“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: September 5-11

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: September 5-11

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Have you ever tried cooking a whole chicken (the cheapest kind to buy!) in the slow cooker? That’s what I’m up to on Slow Cooker Sunday this week. Plus, if you’re looking for a way to incorporate more Omega-3-rich salmon in your life, you’ll definitely want to try Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes. They are so flavorful and can be kid-friendly if you knock back the heat. Substitute canned salmon to save money or if you don’t have time to braise salmon filets.

Here’s to a week of smart shopping and health eating at home!

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 9/6):




Seven Layer Taco Dip Recipe

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Grapes
  • 69¢ Ripe Hass Avocados this week’s special, eachearn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase

    2 for $5.00 Organic Earthbound Farm Spinach select varieties, 4 to 10 oz.

  • $2.99/lb Red Seedless Grapes

Salmon and sweet potato cakes copy

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe


  • Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.


This warm bowl of comfort is just pure dark chocolatey oatmeal goodness...filled with lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals!

  • 2 for $5.00 Organic Earthbound Farm Spinach select varieties, 4 to 10 oz.
  • 2 for $5.00 Organic Valley Large Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • 2 for $5.00 Frozen Hy-Vee Strawberries 16 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased

mini italian burgers

Oven Fries Recipe

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Watermelon

Chicken Pesto Pasta

  • Steamed Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe
    • $4.99 Just BARE Boneless Chicken Breast Fillets, Tenders or Thighs, 14 or 20 oz.

      $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.

      2/$5 Cantaloupe



(Slow cooker)

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - An easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

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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