Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

Real Food Menu Plan for February 14-20: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This week we’re teaming up with some of our favorite blogger friends and sites to create a mouth-watering menu full of a variety of wholesome meals. Plus, we’ve got you set for Valentine’s Day night. Don’t even think about fighting the crowds (or spending way too much) on eating out when you can make our easy Valentine’s Day menu for your loved ones of all ages. It’ll knock their socks off! Think steak, twice-baked potatoes, broccoli with homemade cheese sauce, and chocolate dipped strawberries. You might give this simple Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt a try with the kids (of any age) for a fun and meaningful activity after dinner, too.

valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

(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. 

Tortilla Soup

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 2/14):

  • 4 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Cut Golden Corn select varieties, 16 oz Bag earn 3¢ off per gallon
  • 4 for $5.00 Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Black, Garbanzo, Kidney or Pinto Beans, 15 oz.earn 4¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 1¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • $2.29 Organic Muir Glen Tomatoes select varieties, 28 oz.earn 1¢ off per gallon w/purchase
  • 4 for $5.00 Hy-Vee Steam Quick Whole Grain Brown Rice select varieties, 10 oz Bag earn 3¢ off per gallon
  • 99¢ Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots this week’s special, 16 oz. pkg.
  • $1.48 Dole Celery each

The Perfect Pan-Seared Steak is so easy! Follow these simple directions for the best steak of your life.

This all-natural basic cheese sauce transforms vegetables, leaving my family always asking for more! It also works as a delicious sauce over pasta, meat, or rice. Best of all, NO VELVEETA! #realfood

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 2/14):

  • $3.99 Boneless Beef New York Strip Steak Hy-Vee Choice Reserve, 100% natural, 8 oz.
  • $1.99 Hy-Vee Shredded, Cubed or Bar Natural Cheese select varieties, 6 to 8 oz.
  • $3.98 Hy-Vee Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • 2 for $4.00 Red Ripe Strawberries 16 oz. pkg.

  • Cantaloupe slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 2/14):

  • $2.69 Full Circle Omega-3 Eggs 12 ct.
  • $3.98 Hy-Vee Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $2.98 Juicy Cantaloupe each


Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 2/14):

  • $2.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural, lb.
  • 99¢ Fresh Green Pepper each
  • $3.49 Organic Full Circle Yellow Onions 3 lb. bag
  • $1.99 per lb. Fresh Serrano, Anaheim or Jalapeño Peppers lb.
  • 2 for $4.00 Azteca Ultragrain Tortillas – 8 CT super size or ultragrain , 10.7 ozearn 1¢ off per gallon

  • Whole wheat thin spaghetti tossed with butter, Parmesan, and chopped fresh parsley
  • Peas

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 2/14):

  • $5.99 Hy-Vee Cooked Shrimp or Raw Shrimp Responsible Choice, 51 to 60 ct., 12 or 16 oz. pkg.
  • 88¢ Ronzoni Healthy Harvest 100% Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti select varieties, 16 oz Box4 for $5.00 
  • Hy-Vee Sweet Peas select varieties, 16 oz Bag earn 3¢ off per gallon

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - An easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

  • Whole grain dinner rolls
  • Garden Salad

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 2/14):

  • 99¢ per lb. Hy-Vee Fresh Whole Chicken 100% natural, this week’s special!
  • 99¢ Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots this week’s special!, 16 oz. pkg.
  • $3.49 Organic Full Circle Yellow Onions 3 lb. bag
  • 69¢ with fuel saver + perks® card; $1.49 without fuel saver + perks® card Hy-Vee Garden Salad limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 16 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. Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables or Whole Grain Brown Rice, select varieties, 10 to 16 oz. (on sale through 2/14)

  • Deal: 4 for $5.00 plus earn 12¢ a gallon w/purchase of 4, save 3¢ a gallon w/each item purchased
  • How to Store: Freeze for up to 12 months for best quality (it’s safe in the freezer indefinitely)
  • Ways to Use This Item: steam veggies as a side dish with almost any dinner, use frozen corn and brown rice in Tortilla Soup or Make-Ahead Lunch Wraps

2. Hy-Vee Frozen Strawberries or Mango 16 oz. (on sale through 2/14)

3. Hy-Vee Frozen Select Tortillini or Ravioli (on sale through 3/7)

4. Hy-Vee Fresh Whole Chicken 100% natural (on sale through 2/14)

5. Organic Valley Butter (salted or cultured unsalted) (on sale through 2/14)

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!

Free printable menu planner

For more recipe ideas, check out our past Menu Plans or our extensive Recipe Index full of healthy, family-friendly recipes.

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