“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: October 19-25

A healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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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.

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


Dinner menu:


Sales Items (thru 10/20):



  • Hy-Vee Golden Canned Corn or Hy-Vee Frozen Corn
  • Full Circle Organic Refried Beans
  • Hy-Vee Diced Tomatoes
  • Hy-Vee Broth
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheddar Cheese
  • Apples (many varieties on sale)
  • Hy-Vee Rotisserie Chicken (buy two and have enough for Saturday’s meal)
  • Hy-Vee Sour Cream
  • Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunk (shred your own) or Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese
  • Organic Bunny-Lov Baby Carrots
  • Yellow sweet onions
  • Green Giant Pre-Chopped Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Organic Sweet Potatoes
  • Organic Red or Green Seedless Grapes

(leftover night)

  •  Clean out the fridge or use a freezer meal.

(breakfast for dinner)

  • Hy-Vee Quality Thin-Sliced Ham
  • Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunk (shred your own) or Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese
  • Apples (many varieties on sale)
  • My Favorite Cobb Salad (Note: Chop extra lettuce and tomatoes for Saturday’s meal.)
  • Whole Grain Baguette 
  • Leftover grapes
  • Hy-Vee Rotisserie Chicken or Bare Chicken Breasts
  • Oscar Mayer Sliced Bacon
  • Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunk (shred your own) or Hy-Vee Shredded Natural Cheese
  • Organic Romaine Hearts or Organic Hy-Vee Healthmarket Salad Mix
  • Organic Bunny-Lov Baby Carrots
  • Jumbo Mission Ripe Avocado
  • Cucumbers
  • Midwest Grown Tomatoes on the Vine
  • Hy-Vee Select Frozen Artisan Bread
  • Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey or 93% Lean Ground Beef
  • Hy-Vee Natural Shredded Cheese or Cheese Chunk
  • Hy-Vee Hard Taco Shells
  • Hy-Vee Select Tortilla Chips
  • Organic Hy-Vee Healthmarket Salsa
  • Organic Romaine Hearts
  • Jumbo Mission Ripe Avocado
  • Midwest Grown Bushel Boy Tomatoes on the Vine
  • Sea Best Tilapia Filets 
  • Organic Full Circle Butter
  • KRAFT Mayo
  • Organic sweet potatoes
  • Hy-Vee Steam Quick Frozen Vegetables or Green Giant Pre-Chopped Fresh Vegetables

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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. Courtney says

    These all look wonderful! Thank you for this! I love that you include instructions to cook a little extra for the upcoming meals. Anything to help me save time is a winner in my books!! Look forward to coming here every Wednesday 🙂