Despite the fact that Jason and I both have demanding work schedules and three kids with hectic schedules of their own, I have consistently tried to make sure that we all sit down to a home cooked family meal at least five nights a week. This has started to get harder and harder as I attempt to come up with things to make that not only will everyone enjoy but are quick enough for the nights we have karate and other activities going on. Every weekend I find myself coming up with next week’s menu, doing the grocery shopping and then promising that I will stick to the plan. And it’s a struggle…every…single…week.
Recently I read about e-mealz which was created by two busy moms who wanted to help other moms spend more time with their families while still preparing healthy meals and without blowing their budget. For $5 a month you download weekly meal plans catered to your lifestyle…glueten free, portion control, low carb, low fat, vegetarian, couples only. You can also select which grocery store you use the most (Wal-Mart for us) and they create your menus around what’s on sale that week with isle specific grocery lists. So for us, I chose the “Wal-Mart regular family meal plan” which is 7 meals for 4-6 people. E-mealz makes it “doable” for those hectic nights we have karate or errands to run. I no longer feel like McDonald’s or Wendy’s is our only choice for dinner because in 30 minutes or less I can get a hot meal on the table for all of us to enjoy! Their blog also has great articles and additional recipes to try out.
Here is just an example of what our last meal plan contained.
Meal #1: Blackened Salmon on Field Greens w/Raspberry Vinaigrette served with White Potatoes
Meal #2: Cashew Chicken Salad served with Crescent Rolls and Sliced Cantaloupe
Meal #3: Mushroom Burgers served with Potato Wedges and Corn on the Grill
Meal #4: Swiss Chicken served with Steamed Rice and Sweet Peas
Meal #5: Shrimp Creole over Rice served with Green Beans
Meal #6: Mexican Meat Loaf served with Saffron Rice and Cucumber Salad
Meal #7: Crusty Baked Italian Sandwiches served with Celery & Dip and Chips
***When there’s something in particular that I know my kids are going to refuse to eat, I substitute one of our family favorites.
If you decided to give e-mealz a try, let me know! I’d love to know how you like it and which recipes you enjoy the most!!