“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: June 27-July 3

June 27-July 3, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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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 6/28):



Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup recipe

  • Whole grain baguette
  • Peach slices
  • Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots 2 lb. pkg. ($.99)
  • Zucchini or Yellow SquashMidwest grown, lb.earn 1¢ a gallon w/each lb purchased, minimum 1 lb purchase ($1.69/lb)
  • Fresh Green Onions bunch (3 for $2)
  • NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes 10.5 oz. ($3.49)
  • Bland Farms Vidalila Onions 4 lb. bagearn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase ($3.99)
  • Pero Trimmed Green Beans 12 oz. ($2.77)
  • Family Tree Farms Peach Pie Peaches 14 oz. pkg. ($3.99)

For juicy, tender bite-sized chicken that will please a crowd try these Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs.

healthy strawberry shortcake

  • Just Bare Chicken Skewer antibiotic free, 5 oz. (3 for $5)
  • Pero Trimmed Green Beans 12 oz. ($2.77)


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


how to cook bacon

  • Whole wheat toast
  • Cherries
    • Organic Valley Large Brown Eggs 12 ct.earn 6¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased (2 for $6)
  • Hy-Vee Sliced Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. (2 for $5)
  • Stemilt World Famous Red Cherries from Washington, ($2.88/lb) 

pork chops

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Grilled Squash and Zucchini 
  • Grapes
  • Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops fresh Blue Ribbon, 35 oz., 10 ct., earn 20¢ off per gallon w/purchase  ($12)
  • Golden Sweet Potatoes lb. ($.99/lb)
  • Short Cuts Grill-Ready Asparagus & Squash lb. ($4.99/lb)
  • Green Seedless Grapes lb. ($1.99/lb) or Organic Green Grapes ($2.99/lb)

Oven Fries Recipe

  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Cantaloupe
  • Strauss Grass Fed Ground Beef 85% lean, 15% fat, lb. ($5.99/lb)
  • Short Cuts Lemon Garlic Asparagus lb. ($5.99/lb)
  • Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bagearn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase ($1.99)
  • Kandy Cantaloupe each ($1.99)

(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos are super easy and a kid favorite!

  • Raw veggie sticks with hummus or homemade ranch dip
  • Mixed fruit salad (chop and use whatever is left)
  • Extra Lean Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from the service case ($3.48/lb) or Organic Smart Chicken Boneless Skinless Breast ($8.99/lb) 
  • Hy-Vee Cream Cheeseselect varieties, 8 oz. bar ($.99)
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 6 to 8 oz. ($1.49)
  • Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz. ($1.69)
  • Holland Red, Yellow or Orange Peppers this week’s special, each (3 for $4)

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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