“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: February 8-14 (+ Homemade Valentine’s Dinner!)

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

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Valentine’s Day is only a week from Sunday. I don’t know about you, but the idea of going out to dinner that night does not sound fun anymore. A long wait. An expensive meal that is often mediocre. And leaving my kids out. Boo! So, I’ve got a home-cooked plan that I think my family will love. Plus, we’ll top off our fancy-schmancy dinner with our annual Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt.

valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

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 2/9):



Whole Wheat Calzones

  • Steamed green beans 
  • Apples slices
  • Hy-Vee Marinara Sauce
  • Kraft Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Hy-Vee Parmesan Cheese
  • Bird’s Eye Frozen Vegetables OR Midwest Country Fare Frozen Vegetables
  • Jonagold Apples OR Organic Stemilt Artisan Pinata, Pink Lady Apples


  • Quinoa or Wild Rice
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes (with butter and a little brown sugar on top)
  • Hy-Vee Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Tenders
  • Organic Full Circle Quinoa OR Uncle Ben’s Long Grain Wild Rice


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Baked Egg Cups


  • Orange slices 
  • Eggland’s Best Grade A Eggs
  • Applegate Naturals Deli Meat
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese
  • Organic Cara Cara Navel Oranges OR Zeal Navel Oranges


  • Hy-Vee Chunk Light Tuna in Water OR Genova Solid White Tonno In Olive Oil Tuna
  • Dilusso Premium Sliced Cheese
  • Organic Russet Potatoes
  • Bird’s Eye Frozen Vegetables OR Midwest Country Fare Frozen Vegetables


  • Guacamole and salsa with tortilla chips and raw veggies


  • Boneless Pork Shoulder Roast
  • Organic limes (bag)
  • Organic Hy-Vee Blue Corn Chips
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Salsa
  • Freshly Made Vegetable Tray OR Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots, Red Peppers, and Celery
  • Mission Ripe Hass Avocados
  • Roma Tomatoes OR Organic Tomatoes

(valentine’s day!!)





  • Ready to Eat Shrimp Tray
  • Hy-Vee Choice Beef Ribeye Steak
  • Organic Russet Potatoes
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese
  • HealthMarket Salad Mix OR Dole Blends
  • Driscoll’s Fresh blackberries or blueberries
  • Mission Ripe Hass Avocados

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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  1. Sara says

    How would you freeze orange chicken?