Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” (4.13.18)

Spring has sprung! Although it doesn’t quite feel like it temperature wise in our neck of the woods, I certainly feel it in my heart. Another way I know it’s spring is because of all the sports and activities. If we are not at practice, we are at a game. If we are not at a game, we are at a team meeting. If we are not at a team meeting, we are at an end of the year school program….and on and on and on. Please tell me we are not alone?The only way we survive thrive during this season is by having a simple, full of nutrition, freezer friendly menu plan. Each week we offer this for free for our readers. We sure hope you’re able to grab some ideas for your family’s menu plan so if you are coming or going you can still get dinner on the table.


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Tips for Using Our Plan:

Pick and Choose: Just by having a simple plan in place before the week begins, you’ll be saving money and time. Pick and choose what meals work best for your family from our list and include in your own plan.

Double and Freeze: Every week you’ll see “FF (meaning freezer-friendly) next to several recipes in the menu. Simply double and freeze one batch for another dinner later. Read Freezer Cooking 101 to learn more.

Plan Around the Sales at Hy-Vee: Our menu plans are sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) and are focused around their sale items to help our local readers save money. You’ll find a grocery list of sale items that are included in the recipes under each day.

Stock Up and Save: Scroll to the bottom to discover our pick’s for “Hy-Vee’s Top 5 Real Food Deals” of the week. Stock up, store, and then use these later using our suggestions.

Simple Blender Hummus

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/17/18):

  • $2.68 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs dozen
  • 3 for $5 Hy-Vee Refrigerated Bagels select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.earn 6¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $4.99 Hy-Vee Extra Virgin Olive Oil 16.9 fl. oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 99¢ Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 1 lb. pkg.
  • $3.99 Mini Sweet Peppers 1 lb. pkg.
  • $2.99 per pound Scarlotta Red Seedless Grapes lb.

  • French Baguette
  • Mandarins

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/17/18):

  • 2 for $5 Johnsonville Smoked Dinner Rope Sausage select varieties, 12 or 13.5 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $5.98 Halos Mandarins 3 lb. pkg.

Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

how to cook bacon

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Pears

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/17/18):

  • $5.48 Oscar Mayer Bacon select varieties, everyday low price, 12 to 16 oz.
  • $2.68 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs dozen
  • $1.69 per pound Argentina Bartlett Pears lb.

  • Steamed Peas
  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/17/18):

  • $1.00 StarKist Chunk Light Tuna select varieties, everyday low price, 5 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 2 lb.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 2 for $5 Hellmann’s Mayonnaise select varieties, 11.5 or 15 fl. oz.
  • 4 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .1 to 1.45 oz.
  • 98¢ Del Monte Vegetables select varieties, everyday low price, 11 to 15.25 oz.
  • $1.98 per pound Pink Lady Apples or Pinata Apples from Washington, lb.

cheddar and sour cream biscuits

  • Pineapple

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/17/18):

  • $11.99 per pound Strauss Grass Fed Boneless Beef New York Strip Steak, 11.5 oz.
  • $4.99 Hy-Vee Extra Virgin Olive Oil 16.9 fl. oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 98¢ per pound Red or Gold Potatoes B size, lb.
  • 4 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .1 to 1.45 oz.
  • $3.98 Organic Full Circle Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $4.99 Hy-Vee Extra Virgin Olive Oil 16.9 fl. oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $4.69 Organic Full Circle Apple Cider Vinegar 32 fl. oz.
  • 39¢ with fuel saver + perks® card Hy-Vee Sour Cream all natural or light, limit 1 per card, 8 oz.
  • $2.99 Del Monte Gold Pineapple each earn 2¢ off per gallon w/purchase

Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken - A delicious and healthy slow cooker recipe!

  • Brown Rice
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Pineapple

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 4/17/18):

  • $2.98 per pound Hy-Vee Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs 100% natural, lb.
  • $3.99 Frontera Salsa select varieties, 16 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables select varieties, 9.5 to 16 oz.
  • 3 for $5 Hy-Vee Cream Cheese select varieties, 8 oz. barearn 3¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.99 per pound Beefsteak Tomatoes lb.
  • $2.99 Del Monte Gold Pineapple each earn 2¢ 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. Our Special Recipe Bratwurst, Patties or Italian Sausage, select varieties, regular or skinless links, 3.75 oz. (sale ends 4/17/18)

2. Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 1 lb. pkg. (sale ends 4/17/2018)

3. Green Beans lb.(sale ends 4/17/2018)

4. Hy-Vee Greek Yogurt select varieties, 32 oz.(4/17/18)

5. Hy-Vee Tortillas select varieties, 14 to 17 oz. (sale ends 4/17/2018)

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!

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!


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