Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Stock Up and Save (8.10.18)

The countdown to back to school is on. (Or have you already started?) If you lean in closely you can hear the collective sighs coming from our house. If you lean in closer you should be able to hear the turning of book pages as someone, that shall not be named, finishes up his summer reading. You want to know the top two ways to peace in your house as the school year begins?

  1. Menu Planning
  2. Freezer Cooking

Well, guess what?? It’s your lucky day. We will take care of both items on the list. Now…if only cleaning our house was this easy.


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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.

A great little trick that will help you grill flawless corn on the cob. In fact, we will grill corn no other way after using this method. While you could easily boil corn on the cob, grilling corn brings out a different, richer flavor and adds that yummy char to the outside of the corn.

  • Pineapple

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 8/14/18)

  • $1.28 per pound Midwest-Grown Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb.
  • 77¢ Midwest-Grown Green Bell Pepper each
  • $1.49 per pound Midwest-Grown Jalapeno Peppers lb.
  • 5 for $10 Hy-Vee Shredded, Bar or Cubes Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.4 or 8 oz.earn 15¢ per gallon w/purchase of 3, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 10 for $10 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.
  • 3 for $1 Sweet Corn Midwest grown, each
  • $2.99 Del Monte Gold Pineapple each

Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls - A healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone!

  • Strawberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 8/14/18)

  • $5.49 Hy-Vee True Chicken Breast Tenders lb.
  • 10 for $10 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.
  • $2.99 Full Circle Organic Market Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Hy-Vee Grape Tomatoes 1 pint pkg.earn 2¢ per gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $4.99 Chobani Greek Yogurt select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $5.99 Melissa’s Hatch Salsa 12 oz.
  • $3.88 Organic Driscoll’s Strawberries or organic blueberries, 1 lb. pkg. or 1 pint pkg.

Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

Hy-Vee Sale Items :  (through 8/14/18)

  • 10 for $10 Hy-Vee Oats quick or old fashioned, 18 oz.
  • $2.68 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs 12 ct.
  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, everyday low price, 128 fl. oz.
  • $4.29 Old Home 100% All Natural Peanut Butter select varieties, 14 oz.
  • 2 for $3 Midwest-Grown Kale each
  • $4.49 Silk Almond Milk vanilla or original, 96 fl. oz.
  • $6.99 Hy-Vee Fruit select varieties, 48 oz., earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 10 for $10 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.

Huge roundup of homemade salad dressings. Keeping this handy for sure!!

  • Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/14/18)

  • $1.88 per pound Bone In Thick Cut Pork Loin or Center Cut Chops fresh Blue Ribbon, lb. 
  • 77¢ Midwest-Grown Green Bell Pepper each
  • $1.48 Hy-Vee Broth select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $2.99 Full Circle Organic Market Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $3.48 Midwest-Grown Mini Watermelon each

  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Peaches

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/14/18)

  • $4.99 Hy-Vee Raw EZ-Peel Shrimp Responsible Choice, 41 to 50 ct., 12 oz. pkg.
  • 10 for $10 Barilla Pasta select varieties, 12 to 16 oz.
  • $1.48 Hy-Vee Broth select varieties, 32 oz.
  • 98¢ per pound Ripe’n Ready Peaches lb.

  • Cherries

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/14/18)

  • $4.99 per pound Hy-Vee True Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts lb.
  • 10 for $10 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.
  • $1.48 Hy-Vee Broth select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $5.99 Melissa’s Hatch Salsa 12 oz.
  • $2.28 Chi-Chi’s Tortillas select varieties, 8 or 10 ct.
  • 2 for $4 Land O’ Lakes Dips or Dairy Pure Sour Cream select varieties, 16 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 5¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • 10 for $10 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 1 lb. bag
  • $2.99 per pound Stemilt Red Cherries 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. Old Home 100% All Natural Peanut Butter select varieties, 14 oz. (sale ends 9/3/2018)

2. Golden Sweet Potatoes lb.(sale ends 9/3/2018)

3. Midwest-Grown Zucchini or Yellow Squash lb. (sale ends 9/3/2018)

4. Bertolli Organic or Rustic Cut Pasta Sauce select varieties, 15 to 24 oz. (sale ends 9/3/2018)

5. Ripe’n Ready Peaches 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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