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Letting Someone Else Plan My Meals {Works for Me Wednesday}

Posted on: May 9, 2012

I first heard about eMeals from Amanda. The idea was intriguing, but I held fast to my own meal ideas. In the last year, I’ve been hit or miss on whether I make a weekly menu, or, frankly, even get all the items I need from the store {I tend to forget what I don’t write down}.

Two weeks ago, I waved my menu planning white flag and bought a 3 month subscription to eMeals.

There are tons of great options, ranging from gluten free to vegetarian; portion control to family favorites. They have seven meals planed out {as shown above} and then give you a list of what you need from the store ::

Since joining, we’ve been doing the natural and organic plan. But we just switched over to the clean eating plan. Based on the sample menu, the clean eating plan more closely matched our family’s eating habits {more produce, fresh foods versus pre-package foods, even the organic ones}.

So far I’ve loved the service. We don’t usually make all seven meals, because weekends tend to lend to eating out, with friends, or lighter meals than during the week. But, we consistently have four to five of the preplanned meals a week. Having everything laid out for me has been such a relief. I grab what I need and don’t think about it again until it’s time to make dinner. Love that!

However, there has been some draw backs – some weeks have been meat heavy, which isn’t really budget friendly. Another week relied a lot on prepackaged foods {though “organic”} which I really don’t like {so made things fresh instead}. But, eMeals just introduced their clean eating plan, so I’m hopeful that this will solve any issues I have. We are in the middle of our week, so won’t try out the new plan until next week.

Even with some minor draw backs, I highly recommend eMeals. It’s easy, fast and has given us some yummy meals {hello chicken curry soup!}. I love not putting so much effort into meal planning and not worrying about what’s for dinner each night.

The cost is $17 for a 3-month subscription. Because you can download each week’s menu, I’m saving them on my computer as we go for future reference – in case we cancel in the future.

*UPDATED INFORMATION* 5/17/12

As I mentioned, we were switching to the Cleaning Eating Menu. We are entering our second week of that menu and I LOVE IT! So far, all the meals have proven to abide by the rule of shopping the perimeter of the store, so we are eating a lot of fresh foods {asparagus, corn, broccoli, etc}. If you’re looking for a healthy option, I’d recommend the cleaning eating over the natural and organic!

Have you ever tried eMeals or any other meal planning service?

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7 Responses to "Letting Someone Else Plan My Meals {Works for Me Wednesday}"

ben and i were just talking about being stuck in a rut with dinner options and wanting to find more things to make. can you sign up for vegetarian meals? i am going to head over to their site to check it out. :)

I have heard of eMeals before, but at the time they didn’t have the clean eating or the organic meals and I was like you, holding steadfast to my own plan even though it wasn’t working well. I’m so glad you posted about this because I’ve been in a major rut and needed help. :)

Alright – we’ve done the clean eating all last week and I just got next week’s menu… I say go for it. The meals are a tad more complicated than the natural and organic, but they have been so yummy and so much better than the other option! The menu seems to really abide by the “shop the outer perimeter” rule when cooking. So, it’s using a lot of fresh foods, which is a win in my book!

I too have fallen behind in meal planning since getting pregnant and forsee it will get worse before it gets beter. What a great idea, I need to look into this for sure!

I’d totally check it out. It’s taken away so much stress when it comes to going grocery shopping and figuring out dinner – which is a big deal in our house.

I’m with you, though. I like to think I’m an independent, meal-planning woman, but I just wouldn’t do it, or I’d plan frozen pizza, hot dogs, and canned soup all week.

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a meal plan through this website: http://www.naturalhealthathome.com/wholefoodmealplans/

It’s very whole foody, and even has desserts and bigger cooking projects to try. So far, it’s usually had 2 vegetarian meals, 1 fish meal, and 2 meat meals a week. It’s gluten or grain free, but it would be easy to substitute flour tortillas for corn tortillas, etc. I don’t think it has hurt us to have a little less wheat in our diet anyway :)

It has forced me to cook outside me comfort zone a little bit, and Dexter and I have both enjoyed trying out some new recipes!

That’s sounds like an awesome plan! Glad you’re finding something that works for you guys and that you’ve enjoyed eating {cause, that’s the whole point, am I right?! :) }.

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