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Real Food Menu Plan for April 24-30: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" Deals

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Spring has finally sprung. We've been in our kitchens making smoothies (thank you Hy-Vee for the frozen fruit sale) and at our grills grilling up some real food.…
Real Food Menu Plan for January 31-February 6: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: January 30-February 5

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This week's menu is packed with fast meals. From a 10 Minute Frittata to Whole Grain Pizza Bread to Honey Garlic Shrimp, you'll have a variety of healthy and delicious dinners on the table in no time…
Real Food Menu Plan for January 9-15: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: January 9-15

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The New Year means a renewed commitment to eating healthier for many of us. This week I'm sneaking in loads of veggies and fruit into our menu plan with the likes of Cancer Fighting Soup, Apple Cinnamon…
Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 26-Jan 1: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: December 26-January 1

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I hope you're enjoying the holiday break. For my post-Christmas plan, I'm focusing on some warm, cozy family favorites to keep the everyone happy over break. One surprisingly simple yet delicious…
A Simple Make-Ahead Christmas Menu

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: Dec. 19-25 (My Make-Ahead Christmas Menu!)

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You guys know me, right? My menu plans aren't fancy, even when it comes to the holidays. The thing is, I want to enjoy my family and not wear myself out. That doesn't mean these Christmas dinner plans…
Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 12-18: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: December 12-18

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Meatballs are a win every time in our house, so this week I'm doubling the recipe and creating two meals out of them. Do my kids need to know they are loaded with sneaky spinach and other vegetables?…
Real Food Menu Plan for November 28-Dec 4: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: Nov 28-Dec 4

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). Our family enjoyed the holiday respite and over-the-top good food, but it's time to get back to the "real food meets reality" basics. This week, I'm focusing on…
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.

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

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). 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…

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: November 14-20

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). This week on the menu it's back to the slow cooker for a delicious, vegetarian lasagna (yes, it works in the crockpot!) and my favorite pot roast recipe. Plus, your…
Real Food Menu Plan for November 7-13: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: November 7-13

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). We aren't fancy eaters around here, but we do like home-cooked meals that are easy and made mostly with whole food ingredients. Italian Baked Meatballs, Slow Cooker…
Real Food Menu Plan for October 31-November 6: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: October 31-November 6

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). My favorite menu this week is on Halloween night! Take a look at all the festive treats I have planned. Then, the award for easiest, crowd-pleasing recipe goes to…
Real Food Menu Plan for October 24-30: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: October 24-30

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week I have a 10 Minute--yes 10 minute!--Tortilla Soup that you're going to love. Plus, you've gotta try making the Baked Egg Cups. Low carb (and gluten-free)…

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: October 17-23

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) With this great fall weather, I don't want to spend more time in the kitchen than I have to. So, this week on the menu I've got quick and easy recipes like Penne…

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: October 10-16

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Why does menu planning even matter in the big scheme of things? Sometimes after monumental life events like our family just experienced, I feel the need to back up…
Real Food Menu Plan

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: October 3-9

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) I've got an interesting and easy method for making Mac and Cheese to show you this week (on Meatless Monday), if you haven't tried it before. You actually cook the…

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: September 26-October 2

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week, I'll be stocking my freezer with our delicious Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders and my favorite Meatballs with Sneaky Veggies. Both are requested frequently…
Real Food Menu Plan: September 19-25--Easy, delicious, and healthy recipes for the whole week!

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: September 19-25

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Killer deals this week at Hy-Vee on That's Smart! frozen veggies ($.89!), russet potatoes ($.99 for a 5lb bag!), eggs ($.99/dozen!), and red seedless grapes ($.99/lb!).…

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

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) 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…