With three little boys who already eat like they are teenagers, I really have to meal plan: trying to stretch our grocery budget and come up with meals that they would like. There’s no such thing as just going to the grocery store and grabbing some things for dinner.
But, it was a long process for me: looking for recipes I wanted to make that week, then writing out a grocery list, then crossing off items after I checked my pantry, then rewriting the list according to how items are grouped together in the store to make my shopping trip a little faster.
It worked for us, but it was very time-consuming. I kept thinking I should try a meal-planning service, but I never got around to it. But, then, I was asked by E-mealz.com to try their meal-planning service. My verdict:
E-Mealz has over 20 meal plans to choose from for families ranging in size from 2-6. There are low-carb, low fat, point system, vegetarian, and G-free meal plans, as well as being able to choose from menus based on different grocery stores.
We tried the Walmart Family Plan first. The grocery list was all ready for me, with notes as to what meals each item was for. I did shop my pantry first to see if there was anything that I could cross off. The list was organized by sections of the store and gave the prices, with a total, so that I knew how much I should plan to spend for these seven meals.
According to the shopping list, my total should have been $74.88 and I spent $82.93. I think I substituted a few brand-new items instead of using a generic recommended. But, less than $83 for seven meals was still a great deal. Plus, we had plenty of leftovers, so this actually stretched into more like 12 meals for us.
As for the recipes themselves, they were very easy to make: the directions for all 7 meals fit on one printed page(some weeks’ plans take a page and a half). I hung the plans on my fridge for easy reference.
It was so nice not to worry about what was for dinner or if I had everything that I needed. I also tried the vegetarian menu, as we like to have a few meatless meals each week. The low-carb menu has a mix of these choices, too.
I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try a meal planning service- E-Mealz really did make this process so easy!
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