Monday, January 20, 2014

What's For Dinner?

I have received a free subscription to eMeals in exchange for my honest review; all thoughts, as always, are 100% my own.

I'm sure that I am not the only person that struggled to answer this question on a daily basis.  I have tried my hand at meal planning in order to prepare (hopefully in advance) healthy, delicious meals for my family while saving money at the grocery store.  And for the most part I have never really been successful at it because - let's face it - meal planning takes time and I just don't have that kind of time most weeks.  We'd end up picking some fast fix meals at the store because, well, they were fast to fix and didn't require me to plan in advance.  I am certainly not very proud of the fact that I have fed my family "junk" as a way to save time.  So, as part of my Succeed in 2014 goals, I wanted to do better with meal planning and preparing in advance so I could be more proud of what I was putting on the table.

That being said, I am still a working mom and with my recent promotion I have been doing the job of two people while my old position was being filled so I knew that when it came to meal planning, I was going to need some help.  And that's where eMeals comes in.

eMeals offers 3, 6, or 12 month meal planning subscriptions that are delivered right to your email inbox and/or smart phone each week.  Each week's plan provides you with 7 meals to choose from along with a grocery store shopping list.  If there is a meal you don't think your family will like, you can skip it and the ingredients for that meal will be removed from your list - it's extremely easy to use!  They also have a wide variety of meal plans to chose from, from traditional to low cal, even paleo and a clean eating plan, which is the one I chose.

We set off for the store with our first week's plan in hand and did not spend a significant amount more than we usually would, and we had more fresh fruits and vegetables in our cart so I was getting more quality foods for my buck.  I spent about 30 minutes prepping the week's meals to save us time on busy week nights.  The first dish I made was a vegetarian dish actually called Rustic Bean, Orzo, and Kale soup and it was a pretty big hit at the Smith house!

I was shocked to watch Samantha eat kale - and actually like it!  And Mr. Smith Summary ate two helpings!  If that wasn't enough, I doubled the recipe and froze some to save for another busy night, rather than resorting to take out.  I know my wallet will be thanking me for that one!

The meals are easily adaptable to your tastes also.  When I made the Easy Greek Chicken Nachos I left off the olives because no one in our house will eat them.

We ate on the "fine" china that night.  No shame here.

And they were still delish!

I can't even begin to tell you how much better I feel about the meals I am putting on the table and how much less stressful dinner time has become, all thanks to eMeals!  I can't wait to share more about their meal plans with you!  Feel free to check out their website by clicking on the eMeals picture on the right!

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