Real Food Menu Plan for December 8 to December 14: 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.

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


Real Food Menu Plan for December 8 to December 14: 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.

Each week we offer a freezer-friendly menu plan that is family-approved. You’ll notice during the week that some of the days are themed: Meatless Monday, Take it Easy Tuesday, and Breakfast for Dinner of Thursday. During December when schedules are packed and time is at a premium, we’ve selected most of the meals to be under the theme of “Take it Easy”. Use this opportunity to take it easy. Double a recipe, stick it in the freezer, and then use it as needed through the holidays. Enjoy the things that matter all while feeding your family good, nutritious meals. Have a blessed week.

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Monday: Slow Cooker Barley and Bean Soup, Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits, Apples

Tuesday: 5 Ingredient Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, Avocado Lime Salsa, Grapes

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

Thursday: Oven Omelet, Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins, “Kale Me Maybe” Smoothie

Friday: Hearty Baked Penne Pasta, Tossed Salad, French Baguette, Navel Oranges

Saturday: Mediterranean Shrimp, Brown Rice, Tomato, Corn, and Black Bean Salad, Kiwi

Sunday: Ginger Cranberry Pork Roast, Squash Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Pears

(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.

Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits

  • Apples

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

  • $8.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 32 fl. oz.
  • $1.77 Monterey Sliced White Mushrooms Midwest grown, 8 oz. pkg.
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. pkg.
  • 68¢ Swanson Broth select varieties, 14 or 14.5 oz.
  • 98¢ Hunt’s Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz.
  • 88¢ Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • $4.99 Sartori Grated or Shredded Cheese select varieties, 8 or 12 oz.
  • $3.49 Misfit Sweet Potatoes 5 lb. pkg.
  • $2.98 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $1.98 per pound Pink Lady or Pinata Apples from Washington, lb.

  • Grapes

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

  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. pkg.
  • 77¢ Fresh Green Peppers each
  • $6.99 per pound Smart Chicken Boneless Chicken Breast Tenders lb.
  • 3 for $5 Azteca Tortillas small flour or homestyle, 10 or 8 ct.
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips select varieties, 9 to 18 oz.
  • $5.99 Nature Sweet Constellation Tomatoes 16.5 oz.
  • 3 for $2 Zesty Lemons or Limes each
  • $2.99 per pound Scarlotta Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

Easy oven omelet recipe

The combo of mango, cinnamon, and vanilla almond milk create an interesting Indian-inspired cool treat that totally masks any bitterness from the kale.

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

  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • 2 for $4 Hy-Vee Bar or Cubes Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.
  • 77¢ Fresh Green Peppers each
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. pkg.
  • $7.99 per pound Di Lusso Peppered Smoked Ham or Havarti Cheese lb.
  • $3.99 King Arthur Unbleached Flour 5 lb.
  • $3.48 Quaker Oats old fashioned, quick or gluten free, 42 or 18 oz.
  • $1.68 per pound Fresh Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb.
  • 88¢ Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • $2.99 Silk Almondmilk, Soymilk, Coconutmilk, Cashewmilk
  • $6.99 Hy-Vee Fruit select varieties, 48 oz.earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 99¢  Fresh Collard, Turnip, Mustard Greens or Kale Midwest grown, each

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

  • $8.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 32 fl. oz.
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. pkg.
  • $5.99 Strauss Grass-Fed Fresh Ground Beef 85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz.
  • 98¢ Hunt’s Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Classico Pasta Sauce select varieties, 15 or 24 fl. oz.
  • 5 for $4 Ronzoni Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $3.99 Frigo Ricotta, Parmesan or Mozzarella select varieties, 10 to 32 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Hy-Vee Bar or Cubes Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.
  • $4.99 Sartori Grated or Shredded Cheese select varieties, 8 or 12 oz.
  • $5.48 Organic Earthbound Farm Salad Mix select varieties, 1 lb.earn 10¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $4.99 Take & Bake Baguette bakery fresh, French, sourdough, honey whole grain or roasted garlic, 2 ct., 7 oz.earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.88 per pound Zeal Cara Cara Navel Oranges from California, lb.

  • Kiwi

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

  • $9.99 Hy-Vee Cooked Shrimp Responsible Choice, 26 to 30 ct., 16 oz. pkg.
  • 3 for $2 Zesty Lemons or Limes each
  • $8.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 32 fl. oz.
  • 5 for $10 Uncle Ben’s Rice select varieties, 6 to 15.8 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.69 per pound Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes lb.
  • 2 for $1 That’s Smart! Green Beans or Corn select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz. 
  • 3 for $1 Fresh Kiwi Fruit each

 

 

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

  • $2.99 per pound Panko Encrusted Pork Roast lb.
  • $1.68 per pound Fresh Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb.
  • 2 for $4 Hy-Vee Bar or Cubes Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $1.88 Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 9.5 to 16 oz.
  • $1.88 per pound Stemilt Bartlett Pears from Washington, 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. Ronzoni Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. (sale ends 12/31/2017)

  • Deal: 5 for $5
  • How to Store: In the pantry for up to a year
  • Ways to Use This Item:Any of our Pasta Recipes

2. Bush’s Chili or Organic Beans select varieties, 15 to 16 oz. (sale ends 12/31/2017)

3. Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 9.5 to 16 oz.(sale ends 12/12/2017)

  • Deal: $1.88
  • How to Store: In the freezer for 6 months
  • Ways to Use This Item:As a side or in Szechaun Steak Stir Fry

4.Thomas’ English Muffins select varieties, 12 or 13 oz.(sale ends 12/12/2017)

5. Sea Best Frozen Tilapia or Swai Responsible Choice, 2 lb. bag (sale ends 12/12/2017)

 

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!

Take a 60 second peek inside our cookbook, From Freezer to Table.

 

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!

Real Food Menu Plan for December 8 to December 14: 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.


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