“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: October 26-November 1

For OCT 26-NOV 1: 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 Wednesday 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 10/27):



  • Dole Broccoli
  • Bunny-Luv Organic Baby Carrots
  • Birds Eye Frozen Peas
  • Yellow Onions
  • Holiday Red Seedless Grapes OR Organic Black Seedless Grapes
  • 99% Fat Free Boneless Chicken Breast 5 oz.
  • Bird’s Eye Frozen Corn
  • Earthbound Organic Salad Mix
  • Lots of varieties of apples are on sale

(leftover night)

  •  Clean out the fridge or use a freezer meal.

(breakfast for dinner)

  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal
  • Earthbound Farm Organic Frozen Fruit
  • Blue Ribbon Value Pack Fresh Cut Pork Steak
  • Yellow Onions
  • Short Cuts Ready to Grill Asparagus & Squash
  • 85/15 Fresh Ground Beef OR Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey 
  • Yellow Onions
  • Bunny-Luv Organic Baby Carrots
  • Red or Gold Potatoes
  • Dole Broccoli
  • Baked Chicken Parmesan(FF)
  • Whole wheat angel hair pasta (tossed with butter and grated Parm cheese)
  • Peas*
  • Pear slices*

  • 99% Fat Free Boneless Chicken Breast 5 oz.
  • Bird’s Eye Frozen Peas
  • Bartlett Pears


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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