A friend was telling me about a meal planning service called e-mealz.
$15 dollars buys a 3 month subscription; $1.25 a week. In return for your hard earned money you get a weekly dinner menu, complete with recipes and a shopping list. The website claims the menu will feed 4-6 people, and the ingredients for a week of meals will cost between 70-80 dollars per week. (That cost does not include "staples" that they assume you should already have in your pantry.)
I know some of you enjoy planning and preparing meals for you family. I don't understand you people. At all. You have genetic make-up that I am entirely lacking.
I've tried various meal planning strategies: wandering the grocery aisles hoping inspiration will strike...begging friends for their favorite cheap and easy to prepare meals...browsing through my many cookbooks...online searches. It all gives me tired head. And I always end up feeling like over half the dinners I make are boring and bland. I try and blame it on working within a limited budget, but I think it has more to do with my limited food imagination. Anyway - if I can feel proud of the meals I make and serve, and can eliminate the stress I feel grocery shopping every week, it will totally be worth my $1.25.
So I'm going to try out a couple weeks worth of e-mealz menus.
Review to come! Complete with family reactions to the meals, cost of the groceries, and ease of preparation.
Anyone else tried it? Thoughts?
This sounds interesting, I'll be looking forward to the review. I too get overwhelmed by meal planning. Geez!
I would love for you to let me know if you like this once you actually get it. I could really use something like this as well.
Here here! I feel bland and boring everytime I go to the store!
Please share all your thoughts on this interesting web site, especially what your children think about the meals!
We have done it a couple of weeks now and the meals are not bad. Kind of good to try new things. The cost is right at $75 per week for food.
You can link to the site through our website www.patterson-pack.com.
The meals are normally 30 minutes to prep.