“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: March 21-27

March 21-27, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This week is packed with a few of my (Polly’s) favorite, go-to recipes. Between the pot roast, meatball subs and baked chicken fajitas, my crew is going to be happy around dinner time! I almost always double up on the meatballs when I make them because they freeze so well. The other meals make great leftover lunches too. Mmmmm. Looking forward to this week!

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

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 3/22):



healthy mac and cheese recipe

  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Golden Sweet Potatoes

  • Black Seedless Grapes from Chile

  • Kraft Natural Cheese Shreds

  • Hy-Vee Canned Vegetables


Healthier Meatball Sub Recipe

  • 73 Lean/27 Fat Fresh Ground Beef 1lb. Roll

  • Fresh Asparagus
  • Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots
  • Rhodes Rolls (frozen)



  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Easy oven omelet recipe

Cinnamon Toast | Thriving Home-5

  • Cantaloupe
  • Hy-Vee Butter
  • Jumbo Cantaloupe
  • Responsible Choice Shrimp 
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Del Monte Gold Pineapples

Baked Chicken and Veggie Fajitas-freezer friendly10

  • Garden Salad
    • Hy-Vee Sour Cream 16oz

    • Greenhouse Grown Red, Yellow or Orange Peppers

    • Udi’s Tortillas

    • Kraft Natural Cheese Shreds

    • Hy-Vee Garden Salad Mix

(Slow cooker)

Pot Roast with no processed ingredients. Just real food that's really good!

bread machine wheat rolls

  • Mixed fruit salad
  • Angus Reserve Boneless Chuck Roast
  • Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots
  • Rhodes Rolls (frozen)
  • Grapes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple

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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