Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Stock Up and Save (8.17.18)


 

It’s no secret that we love freezer cooking. In fact, we wrote a cookbook on it called From Freezer to Table. Freezer cooking really does save you time, money, and sanity. Freezer cooking by yourself is fun, but hosting or attending a Freezer meal cooking party takes that fun up a notch. Spending time with friends? Check. Having lots of fun? Check. Leaving with enough measl to stock your freezer? Check. What more could you want? Oh wait…you’d like a meal plan for said freezer meal cooking party? Well, wait no more, because we have a freezer meal cooking party menu plan just for you. And as an added bonus, you can see a clip of us on the television show, Show Me St. Louis.

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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.

homemade balsamic salad dressing

  • Sliced Gala Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 8/21/18)

  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $4.99 Gustare Vita Extra Light or Pure Olive Oil 17 fl. oz.
  • 4 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .10 to 1.55 oz.
  • $3.99 Woolwich Chevrai Goat Cheese select varieties, 4 oz.
  • $2.99 Full Circle Organic Market Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $1.38 per pound First of the Season Gala Apples lb.

  • Brown Rice
  • Steamed Broccoli

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 8/21/18)

  • $4.99 Just Bare Boneless Chicken Breasts or Tenders 14 oz.
  • $4.99 Gustare Vita Extra Light or Pure Olive Oil 17 fl. oz.
  • 4 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .10 to 1.55 oz.
  • $2.48 per pound White Flesh Peaches or Nectarines from California, lb.
  • $1.49 per pound Midwest-Grown Jalapeno Peppers lb.
  • 10 for $10 Fresh Red Peppers each
  • 3 for $5 Uncle Ben’s Rice select varieties, 6 to 8.8 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 9.5 to 16 oz.

how to cook bacon

  • Yogurt

Hy-Vee Sale Items :  (through 8/21/18)

  • 4 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .10 to 1.55 oz.
  • $7.99 Culinary Tours Irish Grassfed Butter Quarters salted or unsalted, 16 oz.
  • $2.68 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs 12 ct.
  • $3.99 Driscoll’s Blueberries 18 oz.
  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, everyday low price, 128 fl. oz.
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 10 for $7 Hy-Vee Greek Yogurt select varieties, 5.3 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 10, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased

mac and cheese in the instant pot

  • Steamed Peas
  • Navel Oranges

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/21/18)

  • $6.99 Sea Best Tilapia Fillets Responsible Choice, 2 lb. pkg.
  • 4 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .10 to 1.55 oz.
  • $2.68 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs 12 ct.
  • 77¢ Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunk select varieties, 16 oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $6.99 Organic Horizon Milk select varieties, everyday low price, 128 fl. oz.
  • $7.99 Culinary Tours Irish Grassfed Butter Quarters salted or unsalted, 16 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 9.5 to 16 oz.
  • $1.88 per pound South African Navel Oranges lb.

  • Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/21/18)

  • $4.99 per pound Just Bare Boneless Chicken Breasts or Tenders 14 oz.
  • $7.99 Culinary Tours Irish Grassfed Butter Quarters salted or unsalted, 16 oz.
  • $2.68 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs 12 ct.
  • 98¢ per pound B Size Gold or Red Potatoes lb.
  • $5.98 Jumbo Whole Seedless Watermelon Midwest grown, each

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.

  • Bartlett Pears

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 8/21/18)

  • $1.99 per pound Boneless Pork Country Style Ribs, Spare Ribs or Boneless Shoulder Roast, lb.
  • $4.19 Sir Kensington’s Ketchup select varieties, 20 oz.
  • 4 for $5 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .10 to 1.55 oz.
  • 59¢ per pound Midwest-Grown Cabbage lb.
  • $1.79 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • $4.99 Gustare Vita Extra Light or Pure Olive Oil 17 fl. oz. 
  • 6 for $2.99 Midwest-Grown Sweet Corn each
  • $1.48 per pound Bartlett Pears from Califorina, 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 Vegetables select varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz. (sale ends 8/21/2018)

2. Roma Tomatoes lb. lb.(sale ends 8/21/2018)

3. Hy-Vee Fresh Whole Chicken 100% natural, lb. (sale ends 8/21/2018)

4. Hy-Vee Greek Yogurt select varieties, 5.3 oz. (sale ends 8/21/2018)

5. Midwest-Grown Green Beans lb. (sale ends 9/3/2018)

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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