“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: January 11-17

January 11-17: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Brrrrr! Winter has arrived in mid-Missouri. Hooray for soups and other comforting, yet healthy foods this week on the menu plan! Your family will love this line up I think. Remember, save money and time by taking advantage of our freezer cooking options. Just double the freezer-friendly recipes (FF) below and pop them in the freezer for another night.

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 1/12):



Cancer Fighting Soup

  • Whole grain baguette
  • Orange slices
  • Bird Frozen Blends
  • Midwest Grown Whole or Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • Hunt’s Tomatoes
  • California Zeal Navel Oranges


These may be healthier than mashed potatoes, but these Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes will have your family coming back for more! #realfood #freezermeal #delicious

  • Apple slices
  • Responsible Choice Natural Wild EZ Peel Gulf Shrimp 21-30 count LB.
  • Organic Russet Potatoes
  • Fresh Asparagus
  • Washington Honeycrisp Apples

(Breakfast for dinner)

baked brownie oatmeal recipe

Easy oven omelet recipe

  • Hy-Vee 18CT Large Eggs
  • Hy-Vee Almond or Soy Milk
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 6-8oz
  • Fresh Blackberries or  Blueberries OR Frozen Hy-Vee Raspberries or Wild Blueberries

(Leftover night)

  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

roasted chicken and vegetables recipe

  • Green salad with favorite dressing
  • Mixed fruit salad
  • HV 100% Natural Grade “A” Roasting Chicken OR Rotisserie Chicken (from deli)
  • Organic Russet Potatoes
  • Hy-Vee Salad Blends
  • Washington Honeycrisp Apples
  • Fresh Blackberries or  Blueberries
  • California Zeal Navel Oranges
  • Chicken, Cheese, & Quinoa Bowl – Use leftover chicken from last night and add any other toppings you like (shredded lettuce, tomatoes, plain Greek yogurt, salsa, avocado dip, etc).

creamy avocado dip

  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 6-8oz
  • Hy-Vee Salad Blends
  • Extra Large Roma Tomatoes
  • Hy-Vee Yogurt 6oz
  • Pace Salsa or Picante
  • HealthMarket Organic Tortilla Chips

(slow Cooker)

Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans


  • Apple slices
  • Honeysuckle White Regular Fresh Ground Turkey
  • Hunts Tomatoes
  • Hy-Vee 18CT Large Eggs
  • Washington Honeycrisp Apples

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. Marcie Fort says

    I love this post/meal plan!!! Will you be doing this weekly? I am in Kansas City and have a daycare in my home where I take care of 4 toddlers every day. This meal plan works for us!!! I also have a Hy Vee near me an use the aisles online delivery service weekly. What a lifesaver!!!! Going to look into your prep ahead freezer meals next!! Thanks again, hope you keep up the simple meal plans.

    • Rachel says

      Hi Marcie! Yes, I post this menu plan every Wednesday, so be sure to check back each week or sign up for our email list so you can get it delivered to your inbox. I do use the sales in Columbia, MO so I’m not sure if they are the exact same in KC or not. You’ll have to let me know. Thanks for leaving a comment and best of luck with 4 TODDLERS (you’re a hero in my book).