Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Stock Up and Save (9.3.18)

Last week I gave two goals: make one freezer meal and use Table Talk Cards at one meal. How did those goals work for you? So, for this week I have a few more goals that you can try, but first let’s talk.

Is school back in session in your neck of the woods yet? I have a love hate relationship with school starting back. On the one hand, we love the easy-breezy nature of summer, but on the other hand, I do adore a routine of school days. I mean…I am my best self at back to school time. Anybody with me? So with that routine comes a great opportunity to develop a new habit. Behold, some goals for the week. There are three this week:

  1. Make a freezer meal.
  2. Start a family devotional time. (Need a book for that time? Try one of these five books we recommend.)
  3. Use the Table Talk cards during one dinner time.

PS- Have you taken the Ennegram test yet? Can you tell I’m a 3 (Achiever), 1 (Reformer), and 8 (Challenger) with all my goals?!?


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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.

  • Ripe ‘N Ready Peaches

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 9/4/18)

  • $2.99 Full Circle Organic Market Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • 25¢ Sweet Corn Midwest grown, each
  • 4 for $5 Organic Full Circle Beans select varieties, 15 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $3.48 Nature Sweet Cherubs Tomatoes 10.5 oz. pkg.
  • 2 for $5 Organic Full Circle Tortilla Chips select varieties , 12 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 2, save 2¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $3.49 Marzetti Salad Dressing select varieties, 12 or 15 oz.
  • $5.99 Melissa’s Hatch Salsa 12 oz
  • $1.49 per pound Midwest-Grown Jalapeno Peppers lb.
  • $1.48 per pound Ripe’n Ready Peaches lb.


Firecracker Asian Salmon - A healthy and deeply flavorful marinated fish recipe.

  • Brown Rice
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Watermelon

Hy-Vee Sale Items : (through 9/4/18)

  • 10 for $10 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.
  • $5.99 Skinless Atlantic Salmon Portion Responsible Choice, 4 oz.
  • 4 for $5 Birds Eye Vegetables select varieties, 10 to 16 oz.
  • $3.99 Whole Seedless Watermelon Midwest grown, each

Kale Me Maybe Smoothie

Hy-Vee Sale Items :  (through 9/4/18)

  • $5.99 Fage Greek Yogurt select varieties, 35.3 oz.
  • $4.29 Old Home 100% All Natural Peanut Butter select varieties, 14 oz.
  • $5.99 Organic Spectrum Coconut Oil select varieties, 14 fl. oz.earn 5¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.68 Hy-Vee Large Brown Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs 12 ct.
  • $3.98 Michigan Blueberries pint
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Almond, Coconut Milk or Organic Full Circle Soymilk, select varieties, 64 fl. oz.
  • 2 for $3 Midwest-Grown Kale each

balsamic dressing with herbs

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 9/4/18)

  • 88¢ Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 98¢ Hunt’s Tomatoes select varieties, everyday low price, 14.5 oz.
  • 49¢ Hunt’s Tomato Sauce select varieties, everyday low price, 8 oz.
  • 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.
  • $1.28 Hy-Vee Specialty Mustard select varieties, 12 oz.
  • $3.99 Hy-Vee Natural Cheese Chunk select varieties, 16 oz.earn 3¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • $2.99 Organic Red, Green or Black Seedless Grapes lb.

  • Bartlett Pears

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 9/4/18)

  • $5.88 per pound Beef Boneless Sirloin Steak Hy-Vee Angus Reserve, 100% natural, lb.
  • 10 for $10 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.
  • $1.28 per pound Midwest-Grown B-Size Red Potatoes lb.
  • $1.98 per pound Midwest-Grown Green Beans lb.
  • $1.48 per pound Bartlett Pears from Califorina, lb.

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Apples

Hy-Vee Sale Items: (through 9/4/18)

  • $3.99 per pound Hy-Vee True Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs lb.
  • $1.28 per pound Midwest-Grown B-Size Red Potatoes lb.
  • 10 for $10 That’s Smart! Spices select varieties, .3 to 4.5 oz.
  • $1.58 Hy-Vee Broth select varieties, 32 oz.
  • $1.79 Organic Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg.
  • $1.98 per pound Midwest-Grown Green Beans lb.
  • 99¢ per pound Golden Sweet Potatoes lb.
  • $2.99 per pound New Crop Envy Apples 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 storeand use later. We’ve even given you ideas of how to store and use each of them.

1. Hy-Vee Salsa or Picante Sauce select varieties, 15.5 or 16 oz (sale ends 9/4/2018)

2. Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.(sale ends 9/4/2018)

  • Deal: 88¢
  • How to Store: In the pantry for a year
  • Ways to Use This Item:One of our delicious Pasta recipes

3. Ripe’n Ready Peaches lb. (sale ends 9/4/2018)

4. Sweet Corn Midwest grown, each (sale ends 9/4/2018)

5. Organic Full Circle Beans, select varieties, 15 oz.(sale ends 9/4/2018)

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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