Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” (3.16.18)


It’s March, which typically means spring and being outside and grilling and all things blooming. Well, in our neck of the woods, it’s snowing. Yes, snowing. The snow is not going to stop us though because spring is right around the corner. We are still sticking with the plan.

You’ll notice in our “Stock Up and Save” section, located right after the menu plan, that we have a few things to grill. If you can’t get to your grill because of the snow, or even if you can, stock up on some meat to throw on the grill this spring. In fact, go ahead, prepare it, and freeze it. You’ll be so glad you did when grilling season gets here.

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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.

  • Honeydew Melon

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/20/18):

  • $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, everyday low price, 12 to 16 oz.
  • 25¢ per pound Cabbage lb.
  • 2 for $3 Greenhouse-Grown Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers, each
  • $2.49 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 32 oz. pkg.
  • $1.29 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions lb.
  • $2.99 Mann’s Sugar Snap Peas 8 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $3.48 Fresh Honeydew Melons each

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/20/18):

  • $2.99 per pound Hy-Vee True Chicken Boneless Skinless Thighs lb.
  • $2.48 Dole Broccoli each
  • $6.88 Bertolli Olive Oils select varieties, 17 fl. oz.
  • 2 for $5 Dole Salad Blends select varieties, 5 to 12 oz.

Use up fridge leftovers or use a freezer meal.

This quick, cheap, and protein-rich meal works for breakfast or dinner anytime.

  • Navel Oranges

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/20/18):

  • $2.28 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Grade A Brown Eggs dozen
  • 2 for $5 Dole Salad Blends select varieties, 5 to 12 oz.
  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, everyday low price, 128 fl. oz.
  • $2.99 Brownberry or Oroweat Wide Pans Bread select varieties, 24 oz.
  • Spice Island Gourmet Spices $1 OFF regular price. select varieties, price varies by store, .10 to 3.5 oz.
  • $3.99 Kerrygold Butter select varieties, 8 oz.
  • $1.88 per pound Cara Cara Navel Oranges from California, lb.

  • Mangoes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/20/18):

  • $6.88 Bertolli Olive Oils select varieties, 17 fl. oz.
  • $1.29 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions lb.
  • $2.49 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 32 oz. pkg.
  • Spice Island Gourmet Spices $1 OFF regular price. select varieties, price varies by store, .10 to 3.5 oz.
  • $6.99 per pound Strauss Grass Fed Fresh Ground Beef 85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz.
  • $2.28 Hy-Vee Vegetarian Fed Grade A Brown Eggs dozen
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Panko or Bread Crumbs select varieties, 6 or 10 oz.
  • $3.98 Hy-Vee Russet Potatoes 10 lb. bag
  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, everyday low price, 128 fl. oz.
  • $3.99 Kerrygold Butter Sticks unsalted or salted, 8 oz.
  • $2.99 Pero Family Farms Green Beans 12 oz. pkg.
  • 3 for $3 Ripe Ready-to-Eat Mangoes each

  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/20/18):

  • $5.99 Bristol Bay Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon Portion Responsible Choice, previously frozen, 4 oz.
  • $6.88 Bertolli Olive Oils select varieties, 17 fl. oz.
  • $2.68 per pound Fresh Brussels Sprouts lb.
  • $1.88 per pound Honeycrisp Apples from Washington, lb.

Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump and go meal but is full of Tex-mex flavor! Delish! #freezermeal #realfood

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/20/18):

  • $4.98 per pound Beef Boneless Chuck Roast or Stew Meat Hy-Vee Choice Reserve, USDA Choice, lb.
  • $1.29 per pound Sweet Yellow Onions lb.
  • $1.68 Hy-Vee Aseptic Broth select varieties, 32 fl. oz.
  • 5 for $4 Hy-Vee Canned Tomatoes select varieties, 14.5 oz.earn 5¢ a gallon w/purchase of 5, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • Spice Island Gourmet Spices $1 OFF regular price. select varieties, price varies by store, .10 to 3.5 oz.
  • 78¢  Mrs. Grimes Beans select varieties, 15 or 15.5 oz.
  • $2.28 Hy-Vee Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 32 oz. or 4 ct.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.48 per pound Green Seedless Grapes 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 Broth, select varieties, 32 fl. oz. (sale ends 4/1/2018)

2. Dole Salad Blends select varieties, 5 to 12 oz. (sale ends 4/1/2018)

3. Brownberry or Oroweat Wide Pans Bread select varieties, 24 oz.(sale ends 4/1/2018)

4. Hy-Vee Fresh Split Chicken Breast value pack, 100% natural, lb. (3/20/18)

5. Boneless Top Loin Chop fresh Blue Ribbon, 4 oz. (sale ends 3/20/2018)

  • Deal: 99¢ per pound
  • How to Store: In the freezer for up to six months
  • Ways to Use This Item: Use one of the recipes from our post, 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas

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!


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