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eMeals Review: Meal Planning Service

“What’s for dinner?” Like nails on a chalkboard, these 3 little words send chills down my back and make me want to lock myself in the bathroom until bedtime. Not to make excuses or anything but between the 4 kids, a full time job and taking a class at night, my brain is kinda full. There‘s just not a lot of room in there left for meal planning. Despite my best efforts to plan ahead and actually have an answer to “What’s for dinner?” somehow I always fall short.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually very good at looking at recipes. I’m even quite skilled at shopping for and buying cartloads of groceries. The problem is my 2 talents rarely come together to make anything productive. So what’s a girl to do?

How about trying eMeals? eMeals is a subscription service that sends weekly meal plans to your inbox based on information you provide. For a yearly charge of $58 subscribers can choose from several meal styles. Each week (Wednesday for me) they send out a new plan along with ….. a grocery list! A few thoughts about this process: the recipes and grocery lists are pre-made adobe files so they can’t be changed but can be printed and “recycled” if you find a family favorite. If you decide you want to mix things up a bit and try a different menu, be selective as you can only do this once a month.

There are many positive aspects of this service. The recipes are very good and used “real” ingredients. I already had most things on hand so I didn’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive items I would only use once. I used the Whole Foods Menu which went over well but recently switched to the Low Fat Menu just to add some new recipes to my repertoire. Other menu choices include Classic, Gluten Free and Paleo just to name a few. I know with the cold weather coming up, I’ll be switching to the Crockpot Menu in October.

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Having a plan at the grocery store made shopping so much easier! Even though I bought some items I would have never purchased at least I knew I had a use for them. Many subscriber claim that they save quite a bit of money using the service and I would agree. IF you follow the plan as directed, it does limit if not eliminate impulse buys. For those who become completely addicted there is an option to add additional menus to the basic plan. Adding a lunch menu will cost an additional $4 per month and breakfasts $3.

Simplify your busy life with eMealsAlthough I loved the idea of the plan and the convenience of the lists, I still had the same basic problem. Even though I knew what was for dinner, I still had trouble during the “busy season” 3 soccers and 1 football player of pulling it all together. I had the recipe, I had the ingredients but what I didn’t have was the time to put it all together. Most recipes take about 20 minutes to prepare and 30-40 minutes to cook. In hind sight I wish I had signed up for the Crockpot Menu first and then experimented once I had more time.

All in all this service is great for those who have some time to prepare meals and useful for those who don’t. Written by Beth

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7 Comment

  1. Patty White
    October 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    What a wonderful site!! And I love that they have slow cooker recipes too!!

  2. amanda whitley
    October 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    i need something like this. i have a hard time keeping organized and planning my dinners.

  3. Michelle F.
    October 30, 2013 at 1:33 am

    I could definitely use this service.

  4. Richard Hicks
    October 31, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I like this. Seems to me that it would free up some time for us having a planning service

  5. Emily
    November 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I’m a new customer to emeals and pretty disappointed to say the least. Mostly for 2 reasons now… 1) First thing I was disappointed in was the layout/style of the recipe PDFs. They come as 3 recipes per page, I think it would be more convenient/add value/feel-like-I-am-getting-my-monies-worth if they would designate 1 pdf page per recipe and make it pretty. Make it look like a recipe card, so I can print and add to my recipe collection. 2) LET ME VIEW MORE THAN 1 “TYPE” OF RECIPE PLAN PER WEEK. Here I am, Day 1, Hour 1, and I am switching my plan 5 times in one day in an attempt to download the past 2 weeks worth of recipes in categories I like (gourmet, classic, crockpot, healthy, vegetarian, etc.) and then it told me I can’t switch it again for another month. So now I’m stuck on “vegetarian something” because it was the last thing I picked before I guess I used up all my swaps and its not even something I really like. I just figured, heck why not download the recipes, maybe try them later. Now I’m stuck for the next month with only vegetarian recipes. WTF? I would NEVER pay $60 or $100 a year for this service. AllRecipes is WAAAAY better. and cheaper. It’s not like emeals is “customizing” the recipes they are sending me to my tastes or anything. All emeals is, is literally an over-priced email of 6 recipes, sent to you each week that you have no input over, other than to say “I want ‘Crockpot’ recipes this week instead of ‘Classic’ recipes.” (and better only do this 1 per week or you too will get stuck). Seriously, you might as well google 6 recipes each week and save the $60. This is so not worth the cost.

  6. Heather
    November 27, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Emily,
    Thanks so much for your feedback. I work at eMeals and wanted to make sure to address your concerns. Have you tried our companion app? That may make it simpler for you to not have to deal with all the paper. eMeals’ customer support is very receptive to feedback and I’m sure they’d be happy to help you pick the perfect plan for you. In fact, they change new
    members’ plans as often as needed to make sure they get you in the correct one. You can email them at support@emeals.com if you would like. I appreciate your time and the comment. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Erica
    December 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Emily’s review is either computer generated or some angry person who copied and pasted that same review, word for word, on as many sites as possible. I’ve seen it three other places…..this makes four. The one page for all recipes make it very easy to keep up with and cheaper to print. Also, it states on the page the limit of how many times you can switch menu styles. It only lets you do it once so I don’t quite understand how she switched it 5 times.

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