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

Real Food Menu Plan for July 3-July 9: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

As the temperatures begin to heat up, there is no need to heat up the kitchen. You’ll notice this week’s menu plan has meals that are quick and easy, prepared in a slow cooker, or on the grill. While there is certainly a season for soups and chili and comfort dishes, summer time is just not that season. As always, check out the deals you can score with Hy-Vee (or your local grocery store) as you plan your menu.

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. 

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Monday: Light and Easy Penne Rosa Pasta, Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette, Cheesy Pesto Bread, Cherries

Tuesday: One Pan Enchiladas, Avocado Lime Salsa with Tortilla Chip and Carrots, Watermelon

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

Thursday: Egg-in-a-Hole, Incredible Easy Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples, Easy-Peasy Iced Coffee

Friday: One Sheet Roasted Brussels, Brats, and Sweet Potatoes, Focaccia Bread, Grapes

Saturday: Grilled Steak, Baked Potatoes, Garlicky Green Beans, Honeydew Melon

Sunday: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Hay Stacks, Brown Rice, Blueberries

(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. 

  • Cherries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/4/17):

  • 10 for $8 Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 2 for $4 Barilla Pasta Sauce select varieties, 14.5 or 24 oz.
  • 10 for $10 Dannon Light & Fit, Oikos or Greek Yogurt select varieties, 5.3 oz.
  • $1.99 Philadelphia Cream Cheese original or 1/3 less fat, 8 oz. bar
  • 2 for $5 Dole Premium Classic Salad all natural, select varieties, 8 to 15 oz. earn 2¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $1.48 per pound Stemilt Pink Lady or Pinata Apples from Washington, lb.
  • $7.98 per pound Di Lusso Premium Sliced Cheese select varieties, lb.
  • $3.98 per pound Stemilt Red Cherries from Washington, first of the season, lb.

  •  Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/4/17):

  • $5.99 Strauss Grass Fed Ground Beef 85% lean, 15% fat, 16 oz. pkg.
  • 4 for $5 Organic Bush’s Beans select varieties, 15 oz.
  • $6.99 per pound Henning’s Cheese select varieties, lb.
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Tortillas select varieties, 14 to 17 oz.
  • $1.49 Hy-Vee Sour Cream select varieties, 16 oz., earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $6.99 NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes 24 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Hass Avocado from California, each
  • 3 for $10 Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips select varieties, 11 oz. 
  • 3 for $2 Fresh Lime or Lemon, each
  • $3.88 Whole Seedless Watermelon, each

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/4/17):

  • $2.49 Hy-Vee Omega 3 Cage Free Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $1.48 per pound Stemilt Pink Lady or Pinata Apples from Washington, lb.
  • 10 fo $10 Tone’s Mini Spices select varieties, .05 to 1.55 oz.earn 10¢ a gallon w/purchase of 10, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • One Pan Roasted Brussel, Brats and Sweet Potatoes (FF)
  • Focaccia Bread
  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/4/17):

  • $2.99 Oscar Mayer Sausage select varieties, 12 or 13 oz.
  • $3.99 Focaccia Bread bakery fresh, select varieties, round, 12 oz.
  • $1.48 per pound Red Seedless Grapes from California, lb.

  • Grilled Steak (FF)

    • Honeydew Melon

    Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/4/17):

    • $3.99 per pound Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, lb.
    • $1.99 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes your purchase of Hy-Vee One Step potatoes have helped plant more than 500 gardens, 5 lb. bag
    • $2.99 Pero Trimmed Green Beans 12 oz.
    • $3.49 Kandy Honeydew Melon, each

  • Brown Rice
  • Blueberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 7/4/17):

  • $3.99 Hy-Vee True Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 100% natural, lb.
  • $6.99 NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes 24 oz.
  • 2 for $5 Hass Avocado from California, each
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Rice select varieties, 14 or 32 oz.
  • $6.99 Driscoll’s Blueberries 2 lb. 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. Sweet Corn, each (sale ends 7/2/2017)

2. Tone’s Mini Spices, select varieties, .05 to 1.55 oz.(sale ends 7/4/2017)

3. Dole Premium Classic Spinach, all natural, select varieties, 8 to 15 oz. (sale ends 7/4/2017)

4. Hy-Vee Pasta, select varieties, 12 or 16 oz. (sale ends 7/4/2017)

5. Barilla Pasta Sauce, select varieties, 14.5 or 24 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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