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

Real Food Menu Plan for March 6-12: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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Home cooked meals with your family most nights of the week are doable. But, only if you have a menu plan that’s simple, that includes some leftovers (or freezer meals), and that your people will enjoy (at least that’s the motivating part to me!). This week’s easy, crowd-pleasers include Mini Italian Burgers, Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, Chicken Penne Pasta, and more.

P.S. To Our Local Readers: Don’t forget to check out this week’s Top 5 killer “real food” deals at Hy-Vee for you to stock up and save on. These sales end on Tuesday, so grab them while they’re hot.

P.S.S. To Everyone: 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. 

4 Cheese Penne Pasta with whole wheat pasta is a healthier baked pasta that comes together quickly.

  • Peas
  • Mango slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/7/17):

  • $1.69 Prego Pasta Sauce, select varieties, 14.3 to 24 oz.
  • $1.97 Birds Eye Vegetables, select varieties, 8 to 16 oz.
  • 2 for $3.00 Mangoes, each

  • Loaded Baked Potato Bar (Topping ideas: steamed broccoli, shredded cheese, bacon bits, salsa, black beans, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, sliced green onions, etc.)

  • Side salad
  • Clementines

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/7/17):

  • $2.29 Hy-Vee One Step Russet Potatoes, proceeds from this One Step product help plant 584 gardens for communities to eat healthier, 5 lb. bag
  • 2 for $4.00 Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese select varieties, 6 to 8 oz.
  • $1.77 Hy-Vee Salsa or Picante Sauce select varieties, 15.5 or 16 oz.
  • $3.99 Farmland Sliced Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $2.69 Organic Hy-Vee HealthMarket Salad select varieties, 5 oz.
  • $2.99 Clementines from California, limit 2 total, 3 lb. bag

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  • Blueberries

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/7/17):

  • $3.99 Farmland Sliced Bacon select varieties, 12 or 16 oz.
  • $2.58 Hy-Vee Cage Free Omega 3 Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $1.99 per lb. Organic Stemilt Artisan Pink Lady, Pinata or Braeburn Apples or Anjou Pears, from Washington, lb.
  • 2 for $6.00 Sun Belle Blackberries, Blueberries or Raspberries, 6 oz. pkg.

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/7/17):

  • $2.99 per lb. Fresh Ground Chuck 85% lean, 15% fat
  • $2.19 Hy-Vee Sliced Natural Cheese select varieties, 6.8 to 8 oz.
  • $2.48 per lb. Red or Green Seedless Grapes from Chile, this week’s special!, lb.

  • Grapes

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/7/17):

  • $1.99 per lb. Hy-Vee Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 100% natural
  • $1.38 Barilla Whole Grain Penne select varieties, 16 oz Box
  • $1.48 per lb. Fresh Asparagus

  • Orange slices

Hy-Vee Sale Items (through 3/7/17):

  • $1.18 per lb. Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs value pack, 100% natural
  • $1.48 Grimmway Farms Baby Carrots 16 oz. pkg., earn 1¢ off per gallon w/ purchase
  • $2.58 Hy-Vee Cage Free Omega 3 Brown Eggs 12 ct.
  • $1.48 per lb. Sweet Yellow Onions from Mexico
  • $1.88 per lb. Zeal Cara Cara Navel Oranges or Sunkist Minneola Tangelos

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 Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, 100% natural (on sale through 3/7)

2. Hy-Vee Butter, select varieties, limit 2 total, 16 oz. (on sale through 3/7)

3. Uncle Ben’s or Seeds of Change Rice, select varieties (on sale through 3/7)

4. Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs, value pack, 100% natural, lb.(on sale through 3/7)

5. Prego Pasta Sauce, select varieties, 14.3 to 24 oz. (on sale through 3/7)

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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