I love to cook…problem is, I tend to make the same things over and over again…I tend to get (and stay) stuck in a cooking rut! I try to prepare a weekly meal plan and stick to it. Going to the store for a few things here and there gets very expensive, and I always cook from recipes so for me there’s no grabbing a few things and whipping up something wonderful.
But looking through recipe after recipe is time consuming, and while I love to do it, I just don’t have or make the time to sit down, go through recipes, and then prepare a grocery list to pick up everything I need.
Hence the reason why I end up making the same things over and over.
Enter E-Mealz.com. I had always thought about trying a menu planning service, but never got around to actually using one. So when they asked me to review their service, I jumped at the chance!
E-Mealz has more than 20 meal plans to choose from for families of two and all the way up to six. The various plans include low-carb, low fat, point system, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. Not only do they give you meal plans, but you can choose your meals based on a variety of different grocery stores.
I tried the low-fat meal plan for any grocery store (meaning not for a specific store like Wal-Mart or Ralphs). Not only do you get a low-fat menu, but you also get simple, easy to understand instructions with each meal as well as side dish suggestions. There was a note on top of the menu that stated: “This low-fat plan is NOT a weight loss program! This is a BASIC low-fat, family friendly meal plan based on the GENERAL GUIDELINES found in most low–fat eating plans.” And while it stated it was low-fat, there wasn’t any nutritional information on the plan. That being said, after a bit of research, the low-fat menu did fit in with my weight loss goals.
The menu also comes with its own grocery list ready to print off and go. I was able to cross many items off the list because I already had them in my pantry. Because I picked the any-store meal plan, prices weren’t included. But if I had picked a specific store, prices for each item would be listed. The list was broken down by various sections of the grocery store – meats, frozen, produce, etc., and made shopping a snap!
As I mentioned, the recipes themselves were super easy to make: the directions for all 7 dinners fit on one printed page, so I just hung it on the side of the fridge for easy reference.
It was SO great NOT to have to worry about the “what am I going to make for dinner?” question every night of the week! I’m looking forward to also trying the low-carb plan as well.
I am really glad that I was able to test out E-Mealz – the process from start to end was really easy and I highly suggest you give it a shot! For just $1.25 a week, you can try out E-Mealz.com for yourself – and it’s worthy every penny!
Guess what? One of you is going to win a 3-month subscription so you can try out E-Mealz for yourself! All you have to do is go visit the site and tell me which meal plan you’d like to try out.
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I received a free subscription to E-Mealz.com for hosting this review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by any other source. I was not compensated to provide an opinion of the products. This giveaway is open to US residents only. It begins on Monday, May 29th and will end on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 at 8:30 pm. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. The winner will be announced on Sunday and must respond within 48 hours to claim. Otherwise, another eligible entry will be chosen.