I am a huge advocate for meal planning. I am not always the most consistent meal planner, but when I do plan ahead, we eat better and spend less.
For several years now I have been a happy subscriber to eMeals. Some weeks I follow the meal plans to the letter. Other weeks I look to the plan for inspiration or to get out of a rut. I am currently subscribed to the eMeals Clean Eating Meal Plans, and while I have been happy with the meals, they have not been as much of a hit with the younger members of the family.
It is easy enough to switch plans, and I will likely switch back to either the Classic meal plan or I may try out the brand new Budget Friendly plan!
Some of the benefits of meal planning are:
- Meal Planning saves Money: Not only does planning meals in advance give the opportunity to shop sales. meal planning takes the guesswork out of “What’s for dinner?” and avoids last minute (and expensive) take-out.
- Meal planning encourages variety: If I am left to my own devices, I will make the same four meals week after week after week. This will be a great thing for my child who ONLY likes chili, however, everyone else begins to grumble about dinner.
- Meal planning encourages teamwork: If I plan meals in advance, I can assign cooking tasks to family members much more easily. Rather than just ask my husband or a teen to prepare dinner, I can ask them to cook and give them the step by step instructions and guarantee that all of the needed ingredients are on hand!
I like taking the weekly plans from eMeals and then weave in our family favorites. There is usually at least one meal planned a week that just does not suit our family palate, and it is easy for me to sub in a family favorite. If you take advantage of the eMeals iOS app there is even a new functionality that allows you to switch meals between menus.
Chime in! Do you meal plan? What is your favorite tool to make it easier? What meal is your go-to for meal planning?
Healthy Meal Plans to Match your Active Lifestyle
With the kids heading back to school, and one fewer kid at the table (sniff), it is time to buckle back down with meal planning.
Summer can be fun with lazy days and no bedtimes. We tend to not even start thinking about dinner until after I get home from work, and then work together to get something on the table–which often includes a last minute trip to the grocery store. Summer dinners are later (sometimes as late as 7:30!)
But, with school starting and homework, and sports and choir practices, we need to be more consistent about meals in our house.
As a working mom I’m blessed with a husband with a flexible work schedule who handles the after school rush. He is also willing to at least start cooking dinner–with one requirement: I have to leave him a recipe. And it can’t be a recipe like we women share (throw some chicken and some rice in a pot, etc.). My husband has a masters degree in engineering. He values precision. So, I have to leave him with a real recipe. . .and I need to make sure that all of the ingredients are actually in the house.
This transition can be softened with the help of one of my favorite organizational tools, eMeals! eMeals provides you simple breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert meal plans to help you easily and effectively plan meals for your family.
One of the new favorites is their kid-friendly meal plan. Each meal plan comes with a ready-made shopping list to help you get through the grocery store in no time flat! Sign up for eMeals now and you can get 2 bonuses:
- Save 20% with code SCHOOL on any eMeals Meal Plan
- A FREE Back to School Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 3 Power Breakfast Recipes, 2 Lunch Box Recipes, 2 Weeknight Dinners, 2 After School Snacks, and 1 Yummy Dessert!
You can see an example of one of the recipes from the Back to School kit below to enjoy with your kids.
Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-ups
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole
- 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
- 1/4 lb thinly sliced deli turkey
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or any shredded cheese)
- 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain.
Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise and guacamole over each tortilla.
Layer turkey, bacon and cheese on each tortilla.
Add lettuce, if desired.
Roll up tortillas,and cut in half.
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 5 minutes
- Total time: 15 minutes
I’ve been an eMeals.com subscriber for about a year now. I’m a pretty good cook, and I have stacks and stacks of cookbooks, but I was getting bogged down with meal planning. And by bogged down, I mean that I stopped doing it.
I went through a stage of just making our family favorites, but then we all got tired of spaghetti and chili. I went through a cookbook phase where everyday featured a new recipe. That worked about half the time.
Then, I hopped onto the career track. Everything changed. Continue reading “Getting Our Dinners Back on Track With emeals”
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Here we are on Day 2 of The Family Breakfast Project. I stocked our pantry and refrigerator with family friendly breakfast fare, and made sure that we removed obstacles to eating breakfast (not getting up in time, not having good breakfast food, bowls are all dirty, etc.)
Last night I set the table for breakfast success, and then I went one step further.
I baked breakfast cookies!
Continue reading “Cookies for Breakfast? Yes, Please!”
This week I have a special treat for you! I’m teaming up with my friends at Cheerios to share the Seven Days to Family Breakfast Program.
We already know a few things:
- Families that eat dinner together communicate more and, on average, the children from families that eat dinner together do better in school.
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
So, why do we relegate breakfast as an optional meal to eat on the run? Continue reading “Cheerios Family Breakfast Project”