I am trying a 14 day free trial from eMeals, meal planning made simple.
eMeals is a website that creates a weekly meal plan for you based on how many people you’re feeding and what kind of foods you eat.
It gives you a 7-day meal plan, the nutrition facts, instructions on how to cook it, and the grocery shopping list!
You can choose from many different types of plans. From 30 minute meals, to low carb, gluten free. And portion control, Paleo, slow cooker, and many more.
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foods you eat. It gives you a 7-day meal plan, the nutrition facts, instructions on how to cook it, and the grocery shopping list! You can choose from many different types of plans.
From 30 minute meals, to low carb, gluten free, portion control, Paleo, slow cooker, and many more.
I am pretty excited about this, because I’m really trying to cut back on my grocery budget. As well as keep things as simple and healthy during the week as possible.
I’m always in a constant war with Money vs. Time vs. Health.
It kind of reminds me of when I tried HelloFresh. But I can actually buy my own groceries, which I like.
You can get eMeals for $5 a month after the free trial. From what I’ve seen so far, I am thinking about giving it a try.
(Update: I have been using this for a year now and love it!)
I have already started saving plans to a folder on my computer and am printing out the ones we’re using and making substitutions.
We’re doing the “Low Calorie Plan for Two” this week. And I love that a lot of the items on the shopping list are items I already have in my pantry.
Here’s what our plan looks like this week, and how we’re adjusting it for our needs:
eMeals Low Calorie Plan for Two
Monday: Sirloin Steak Salad with Colby-Jack Toasts
This will work for us pretty much as-is. It’s labeled as a “super fast” meal, which will be great, because it’s kickboxing night! I love that you get to eat cheese on whole wheat buns with it. I’am often against having a large salad for dinner at home because it never feels like it’s filling.
Tuesday: Chicken Cacciatore with whole grain basil pasta (Slow Cooker meal)
We traded chicken thighs for chicken breasts, got rid of the red onion. And will probably do this as a one-pan skillet or Ninja Cooking System dinner instead of a slow cooker dinner.
Wednesday: Balsamic Onion-Smothered Burgers with Goat Cheese and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
These aren’t really “burgers” so much as hamburger patties on a bed of lettuce. The good thing about this recipe is, apart from the spring mix and the sweet potato. I already have the rest of the ingredients!
Again, we’re cutting out the red onion and maybe exchanging it for yellow onion. But probably leaving the onion off altogether, unless we grill some. If it’s nice Wednesday, we’ll probably grill the burgers and chicken for the rest of this week’s meals! Or maybe even Tuesday…I really want to go to kickboxing on Wednesday!) This meal says it’s Paleo…can you eat goat cheese on a Paleo diet??
Thursday: Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwiches with Tropical Slaw (Grilled meal)
For this one, we decided to throw out the slaw altogether and make homemade pimento cheese to go on the sandwiches instead (like we did in the photo above).
Friday: Grilled chicken pasta salad (one dish dinner)
This uses leftover chicken and avocado from the night before. Joey doesn’t really like pasta salad, but he said he’d give it a try!
Saturday: Portobello and Goat Cheese Panini with Italian salad
I like portobello mushrooms, but I don’t think Joey is quite on board yet. He is very much a carnivore! So we’re going to make extra hamburgers on Wednesday and use them in place of the mushrooms for this meal. **Actually, we’re traveling to Angier, North Carolina on Saturday to go to the White Rabbit Brewing Company for a brewery tour. There’s also a castle in Angier called Barclay Villa! So I think we’ll have a fun Saturday of sightseeing and driving around; therefore, we will probably go out to eat somewhere.
Sunday: Baked Spanish Lentils with Tangy Coleslaw
Nothing about this meal really appeals to us. So we’re just going to do fish tacos instead! However, this did inspire me to do some lentil and goat cheese jar salads for lunch this week. It’s also Easter Sunday, so I’m going to leave this day pretty open.
I like that eMeals gives you seven days of meals to work with. Generally plan five meals a week and leave the other two open for leftovers. And social activities, or spur-of-the-moment throw-together meals. It feel like there will probably be five meals from eMeals a week I can work with out of the seven. If not, I can always peruse the other plans, as well as past plans, for inspiration.
I will continue to use my trial and get back to you if I think it’s worth investing in for a year. I get bored easily and constantly need inspiration, so I have a good feeling about this!
Have you ever tried eMeals or something similar? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
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foods you eat. It gives you a 7-day meal plan, the nutrition facts, instructions on how to cook it, and the grocery shopping list! You can choose from many different types of plans, from 30 minute meals. To low carb, gluten free, portion control, Paleo, slow cooker, and many more.