Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save”

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One of our favorite things about summer is the fresh produce. Is there anything better than fresh corn or peaches or zucchini? Several of these items are on sale this week at Hy-Vee. As summer is winding down and fresh produce is getting less and less, the best way to save it is to bake it in something for the freezer…like Healthy Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread or Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread or Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Squash Cake. Having these things in the freezer will be such a sweet reminder of lazy, glorious summer days.

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Monday: Four Cheese Baked Penne Pasta, Caesar Salad, French Baguette, Peaches

Tuesday: Pan Seared Steak, Roasted Root Vegetables in a Foil Pack, Blueberries

Wednesday: Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

Thursday: Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins, Coconutty Granola, Greek Yogurt, Grapes

Friday: Grilled Shrimp Kabobs,  Avocado and Lime Salsa with Tortilla Chips, Mandarins

Saturday: Baked Italian Meatballs, Grilled Corn, Crowd Pleasing Green Beans, Cherries

Sunday: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Baked Sweet Potato, Asian Slaw, Sliced Apples

(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.

Note: These menu plans are focused around Hy-Vee sale items to help our local readers save money.

4 Cheese Penne Pasta with whole wheat pasta is a healthier baked pasta that comes together quickly.

  • Caesar Salad
  • French Baguette
  • Peaches


Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 8/12/17):

  • $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.
  • 2 for $7 Bertolli Rustic Cut or Organic Pasta Sauce select varieties, 23 or 24 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Select Natural Cheese select varieties, 8 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Salad Blend select varieties, 5 to 12 oz.
  • $2.99 Vienna Sliced Bread bakery fresh, regular or seeded, 20 oz.earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.88 per pound White Flesh Peaches or Nectarines from California, lb.
  • Blueberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 8/12/17):

  • $4.99 per pound Boneless Beef New York Strip Steak Hy-Vee Choice Reserve, USDA Choice, 8 oz.
  • $1.38 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz.
  • $2.69 Green Giant Russet Idaho Potatoes 5 lb. bag earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $3.49 Fresh Blueberries from Michigan, pint

easy breakfast casserole muffins

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 8/12/17):

  • $3.29 Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Grade A Large Eggs 12 ct.
  • $7.99 per pound Di Lusso Premium Thin Sliced Ham lb.
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Select Natural Cheese select varieties, 8 oz.
  • 2 for $9 Chobani Greek Yogurt select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $1.99 per pound Columbine Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

  • Mandarins

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 8/12/17):

  • $5.99 Hy-Vee EZ-Peel Raw Shrimp Responsible Choice, 51 to 60 ct., 16 oz. pkg.
  • $1.28 per pound Bland Farms Vidalia Onions lb.
  • 2 for $4 Jumbo Hass Avocados each
  • 2 for $4 Party Size Hy-Vee Chips, Tortilla Chips or Tortilla Cupz, select varieties, 10 to 18 oz.
  • $5.99 Imported Mandarins big 3 lb. bag earn 10¢ off per gallon w/purchase

Baked Italian Meatballs are a 20 minute meal staple in our house! Perfect every time. #freezermeal #realfood

A simple tip to grilling corn on the cob._

  • Cherries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 8/1217):

  • $2.99 Jennie-O Ground Turkey or Breakfast Sausage select varieties, 16 oz.
  • 12 for $5 Fresh Sweet Corn Midwest grown, each
  • $1.99 per pound Stemilt Kyle’s Pick Jumbo Red Cherries from Washington, lb.

slow cooker pulled pork

Asian Slaw Salad

  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Sliced Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 8/12/17):

  • $1.99 per pound Pork Shoulder Roast Hormel Always Tender, lb.
  • 99¢ Washington Red Delicious Apples lb.

Shopping for “real food” in bulk and utilizing the freezer or pantry for storage is another super smart way to save money and eat healthier! Simply fill your cart with these Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals from Hy-Vee while the price is hot, then store and use later. We’ve even given you ideas of how to store and use each of them.

1. Pork Shoulder Roast Hormel Always Tender, lb.(sale ends 8/15/2017)

2. Fresh Ground Beef 93% lean, 7% fat, lb.(sale ends 8/15/2017)

3. Fresh Sweet Corn Midwest grown, each (sale ends 8/15/2017)

4. Dole Salad baby spinach, 50/50 or spring mix, 10 oz. (sale ends 8/15/2017)

5. Zucchini or Yellow Squash Midwest grown, lb., 42 oz. (sale ends 8/15/2017)


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!

Learn more about our cookbook, From Freezer to Table, and all of our fabulous pre-order gifts.

Learn to prepare delicious, healthy, stress-free meals for the family that go from freezer to table in no time!

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Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!


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