Monday, January 26, 2015

eMeals New Budget Friendly Meal Plan

I have received a free subscription to eMeals in exchange for my review and promotion of their programs; all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

It's a new year, and as always, eating healthier and saving money are among my goals for 2015.  Last year I used eMeals to help me accomplish these goals - more specifically, I used their Clean Eating plan in an effort to put more nutritious meals on the table as opposed to the faster fixes that aren't quite as good for you.  One of the unfortunate things about eating healthy is that it's usually more expensive - whomp whomp.  And we definitely noticed our grocery budget being stretched thin on this meal plan last year.

This year, eMeals has introduced it's new Budget Friendly meal plan and I decided that we would give that one a try this go round!  We have just finished our first week on the plan and I have to say we are pleased so far with our dinners!  I'll need another week or two to really evaluate its impact on my checkbook (especially since sending Mr. Smith Summary to the store usually costs more because he doesn't stick to the list).  

One of the things I have always liked about eMeals is that you have options!  If a dinner appears on our plan for the week that I don't think my family will eat, we skip it.  I have also found that I can modify the recipes if necessary with very little effort involved.  Take for example this Bow-Tie Tomato Cream Sauce with Chicken recipe.  Our family isn't big on cream sauces so I doubled the tomatoes instead of adding the cream.  I also loved this recipe because I was able to make it in advance for my family to enjoy while I was working late one night.

This sauce was served with bow-tie pasta and steamed broccoli for a fast but nutritious meal!  And my kids loved it, which makes it a win-win in my book.

Another favorite of ours from this past week was the Winter Red Beans-and-Sausage Soup.  It reminded me of gumbo - as a matter of fact, I told Mr. SS that the next time we make it I might serve it over rice!

Here's the recipe:

Once again, I easily modified this recipe because we don't like celery and I had used all the carrots the night before (doh!).  It was still delicious - Mr. SS went back for seconds if that tells you anything!

Next week's menu calls for some tasty dinners like Santa Fe Soup and Baked Herbed Sandwiches - both of which call for things I like to keep on hand in our pantry because I buy them on sale.  I'm super excited to see how well we do with this new meal plan!

Wanna give eMeals a try?!?!  You can try it FREE for 14 days!  Just visit their website to sign up - they have 17 meal plans to chose from!!

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