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“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.
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.
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.
Although 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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Disclosure: I was provided with product for this review. All views and opinions with regard to eMeals Review or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company. This post contains affiliate links.