“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: January 4-10

January 4-10: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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With holiday travel over and kids back in school this next week, it’s time to buckle down and get back to eating healthy meals at home. But, maybe like you, we’re trying to reign in the spending after the holidays. So, this week I’ve made sure to include some easy and cheap kid favorites like Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce, Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes, Pizzadillas, and more.

As always, 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 1/5):



fried rice recipe

  • Cal-Organic Petite Baby Carrots
  • California Zeal Navel Oranges

Baked Penne Pasta Recipe--Freezer Friendly!-14

  • 80/20 Fresh Ground Beef 1lb. Roll
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 12oz
  • Ragu Sauce 45oz or Bertolli Pasta Sauce 15-24oz
  • Earthbound Farms Organic Salads
  • Hot House Grown Red, Yellow or Orange Peppers
  • Cal-Organic Petite Baby Carrots
  • Washington Gold or Red Delicious Apples

(Breakfast for dinner)

Whole Grain Sweet Potato Pancakes

  • Organic Sweet Potatoes 

(Leftover night)

  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

broiled parmesan tilapia

  • Responsible Choice Fresh Tilapia Fillets
  • Hy-Vee Parmesan Cheese
  • Organic Sweet Potatoes
  • Washington Gold or Red Delicious Apples


  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 12oz
  • Ragu Sauce 45oz or Bertolli Pasta Sauce 15-24oz
  • Cal-Organic Petite Baby Carrots
  • Dole Celery Hearts
  • T. Marzetti Vegetable Dips

(slow Cooker)

cilantro lime chicken recipe

  • HV 100% Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 
  • Mission Ripe Large Avocados
  • Fresh lemons or limes
  • HealthMarket Organic Salsa
  • Cal-Organic Petite Baby Carrots
  • Dole Celery Hearts

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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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