“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: May 23-29

May 23-29, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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Since the weather has been so nice, I’m trying to grill at least once a weekend. This week I’m grilling up an oldie but goodie–Firecracker Salmon. It’s got great zip to it, but the kids still like it.

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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 5/24):



  • Vegetarian Tortilla Soup (FF) (Note: served with diced avocado, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, plain Greek yogurt)

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup - A 10 minute one pot wonder!

  • Cantaloupe slices
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Tortilla Chips
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 2 lb.
  • Greek Gods Greek Yogurt select varieties, 24 oz.

Whole Grain Pizza Bread

  • Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese select varieties, 2 lb.
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Pasta Sauce select varieties, 25 oz.
  • Organic Earthbound Farm Salad Mix select varieties, 4 to 10 oz.
  • Jonagold Apples from Michigan, lb.


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


whole grain zucchini pancakes recipe

  • Strawberries 
  • Organic Zucchini Squash
  • Hy-Vee White Milk select varieties, price varies by store, half gallon
  • Red Ripe Strawberries from California, 2 lb. pkg.
  • Firecracker Salmon (Tip: Boil reserved marinade for 5 minutes and use as a sauce over salmon and rice.)

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

  • Brown rice
  • Steamed green beans
  • Pear and apple slices
  • Fresh Farm-Raised Atlantic Salmon Fillet Responsible Choice, 4 oz.
  • Jonagold Apples from Michigan, lb.

mini meatloaf muffins

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Cantaloupe slices
  • Ground Beef 90% lean, 10% fat, 16 oz. roll
  • Jumbo White Onions lb.
  • Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese 8 oz.

(Slow cooker)

Chicken Parmesan Sliders is the easiest crockpot meal you might ever make. The family will go nuts for this one!

  • Broccoli and carrot sticks with hummus
  • Grapes 
  • Just BARE Chicken Thighs 20 oz.
  • Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Pasta Sauce select varieties, 25 oz.
  • Hy-Vee Natural Sliced Cheese select varieties, 6.8 to 8 oz.
  • Green Giant Fresh Cut Vegetables select varieties, 10 or 12 oz.
  • Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz.
  • Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

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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  1. Sarah says

    I use your meal plans almost weekly! Thank you!

  2. Michelle says

    Thank you for taking the time to post these. Meal planning is such a necessity for busy families!