“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: November 21-27 (Thanksgiving!)

Real Food Menu Plan for November 21-27: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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Thanksgiving week means it’s time to get to work planning that Thanksgiving menu. I’m hosting this year, so I’ve got the full menu of what I’m serving. The rest of the week, though, is filled in with super simple recipes and ways to use up leftovers. Cause momma gonna be busy and tired!

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 11/24):






  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Fresh pineapple
  • $1.79 Ragu Pasta Sauce select varieties, 16 to 24 oz.
  • $1.99 Dole Broccoli bunch
  • $2.48 Del Monte Gold Pineapple ea.
  • Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce


  • Peas
  • Apple slices


  • 10 for $10.00 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.earn 20¢ a gallon w/purchase of 10, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Grated Parmesan Cheese regular or with Romano, 8 oz.
  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $1.48 per lb. Stemilt Granny Smith, Braeburn or Fuji Applesfrom Washington, lb.
  • $1.79 Ragu Pasta Sauce select varieties, 16 to 24 oz.


Egg in a Hole: A Classic Breakfast Recipe

The Best Everyday Smoothie Ever - Our family never gets tired of this delicious combination of juice, milk, fresh spinach, and tons of fruit.


  • $2.79 Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread 20 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 oz.
  • $4.78 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, 64 fl. oz.
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee 100% Orange Juicefrom concentrate, gallon
  • $4.48 Greek Gods Greek Yogurt select varieties, 24 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.99 Dole Classic Romaine, Greener Selection, Just Lettuce or Spinach, 15 oz., 8 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase






  • Pumpkin Pie (someone else can bring it! 😉
  • Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkey Product availability will vary per location, 10 to 14 lb.
  • Butter: $1.99 (limit 2 total), price reduced in store
  • 4 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Cream Cheese select varieties, 8 oz.
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Russet Potatoes10 lb. bag
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Half & Half regular or fat free, 32 fl. oz.Hy-Vee Sweet Cream Salted Butter Quarters
  • $1.28 per lb. Sweet Yellow Onions from Peru, lb.
  • 37¢ Dole Celery each
  • $2.88 Organic Hy-Vee Salad Mix select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $2.88 Organic Hy-Vee Salad Mix select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $1.48 per lb. Stemilt Granny Smith, Braeburn or Fuji Applesfrom Washington, lb.
  • 3 for $5.00 Ocean Spray Craisins select varieties, 1 to 6 oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.88 Twin Lake Fresh Cranberries Midwest grown, 12 oz.
  • 99¢ per lb. Navel Oranges from California, lb.



  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


Cheesy Chicken Casserole

  • 2 for $5.00 Pepperidge Farm Stuffing select varieties, 12 or 14 oz.58¢ per lb. Golden Sweet Potatoes lb.

  • $1.28 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz.
  • $1.48 per lb. Stemilt Granny Smith, Braeburn or Fuji Apples from Washington, lb.

(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

  • Leftover Mashed Potatoes
  • Salad
  • Grapes
  • $3.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Angus Reserve Boneless Beef Top Round Roast , lb.
  • $2.88 Organic Hy-Vee Salad Mix select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $2.99 per lb. Columbine Vineyards Holiday 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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