Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” (7.20.18)

If you love nachos, raise your hand. Me! Me! Can you see my hand?!? My crew and I L.O.V.E. nachos. The only thing that could make nachos easier would be if it could be made in the slow cooker. Oh wait…they can! The Hawaiian Pulled Pork Nachos with Pineapple Guacamole from Iowa Girl Eats look good enough to eat off the computer. Literally. (I won’t. I mean…I tried and sadly I can’t.) When you make the pork freeze a little for later for another pan of nachos. You won’t regret it. Seriously. I never regret nachos.


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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.

  • Cherries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/24/18):

  • 99¢ per pound Vidalia Onions lb.
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Grape Tomatoes pint
  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs limit 1 total w/coupon, LU 17400, 12 ct.
  • $5.99 Full Circle Fresh Organic Milk select varieties, 128 fl. oz.
  • Dole Premium Classic Salad select varieties, 8 to 12 oz.earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • 2 for $1 Fresh Limes each
  • $3.99 Full Circle Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 32 oz.
  • $1.88 per pound Stemilt Red Cherries lb.

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/24/18):

  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Tortillas 6 inch, 10 ct.
  • 2 for $5 Organic Full Circle Salsa select varieties, 16 oz.
  • $2.88 Sargento Natural Shredded Cheese select varieties, 5 to 8 oz.
  • $1.99 per pound Lori Anne Peaches from South Carolina, lb.
  • 79¢ per pound Organic Dole Bananas lb.
  • $3.99 Califia Farms Almond Milk or Citrus Juice select varieties, 48 fl. oz.

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Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

Chicken and Apple Bites

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Mandrains

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/24/18):

  • $1.69 per pound Zucchini or Yellow Squash Midwest grown, lb.
  • 98¢ per pound Red Delicious Apples from Washington, lb.
  • 99¢ per pound Hy-Vee Fresh Split Chicken Breast 100% natural, lb.
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs limit 1 total w/coupon, LU 17400, 12 ct.
  • $6.99 Imported Mandarins 3 lb. pkg.

crispy baked drumsticks

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Raspberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/24/18):

  • $6.99 Just Bare Chicken Wingettes & Drummettes 32 oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Grade A Fresh Large Eggs limit 1 total w/coupon, LU 17400, 12 ct.
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • $2.88 Red Potatoes Midwest grown, 5 lb. bag
  • $2.49 Dole Broccoli each
  • $3.48 Driscoll’s Organic Raspberries or Blackberries 6 oz. pkg.

  • Brown Rice
  • Steamed Peas
  • Cantaloupe

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/24/18):

  • $5.99 Skinless Atlantic Salmon Portion Responsible Choice, farm raised, 4 oz.
  • $6.99 Hy-Vee Select 100% Pure Maple Syrup 12 fl. oz.
  • $1.68 Hy-Vee Grand Selections Vegetables select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Jumbo Kandy Cantaloupe each

  • Avocado Lime Salsa 
  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/24/18):

  • $1.48 per pound Bone In Pork Shoulder Roast Hormel Always Tender, lb.
  • $4.99 Rib Rack Rub, BBQ Sauce or Marinade select varieties, 4.5 to 19 oz.
  • 99¢ per pound Vidalia Onions lb.
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • 88¢ Ripe Avocados each
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Grape Tomatoes pint
  • 2 for $1 Fresh Limes each
  • 98¢ per pound Red Delicious Apples from Washington, 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. Frick’s Bone-In Ham Shank Portion lb.(sale ends 7/24/18)

  • Deal: 99¢ per pound
  • How to Store: In the freezer for up to six months
  • Ways to Use This Item: Ham and Bean Soup or freeze for an upcoming event or holiday

2. Stemilt Red Cherries lb. (sale ends 7/24/2018)

  • Deal: $1.88 per pound
  • How to Store:In the refrigerator for two weeks
  • Ways to Use This Item: for snacking or with meals

3. Dole Premium Classic Salad select varieties, 8 to 12 oz. (sale ends 7/24/2018)

4. Beef Boneless Sirloin Steak Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb. (sale end 7/24/18)

5. Lori Anne Peaches from South Carolina, lb. (sale ends 7/24/18)

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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