Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” (7.27.18)


In the summer I try not to heat up my kitchen too often. It’s just too hot. One of the ways I keep from heating up the kitchen is by serving a HUGE salad for dinner. If it has meat on it, I’ll try to cook it on the grill outside (by using a recipe from 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas) or use meat from the deli. The whole family gets in on the action. It’s actually quite fun. My oldest kiddos can chop veggies. My youngest can tear lettuce and set the table. The hubs and I shred cheese, boil eggs, and just do whatever else is needed. It really is one of our favorite meals. And then to top it off we pick from one of the 33 Homemade Salad Dressings. It’s a meal where everyone can find some combination that is a win for supper.

 

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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.

  • Blueberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/31/18):

  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • 99¢ per pound Vidalia Onions lb.
  • 2 for $5 Culinary Tours Mustard select varieties, 7.5 to 7.75 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.69 Brownberry or Oroweat Buns select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Blueberries from Michigan, limit 2, pint

Cobb Salad

  • Fuji Appes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/31/18):

  • 10 for $10 Grimmway Farms Petite Carrots 12 oz. pkg.
  • 99¢ per pound Roma Tomatoes lb.
  • 2 for $3 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese select varieties, limit 2 total w/coupon, LU 17500, 8 oz. bar
  • $3.99 Hormel Black Label Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $7.99 per pound Di Lusso Premium Thin Sliced Deli Ham select varieties, lb.
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • 2 for $5 Culinary Tours Mustard select varieties, 7.5 to 7.75 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.48 per pound Fuji or Royal Gala Apples from Washington, lb.

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Breakfast Cereal Parfait

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/31/18):

  • $2.99 Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes select varieties, everyday low price, 32 oz.
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • 2 for $3 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese select varieties, limit 2 total w/coupon, LU 17500, 8 oz. bar
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Grape Tomatoes pint
  • $4.99 Chobani Greek Yogurt select varieties, 32 oz.
  • 99¢ Hy-Vee Blueberries from Michigan, limit 2, pint
  • $2.99 General Mills Cereal select varieties, everyday low price, 9 to 13.8 oz.

5-ingredient mac and cheese

  • Green Beans
  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/31/18):

  • $6.99 Sea Best Frozen Tilapia Responsible Choice, 2 lb. pkg.
  • 2 for $1 Fresh Limes each
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 2 for $3 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese select varieties, limit 2 total w/coupon, LU 17500, 8 oz. bar
  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, everyday low price, 128 fl. oz.
  • $4.99 Chobani Greek Yogurt select varieties, 32 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Culinary Tours Mustard select varieties, 7.5 to 7.75 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 29¢ That’s Smart! Vegetables select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz.
  • $1.98 Red Ripe Strawberries 1 lb. pkg.
 

  • Mandarins

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/31/18):

  • $6.99 Strauss Grass Fed Fresh Ground Beef 85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz.
  • $2.69 Brownberry or Oroweat Buns select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Dole Cauliflower each
  • $5.99 Pompeian Olive Oil select varieties, 16 fl. oz.
  • $6.99 Mandarins 3 lb. pkg.

  • Raspberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/31/18):

  • $3.99 per pound Hy-Vee Fresh True Chicken Boneless Skinless Thighs lb.
  • 99¢ per pound Vidalia Onions lb.
  • 88¢ Hy-Vee Vegetables select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $3.48 Driscoll’s Organic Raspberries or Blackberries 6 oz. pkg.

 

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. That’s Smart! Vegetables select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz. (sale ends 7/31/18)

2. Hy-Vee Blueberries from Michigan, limit 2, pint (sale ends 7/31/2018)

3. Midwest Grown Sweet Corn dozen(sale ends 7/31/2018)

4. Hy-Vee Almondmilk or Organic Full Circle Soymilk select varieties, 64 fl. oz. (sale end 7/31/18)

5. Grimmway Farms Petite Carrots 12 oz. pkg.(sale ends 7/31/18)

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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