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

July 11-17, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Yes, my menu is super simple. But, hey, it’s summer and I don’t want to spend much time indoors. I love to utilize the grill for a delicious piece of meat and then throw in a vegetable and fruit as the side. This week’s easy meals are healthy and delicious!

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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 7/12):





Spinach Cranberry Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

  • 3 for $5.00 Ragu Pasta Sauce this week’s special, select varieties, 16 to 24 oz.earn 3¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.
  • 2 for $5.00 Dole Salad Blend all natural, select varieties, 5 to 12 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased

homemade sandwich wheat bread recipe

  •  Fresh peach slices
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Sliced Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $1.28 Dole Iceberg Lettuce each.
  • $1.49 per lb. Tomatoes from Arkansas, lb.
  • $1.49 per lb. Ripe ‘N Ready Nectarine or Peaches from California, lb.


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

  • $2.99 Organic Driscoll’s Blueberries or Blackberries 6 oz. pkg.

Firecracker Asian Salmon - A healthy and deeply flavorful marinated fish recipe.


  • Cantaloupe
  • Fresh Alaska Wild Sockeye Salmon FilletsResponsible Choice, price varies by store, lb. 
  • $4.99 per lb. Short Cuts Grill-Ready Asparagus & Squash
  • $2.99 Savor Fresh Farms Sugar Kiss Melon each


  • Baked potato
  • Steamed green beans 
  • Blackberries and blueberries
    • Buy 2, Get 1 FREE Bacon Wrapped Sirloin Fillet Buy 2, Get 1 FREE, Hy-Vee Choice Reserve, USDA Choice, 100% natural

      $2.99 Organic Driscoll’s Blueberries or Blackberries 6 oz. pkg.



(Slow cooker)

Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken - A delicious and healthy slow cooker recipe!

  • Brown Rice
  • Tomato slices
  • Cantaloupe
  • $2.99 per lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from our full service case, lb.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/each lb. purchased, minimum 1 lb. purchase
  • 2 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 12 oz.
  • $1.48 Hy-Vee Broth select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $2.99 Savor Fresh Farms Sugar Kiss Melon each

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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