for easy dipping.)
  • Apples slices
  • Swanson Chicken Broth
  • HyVee Shredded cheese
  • Hy-Vee half and half
  • Organic Fuji or Stemilt Pink Lady Apples
  • Mediterranean Shrimp (Note: Simmer the marinade in a small pot for about 10 minutes and serve as a sauce over the shrimp and noodles.)

Mediterranean Shrimp

roasted asparagus

  • Hy-Vee Raw EZ-Peel Shrimp
  • Barilla Pasta 
  • Fresh Asparagus


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


healthy waffle recipe

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Blueberries
  • Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs
  • Organic Kalona Milk OR Almondmilk
  • Organic HealthMarket Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • Hy-Vee Select 100% Real Maple Syrup
  • Organic blueberries

Baked Nachos

  • Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey (for taco meat)
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese
  • Eden Organic Black beans
  • Ripe Tomatoes
  • Dole Romaine Lettuce 

no peek stew

Bread machine honey wheat bread recipe

  • Mixed fruit salad
  • Hy-Vee Angus Reserve Boneless Beef Stew Meat
  • Russet potatoes 
  • Green Giant canned green beans
  • Tomato sauce
  • Baking Stone Italian Bread
  • Organic Fuji or Stemilt Pink Lady Apples
  • Organic mangos
  • Organic blueberries
  • Cara Cara Oranges
  • Anjou Pears 
  • Seedless red grapes

(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - An easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

  • Green salad with favorite dressing
  • Grapes
  • Just BARE Whole Chicken
  • Russet potatoes 
  • Earthbound Salad Mix OR Dole Romaine Lettuce OR Hy-Vee Salad Blends
  • Organic HealthMarket Dressings OR HyVee 16 oz Salad Dressings
  • Seedless red grapes


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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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