What's for dinner? That's the question that swims through my head on most days right about mid afternoon. Then, I realize that I have no clue, I haven't taken anything out of the freezer to thaw, and I'm bored with the same 'ole things I always make. *sigh*
When I had the opportunity to try e-mealz I leaped at the chance! I head heard of it before from a couple of friends that have been using it and love it. I had also heard of it from Dave Ramsey! He recommends e-mealz as a great budget conscious meal planning program. The thought of having someone else plan my meals, make my grocery list and lay out the recipes was an answer to prayer. So, I signed up as fast as I could to do this review and anxiously awaited my 3 month subscription to get started.
Step 1: Choose a Plan
- Family plan or Plan for two?
- A plan for a specific grocery store or a plan for a specific diet need?
- Print out your weekly meal plan (dinners only) that includes easy to follow recipes, ingredient list, and shopping list
- Go get your groceries!
- Cook your easy to follow recipes
- Enjoy your yummy homecooked dinner!
Before you get started, click HERE to see samples of all the Meal Plan Options. Once you decide which option will be best for you then get started. If you decide you made the wrong choice, don't worry! You can change to a different meal plan. You can make that change once in each 3 month period. So, feel free to try them all over the course of time.
HERE. You can get them in 6 month ($30) or one year ($60) amounts. This is a thoughtful and unique gift for many occasions:
OK, let's start chatting about my personal experience with e-mealz. First, I'll say that I think this product is genius. I had such high hopes for it and was secretly desiring for it to cure all of my meal planning woes. No pressure, right? Here is what I liked:
- some really unique recipes using a variety of different proteins, veggies and fruit
- easy to follow recipes with reasonably priced ingredients
- a meal option that coordinates with the sale prices of my "fave" grocery store, Publix
- easy to follow shopping list
- easy to navigate website
- I initially selected the Publix Low-Fat meal option, but found it to be not a good fit for my family. I quickly switched to Low-Carb Any Store and it was much better. I was very happy with the option to change.
- I found that only about 3-4 of the 7 recipes per week were a good fit for my family. My son is a picky eater and I have my extreme limits with what types of fish and veggies I will eat. There were some that I could easily "tweak" to fit us better though. I still found it to be a great value even at 3-4 recipes a week.
- I wished there was an option to do just a one month subscription just in case someone really didn't like it. But, really, at only $15 for a 3 month subscription it's not really a deal breaker for me.
Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.