Meal Planning with Emeals

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I have been completely lax about our meal plans the last few weeks. Perhaps you even noticed that I wasn’t posting my plan every Monday as I have in the past. Life was just getting too crazy, and so I let go of dinner control.

Really, that should not be what gets let go. Meal planning saves my sanity every single night. Instead of 4 kids whining and crying to eat, because I took too long deciding what to make and then getting it on the table by 5:30 – I would have 4 kids happily playing, and eating most of their dinner that they helped prepare because I knew what we were having, and gave myself the right time to make it.

I was thrilled when this last week eMeals contacted me to see if I would like to join the eMeals Connect program. Basically, they gave me a 1 year eMeals plan in exchange for me telling you all about them. Of course, all opinions are my honest to goodness true thoughts on the program! So no worries, I’ll let you know just how much I like them (or don’t if that’s the case).

So far, however, I am enjoying eMeals immensely. I received my first week of meals in my email shortly after signing up for the Classic Plan with Walmart as my grocer of choice (they have a few different grocers to choose from, but Walmart was the only one near me). They also just recently announced their Slow Cooker Classic and Clean Eating Plans! This would be a great summer plan to avoid turning the oven on.

Slow-Cooker-Launch_Kitchen-Aid-Kitchen

Shocked I was!  The first thing I noticed was that they break down the price of each item on the shopping list, so you know about how much you’ll be spending for that week of groceries. I thought I was a frugal shopper, but eMeals just managed to save me another $10-$20/week in groceries.  If the subsequent meal plans are similar in price I will be thrilled!

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but we will be this coming week. I’ve exchanged a few of the eMeals out in favor of my own preferences (and chicken 3 times a week is just a bit much for me).  I’ll show you the original plan with my altered plan in italics. This is just to accommodate for what I have on hand since I don’t plan on grocery shopping this week.

Menu Plan
Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie with buttered Biscuits and Honey Carrots
             Actually making Spaghetti with Biscuits and a Side Salad
Monday – Mexican Beef Bake with Fajita Rice
             Changing the side to regular White Rice
Tuesday – Easy Spare Ribs with Coleslaw and Baked Potatoes
             Skipping the Coleslaw and having Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday – Chicken Fried Rice with Sesame Ginger Salad
              Actually having Ham Fried Rice
Thursday – Classic Ravioli with Stuffed Zucchini
               no zucchini, just a simple side salad
Friday – Apricot glazed Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice and Green Bean bundles
              Strawberry glazed Steak with Creamed Corn
Saturday – Rosemary Garlic Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Black-Eye Peas
             No black eye peas


*I received a 1 year eMeals plan in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

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