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

Real Food Menu Plan for June 11-June 16: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

You can always tell what season we are in by the fruits and veggies that can be found in our weekly menu plan. You will see clearly that it is summer with the addition of zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes on the menu this week. While these veggies are great alone, you’ll find these Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles to please the pickiest of eaters…and everyone gets a serving of veggies. And, as always, you’ll find the majority of the recipes on our menu plan to be freezer friendly.  Make a little extra and store it away in your freezer.

  • An easy menu plan?
  • Full of fruit and vegetables?
  • Stock your freezer?

We call that a win, win, win!

P.S. Did you know we have a cookbook coming out? Click here to learn more about From Freezer to Table!  Make sure to check out the special gifts for those who pre-order. 

Monday: Macaroni and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato, Garlicky Green Beans, and grapes

Tuesday: Strawberry Cobb Salad with Balsamic Lime Vinaigrette and a French Baguette

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

Thursday: Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and plums

Friday: Mini Italian Burgers, Oven Roasted Broccoli, Simple Squash Casserole, and sliced apples

SaturdayMediterranean Shrimp, Garden Greek Salad, brown rice, and honey dew melon

SundayEasy Cheesy Mexican Chicken, Avocado Lime Salsa, red ripe strawberries



A better mac and cheese with sneaky sweet potato

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 6/20/17):

  • $1.38 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.
  • $2.99  Cabot Dairy Cheese select varieties, 6 or 8 oz.
  • $4.49 Siggi’s Yogurt select varieties, 24 oz.
  • $2.99 Pero Trimmed Green Beans 12 oz.
  • $2.98 per pound Organic Red Seedless Grapes lb.

  • French Baguette 

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 6/20/17):

  • 2 for $6 Organic Earthbound Farm Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $2.99 per pound Hy-Vee True Chicken Boneless Skinless Chicken
  • $5.99 Fresh Hass Avocados 4 ct.
  • $2.99 per pound Hy-Vee Sliced Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $1.48 per pound Red Ripe Strawberries 1 lb. pkg.
  • $2.69 Full Circle Omega-3 Eggs 12 ct.
  • $2.99 Baking Stone Asiago Flute

Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Plums

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 6/20/17):

  • $2.69 Full Circle Omega-3 Eggs 12 ct.
  • $4.49 Siggi’s Yogurt select varieties, 24 oz.
  • $1.98 per pound Ripe Nectarines or Black Plums from California, lb.
  • $1.69 per pound Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb.
  • Mini Italian Burgers (FF)
  • Oven Roasted Broccoli

  • Sliced Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 6/20/17):

  • $5.48 Lean Ground Beef 93% lean, 7% fat, 16 oz. roll
  • $2.99 Pepperidge Farm Sandwich Buns or Rolls select varieties, 14 to 15 oz.
  • $2.48 Hy-Vee Sliced Natural Cheese buy 2, get 1 FREE, select varieties, 6.8 to 8 oz.
  • $1.69 per pound Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb.
  • $1.48 per pound Stemilt Pink Lady or Pinata Apples from Washington, lb.

  • Mediterranean Shrimp (FF)

    garden greek salad

    • Brown Rice
    • Honey Dew Melon

    Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 6/20/17):

    • $7.99 Wild USA Peeled & Deveined Gulf Shrimp Responsible Choice, 40 to 50 ct., 16 oz. pkg.
    • $6.99 NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes 24 oz.
    • 2 for $4 Red, Yellow or Orange Peppers from Holland, eachearn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
    • $4.49 Hy-Vee Feta Chunk Cheese traditional or tomato basil, 8 oz.
    • $3.49 Kandy Honeydew Melon each

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

  • Red Ripe Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 6/20/17):

  • $2.99 per pound Hy-Vee True Chicken Boneless Skinless Chicken
  • 4 for $5 Hy-Vee Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.earn 8¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 4 for $5 Organic Bush’s Beans select varieties, 15 oz.
  • $2.99 Cabot Dairy Cheese select varieties, 6 or 8 oz.
  • $5.99 Fresh Hass Avocados 4 ct.
  • $6.99 NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes 24 oz.
  • 3 for $10 Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips select varieties, 11 oz.


(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. 


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 Fresh Whole Chicken 100% natural, lb.(sale ends 6/17/2017)

2. Pork Loin Filet or Tenderloin, Hormel Always Tender, select varieties, 24 or 16 to 18.4 oz.(sale ends 6/17/2017)

3. Organic Bush’s Beans select varieties, 15 oz. (sale ends 7/5/2017)

4. Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips select varieties, 11 oz.(sale ends 7/5/2017)

5. Hy-Vee Select Pasta select varieties, 14.5 to 25 oz.(sale ends 7/5/2017)


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…


For a step-by-step tutorial, read Polly’s post about using Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online. It’s so easy!


Learn more about our cookbook, From Freezer to Table, and all of our fabulous pre-order gifts.

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

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  1. Kelly says

    What a delicious menu! Thanks so much for including my Strawberry Cobb Salad recipe. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks again, sweet friends! 🙂