“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: November 16-22

For Nov 16-22: A healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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Weekly meal planning is hands-down one of the best ways to save time, money, and to eat healthier. Here’s why. Check back every Friday for healthy and easy recipes that your whole family will enjoy.

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.

(*) = Indicates recipe ingredients that are on sale this week at the Hy-Vees of Columbia to help save our local readers money.


Dinner menu:


Sale Items (thru 11/17):



  • Hy-Vee 14.5 oz Canned Vegetables (canned tomatoes) 
  • Yellow Sweet Onions
  • Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Slices
  • Columbine Autumn King Grapes from California
  • Buckley Farm 2.5 Lb IQF chicken breast
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 6-8 oz.
  • Pepperidge Farm Stuffing
  • Hy-Vee Cream Soups
  • Dole Broccoli

(leftover night)

  • Clean out the fridge or use a freezer meal.  

(breakfast for dinner)

  • Gold Medal Flour Regular, Unbleached 
  • Hy-Vee Pancake Syrups
  • 5 lb California Sweet Clementines
  • Black Bean & Cheese Quesadillas (optional: add meat of choice)
  • Creamy Avocado Dip and Salsa for dipping
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese 6-8 oz.
  • Del Monte Gold Whole Jumbo Pineapple
  • Hormel Always Tender Fresh Pork Tenderloin
  • Earthbound Farm Organic Salad Mixes
  • Stemilt Artisan Organic Anjou or Bosc Pears
  • California Navel Oranges (for salad dressing)
  • 10% off Bulk Pecans
  • Walden Farms salad dressing
  • Angus Reserve Boneless Bottom Round Roast
  • Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes OR Cascadian Farm Potatoes 
  • Washington Jazz or Pacific Rose Apples

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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