“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: January 25-31

January 25-31: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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Next week I’m bringing back an old favorite that I used to make for my husband and me during the pre-kid days called Asian Lettuce Wraps. They are inspired by the P.F. Chang’s recipe and are lip-smacking good (and good for you.) The filling also freezes great! Now, will my kids eat it? That remains to be seen. However, there are a few other ways to offer up this Asian delight other than in a piece of lettuce. You can serve it over brown rice or roll it up in a soft tortilla. I’m also planning to try out a delicious-looking white bean chili I saw in the Seasons magazine. If it’s a hit, I’ll let you know on our Facebook page.

Now onward to the menu plan…

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.

Thursday(Leftover night)


Dinner menu:


Sale Items (thru 1/26):



  • Slow Cooker Baked Potato or Sweet Potato BarTopping ideas: shredded cheddar, plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, salsa, steamed broccoli, sautéed veggies (like red peppers, onions, zucchini, and squash), black beans, (or bacon pieces, if eating meat).

baked potatoes in the crock pot

  •  Grapes
  • Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 6-8oz
  • Hy-Vee Sour Cream 8oz
  • Fresh Red Peppers
  • Fresh Zucchini or Yellow Squash 
  • Bland Farms Sweet Yellow Onions
  • Red or Black Seedless Grapes
  • Asian Lettuce Wraps – Note: You can also serve the filling inside wheat tortillas or over brown rice.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

  • Brown Rice
  • Edamame
  • Orange Slices
  • Bland Farms Sweet Yellow Onions  
  • California Navel Oranges


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal: A delicious and healthy way to start your day!

  • Uncured bacon or turkey bacon
  • Mixed fruit salad
  • Almond Breeze
  • Hy-Vee Baking Chips
  • California Navel Oranges
  • Red or Black Seedless Grapes
  • Driscoll Raspberries
  • Washington Stemilt Pinata Apples

Simple Baked Chicken Parmesan - An easy, healthy and delicious recipe, perfect for any beginner cook.

  • Whole grain egg noodles (or favorite pasta) – Toss with a little butter and Parmesan
  • Tossed green salad
  • Buy a Package of Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast @ $3.99, Get One Free
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Creamettes/Ronzoni Pasta
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 6-8oz
  • Earthbound Farm Organic Salads  BOGO


  • Tortilla Chips and Veggies Sticks with Guacamole

Guacamole Recipe

  • Buy a Package of Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, @ $3.99 Get One Free
  • Bland Farms Sweet Yellow Onions
  • Ripe on the Vine Tomatoes
  • Hy-Vee Tortilla Chips

(slow Cooker)

pulled pork sandwich recipe

Oven Fries Recipe

  • Frozen mixed vegetables (steamed)
  • Grapes
  • Hormel Always Tender Pork Shoulder Boston Butt Pork Roast
  • Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes
  • Midwest Country Fair Frozen Vegetables
  •  Red or Black Seedless Grapes

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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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