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


Real Food Menu Plan for December 22 to December 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.

Here we are at Christmas. You’ll see our menu is a bit different because of that. For instance, instead of Meatless Monday, we will have Perfectly Grilled Steak and for dessert, we’ll have the Best Chocolate Cake you’ve ever eaten.  (We will use this cake in our family celebration of Jesus’s birthday.) And then there will be Homemade Cinnamon Rolls and a few more treats like Snickerdoodle Cookies and Puppy Chow. Oh Christmas time how we love you!  As always, we’ve kept things simple and freezer friendly. Hope you enjoy!

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Monday: Perfect Grilled Steak (or Perfect Pan-Seared Steak), Baked Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Beatty’s Chocolate Cake (aka Jesus’ Birthday Cake)

Tuesday: Leftover Ham and Nine Bean Soup, Chile Cheese Cornbread Muffins, Sliced Apples

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

Thursday: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Turkey Sausage, Healthy Ambrosia Salad with Toasted Coconut

Friday: Beefy Baked Ravioli, Tossed Salad, French Baguette, Grapes

Saturday: Corny Salmon Cakes, Parmesan and Spinach Orzo, Carrots with Ranch Dressing, Oranges

Sunday: Beef Bourguignon, Cheesy Pesto Bread, Strawberries

(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.

Jesus' Birthday Cake

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/26/17):

  • $7.99 per pound Boneless Beef New York Strip Steak Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb.
  • $2.48 Black Gold Farms Red Potatoes 5 lb. pkg.
  • $3.99 Farmland Bacon or Ham select varieties or fully cooked, 10 to 16 oz. or 2.1 oz.
  • $3.99 King Arthur Unbleached Flour 5 lb.
  • $1.88 Hy-Vee Pure Cane Sugar 4 lb.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $3.19 Crisco Oil canola or natural blend, 48 fl. oz.
  • $2.28 Baker’s Baking Chocolate select varieties, 4 oz.
  • $2.49 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 oz.
  • $1.28 That’s Smart! Brown or Powdered Sugar 2 lb.

  • Sliced Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/26/17):

  • $1.68 per pound Cook’s Skinless Shankless Whole Bone In Ham lb.
  • $1.28 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions from Peru, lb.
  • 59¢ Hy-Vee Beef or Chicken Broth select varieties, 14.5 oz.
  • 88¢ Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • $2.49 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • 4 for $5 Siggi’s Yogurt or Drink select varieties, 4 to 5.3 oz. or 8 fl. oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $6.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.earn 15¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.98 per pound Pink Lady or Pinata Apples from Washington, lb.

bread machine cinnamon roll recipe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/26/17):

  • $3.99 King Arthur Unbleached Flour 5 lb.
  • $2.49 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 oz.
  • $1.88 Hy-Vee Pure Cane Sugar 4 lb.
  • 5 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .05 to 1.55 oz.
  • $2.99 Honeysuckle White Fresh Ground Turkey, Sausage,Meatballs or Bacon, select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 4 for $5 Siggi’s Yogurt or Drink select varieties, 4 to 5.3 oz. or 8 fl. oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.88 Baker’s Angel Flake coconut select varieties, 14 oz.

Beefy Baked Ravioli Recipe

  • Tossed Salad
  • French Baguette
  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/26/17):

  • $4.29 Giovanni Rana Pasta or Sauce select varieties, 7 to 15 oz. 
  • $1.28 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions from Peru, lb.
  • $4.99 Lean Ground Beef 93% lean, 7% fat, 1 lb. roll
  • $2.99 Honeysuckle White Fresh Ground Turkey, Sausage,Meatballs or Bacon, select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Barilla Pasta Sauce select varieties, 14.5 or 24 oz.
  • $6.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.earn 15¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $3.99 Frigo Ricotta, Parmesan or Mozzarella select varieties, 10 to 32 oz.
  • 2 for $6 Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Salad select varieties, 5 oz. pkg.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.99 French Bread bakery fresh, 20 oz.earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.99 per pound Scarlotta Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

 

  • Oranges

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/26/17):

  • $5.99 Fresh Farm Raised Skinless Atlantic Salmon Portion Responsible Choice, 4 oz.
  • 89¢ Green Giant Corn, Green Beans or Peas select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz.
  • $6.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.earn 15¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.69 Kraft Mayo select varieties, 22 or 30 fl. oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Brown Eggs 12 ct. 
  • $1.38 Hy-Vee Specialty Mustard select varieties, 12 oz.
  • 3 for $2 Zesty Lemons or Limes each
  • $4.49 Old Bay Seasoning 6 oz.
  • $3.19 Crisco Oil canola or natural blend, 48 fl. oz.
  • $3.99 Frigo Ricotta, Parmesan or Mozzarella select varieties, 10 to 32 oz.
  • $6.99 Horizon Organic Milk select varieties, 128 fl. oz.
  • $1.29 Hy-Vee Spinach chopped or leaf, 10 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $1.68 per pound Jumbo Navel Oranges from California, lb.
  • $2.28 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 2 lb. pkg.
  • 5 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .05 to 1.55 oz.

  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 12/26/17):

  • $4.99 per pound Boneless Beef Stew Meat Hy-Vee Choice Reserve, USDA Choice, lb.
  • $3.99 Farmland Bacon or Ham select varieties or fully cooked, 10 to 16 oz. or 2.1 oz.
  • $7.99 Apothic Wine select varieties, not available at all locations, deposit where required, 750 ml.
  • $1.28 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions from Peru, lb.
  • $2.28 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 2 lb. pkg.
  • $1.28 Dole Celery each
  • 59¢ Hy-Vee Beef or Chicken Broth select varieties, 14.5 oz.
  • $2.99 French Bread bakery fresh, 20 oz.earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.49 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 oz.
  • $6.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese select varieties, 24 oz.earn 15¢ off per gallon w/purchase

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. Jumbo Sweet Potatoes lb. (sale ends 12/26/2017)

2. Hy-Vee Bagels select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. (sale ends 12/26/2017)

  • Deal: 3 for $5, earn 12¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 4¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • How to Store: In the freezer for up to six months
  • Ways to Use This Item:Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel, Bagels with Cream Cheese

3. Hy-Vee Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz. (sale ends 12/26/2017)

4. Hy-Vee Beef or Chicken Broth select varieties, 14.5 oz.(sale ends 12/26/2017)

5. Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb. (sale ends 12/26/2017)

 

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!

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 22 to December 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.


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