Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Stock Up and Save (8.3.18)

Real Food Menu Plan: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Summertime is the best time to throw something on the grill for an easy, time-saving, budget-friendly meal. Did you know that we have 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas to help with this task? Combine these recipes with the great prices on steak, chicken, and corn on the cobb at Hy-Vee and you’re set. Save time. Save money. Eat real food.

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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.

Healthy Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta: Skip the canned junk and make this delicious and nutritious pasta dish for your family instead.

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 8/7/18)

  • $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, everyday low price, 12 to 16 oz.
  • 3 for $2.00 Hy-Vee Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce select varieties, 14.5 or 15 oz. (+ earn 3¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased)
  • $3.99 Organic Earthbound Farm Salad buy 1, get 1 FREE, select varieties, 5 oz.
  • 77¢ Green Peppers or Cucumbers Midwest grown, each
  • 99¢ per lb. Columbine Red Seedless Grapes lb.
  • Raw veggies (carrots, cucumbers, etc) with hummus
  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 8/7/18)

  • $7.99/lb Di Lusso Premium Thin Sliced Deli Ham select varieties, lb
  • $2.99 Lantana Hummus select varieties, 10 oz.
  • 77¢ Green Peppers or Cucumbers Midwest grown, each
  • $1.79 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • $3.69 NatureSweet Yellow Sunbursts or Red Glorys Tomatoes, 10.5 oz. pkg.
  • $1.88 Driscoll’s Strawberries 16 oz. pkg

Baked Egg Cups

Hy-Vee Sale Items :  (through 8/7/18)

  • $1.28 per lb. Midwest-Grown Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb.
  • $7.99/lb Di Lusso Premium Thin Sliced Deli Ham select varieties, lb
  • $2.88 Jumbo Athena Cantaloupe each

  • Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/7/18)

  • $10.99 per lb. Wild Alaska Keta Salmon Fillets, Responsible Choice, lb.
  • 2 for $1.00 Green Onions bunch
  • $1.98 per lb. Midwest-Grown Green Beans lb.
  • $5.88 Seedless Watermelon each

  • Peaches

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/7/18)

  • $3.99 per lb. Beef Boneless Sirloin Steak, Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb.
  • 77¢ Green Peppers Midwest grown, each
  • $1.29 per lb. Sweet Yellow Onions lb
  • 6 for $2.99 Midwest-Grown Sweet Corn each
  • $1.99 per lb. Illinois Peaches, Midwest grown, lb.

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/7/18)

  • 3 for $2.00 Hy-Vee Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce select varieties, 14.5 or 15 oz. (+ earn 3¢ a gallon w/purchase of 3, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased)
  • 99¢ per lb. Golden Sweet Potatoes lb.
  • $2.99 Hy-Vee Butter select varieties, 1 lb.
  • 99¢ per lb. Columbine Red 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 Butter, select varieties, 1 lb. (sale ends 8/7/2018)

  • Deal: $2.99
  • How to Store: In the fridge for about 3 weeks (check the expire date) or freeze for 6-12 months if wrapped up well.
  • Ways to Use This Item: Most of our yummy baked goods!

2. Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak, Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, lb.(sale ends 8/7/2018)

3. Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs, 100% natural, lb. (sale ends 8/7/2018)

4. Birds Eye Vegetables, select varieties, 10 to 16 oz. (sale ends 8/7/2018)

5. Illinois Peaches, Midwest grown, lb. (sale ends 8/7/2018)

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!

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!


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