Could this be the answer to my dinnertime woes?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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?









4 Comments:
Blogger Shelly Collins had this to say:

This sounds interesting, I'll be looking forward to the review. I too get overwhelmed by meal planning. Geez!

September 9, 2008 at 9:51 PM 


Blogger Sweet Yet Sassy had this to say:

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.

September 10, 2008 at 2:29 PM 


Blogger Foresterclan had this to say:

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!

September 10, 2008 at 11:40 PM 


Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

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.

September 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM 


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