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


Real Food Menu Plan for December 15 to December 21: 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.

The countdown is on for Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?!? Okay, don’t answer that. Let’s talk about getting dinner on the table for your family each night instead, because here at Thriving Home we believe in getting a nutritious, {mostly} real food menu on the table each night with a little bit of freezer cooking added in for good measure. And that’s just what we have for you below. Check it out and happy menu planning!

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Monday: Vegetable Minestrone Soup, Crackers and Cheese, Apples

Tuesday: One Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice, Clementines

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

Thursday: Savory Breakfast Muffins, Wild Blueberry and Chia Seed Smoothie, Cantaloupe

Friday: Crockpot Ham, Cream Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Kiwi

Saturday: Yummy Fish Sticks, Whole Wheat 5 Ingredient Mac and Cheese, Steamed Peas, Pineapple

Sunday: Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken, Brown Rice, Oven Roasted 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.

Vegetable Minestrone Soup

  • Crackers and Cheese
  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/19/17):

  • $8.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 32 fl. oz.
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. pkg.
  • $1.38 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 1 lb. pkg.
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Broth select varieties, 32 fl. oz.
  • 28¢ Hy-Vee Green Beans or Corn select varieties, 14.5 to 15 oz.
  • 5 for $5 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 88¢ Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $2.88 Pepperidge Farm Distinct Crackers select varieties, 9.75 to 10.25 oz.
  • $2.99 Kraft Cracker Cuts, Cubes or Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese, select varieties, 5.8 to 8 oz.
  • $2.48 per pound Jumbo Honeycrisp Apples from Washington, lb.

  • Clementines

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/19/17):

  • $4.99 Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts,Tenders or Thighs, 14 or 20 oz.
  • 89¢ Green Giant Young Tender Sweet Peas select varieties, 15 oz
  • 88¢ Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. pkg.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Worcestershire, Soy, Teriyaki or Tartar Sauce, select varieties, 10 fl. oz. or 12 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.77 Hy-Vee Sunnies Clementines 2 lb. pkg.

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/19/17):

  • $2.99 Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage select varieties, 8 to 16 oz.
  • $1.99 Yellow Onions Midwest grown, 3 lb. pkg.
  • 2 for $5 Krusteaz or Ghirardelli Baking Mix select varieties, 15.4 to 32 oz.
  • $6.99 per pound Henning’s Cheese select varieties, lb.
  • $3.99 Land O’Lakes Butter Sticks select varieties, 16 oz
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $3.98 Simply Orange, Apple, Grapefruit, Cranberry Juice select varieties, 59 fl. oz.
  • 10 for $10 Fage Greek Yogurt select varieties, 5.3 to 7 oz.

These may be healthier than mashed potatoes, but these Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes will have your family coming back for more! #realfood #freezermeal #delicious

  • Green Beans
  • Kiwi

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/19/17):

  • $1.68 per pound Cook’s Skinless Shankless Bone In Whole Ham lb.
  • $1.48 Hy-Vee Brown or Powdered Sugar select varieties, 2 lb.
  • $1.38 Hy-Vee Specialty Mustard select varieties, 12 oz.
  • $3.49 Misfit Sweet Potatoes 5 lb. pkg.
  • $1.98 One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. pkg.
  • $3.99 Land O’Lakes Butter Sticks select varieties, 16 oz
  • 98¢ Hy-Vee Cream Cheese select varieties, 8 oz. bar
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Broth select varieties, 32 fl. oz.
  • $6.99 Organic Valley Organic Milk select varieties, gallon
  • 28¢ Hy-Vee Green Beans or Corn select varieties, 14.5 to 15 oz.
  • 3 for $1 Fresh Kiwi Fruit each

5-ingredient mac and cheese

  • Steamed Peas
  • Pineapple

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/19/17):

  • $7.99 per pound Alaska Cod Fillet Responsible Choice, previously frozen, lb.
  • $5.29 Hy-Vee Chopped Pecans 8 oz.
  • $2.99 BelGioioso Shredded or Crumbled Cheese select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • 5 for $5 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $6.99 Organic Valley Organic Milk select varieties, gallon
  • 10 for $10 Fage Greek Yogurt select varieties, 5.3 to 7 oz.
  • $1.38 Hy-Vee Specialty Mustard select varieties, 12 oz.
  • $3.99 Cabot Cheese select varieties, 6 or 8 oz.
  • 89¢ Green Giant Young Tender Sweet Peas select varieties, 15 oz
  • $1.48 Del Monte Gold Jumbo Pineapple each

  • Pears

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/19/17):

  • $4.99 Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts,Tenders or Thighs, 14 or 20 oz.
  • $3.99 Land O’Lakes Butter Sticks select varieties, 16 oz
  • 3 for $2 Zesty Lemons or Limes each
  • $3.99 Organic Valley Half & Half 32 fl. oz.
  • 88¢ Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $4.88 Stemilt Lil’ Snappers Apples or Pears 3 lb. pkg.

 

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. One Step Russet Potatoes 5 lb. pkg. (sale ends 12/19/2017)

2. Hy-Vee Green Beans or Corn select varieties, 14.5 to 15 oz. (sale ends 12/19/2017)

3. Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. (sale ends 12/19/2017)

4. Bush’s Chili or Organic Beans select varieties, 15 to 16 oz.(sale ends 12/19/2017)

5. Mission Ripe Hass Avocado each (sale ends 12/19/2017)

 

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 15 to December 21: 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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