Real Food Meets Reality: Menu Plan (March 28-April 3)

March 28-April 3, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (

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This week it doesn’t get much easier than our 15 minute one-pot wonder Tortilla Soup on Monday night with all your favorite toppings. This quick and healthy soup makes for even better leftovers at lunch the next day. And, I’m definitely going to double and freeze batches of the Mini Chicken Burgers and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes while I’m at it. They go fast around here!

Looking for more fantastic Freezer Meals? Here are my Top 20 favorites

Top 20 Favorite Freezer Meals: These healthy and delicious freezer meals will save you time, money, and make eating healthy meals at home possible!

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 3/29):



Tortilla Soup

  • Toppings: Whole grain tortilla chips, shredded cheese, plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • Grapes
  • Hy-Vee Corn
  • Organic Imagine Broth OR Swanson Broth or Stock
  • Tone’s Mini Spices
  • Organic Muir Glen Tomatoes OR Hunt’s Tomatoes
  • Hy-Vee Kitchen Fresh Tortilla Chips
  • Black Seedless Grapes

chicken burger recipe with wheat roll


  • Fresh pineapple slices
  • Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey or Patties
  • Hy-Vee Salt
  • Organic Sweet Potatoes OR Golden Sweet Potatoes
  • Del Monte Gold Pineapple


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.




  •  Fresh mixed berries
  • Hy-Vee Canned Pumpkin
  • Hy-Vee Select 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • Hy-Vee Salt
  • Tone’s Mini Spices
  • Organic Valley Butter OR Hy-Vee Butter
  • Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links or Patties OR Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey 
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Sun Belle raspberries

crispy baked drumsticks

These may be healthier than mashed potatoes, but these Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes will have your family coming back for more! #realfood #freezermeal #delicious

  • Peas
  • Value Pack Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks
  • Organic Sweet Potatoes OR Golden Sweet Potatoes
  • Imagine Organic Chicken Broth
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables OR Bird’s Eye Frozen Vegetables 

Steak Kabob Marinade Recipe

How to Roast Asparagus

  • Cantaloupe slices
  • Boneless Beef New York Strip Steak 
  • Mushrooms
  • Greenhouse Grown Red, Yellow or Orange Peppers
  • Organic Quinoa from Bulk Foods
  • Fresh Asparagus 
  • Fresh Jumbo Cantaloupe

(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

homemade wheat sandwich bread

  • Tossed green salad with favorite dressing
  • Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenders OR Chicken Thighs
  • Creamettes or Ronzoni Pasta
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Broccoli Florets 
  • Hy-Vee Grated Parmesan or Parmesan & Romano Cheese
  • Hy-Vee Butter OR Organic Valley Butter
  • Hy-Vee Garden Salad OR Earthbound Farm Salad
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Salad Dressing

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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