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


Real Food Menu Plan for September 22 to September 28: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home. Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Welcome to our Real Food Meets Reality Weekly Menu Plan! If you’re new around here, you need to know two things:

  1. We love freezer cooking.
  2. We love it so much that we {literally} just wrote a cookbook all about it.  (It’s called From Freezer to Table.)

In our cookbook we give a clear plan for freezer cooking, but if you are interested in hearing us answer a few questions regarding freezer cooking, we’d encourage you to head over to Liz’s Healthy Table to listen to a podcast that we did with her. (Click HERE to listen.) While you listen, why don’t you grab some ideas below from our menu plan and plan your own weekly menu?!?

P.S. Take a 60 second peek inside our book here…

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Monday: Slow Cooker Vegetable Minestrone, Pretzel Bread, Grapes

Tuesday: Mini Ham and Cheese Sliders, Avocado Lime Salsa with Tortilla Chips, Mandarins

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

Thursday: Spinach and Bacon Quiche, Yogurt, Banana Boats

Friday:Healthy Shepherd’s Pie, Tossed Salad, Sliced Pears

Saturday: On The Go Chicken Burritos, Steamed Broccoli, Honeydew Melon

Sunday:Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef, Bacon and Brussel Sprouts Salad, Mashed Potatoes, 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.

  • Pretzel Bread
  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 9/26/17):

  • 2 for $4 Organic Full Circle Broth select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $2.68 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 2 lb. pkg.
  • 98¢ Dole Celery each
  • 99¢ per pound Jumbo White Onions lb.
  • 2 for $3 Monterey Sliced White Mushrooms Midwest grown, 8 oz. pkg.
  • 58¢ Hy-Vee Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz.
  • 10 for $10 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 10, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.99 Baking Stone Pretzel Bread 4 oz.
  • $2.88 per pound Organic Green Grapes from California, lb.

ham and cheese slider recipe

  • Mandarins

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 9/26/17):

  • $3.99 per pound Hy-Vee Quality Deli Ham select varieties, lb.
  • $2.99 Pepperidge Farm Buns or Rolls select varieties, 14 to 15 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Hy-Vee Bar or Cubes Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.
  • $4.99 Mission Hass Avocados 4 ct.
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Grape Tomatoes pint
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Kitchen Fresh Tortilla Chips select varieties, 15 oz.earn 10¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $6.99 Aussie Mandarins 3 lb. pkg.

The Banana Boat: The perfect after school snack!

  • Yogurt

 

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 9/26/17):

  • $4.88 Hormel Black Label Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $2.58 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs 12 ct.
  • 2 for $4 Hy-Vee Bar or Cubes Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.
  • 79¢ per pound Dole Organic Bananas lb.
  • 10 for $10 Fage Greek Yogurt select varieties, 5.3 to 7 oz. 

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 9/26/17):

  • $4.99 per pound Ground Beef 93% lean, 7% fat, 1 lb. roll
  • $2.68 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 2 lb. pkg.
  • 99¢ per pound Jumbo White Onions lb.
  • $1.79 Pictsweet Farms Vegetables select varieties, 8 to 14 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Organic Full Circle Broth select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $2.99 B-Size Gold Potatoes 3 lb. pkg.
  • $1.88 per pound Stemilt Red Pears from Washington, lb.

On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Honeydew Melon

 

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 9/26/17):

  • $4.99 per pound Hy-Vee True Chicken Boneless Breasts lb.
  • 2 for $4 Chi-Chi’s Salsa select varieties, 16 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Hy-Vee Bar or Cubes Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Azteca Tortillas select varieties, 10.7 to 14.1 oz.
  • $2.48 Dole Broccoli bunch
  • $3.69 Kandy Dewlicious Honeydew Melon each

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sliced Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 9/26/17):

  • $2.98 per pound Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, lb.
  • $4.88 Hormel Black Label Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $2.99 B-Size Gold Potatoes 3 lb. pkg.
  • $1.98 per pound Honeycrisp 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. Hy-Vee Tomatoes, select varieties, 14.5 oz. (sale ends 9/26/2017)

2. Hy-Vee Kidney Beans or Chili Style Beans, select varieties, 15 or 15.5 oz. (sale ends 9/26/2017)

3. Boneless Beef Stew Meat Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb. (sale ends 9/26/2017)

4.  Hy-Vee Quality Deli Ham, select varieties, lb.(sale ends 9/26/2017)

5. Dole Organic Bananas lb. (sale ends 9/26/2017)

 

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…

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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.

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

 

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

We hope you enjoy this week’s menu plan!


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