“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: January 18-24

For January 18-24: : A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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Even though my kids will never tire of our dinner staples like Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders, Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Baked Italian Meatballs, I am ready to try some new recipes in the New Year! So, this week and next, I’m trying out a few recipes I’ve pinned recently (follow me HERE). Don’t worry, I’ve filled in some old stand-by meals in between to keep the crew happy.

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 1/19):



The Easiest Baked Mac and Cheese

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Hy-Vee 12oz. – 16oz. Pasta
  • Hy-Vee White Milk Gallon
  • Dole Broccoli
  • Green Seedless Grapes
  • Tacos (with Homemade Taco Seasoning) – Topping bar includes lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, black beans, cheese, salsa, and plain Greek yogurt.

taco seasoning recipe

  • 80/20 Fresh Ground Beef 1lb. Roll
  • Hy-Vee Grape Tomatoes
  • Chobani Greek Yogurt 32oz

(Breakfast for dinner)



  • Apples Slices
  • Hy-Vee White Milk Gallon
  • Washington Stemilt Gala or Fuji Apples

(Leftover night)

  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.
  • Baked Balsamic Herb Chicken (FF) – Note: Instead of grilling, I will bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, until internal temp reaches 165 degrees F.

Balsamic Herb Grilled Chicken-5

healthy oven roasted broccoli

  • Orange slices
  • Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast lb.
  • Dole Broccoli
  • California Zeal Navel Oranges



citrus pasta

wheat rolls from bread machine

  • Green Salad
  • Mixed fresh fruit salad – Note: Double for tomorrow night.
  • Hy-Vee 12oz. – 16oz. Pasta
  • Responsible Choice Wild USA Peeled and Deveined Gulf Shrimp 40/50ct. 16 oz
  • Dole Premium Classic Salads
  • Kraft Salad Dressings 15.8-16oz
  • Sunbelle Fresh Blackberries
  • Del Monte Gold Pineapple
  • Green Seedless Grapes
  • Jet Fresh Peaches or Nectarines
  • Washington Stemilt Gala or Fuji Apples

(slow Cooker)


  • Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast lb.
  • Hy-Vee White Milk Gallon
  • For fruit salad: see ingredient list from Saturday


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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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  1. Marcie Fort says

    Hi gals!! Is there a way to print off your weekly meal plans I don’t see a “print” button!!! Thanks

    • Rachel says

      Gosh, I am sorry but there isn’t a way I know other than to print from your browser. I will think on the idea, though! Thanks!

      • Marcie Fort says

        Awesome!!! It would be helpful to me. I keep all my menus, recipes and to dos for the week on a clipboard that hangs in my kitchen. I would LOVE it if I could print at the touch of a button!!

  2. Thanks for all the work and ideas, Ladies! I’m getting burned out on meal prep already in my 100 Days of No Eating Out Challenge. I needed some ideas. 🙂

    • Rachel says

      Oh great! Glad we can help, Christina!